My name is Axel!

Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier Dog for adoption in St. Louis Park, Minnesota - Axel
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Facts about Axel

  • Breed: Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10525136-16-1258

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, October 15th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Commemorative Air Force MN Wing Museum

310 Airport Rd Hangar 3 - South St Paul –



Wednesday, October 19th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Northgate Brewing

783 Harding St NE, Minneapolis MN –


Hi!! My name is Axel and I want to tell you about myself. I am 8 years young and 9 pounds. I am a very special boy and am looking for a special home!

After being rescued, they discovered that I have some neurological deficits. I have a front foot drop, but am able to flip my feet with effort. I have an unsteady gait and have a hard time flipping back if I tip over. I am unable to run or walk in a straight line and I can only do stairs under supervision. They are giving me medicine to help and I may even see a doggy chiropractor soon! It sounds like a lot, but despite all of this, I am as happy as can be!

Don't focus on the things you can't do, focus on the things you can do! That  is what they tell me !   I am potty trained, quiet, and get along  well with dogs and cats!  I could be your only pup or  I c ould make a great addition to your pack.  I am quite the respectful little gentleman.

Exploring the back yard with my dog friends is fun. I don't need a fenced in yard or a lot of exercise, since I can't really run. Going out to the bathroom and exploring a bit is all I need. And some kisses from my dear loved ones. I love to be pet and receive affection. I am so small that you can even carry me around town in a sling or walk with me in a stroller. There are so many options to a fun-filled life together!

I don't need much, just a home where I am loved and perhaps humans who can be home a lot or can take me to work with them. I will be such a good boy and will love you to the moon and back! 


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.

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Please understand that all of our pets are in 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 email us to confirm attendance.



To fill out an online adoption application please visit 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 952-929-0777 or email us at for more information.



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. 
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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.