Minnesota K9 Ninja brooks no obstacle to finding homes for homeless dogs

Aug 30, 2016

Roo Yori and his dog Angus in their way to the American Ninja Warrior course
Credit Joshua Grenell. Used with permission.

Rochester's Andrew "Roo" Yori is no stranger to national attention.

Before the 39 year old lab technician at the Mayo Clinic became a finalist on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, he and his wife Clara adopted a pit bull mix dog from a Rochester shelter.

In 2006, Yori and Wallace the Pit Bull were named National Dog Agility Association's World Champions for flying disc.

Then they adopted Hector, one of 51 dogs rescued from the Michael Vick dogfighting case, a dog who went on to become a Certified Therapy Dog to visit nursing homes and hospitals.

Now Yori is back in the national spotlight again, parlaying his turn on the reality competition to promote adoption and help homeless dogs find their forever homes.