Underdog Rescue of Florida Inc
PO BOX 351
BRADENTON FL 34206-0351
UnderDog Rescue of Florida, Inc. exists to rescue and prevent small breed dogs from being euthanized in high-kill shelters throughout the west coast of Florida.
CEO/Executive Director No executive Director
Board Chair Mrs Shona Otto
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2019
State Registration Yes Mar 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments include:
  1. December 2014 and June 2015, UnderDog Rescue was featured by SRQ Magazine as one of the leading charitable organizations in the community. 
  2. April 2015, UnderDog Rescue was contacted by Cesar Millian and featured at a live performance at Van Wezel; recognized as stellar organization within the community. 
  3. August 2015, UnderDog Rescue featured on ABC My Suncoast News for rescuing thirty-five hoarder case dogs from Miami, Florida. Later that month, recognized again for another hoarding situation totaling 80 dogs in one month. 
Current Goals:
  1. Continue providing consistent, high quality medical care for intake dogs to include extreme neglect/abuse cases and dogs slated for euthanasia by high kill shelters.
  2. Continue supporting local shelters to reduce kill rate due to over crowding.
  3. Continue supporting owner surrender situations-accepting dogs refused by over crowded shelters.
  4. Continue accepting hard case, extreme neglect/abuse case dogs requiring extensive medical care; passed over by other rescue groups. 
Needs Statement
1.  Donations toward medical care. UnderDog is an all volunteer organization, surviving on donations and adoption fees. All donations go toward the medical care of the dogs. The average medical cost for a dog having no complications is $257. This does not include the hundreds of dogs accepted hit by cars, abused, heartworm infected, neglected, and slated to be killed by over crowded shelters. Average cost for complications is $800-$1200 per dog.
2.  Volunteers needed to foster, transport, and overall support goals of organization.
Background Statement
UnderDog Rescue founded by Shona Otto in 2004, officially became 501c3 in 2008. UnderDog Rescue of Florida is a small dog (non-breed specific) rescue.  Our stellar reputation of excellence has been demonstrated in the community and throughout Florida for a decade. UnderDog has saved thousands and thousands of dogs. Known for doing what is best for each dog. UnderDog is one of the few rescues that accept dogs who are heartworm infected, injured, or require extensive medical  care.

The majority of “UnderDogs” were scheduled for euthanasia at kill shelters throughout Florida. UnderDog is contacted DAILY by owners, shelters, and other sources asking them to accept unwanted dogs. Due to over-crowding (a result of economy decline), many shelters have changed policies, forcing decisions to quickly euthanize healthy, social, loving dogs. UnderDog Rescue is typically one of the first groups contacted to assist with dogs whose lives would otherwise be destroyed. UnderDog maintains a wonderful relationship with Sarasota Animal Services as SAS strives to place as many dogs as possible. At times, dogs who are not doing well in a shelter environment or dogs who are injured will go to UnderDog for more extensive care.

UnderDog has worked hard to maintain superior quality of care while performing their due-diligence as an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(C)3, charitable organization. Being an all-volunteer organization, UnderDog does not have a shelter or paid staff, but operates solely on adoption fees and donations which go directly to the care of the dogs. This includes shelter fees, medications, spay/neuter, all shots, heartworm testing and treatment, monthly flea/tick/heartworm preventatives, microchips, dentals, surgeries, skin treatments, setting broken bones, or any other health care deemed necessary by their veterinarians. UnderDog vets offer reduced charges to support the rescue effort and help keep adoption fees reasonable, but their services are not free. UnderDog often relies on extra donations to pay expenses when the cost of care exceeds a realistic adoption fee.

UnderDog volunteers are passionate about saving dogs, and open their homes to foster dogs from intake until adoption. Volunteers provide a safe, loving, stable environment where dogs have time to adjust, heal from surgeries and overall, feel wanted. UnderDog has approximately sixty volunteers who collectively work together as a team and care for anywhere between seventy to one-hundred dogs. It is UnderDog’s mission to save, rehabilitate, and find the best suitable home where the dog can live a forever healthy, happy life. There is no greater satisfaction for a foster volunteer than to see their dog at an outside café or playing at the dog park with their new owner. UnderDog adopters are extraordinary and frequently stay in touch with the organization for years to come. Adopters are grateful to UnderDog for saving the dog who has now become a part of their life. UnderDog consistently receives updates, pictures and holiday greetings from furry friends adopted in years past. It is truly a blessing, and validates the hard work and selfless acts of the many volunteers who have given of their time, effort and heart to save the life of an unwanted dog.

Another amazing attribute of UnderDog is their philosophy of, “Once an UnderDog, always an UnderDog.” They rescue their dogs for life! Although their organization takes decision making about potential adopters very seriously, if for any reason, challenges arise and the dog needs to be rehomed, the dog comes back to the organization. UnderDog understands life is unpredictable and although they make the very best decision up front on adopters, on occasion, emergencies surface. Once UnderDog makes a commitment to save the life of a dog, they do it for life.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments UnderDog Rescue supports shelters through out the State of Florida, but primarily resides in Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida. UnderDog also supports local residents who due to unforeseen circumstances are forced to rehome their animals and have been refused by local shelters due to over crowding.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
To describe the feeling of saving a dog who is on the 4pm kill list in a high kill shelter, receiving the neglected, abused, dog and accepting the dog into our rescue.  Then, watching the dog transform from a mental state of fear and depression where as some dogs simply give up .... to watch them turn into a dog whose tail is up, learns to play, knows that its next meal will be available and who receives all the love, medical attention, emotional assurance to become a dog who is happy and learns "again" or "for the first time", that human touch can be a wonderful thing .... to watch these dogs go from pure neglect, pain and suffering to being adopted through a secure, safe, adoption process that provides a forever loving, stable and safe home ...there is no greater reward than to watch this transformation to joy and pure happiness.
Description UnderDog volunteer training provides an overview of expectations, processes, organizational chart with contact names/phone numbers and description of how the overall organization operates. Includes reporting process.
Budget $450
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Program will ensure consistency with high quality care of animals housed in foster homes.  It will also streamline adoption process to ensure adoption process closely monitored and followed, consistent with organization goals.
Long Term Success Program will ensure consistency with high quality care of animals housed in foster homes. It will also streamline adoption process to ensure adoption process closely monitored and followed, consistent with organization goals.
Program Success Monitoring Return rate.
Program Success Examples UnderDog follows a strict adoption process.  This is demonstrated by the low percentage of returned animals. Doing the right thing up front and doing our due diligence to ensure dogs are properly cared for and potential adopters are seriously screened and interviewed prior to adoption approval.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email Srayburn55@gmail.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
December 2014 and June 2015 charitable recognitionSRQ Magazine2015
Van WezelCesar Mallian2015
UnderDog Rescue saved hoarding dogsABC My Suncoast News2015
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Shona Otto
Company Affiliation President
Board Term Mar 2008 to Dec 2030
Board Chair Email Sotto11@verizon.net
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs Julia Johnson Vice-president
Mrs Shona Otto President
Ms Sherri Rayburn-Fields Secretary/Treasurer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 20
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $115,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$118,381$107,009$84,629
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.221.311.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$94,938$68,884$35,761
Current Assets$94,938$68,884$35,761
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$94,938$68,884$35,761
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $84,400Program Service Revenue $115,004Program Service Revenue $95,782
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $60,035Contributions, gifts, grants $25,128Contributions, gifts, grants $11,544
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken solely from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Underdog Rescue of Florida Inc
Address PO BOX 351
BRADENTON , FL 34206 0351
Phone 941 713-6531