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Ready to commit to being a forever home?

Congratulations on your new family member! 

After meeting and approval with the Underdog team,

use this page to finalize the adoption process.

Remember: animals are still the legal property of Underdog until all appropriate adoption materials are signed and the adoption fee is collected!

A few Underdog Alumni:

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Questions? Concerns? Want further in-home support or resources? Reach out to

and a team member will reach out for more information.

Complete the adoption contract

We will email you a copy of the adoption agreement specific to you and the pet(s) you are adopting.

Please read the contract thoroughly, and initial and sign to acknowledge the terms of our adoption agreement. An adoption counselor will review all the information and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. 

Did you sign:

  • The standards of care?

  • (Only select animals) Medical waiver/agreement?

  • (Only select animals) Behavioral waiver/agreement/plan?

  • The adoption plan to help get them established in your home?


Pay the adoption fee

The adoption fee amount is listed in your contract. Using that amount, please use this button to complete payment:

Underdog uses Square to process online payments. We also accept cash or check in person. Please note: when paying via Square, enter the adoption fee in the box that says "donation amount". This refers to the adoption fee, not an additional donation. If you wish to make an additional donation, add to the total amount, or let us know if you'd like to make recurring donations!

The adoption fee pays for:

  • Deworming

  • Flea/parasite prevention

  • Age appropriate vaccines

  • Medical and behavioral evaluation

  • Spay or neuter

  • Food to get started

  • Their favorite toys/supplies/treats from foster

  • Microchip implantation

  • Free lifetime microchip registration

  • A dedicated adoption plan specific to the pets you're adopting

  • Some animals come with other services (behavioral/medical follow up)

  • Lifetime support from Underdog for questions/concerns

  • A take back guarantee- we will always take our animals back for life


Want to make a donation?

We can't thank you enough. 100% of donations go directly to saving other animals, providing resources to keep animals out of shelters, food, medical care, and all things animals need to be happy, safe, and healthy. You can add it to your total adoption fee, or use the link below. We can also set up recurring donations if you're interested in sponsoring future pets!

You can donate via Square here

or with cash or check. Underdog is a 501c3 registered non-profit. Let us know if you would like a receipt for tax deduction.

(We're currently working to acquire a shelter space! Let us know if you're looking for larger scale donation opportunities)


Register your microchip information

All animals in our care are microchipped before being adopted out. Most of our animals have been implanted with a Michelson Found Animals Registry chip, though some come to our care with other brand chips. All chips are registered via Michelson.

Use this link to update your contact information to register the animal to you, or use the information on the provided card. It's free for life, and can be updated easily if you move or get a new phone number. Keep this information up to date, and keep this card for your records!


Watch your email for medical records

Within a week or two of adopting your animal, Underdog will close out their record in our system and email you an attachment with their medical history. 

Please note: due to the nature of our shelter software, emails often flag this as spam. Watch your junk inbox or spam for this email! We use ShelterLuv software.


Schedule their first vet exam

Make an appointment with your vet to get care established. Many vet offices will give free exams for newly adopted animals. This helps get you in the habit of bringing them in for routine exams and vaccines, and establishes care with your vet in the case of emergency.

Please note: Young animals (kittens and puppies) need vaccines more regularly than adults as their immune systems are still developing. Your adoption counselor will let you know what vaccines and care they're due for next. Be sure to get established with your vet ASAP so they don't lapse!


Enjoy life with your new companion!

Thank you so much for opening your home to an Underdog. Refer to our resources for commonly asked questions about getting an animal settled in their new home.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out; we're happy to provide answers and other resources to help you and your new pet succeed. We can help with new animal introductions, behavioral support, and more. We also can do in home or video counselling if desired.

Please note: While we're always happy to answer questions, once animals are adopted from Underdog, we cannot provide medical advise, diagnoses, or medication. The animal is no longer legally ours to care for, and must be seen by your veterinarian.

While we always want to do everything we can to help the animals succeed in their new home, failing all else, Underdog will always take our animals back.

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