Executive Director Lauren Wojtasiak founded Underdog in 2012 after volunteering with other humane organizations throughout Wisconsin for about 10 years. Lauren’s deep care for animals led her to form a rescue that helps the neediest of animals, while providing a quality experience for our adopters and clients. Under Lauren’s leadership, Underdog has grown to save thousands of lives through our 75+ foster homes with support before, during, and after adoptions take place. Lauren’s thrilled to now have our veterinary services open to the public so we can help more animals in our community!
Dr. Kara Wallisch is a Green Bay native that graduated from UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in Madison at a private practice for a few years and also dabbled in emergency medicine and teaching. She loves working for Underdog because she enjoys practicing high quality medicine and getting to know the hard-working fosters/volunteers that do so much for the organization! When not at work, Kara loves spending time with her husband and two children. She has a weakness for Labradors and currently caters to her sassafras black Lab. Her hobbies are cooking, gardening, and wine tasting.
Keelin is Underdog's Veterinary Office Manager and handy dandy vet assistant. She has a long history of working with animals including doggie daycare, training service dogs, working as a zookeeper, among other things.
Keelin and her husband live with their young daughter, two dogs, and bearded dragon. In her spare time, Keelin enjoys crafts, baking, and hanging out with her family.
Janean is Underdog's Certified Veterinary Technician, and grew up in small town Monroe WI. She went to veterinary tech school at Globe University in Madison WI. She worked in small animal and shelter medicine for many years before coming to Underdog Pet Rescue.
She lives with her husband and son on their dairy farm with an abundance of cuddly animals including dogs, cats, cows, and horses. When not at work, Janean enjoys horseback riding, showing cattle, and spending lots of time with her kiddo!
Jessica Campbell, Customer Experience Specialist, has been a big animal lover all her life and is the proud mama of a rescued dog named Misha. She used to work at a few clinics back when she was in high school and college. After a long hiatus, she is excited to be working with animals again! Jessica aims to give all the animals that pass through the doors of Underdog, the best care possible. She is happy to help with appointments, concerns and anything else animal related.
Shannon Staszak, our wonderful Operations Coordinator, will be the friendly face you meet when you walk in our office. Shannon has years of experience running her own pet sitting business, as well as excellent people skills and the ability to juggle a lot of things at once! Shannon looks forward to making your Underdog experience enjoyable and smooth! Shannon has two awesome dogs, a cat, and an awesome snake at home, in addition to her awesome husband.
Our Board of Directors
Sara Wiesner, Board President and Intake Coordinator, has been involved with animals in many ways over the years. As a former school teacher, she has continued the gift of educating others through being a professional dog trainer. Her true passion is saving lives, and she works with a network of shelters to develop relationships and help Underdog take in animals who truly need a second chance at life! She resides in Madison with her husband and their eight wonderful dogs, ranging from small to large!
Susan Roberts, Board Member, has worked in rescue for a number of years, and is a huge herding breed fan. She works as a news producer by day, and in the evening, spends time with her border collie and mixed breed dogs. She and her husband foster dogs for Underdog as well!
Bonnie Orth, Board Member and Foster Coordinator, is a Pharmacist by day and dog rescuer/foster coordinator by night! She is a sucker for Rottweilers, and has a couple of her own! Bonnie and her husband love to travel when they get the time to do so. Bonnie helps on-board all new foster parents to Underdog, and she also serves as a board member for the rescue.
About Underdog Pet Rescue
Underdog Pet Rescue is an all-breed companion animal rescue based out of Dane County, Wisconsin. Our mission is to find permanent homes for animals in need, and to enrich lives by strengthening the connection between animals and people through community services and outreach. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
WI DATCP Licensed Rescue #281765
In 2016, we were able to provide care for and adopt out 96% of the animals we transferred in. That means that of all the animals we took in, many of whom were sick and behaviorally unevaluated, 4% passed away of natural causes (i.e. failure to thrive in kittens) or were euthanized for severe behavioral or medical concerns