My name is Gretel!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in St. Louis Park, Minnesota - Gretel
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Underdog Rescue MN

Facts about Gretel

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10009947-16-0266
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Thank you for stopping by to see me!   Please check below to see what upcoming adoption events I will be attending or apply here for a private meeting.  If you have other questions about me you can email Underdog Rescue at <> ***Be sure to check your spam/junk folder as sometimes our emails end up there***



Saturday, August 12th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


4805 Welcome Ave N, Crystal MN 55429


Saturday, August 26th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

4805 Welcome Ave N, Crystal MN 55429


  • DOB: 8/19/2010
  • Requires another dog in home: Yes
  • Okay with dogs of all sizes: Yes
  • Requires a fenced yard: Yes
  • Okay with children under 12 years old: Yes

Hello, my name is Gretel.  I am a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever that weighs 52 lbs.

I come from a rough and scary background that has shaped me into who I am today.  I’m looking for a patient forever family that can continue to shape me into the confident and brave dog that I long to be.  

I am a very shy girl and am mostly scared of everything.  Until finding my foster home, I had never experienced the things that most dogs experience even as a young puppy.  I’m just starting to get used to being around people that are nice to me.  I get very nervous when meeting new people and just want to run away because I’m not sure of how they will treat me.  It turns out that most people tend to be very nice.  I have a very nice foster family that is teaching me what it’s like to feel love from humans.  I adore the man in my foster family and like to follow him around.  I really enjoy to snuggle with him to take a nap.  I haven’t snuggled with anyone else yet, but I think I’ll get brave enough to try it eventually. 

In my foster home, I sleep in the basement.  I have slept in my crate a few times but am more comfortable on my couch where it’s quiet and safe downstairs. My foster family has tried to introduce me to toys, but I don’t care much for them.  I am still trying to learn how to tell my family that I need to go outside to potty.  I have had a few accidents in the house because I couldn’t find a way to tell them that I needed to go potty.  Outside can be a scary place with all the sounds though.  Loud noises make me jump, especially when I’m outside.  

In my forever home, I will need another dog to show me how to become the confident family dog that I so desire to be.  With the right family that understands my needs and past, I know I will continue to be rehabilitated and have a new life to shape who I am for the better!


Many of our dogs are rescued from commercial breeders where they spent their lives getting comfort from their canine friends.  In turn, most require another companion dog in their forever home in order for them to feel safe. If you are interested in a particular dog, and do not currently have a dog residing with you, please understand that your home might not be the right fit for many of our dogs.

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.



Adoption events are updated as the foster home RSVP's to attend. Check back for updates on which events they will be attending. Please understand that all of our pets are in volunteer foster homes and sometimes "life" happens and the foster family cannot make it to their scheduled adoption event. If you are traveling from a far distance to meet a specific animal, please understand we cannot guarantee event attendance. You may wish to consider applying and setting up a private appointment. Private appointments are only scheduled after an application is submitted and approved.



The first step in our process is to complete an online adoption application on our website:
Note: In most circumstances Underdog Rescue will only adopt within 60 miles of Minneapolis, MN. 
All of our foster animals can be seen by appointment with an approved adoption application. Contact us at if you have further questions.



All of our animals are fostered in individual homes or doggie daycare facilities. While they are in our care, they are part of our families and given lots of love. We work on training, crate-training and socialization prior to adoption. Each animal's behavior is evaluated and we have a sense of its temperament and personality. We look for adopters who will give each animal the wonderful life and permanent home that he or she deserves. If you have an interest and ability to be a foster home, please visit our website  and fill out a foster application.



Nutrition is vital to the rehabilitation and life-long health of our pets.  All of our foster animals are fed a premium diet such as NutriSource, Canidae, Orijen, Nature's Variety, Fromm, Pure Vita, Stella and Chewy's, Primal, or balanced raw diet.  All adopters are required to continue providing premium diets for the life of the animal.



Not able to foster or adopt right now? Please consider sponsoring an Underdog. Your donation will help us buy dog food and pay for medical costs. Visit this link to donate. 
(Please note: A Paypal account is not necessary to use Paypal. When you get to the Paypal page, just use the link to the left of their login to make your donation via Paypal without an account.)

About Underdog Rescue MN

About Our Rescue Group...

Underdog Rescue and Placement was founded in 2000 by Shannon McKenzie. Having volunteered for several other animal rescue organizations, Shannon saw a need to help the dogs and cats often overlooked by other rescuers, the “Underdogs”

Our very first rescues included a pair of black kittens named Fenway & Wrigley, a pitbull puppy named Lucy and a tiny Toy Poodle named Lily (who was suffering from a head injury). No other rescue groups would take Fenway or Wrigley because black kittens are often overlooked by potential adopters, and, up until the time we rescued Lucy, rescue groups had not been allowed to rescue any dog considered to be a “Pit Bull” from Minneapolis Animal Control.

While in law school, Shannon McKenzie had the “anti-pitbull” policy changed, with the assistance of Attorney, Marshall Tannick. Underdog Rescue continues to successfully rescue and place pitbulls and other “bully-breeds” through a continued partnership with Minneapolis Animal Control.

Shannon’s dedication to the Underdog also extends to puppy mill survivors. Dogs that survive life in a puppy mill often come with a different set of challenges. They may require additional medical care, socialization and teaching of basic dog skills even though some may be adults. Our volunteers understand this and welcome these pets into their homes to show them what life as a dog and life with kind humans is like.

Our Adoption Process...

If you are considering adopting one of our pets, keep in mind that we have several policies regarding placement.

We only adopt to homes within 60 miles of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Only on a case by case basis do we place female dogs in homes with current female dogs.
We will not place our pets in homes with unaltered animals.
We have a strict NO DECLAW policy, where adopters must agree to never declaw adopted cats. For more information on declawing and its alternatives, please visit
We have a lifetime commitment to our animals, all adopters must agree to return their pets to us if placement is not deemed successful.
We strongly encourage continued socialization and formal obedience training for all dogs under the age of eight.
If you have children younger than 5 years, and do not already have a canine in your home, understand that adding a dog or cat will be like adding a permanent 2 year old to your responsibilities. For this reason, we will only place our pets in homes with children younger than 5 on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind that completing an adoption contract means you understand that all adoption fees are non-refundable.