Happy Tails

Hundreds of dogs come into SADN’s care each and every year – while it is impossible to feature them all, we hope you enjoy this growing collection of ‘happy tails’ – success stories of some of the beautiful dogs and puppies who have come into SADN’s care and who have since been sent on their way to happy lives in their forever homes.


In September of 2015, this beautiful puppy was rescued from Red Sucker Lake First Nation and named Akila. Two years later, SADN received an update and photo of her (click image). It’s days like this that truly remind us why SADN does what we do.



Ava was brought into rescue with her mother, Rior, and was sent to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society. As of April 2nd, 2018, her extended visit with her potential forever family has been going really well:

“She has been wonderful. We’ve been taking her out for walks – and she will sit to listen to the birds and then try to catch them of course!”

It’s safe to say Ava is HOME. We are so happy for you pretty girl!



Bailee was surrendered to SADN and was flown to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society, where she was placed into a loving foster home. When she first arrived, Bailee was shy and frightened of everything, but that quickly changed and she flourished under the loving and patient care of her foster family! Within 2 weeks she had become a totally different dog.

On March 24th, 2018, Bailee was adopted by a great family who had been waiting to find the perfect dog and we are so happy that Bailee was the one! Congratulations to you and your new family, Bailee!


Bobbi Bobbi

Female puppy (no caption)


This beautiful girl beat the odds and survived parvo (unfortunately, her brother – Little Bear – did not). She was brought home from the vaccine clinic in Garden Hill. She is a true fighter and has grown up to be a beautiful, well-mannered dog.


Charlie Charlie Charlie Charlie

This sweet girl, Charlie, was struck be a vehicle and went missing for nearly a week before she was found – when she finally did come home, her jaw was broken and she had blood leaking from one of her ears. She was flown into Winnipeg on April 4th, 2018, where the wonderful staff at Tuxedo Animal Hospital made sure she received all proper medical care so she could heal as soon as possible and return to her loving family up north.

Huge thanks to our wonderful foster family for taking such good care of her while she heals!!


Chip Chip Chip

Chip was only 8 months when he came into SADN’s care, and he was just an all-round friendly fella! We are so glad to have sent him off to our friends at Pound Dog Rescue in Toronto, to continue his journey. Good luck, Chip!


Clover Clover

Female puppy (no caption)



Desi was brought into rescue with his mother, Rior, and was sent to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society. As of March 31st, 2018, Desi has been ADOPTED!

As soon as Desi’s new family met him at his pet store visit, they knew it was love at first sight. He reminded his new mom of a dog she had had when she was a child. He has a new fur sister and two fun human siblings whom he loves dearly and he always is sure to greet them with lots of kisses. Wishing you and your family all the best, Desi.



Edgar was found abandoned and cold as a very young puppy in Manitoba, his eyes weren’t even fully opened yet. Luckily, we were able to step in and saved this sweet boy’s life.

Edgar settled in so well his foster home and was enjoyed by his foster parents, and foster siblings, a dog and a cat. He was the life of the party and gave them many fun memories. Special thanks to Edgar’s foster mom for dedicating so much time and energy to Edgar and The Animal Guardian Society in general, we are all so grateful for your hard work.

Edgar’s now in a family with a mom, dad, and new brother. Edgar the live-wire fits in perfectly with this active family. He is already so loved and spoiled rotten. His new family is going to be feeding Edgar a raw diet and will undoubtedly provide him all the TLC he needs to continue to grow and thrive.

On March 25th, 2018, Edgar was officially adopted! Congrats Edgar and have the best life!


  Fae Fae Fae Fae Fae

This small 14lb puppy came into SADN’s network with a large abscess on her head – with some care, she has healed nicely and is showing that she has the sweetest personality ever! Fae is extremely smart, laid back and caught on to potty training in no time.



This sweet boy was brought into Winnipeg after the vaccine clinic in Garden Hill First Nation. He had a terrible case of worms when he was found but recovered once put on medication. He has been a feisty, adorable little puppy from day one!



This handsome boy was found abandoned as a puppy on Red Sucker Lake First Nation, his paw was injured but he made a full recovery.


Hayden Hayden

Hayden came into SADN’s care as a very friendly and social boy! He absolutely loves humans and we are so glad to have sent him off to our friends at Pound Dog Rescue in Toronto, to continue his journey. Huge thanks to everyone involved!


HugoHugo Hugo

Male puppy (no caption)



Hux and his sister were left abandoned at a house – luckily, the homeowner did contact SADN and we were able to rescue these two babies before they froze in the winter cold. Hux was bow-legged at the time of rescue due to malnutrition, but has since grown into a happy, healthy, bright boy. He was rescued with the help of volunteers from The Animal Guardian Society.

On March 25th, 2018, Hux officially found his forever home and is so loved already. He has a new mom and two human sisters who have all wanted a dog for a long time and had been searching for the right one. They visited him at his pet store visit and instantly fell in love.

Special thank you to Hux’s foster family for taking such good care of him, as well as all of the TAGS volunteers that played a part in his adoption process. Have the most amazing life sweet boy!


Jonnie Jonnie

This gentle mother came into SADN’s network with four puppies of approximately 3 weeks of age – she dedicated everything she had to caring for these puppies and as a result was extremely malnourished when she was rescued. With some good dewormer, endless bowls of food and some much-needed love, she regained her complete weight in just over one month! We are so happy to see her progress and as you can see from the picture above, Jonnie sure loves a good head scratch!

Huge thanks to our wonderful fosters and transporters who helped save this sweet family! Jonnie and her four puppies have headed to The Animal Guardian Society in Toronto to find their forever homes with our dedicated adopting rescue partners.


 Kevin Kevin

Kevin’s guardian angel was looking over him – he was found by random chance when passersby noticed a tiny head sticking out from the snow nearby a tree stump. When they investigated, they discovered her was stuck beneath the stump and was covered in snow. He was chipped out from the snow and brought home, where he was then washed up and given food and water. He was malnourished when he was found but is now thriving!


Kira Kira Kira

Female puppy (no caption)


Layla LaylaLayla Layla

Shortly after coming into SADN’s care, Layla fell extremely ill and was in the hospital with a low white blood cell count, and was on antibiotics and IV fluids. Her siblings started their journey with Precious Paws Rescue and she stayed back in Winnipeg with her brother Rigz, where she spent a couple days at the awesome Central Veterinary Hospital, fighting for her life. She made a full recovery and recently made her way into the loving arms of her new rescue family.

We love and appreciate Precious Paws Rescue so much. They hung onto a foster home, helped pay Layla’s Manitoba veterinary care bill and dedicated themselves to this beautiful girl, and our efforts. It truly takes a village to rescue these unwanted dogs and we absolutely love what we do and the friends we have made along the way.



Lucki was brought into SADN’s care when her owner wanted a better life for her and her puppies. Once her babies were weaned, she took on another litter of pups as a surrogate mom.

She was flown to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society, where she proved immediately what a friendly and wonderful girl she was. Well behaved and fun, Lucki was not going to be in foster care for long before she found her forever family.

On April 14th, 2018, Lucki (renamed Luci) was adopted! From words from her adoptive family:

From Luci’s new family: “She is doing really well and seems quite happy and content. She is getting more comfortable each day. We are very happy to have her.”



Lucy was brought into rescue with her mother, Rior, and was sent to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society. It warms our hearts to announce that on April 22nd, 2018, Lucy was officially adopted!

Her new family includes three kids who will be helping raise Lucy and are very excited about having a new furry sibling. Parents Michelle & Ted plan to look after Lucy’s morning walk, have family nearby to help with mid-day walks if they aren’t available, and the kids will be doing walks after school. They are looking forward to taking part in training classes.

Congratulations, beautiful girl, and we wish you a wonderful life!


Miko Miko Miko

Miko was surrendered by his owners so he could receive medical care and a second chance, after he was attacked by other dogs.


Monsta Monsta

This handsome fella came into SADN as a former sled dog – and we could not wait to fatten him up! He has been such a sweetheart from day one and will make a wonderful family dog for the family who is lucky enough to take him home. Monsta, you stole our hearts already!


Niff Niff Niff

This sweet baby was found alone at approximately a week old, and at risk of being euthanized, due to lack of resources to care for her. Thankfully, she was spoken for and rescued – she was brought by ferry into York Landing, where she made her way into Thompson via plane and then eventually into Winnipeg. What a little fighter!

Orphaned Newborns (Unnamed)

Orphaned Puppies

These darlings came into rescue family when A Dog’s Life Rescue contacted SADN about some orphans in Kenora who desperately needed help. Their mother was ran over and killed and 9 of these tiny souls were left behind. Four of these puppies left the province to find their forever homes and the remaining five were taken in by our friends at Earthdog Terrier Rescue of Manitoba. We couldn’t be happier to have such an amazing network of individuals who don’t hesitate to step in. We love you all so much!


Otto Otto Otto

Sweet female puppy, was run over by a car but despite the odds being against her, she pulled through and made a complete recovery under the care of her foster mom!


Patches Patches

This toothy-grinned girl was found wandering – she was sent into SADN’s care to avoid an upcoming dog-shoot, and we are so glad she was!


Pippa Pippa Pippa

This poor darling was found just outside of Churchill, having been chained up her entire life.


Pirate Pirate

This gentle boy spent years living outside as a stray within Shamattawa First Nation – he was known to SADN for a year before his rescue was possible. His “pack” dwindled one-by-one as they were brought into rescue, and this boy survived 6 dog shoots before his turn for rescue came! We are so glad to have in and are thankful to all of the amazing teachers working in Shamattawa First Nation who made his rescue possible.

Puppies (Unnamed)


These little bundles of love and trouble were brought into Winnipeg after the weekend of April 6-9, 2018, from SADN’s first spay and neuter clinic of 2018! So glad we could take them back with us into the city so they can find their forever homes – good luck little ones!


Rhett Rhett

After Rhett was brought into SADN, she was sent to our friends in Vancouver, British Columbia, at LEASH Animal Welfare Society, where she was adopted in February of 2018. Have a great life with your loving and active family, Rhett!



Rior came to us after living a year as a stray, at the Peguis First Nation dump. She birthed her puppies (all 8 were found together) and would was wary to approach any human. After multiple attempts at capturing her, she was lived trapped and brought into Winnipeg.

Dr. Rebecca Zettler in Treherne graciously did emergency surgery at midnight on a Saturday to remove an embedded collar that had been growing into her neck since she was a puppy.

Weeks later, Rior was learning to trust more and more and has almost completely healed from the imbedded collar in her neck! Slowly she’s learning to trust but she sure is making you earn her love.

While in foster care, Rior became best friends with another rescue dog named Moose – we all know who Rior is picking for Valentine’s Day this February!

Sadie & Puppies

Sadie & Pups

Sadie was brought into rescue while pregnant and on March 23, 2018, she gave birth to 6 beautiful puppies! In addition to being a tentative mother to her own pups, she also accepted another pup (who was found orphaned and alone) into her family.

Sadie and her seven beautiful puppies remained in foster home for approximately 3 weeks before they were sent to one of our partners to continue their journey and find their new forever families!


Sake Sake  Sake

Female puppy, was rescued as a newborn and is now living with her loving adoptive family!

Shelly and her puppies

Shelly and her puppies Shelly and her puppies

Mother with pups, no caption


Simon Simon  Simon

This handsome boy was rescued by SADN during our 2017 vaccination clinic within Garden Hill First Nation. He was found in the dirt outside someone’s home, but was never claimed, so it was back to Winnipeg with us for Simon! He was the sweetest little monkey from day one and we couldn’t be happier to have watched him grow up.


Smalls Smalls Smalls

Smalls was found on the side of the road in Sagkeeng First Nation along with her sister – she had a severe bacterial infection but thankfully made a full recovery! Smalls and her sister were put up for adoption in Winnipeg at Winnipeg Pet Rescue, and both girls were adopted. After finding out that Smalls had been surrendered from her first adopting family, her foster mom swept in and adopted this sweet girl herself!



Jonnie’s pup! Theo was brought into rescue with his mother and was sent to our friends in Toronto at The Animal Guardian Society where he has found his forever home!! We couldn’t be happier for you Theo and wish you a long and happy life with your new family.

“Theo is an amazing pup, who is an absolute joy to have!! Thank you so much for the opportunity with Theo. I can already tell, he is the perfect fit for our family… We love him so much!”


Tugboat AKA “Tuggy”  Tugboat AKA “Tuggy  Tugboat AKA “Tuggy

Another darling boy found in Sagkeen First Nation – Tugboat AKA Tuggy was brought to Winnipeg for foster but eventually made his way to British Columbia, where he found his loving forever home!


Valentino Valentino

Valentino was very skittish when he was first brought into SADN’s care, and was sporting an eye infection and lice. He made a full recovery and is now enjoying a happy life with his forever family.