Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Why We Love & Support Underdog Pet Rescue

Many of you know that Reek Havoc donates $1 from the sale of each candle to Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin, and here's why: They're an awesome nonprofit pet rescue organization located on Madison's east side, with a core of volunteers and foster families that are truly devoted to improving the lives of pets, many of whom might otherwise be put to sleep at kill shelters because they're deemed "not perfect." Their mission is to find permanent homes for these pets.

This past Saturday, my youngest daughter and I had the pleasure of attending Underdog's monthly Coffee and Canines event. For those interested, Coffee and Canines happens at Underdog's storefront, 231 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Madison, the first Saturday of every month from 9 am-Noon. Foster families bring many of Underdog's adoptable dogs and cats for you to meet in person, plus you can enjoy coffee and Batch Bakehouse treats.

While we were there, we chatted with a number of foster families, petted lots of sweet dogs and cats looking for their forever home, and witnessed the best of Underdog in action. During our time there, one of the volunteers brought in two dogs who had been transported from Alabama. One was a mama Bassett and there was another small black-and-white dog. Lauren, Underdog's Executive Director, explained to me that they used to only take dogs from Wisconsin, but soon shelters outside the state learned about Underdog and started transporting dogs there as space is available. Underdog works with various transporting services to get the animals to them, where they're then checked out by a veterinarian, and placed with foster families while they wait for their "furever" home.

We're thrilled to support Underdog through the sales of our candles -- but they're always looking for direct donations and foster families to help rescue more animals. If you're interested, check out their website, where you can make a donation online, inquire about fostering, or see information about the animals awaiting adoption. Or stop by the next Coffee & Canines event--you won't be sorry you made the trip!

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