Spirit of Hope Rescue is a volunteer-run, foster-based, non-profit dog rescue that works with more than 38 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 the Executive Director of Spirit of Hope Rescue.
SOHR has rescued over 3500 dogs in the last 9 years. We have up to 115 dogs in foster care at any given time! And we average up to 63 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 do not just bring puppies into rescue. We also work to ensure that the mama dogs also come into the rescue, to be spayed, and not left in the community to continue having litters.
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 eight mobile spay/neuter/vaccination clinics to date. In 2019, we completed a mobile clinic in Roseau River. 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 and a mobile spay/neuter clinic in Little Black River. And we also work with Northern Manitoba Paws in Need to spay/neuter/vaccinate dogs from South Indian Lake.
By helping to control the overpopulation of dogs and preventing unwanted litters from being born into poverty and homelessness, we are partnering with Indigenous communities to help make their communities safer.
Almost 99% of our dogs come from Indigenous communities in Manitoba.
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.
We also work collaboratively with other rescue groups to find placements for dogs in need of rescue. Spirit of Hope Rescue is a proud member of Manitoba Rescues United.
We most often work with:
We run our Wiidookdawin low-cost spay/neuter program all year long for Indigenous communities. 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!
All monetary donations go towards our urgent care vet bills, spay/neuter clinics, food, supplies or flight costs to have dogs brought in from remote communities that need assistance. As a rescue that focuses on dogs with urgent care needs, every donation counts no matter how big or small! We always appreciate the support that we receive as we could not do what we do without you! Your donations save lives!
Thank You for your support!
SOHR is comprised of a team of dedicated volunteers who have a passion for saving dogs and work tirelessly to make a difference.
Executive Director & Intake Coordinator
Assistant Director - Adoptions
Assistant Director - Fostering
Assistant Director - Fundraising
Adoption Coordinator - Contracts
Adoption Coordinator - Advertising
SOHR was formally called SSNIP, short for Sagkeeng Spay Neuter Initiative Program when it was started by Cathie Mieyette on January 30th, 2012. In 2014, the name was changed to Spirit of Hope Rescue to more accurately reflect the full scope of the work that the rescue was doing.
SOHR's founding members of Cathie Mieyette, her mom Lorraine Purchase, Cheryl Suggitt, and Dawn Betker are all still actively involved with SOHR to this day.