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underdog rescue :: mn pet photography :: february rescue of the month

Wow, I’m lagging behind on my timeline something fierce….. it’s mid-February and I’m just now announcing our Rescue of the Month! But I think it’s (hopefully) worth the wait. This month we’re featuring Underdog Rescue, a foster-based nonprofit that’s been around for over a decade. At that time, rescues weren’t allowed to take in “pit bull” breeds from Minneapolis Animal Control. Underdog founder, Shannon McKenzie, worked with an attorney to get the pit bull policy changed, and started this rescue to be an advocate for the “underdog.” They’ve since placed over 2,150 dogs and cats!

Fun fact about their logo….. it was developed by dog-friendly Thorn Creative, the same company who’s currently working with our friends at Sidewalk Dog on their new branding!

Shannon brought a couple of puppy mill rescues to the studio this week to get some photos. First up is Dumpling, a teeny tiny Japanese Chin. She’s about 6 years old, is deaf, has bad knees and a Grade 5 heart murmur. This little peanut needs all the help she can get!

japanese chin puppy mill dog rescue

Puff is a 3-4 month old mix, also rescued from a puppy mill. (Shih Tzu / Maltese?) She also has a congenital heart defect with a murmur. She’s a sweet girl that needs lots of love to bring her out of her shell.

puppy mill dog designer breed

So if you have a heart to help these underdogs’ hearts, you can make a donation by clicking here.

Or you can mail a check to: Underdog Rescue, PO Box 16453, St Louis Park, MN 55416


Hi! I'm Sarah, but feel free to call me Sarah Beth. I've been a professional photographer for over 17 years, and I've been an animal lover and an artist my entire life. Read More . . .


Sarah Ernhart
Sarah Beth Photography

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