​Meet Our Team

Tanya Bridges

Assistant Director


Cheryl Suggitt

Adoption Counsellor

Cathie Mieyette

Executive Director & Intake Coordinator


Lorraine Purchas​e

Bake Sale Coordinator

A Word About Spirit of Hope Rescue

Lena Lenton

Adoption Coordinator - Advertising


Janelle Clemons

Adoption Coordinator - Contracts


Megan Ducharme

Foster Applications Coordinator


Spirit of Hope Rescue is a volunteer run, foster based, non-profit dog rescue that works with more than 30 First Nations 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 First Nations communities address the overpopulation of dogs.  Cathie is a 4-time cancer survivor and the Director of Spirit of Hope Rescue.

SOHR has rescued over 3000 dogs in the last 7 years.  In 2018, 405 dogs came into rescue and 382 were adopted!  We have up to 115 dogs in foster care at any given time!  And we average almost 40 adoptions per month!

You are saving a dog’s life! 


You are preparing the dog for success in order to find it a forever home.


If you are looking for an addition to your family, you can foster until you find the perfect fit for your home.

Janine Bihun

Foster Applications

Heather Clune

Adoption Counsellor

Marlene Schurko

Foster Applications

Our Generous Supporters

Michelle Hooge

Adoption Follow Ups

Sandy Motkaluk

Adoption Counsellor

Sandi Desautels

Vetting Coordinator


Hilda Giesbrecht

Foster Manager


Jacquie Little

Adoption Follow Ups

Crystal Calisto

Foster Applications

SOHR is comprised of a team of dedicated volunteers who have a passion for dogs and work tirelessly to make a difference. 

Marnie Cahill

Foster Applications

Dawn Betker

Fundraising Coordinator


Shelly Courtney

Foster Applications

Shelly Nawroski

Adoption Event Coordinator


Benefits of Fostering