Spirit of Hope Rescue is a volunteer run, foster based, non-profit dog rescue that works with more than 35 Indigenous communities in Manitoba.
SOHR was founded on January 30th, 2012 by Cathie Mieyette as a promise to herself, that if she was to survive what was then a lifesaving stem cell transplant, she would start a rescue to help Indigenous communities address the overpopulation of dogs. Cathie is a 4-time cancer survivor and is the Executive Director of Spirit of Hope Rescue.
SOHR was formally called SSNIP, short for Sagkeeng Spay Neuter Initiative Program. The name was changed to Spirit of Hope Rescue in 2014 to more accurately reflect the full scope of the work that the rescue did.
SOHR has rescued over 3000 dogs in the last 7 years. In 2018, 405 dogs were rescued and 382 were adopted. In 2017, 578 dogs were rescued from 38 communities. 493 dogs came into Spirit of Hope Rescue while we sent 85 dogs to 8 other rescue groups. 500 dogs found their forever homes through SOHR in 2017! In 2016, 544 dogs came into rescue and 498 were adopted! We have up to 115 dogs in foster care at any given time! And we average almost 40 adoptions per month!
We rescue sick, injured, neglected, homeless, starving, abused dogs and puppies! We place them into loving foster homes for a minimum 2 week quarantine period until they are ready to be adopted through our adoption program. And we don't just bring puppies into rescue. We also work to ensure that the mama dogs also come into rescue to be spayed, and not left in the community to continue having litter after litter. We like being part of the solution!
We strongly believe in spaying and neutering not only because it is the foundation for which SOHR was built, but because it saves lives! We have completed 7 mobile spay/neuter/vaccination clinics to date. In May 2018 we completed a mobile clinic in Sandy Bay where 46 dogs were spayed/neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. In February 2017, we partnered with other rescue groups to spay/neuter 80 dogs from 8 First Nations communities. In May 2017 SOHR and our team of dedicated volunteers ran a mobile spay/neuter clinic with Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal which saw 50 dogs fixed in Pinaymootang First Nation (Fairford).In 2016 we also completed vaccination and deworming clinics in South Indian Lake and Roseau River as well as a mobile spay/neuter clinic in Little Black River. And we are also working with Dr. Jenn Nyhof from Thompson Veterinary Clinic to spay/neuter/vaccinate dogs from South Indian Lake!
By working to control the dog population and preventing unwanted litters from being born into poverty and homelessness, we are helping Indigenous communities make their communities safer.
In 2017, we rescued 578 dogs from the following 38 communities:
Berens River, Bloodvein, Cross Lake, Dakota Tipi, Ebb & Flow, Elphinstone, Fairford, Fisher River, Garden Hill, Grand Rapids, Keewaywin ON, Lake Manitoba, Little Black River, Long Plain, Lundar, Nelson House, Norway House, Pauingassi, Peguis, Red Sucker Lake, Roseau River, Sagkeeng, Sandy Bay, Sandy Lake ON, Scantebury, Selkirk, Shamattawa, Shoal Lake ON, Sioux Valley, South Indian Lake, Split Lake, St Theresa Point, Tadoule Lake, Thompson, Wabowden, Waywayseecappo, Winnipeg, York Factory.
This is all possible with the assistance of community-based animal advocates who actively work within their communities to save dogs by reaching out for assistance to rescues such as SOHR. 99% of our dogs come from Indigenous communities.
We also work collaboratively with other rescue groups to find placements for dogs in need of rescue. We most often work with:
We run our Wiidookdawin low-cost spay/neuter program all year long for Indigenous communities. In 2017 we fixed 107 dogs through this initiative! A $50 donation prevents unwanted litters of puppies from being born into poverty and homelessness. We love being part of the solution and spaying/neutering saves lives! Ask us how to sponsor a dog and help save a life today!
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