Underdogs Animal Rescue is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) non profit all-breed animal rescue. We are dedicated to changing the perception of the “underdog” – the forgotten ones, the misunderstood ones, the ones that get picked last (or don’t get picked at all). We give these longshots the opportunity to beat their odds, confident that they will prove that the underdog is the best dog, every single time.
All of our underdogs (and a few cats) are saved from overcrowded partner shelters and rescue groups, where they would have otherwise not received a much-deserved second chance. Our adoptable animals are placed in foster homes, which allows us to continue working on socialization and basic training, and to assess best-fit placements for our adopters. We believe that adoption, education, advocacy, and community partnerships are our best chance at solving the pet overpopulation crisis in our country and beyond. Underdogs seeks to continually expand our team of heroes. Please join us today, we have so many more lives to save!
A passionate believer in the Underdog and the power of the bond between animals and humans to change the world for the better, Megan founded Underdogs Animal Rescue in 2015 with the goal of helping to save the lives of homeless companion animals who are too often overlooked on account of breed bias, age, medical and behavioral needs, and even color.
Megan is a former attorney turned full-time self-proclaimed “weird dog lady” who has been rescuing animals in need for over ten years. In 2007, Megan rescued the original Underdog, Frank, a black lab/pit bull mix puppy, and the world’s best dog, from a rural town in Colorado, where he was found abandoned in a blizzard. Since then, she has saved hundreds of dogs (and a few cats) and has committed her life to proving that every animal is an individual, every life is worth saving and true change is possible through teamwork, education and advocacy, and good old-fashioned rescue hustle.
A native of Grand Haven, Michigan, Megan graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and the University of Denver School of Law. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her significant other, Jack, their three resident mutts, Frank, Frannie, and Fiona, and an ever-revolving crew of Underdogs fosters.
Born outside of Chicago, but a transplant to Singapore and now Colorado, Maureen volunteers as our marketing and events producer. Her love of animals started at a young age, growing up with numerous pets and rescue pups throughout her life. She has been involved with many nonprofits, but found her niche with animal rescue and is thankful that her passion for dogs can now extend past her own two rescues, Claude Monet and Tucker, and have an even larger impact. Maureen is a producer and brand strategist and loves bringing this background to Underdogs.
Valerie grew up in south Florida with a family of animal lovers, and tried her hand at social work and law prior to settling into a career in construction management and estimating. After volunteering with several non-profits, Valerie found a perfect fit in her role as Foster and Volunteer Coordinator with Underdogs, bringing organizational and management experience, combined with a love for animals and passion for service to others. Valerie shares her home with a rotating cast of Underdogs foster pups, as well as her own two rescues, Billy (cattle dog, foster mentor extraordinaire) and Posey (pibble, Underdogs foster fail).
Marie grew up with animals and doesnt know what it would be like to be without them! She has rescued strays all her life. Stray and dumped animals were common where she lived. She would lead them to her backyard, then go in the house and let her parents find them in the backyard. If it came in her backyard it never left! She ended up with cows, rabbits, a skunk, doves, dogs and 26 cats. Marie moved from East Texas to Colorado, and has continued rescuing with Underdogs, and now a horse rescue, too. She has one dog named Curly, 3 Underdogs fosters, 2 cats of her own, 5 neighborhood cats that have adopted her, and now a 15 year old thoroughbred rescue horse named Woody.
Erin stepped in to save a Mastiff/Pit pup, Tyson back in college in a rough neighborhood in Lansing from being taken to a dog fight. The pup stole her heart and lit her passion for rescue work. Erin started volunteering in 2006 after losing Tyson to cancer as a way to honor his memory. She has been active in rescue since, including volunteer work at multiple shelters, co-founder of a foster based rescue, VP of a rescue board, and now one of the Underdogs foster coordinators. She especially has a soft spot for the senior rescues and bully breeds. In addition to her love for rescue dogs, Erin has a love for travel and was one of the Underdogs who took part in our volunteer trip to a sanctuary in Thailand. Her favorite rescue quote is "Saving one animal won't change the world, but will surely change the world for that one animal."
Sandi was born and raised on a small farm in rural Wyoming. It was here that her love for animals began. Growing up, she raised orphaned lambs, stole barn cats from her neighbors to "raise them as her own," once tried to save a dying duck by giving it CPR that she wasn't trained to do (which might be the reason it didn't make it), and in college saved a half-hatched wild gosling from a dog and raised it in her apartment! Since moving to Colorado, her rescue feats are a little more focused on canines. She joined Underdogs in 2016 in order to play a bigger role in rescue missions. Her home-based assistants to this job include a usually cooperative husband, Craig, her never-helpful canines, Sully and Breslin, and most recently a newly hired but still in training daughter, Hollis.
Jennie has lived in Colorado her whole life and while attending college in Gunnison, started her vet career. She initially started through an internship, with the prospects of going to vet school, but fell in love with the technician hands on aspect and has been in the field for 13 years and counting. She has been working at VRCC for the past 10 and a half years, initially working with ER and is now with the Ophthalmology department. She is married to her partner in crime Jayson and has 3 pups and 1 cat. All her pets are rescues through her work; Lilly, an English setter; Rockstar, a one eyed beagle mix; Rufus, a chihuahua mix and Hendrix, a black cat. She started working with Underdogs after meeting Yoda the wonderdog. Rescue work has always been a dream for Jennie and she enjoys bringing joy to all the little citizens looking for homes as well as their new owners. She is always a phone call and text away whenever there are questions.
Alex realized she would spend her life working in Rescue during her first spay and neuter clinic in New Mexico while in Veterinary Technician school. From there, her career in shelter medicine and animal rescue only grew. She’s spent most of the last few years working at The Dumb Friends League as a technician in their Veterinary Services department. A year ago, her life changed immensely after she was fortunate enough to join the Underdogs team in Thailand, as they brought 37 dogs to the states for adoption. After seeing all the work that had to be done in Southeast Asia, she knew exactly what her next move would be. Now, she spends most of her time bouncing between Colorado and Thailand as she partners with different shelters and rescues to treat street dogs who might not have stood a chance otherwise.
Meredith, Underdogs Transportation Coordinator, is the proud doggy mom to Underdogs alums, Henry and Charlie. Meredith (together with Henry and Charlie) happily continues to foster other Underdogs while helping to find their perfect forever families. When not playing with her four legged-buddies, Meredith can likely be found running or with her nose in a book. A child protection attorney by profession, Meredith's ultimate goals are to protect the vulnerable and give voice to the voiceless.
Meggan has been working in dog rescue as a foster parent for various dog rescues since 2003. With over 20 years experience in technology sales, she found her niche helping to organize and maintain the Underdogs Animal Rescue records database. She has seen Underdogs grow and evolve in may wonderful ways. She is currently a foster parent to one of our Thai dogs and has her own permanent foster failure.
Cassie Rosch is not only on the Underdogs Board of Directors, she also works full time as a Wedding, Commercial + Lifestyle Photographer. She has two pups named Scout + Tilly May, who were both rescued. She is originally from Wisconsin, and her love for travel has her typically visiting about 5-6 countries a year, including a trip to Thailand in 2016 with the Underdogs.
Lauren’s been surrounded by animals her entire life — and not just the soft and cuddly kind. From dogs and cats to birds and lizards, her family provided a loving sanctuary to dozens of animals over the years and made Lauren’s childhood super interesting. Now, she shares her home with her husband, her two kitties (Jasper and Lola) and a new human baby who can’t wait to call the cats his friends. Jasper and Lola, however, aren’t as anxious. Lauren spent years working as a client-creative liaison at ad agencies in Austin, Chicago and Denver where she managed the production of various events and marketing materials. She’s looking forward to bringing that experience to the Underdogs team.