Ways to Volunteer
Become a Foster
Foster homes provide a solid base for finding a wonderful forever home. Having our pets in foster homes gives us a true view of how the animal will react in their forever home. Most of the pets we take into our program would otherwise be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding, so if you foster, you are truly making a difference.
Foster homes provide their foster pet with nutritious food, water, exercise, enrichment, basic training, and love. Underdog Pet Rescue will be here for you to provide you with educational materials, guidance, and support.
As a first-time foster, you will receive a one-on-one training and introduction into our program. We want you to have all the resources and knowledge that you need to feel confident in your fostering adventure!
Questions? Contact us.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Events - Underdog staffs tables at Underdog events (ie: Pints for Pups) and local events (Wisconsin Dog Fair, Fromm Pet Fest, etc). Volunteers are available to answer questions, provide information, and sell merchandise to people who stop by. We ask for volunteers to serve for a few hours whenever one of these events come up. Volunteers are responsible for set up and take down of the table. Supplies and training are provided.
Transports - many of our adoptable pets come from far away - usually from the South! We rely on volunteers to drive the animals (in crates). These drives, also called "freedom rides," are done in legs, like a relay race. Underdog typically picks up pets in Beloit, Waukesha, or DeForest. Drivers are need to load crates into their vehicles and drive them back to Madison. Underdog provides crates and leashes. Drivers need a vehicle large enough for at least one crate. Assistants are also needed, as they can help the loading and unloading of crates go much more quickly. Milage for transports is tax deductible. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, with a good driving record and their own reliable vehicle.
Cat Care - most of our pets live in foster care. We do have a few cats who live in the Underdog office, located at 231 S Fair Oaks Avenue in Madison. We have a team of volunteers who take care of those cats (cleaning the litter boxes, providing fresh food and water, socializing the cats and kittens, tidying up the cat rooms, etc). Our office is not staffed full time. We are looking for volunteers to commit to a few shifts a month, during the following times: Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 830 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 830 p.m., Wednesday 830 a.m. to 12 p.m and 4 p.m. to 630 p.m., Thursday 630 p.m. to 830 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Community outreach - Underdog has Outreach Hours at the Underdog office on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Volunteers answer questions from prospective adopters, assist with meet and greets and adoptions, accept and put away donations, process adoption contracts, and complete other tasks as needed. Outreach Hours volunteers are expected to commit to staffing one Outreach Hours volunteer shift per month. Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.