Surrendering your dog to a rescue should be a last resort after having exhausted all of your options.  Most rescues and shelters are at capacity and have limited resources to take in owned dogs.

Before you make the final decision to surrender your dog, please do the following:

  • Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems. 
  • Talk with your Veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your dog.

Please consider other alternatives such as:

Training Issues:  consult with a reputable trainer to assist you as training is part of being a responsible dog owner.  Most training issues can be resolved with patience and consistency combined with the advice of a professional trainer. Email us for a list of recommended trainers.

Note:  SOHR requires a behavioral assessment to be completed at the owner's expense before we will accept an owner relinquished dog into rescue.

Moving:  Manitoba has hundreds of pet friendly housing options available so, there is no need to move without your fur baby. 

New Baby:  Congratulations!  Don't forget that your fur baby came first and will require training, guidance, and attention to help him/her adjust to a new human and routine in your home.  Consider planning ahead and consulting with a trainer to guide you through this transition period.  The Winnipeg Humane Society offers a class for expectant parents.


By submitting this document, I/we understand that if Spirit of Hope Rescue (SOHR) accepts my/our dog into rescue,  I/we are giving up forever all rights, titles and interest to the above-mentioned animal and I/we further understand that all future decisions regarding placement of this animal will be made solely by SOHR. 

I/we further understand that I/we will be required to pay a surrender fee of $150 if SOHR accepts my/our dog into rescue.