Rooting for the Underdogs: Oklahoma pair start new animal rescue group

Oklahoma City-area residents Meike Parker and Jared White have started The Underdogs Rescue Inc., an organization that seeks to reunite lost pets with their owners and to find caring homes for abandoned animals.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 14, 2014

Choctaw resident Meike Parker has named it “Hunks and Pups.”

That’s the catchy theme of the new 2014-2015 calendar being sold to raise funds for The Underdogs Rescue Inc., a new rescue group Parker founded with her friend and fellow animal lover Jared White.

The pair said they formed The Underdogs Rescue Inc. as an organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners. And Parker said another big part of their work is finding caring homes for abandoned animals and encouraging pet owners to find new homes for their animals or give them to the Underdogs rather than dumping them on the street.

The group’s motto is “Don’t let them go. Let us know.”

Paying the bills

Parker, 43, said she and White, 30, have been funding their rescue efforts since they started the new rescue group. She said this includes medical treatment for the rescued animals and spay/neuter fees.

Parker said the 18-month calendar, which begins with July 2014 and ends with December 2015, features Oklahoma City-area “hunks” interacting with their canine friends. Being sold as the group’s first fundraising effort, the calendar includes photographs by local photographer Teri Carr. The animals featured in the photos are either the pets of the men photographed or dogs rescued through The Underdogs’ efforts.

White, of Oklahoma City, said money raised through the calendar will help pay the organization’s ever-growing veterinary bill and aid it in fulfilling its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, advocate and educate.

Shared concern

It’s fitting that two literal “underdogs” brought Parker and White together.

Parker said she has found as many as eight dogs abandoned along NE 63 as she travels to and from the Choctaw home she shares with her husband, Jerry.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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AT A GLANCE

The Underdogs Rescue Inc.

For more information about The Underdogs Rescue Inc. or to purchase one of the organization’s 2014-2015 calendars for $20, call 593-8671, send email to theunderdogsrescue@gmail.com or go to www.theunderdogsrescue.wix.com/theunderdogs or www.facebook.com/theunderdogs.

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