When people ask “what is Urban Underdogs?” our go to phrase has become “We help animals on the front end” What this means is we help the humans of companion animals, who are having financial difficulties, by providing them with dog and cat food, in the hopes of keeping their furry friends out of the shelter system.
According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters each year. 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Of these approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year.
According to the Pets for Life program sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States there are 23 million pets living in poverty in the United States.
During our field work we hear comments such as:
“People shouldn't have pets if they can't afford them”
or “Its not fair for the dog/cat to live that way”
To have the love and companionship of a pet should be for everyone. This is especially true for the elderly and disabled. These pets are often the only daily companionship they may have and these companion animals mean the world to them.
Companion animals can also provide health benefits by reducing blood pressure, help with depression and helping people be more active both physically and socially.
Urban Underdogs is not a rescue, nor will we ever be. Our goal is to make a difference in the Las Vegas Valley one companion animal at a time.