Adopt a Chihuahua

Chihuahua Dog

Raphael the Dog needs a home

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 <[email protected]> ***Be sure to check your spam/junk folder as sometimes our emails end up there***

FUN CITY DOGS — Sat, February 17 12:30pm – 2:30pm — 2213 Snelling Ave Minneapolis MN

ATLAS PET SUPPLY — Sat February 24 2pm – 4pm — 12761 Central Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55434


  • DOB: 4/4/2015

  • Requires another dog in home: Yes

  • Okay with dogs of all sizes: Yes

  • Okay with cats: Unknown

  • Okay with children under 12 years old: No

  • Requires a fenced yard: Yes

    Note: dogs must always be leashed whenever outside of a contained area

Hi, I'm Raphael, a very shy Chihuahua. I am about 2 years old and learning about life in a home.


This is a whole new world for me since coming into rescue.  I am really shy and nervous of all these new things, that sometimes I can get so scared I fear bite.  Because of this, it is best that I go to a furever home without any kids.  I've had a tough past and am not used to such kindness and love I've been shown in my foster home. With continued training and an adjustment to life in a home, I hope to respond more appropriately. I am trying my best to be a good and brave boy!


I am looking for a patient adult or two who will help me come out of my shell and see that this new life is the good life!  I have so much potential and just need the right person to help me let it out.  I'm good with dogs of all sizes, and need another one in my home to show me the ropes and help me gain confidence. 


My favorite thing is to play in my fenced in yard!  I'm so shy and have not started working on leash training yet, so a fenced in yard is necessary to keep me safe and happy right now!  I am still working on my house training, and I'm so close to being crate trained!  I sometimes bark a little when I'm crated, but will quiet down.


I am ready to find a patient furever home that will help me work through all these new experiences, could it be you?


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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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

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  • Animal: Dog
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Size: Small
  • Gender: Male
  • State: Minnesota
  • Zip/Postal Code: 55416
As of 4/21/2024 Raphael is still available for adoption. Please use the owner information below to confirm that Raphael is still available or to adopt. Don't forget to check the other animal shelters near me there are many other pets needing a fur-ever home.

Owner Information

You can find Raphael at Underdog Rescue MN You can find Raphael at Underdog Rescue MN

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