About Rescue Dogs

We find rescue dogs through a variety of different avenues, including Puppy Mill rescues, and Surrendered Dogs. Here is the difference between the two:


Sometimes, an owner is unable to take care of their dog anymore. Reasons may include they are unable to care for the dog, or it may be time issues, relocation, allergies, or behavioural issues or illness.

When a dog owner is considering surrendering their family pet, it can be very stressful, painful, time consuming scary process. Manitoba Small Dog Rescue can help.

If you are deciding to surrender your dog, please read our Surrender A Dog page to learn how we can help you through this process.


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Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce supposed purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, at the mill itself, or are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country. Over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals all takes place for a profit.

Puppy Mills are easily idenfied:

  • Dogs are bred exclusively for profit
  • Housing consistes of wire or hutch-type cages
  • Shelter from the elements is inadequate or non-existent
  • Little to no veterinary care nor grooming is provided
  • Inferior food products are utilized
  • Basic needs, such as water and food, are contaminated
  • Socialization among the animals is prohibited
  • No exercise is provided

Please read our PDF on how to care for and handle a puppy mill dog.