Adoption Process

The first step towards adopting is ensuring that you are ready to adopt and prepared to make a commitment to a new furry family member.

As we are a foster based rescue and all of our dogs are in private homes, we require an Adoption Application to be submitted prior to setting up a meet with a dog. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant and will not be processed. This process is not meant to be arduous. It is meant to gather relevant information in order to help us find the dog that is the right match for your home and lifestyle.  Adding a new family member to your home is a big decision.  We want to ensure it is the right fit for your family and for the dog.

We complete a telephone interview, reference checks and a home check prior to approving an applicant for adoption. Please don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from us right away as we are all volunteers with our own careers, families and fur babies while dedicating an enormous amount of our personal time to running the rescue. We do our best to respond in a timely manner.  If you don't hear from us, please feel free to send us an email.  It is the best way to contact us to ensure a response.  The initial application process may take up to a week.

Once you have been approved for adoption and have found your perfect match, you will be required to meet with the Adoption Coordinator to sign an Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee prior to the release of the dog into your care.

We adopt out of province on a case by case basis provided the applicants come to Winnipeg to meet the dog, sign the contract, and transport it home.  A satisfactory home check must be completed by a reputable area rescue prior to the adoption.  We do not ship dogs out of province to adopters and we do not adopt dogs out "sight unseen".  You must meet the dog you want to adopt to ensure that it is the right fit and personality for you, your home, and lifestyle.

We also have a private page on Facebook for our adopters called SOHR Alumni which allows you to share updates on your dog and seek out training tips, advice, and support. 

Adoptions Fees

Adoption fees include:

  • 3 sets of parvovirus/distemper vaccines (2 sets for adult dogs)
  • 3 rounds of deworming
  • 3 vet checks
  • rabies vaccine
  • spay/neuter
  • tattoo
  • 6 weeks of complimentary insurance through Pet Secure.
  • Adult dogs are also tested for heartworm and Lyme disease.

The above noted services are included in your adoption fees when

completed at one of our partner veterinary clinics. 

Adult Dogs 11 months and over:  $325

Puppies 10 months and under:  $400

Small Breed Adults:  $400


We work with several different vet clinics. Our primary care clinic is Plessis Veterinary Hospital with Dr. Bhandari, Dr. Virdi and staff.  Plessis Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week and is open Monday to Friday until 9:00 pm.  

We also work with Beausejour Animal Hospital, Sherbrook Animal Hospital, and Stonewall Veterinary Clinic.

In 2017, SOHR spent nearly $250,000 on veterinary care.  In 2016, we spent over $260,000 on veterinary care. Please consider donating so we can continue to save lives and provide hope!


Adopting a furry family member is a huge commitment for the remainder of the animal’s life.  It requires a lot of investment that includes love, patience and time.  Having a new dog or puppy is always exciting but please be sure that you are ready to adopt and prepared to make a commitment to your new family member.  

We want adopters to invest in their dog's training rather than letting the dog train itself! As an incentive, we offer a $50 refund when you complete obedience training with your SOHR puppy and show us proof of completion.  

Although we make every attempt to match the dog to the home, we recognize that there may be times when that match is not the right fit. If you choose to surrender your dog, it must come back to Spirit of Hope Rescue.  Once an appropriate foster home is available, arrangements will be made to return your dog to the rescue.  The dog cannot be re-homed without the rescue’s permission.