Apply to adopt a dog


Adopting a dog gives loving animal a home and provides a lifelong bestfriend to you and your family. Every year too many animals end up homeless and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. By adopting a dog you will be giving that dog a loving and deserving home, while allowing us to maintain the capacity to rescue dogs in need.


Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba does not have a shelter location to house its dogs. The rescue relies on volunteer fosters to provide homes for the dogs until they are adopted. To meet a dog, please fill out the Adoption Application below or stay tuned for upcoming meet and greet events. The Rescue does not do same day adoptions. To ensure the best fit for our dogs and potential adopters, it can take up to two weeks to process an Adoption Application. You are welcome to apply even if there is no dog that meets your preferences. We will keep your application on file until have a dog that may be a match for you.


Our available dogs are looking for love and companionship and you may be the perfect match.

Two pugs sleep on a bed

If you are having trouble with the form below, click here to download a printable version of the Adoption Application form or email us at with any questions. Please Note: Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba reserves the right to refuse foster or adoption applications at any time.


Complete The Adoption Application

Completing the Adoption Application found below is the first step in adopting a Boston Terrier or Pug from our rescue. Our goal is to find the best match for you and the dog, so we would appreciate honest answers in your application. The Adoption Application will provide us with more information about what you are looking for, your lifestyle and family environment, and will allow us to ensure the adoptable dog will be best suited in its new home. The well-being and happiness of our dogs is our priority, so every application will be screened to ensure a best match.

Out of Province applications will be accepted, but the applicant will only be considered if a home-visit can be completed by an approved representative for the rescue and the applicant is deemed suitable. The rescue also will not ship our dogs, so the applicant must be willing to drive to Winnipeg to pick up their new dog.



Application Screening

Once we have received your application, it will be reviewed by one of our volunteers. We evaluate your application to see if you are a potential match with the dog you have expressed interest in and if so, we will be in contact with you to schedule the required home visit. Please understand that all rescue activities are on a volunteer basis and we will get to your application as soon as possible. Delays in processing your application can occur if we are missing specific information in the application or if we are unable to get a hold of your references. Please complete your application as best as possible and let your references know that we may be reaching out. 


Reference Checks

A rescue volunteer will reach out to your Veterinary. Our rescue will ask your Veterinarian about the care of your current animals, including if they are spayed or neutered, kept up-to-date on vaccinations, receive heartworm preventative medication, and general health care they receive. After this has been completed, your personal references will be contacted. 

If you live in a pet-friendly apartment or condo complex, you will be required to provide documentation from your landlord that specifies that dogs are allowed to live in the building. Please provide this information with your application form to avoid additional delays in processing. 


Home Visit + Meet and Greet

A home visit is a requirement for your application to be approved. If you do not want a volunteer from the rescue to visit your home, please do not apply to adopt a dog from us. Our volunteers will be looking meet the family, and understand the environment the potential adoptable dog will be living in a safe environment to ensure there is a good match with the family. If there is a particular dog that you are interested in adopting, they will often accompany our volunteer on the home visit to meet the family and other pets. At no point during the Adoption Application process is there any obligation to adopt for either party. 


Application Status

Our Adoption Coordinator will reach out and let you know the status of your application. 

The rescue aims to provide a successful match but sometimes a particular dog is not a fit in a particular home. If your application is approved but there is not dog that matches with your family, your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted if a potential match comes up with a new dog.

The Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba reserves the right to refuse any applicant for any reason if it is determined the needs of the dog may not be met. The rescue acts in the best interests of the rescued dog – not the potential adopter.



The Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba aims to provide the best match for the adoption. Sometimes a dog that you think you’d like to adopt ends up not being the best fit for the environment or family that it would be living with. Our volunteers will work with you and your family to evaluate which dogs best fit your lifestyle and home environment. Submitting an application for a specific dog does not guarantee that the adoption will be approved, even if your application has been approved.




Adoption Trial

Once your Adoption Application has been approved and you’ve been matched with an adoptable, the dog will begin a two-week adoption trial to ensure it will do well in its new environment. During this time, the dog remains the property of the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. Under no circumstances may the dog be removed from the home by anyone other than the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. The rescue reserves the right to remove the dog from the home at any time, for any reason during the adoption trial. All rescued dogs will be spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and will have any medical needs addressed prior to be adopted.


Finalizing the Adoption

Once the adoption trial is complete and you agree to proceed with the adoption, you will be asked to sign an Adoption Contract and pay an adoption fee. Adoption fees go into the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba’s medical fund to helps cover the costs of medical care including spay or neuter, vaccinations, heartworm checks, surgeries, etc.

We thank you for opening your hearts and home to a rescued pet. We appreciate that you are not purchasing your pet from a pet store that sells live animals, or an online seller, since most of those animals come from terrible situations with puppy mills and backyard breeders. 

Congratulations on your new best friend and family member. You will be allowed to provide updates and picture of your dog with the rescue or in Facebook groups if you would like. The rescue and foster families are always happy to see the dogs loving their lives in their forever homes. 


Have questions? Click below to send us a message.

Adoption Application

*How did you hear about our rescue?

*Do you rent or own your home?

Please note: renters must provide additional documentation from their landlord which specifics that dogs are allowed in the dwelling. Documentation can be emailed to

A fenced-in yard is required for the Adoption Application to be approved. Please select how the dog will access the yard for exercise and elimination:

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba requires a totally fenced-in area for ALL adopted dogs. This requirement is for the safety and well-being of the dogs. Boston Terriers and Pugs are indoor dogs, however due to their activity level they still require freedom outdoors without a leash. If you do not currently have a fenced-in area but are planning to install one in the near future, please continue to complete and submit this application. If there are no plans for a fence you will not qualify. Please note: if you live in a pet-friendly apartment or condo complex this requirement may be waived. Dog owners would be required to abide by local leash laws at all times.

What Type of Fence Do You Have?

What is the height of your fence?

Does your fence have any holes or gaps in it?

Adoption candidates living in a dog-friendly apartment or condo will be expected to abide by local leash laws at all times. Please select how the dog will access the yard for exercise and elimination:

*Does the primary animal caregiver work:

Do you work from home?

*Does any one in the household have allergies to dogs?

Are there any plans for children in the future?

*Please list ALL members in your household including yourself:

Please list ALL pets that currently live in your household:

PET #1

PET #2

PET #3

PET #4

*If you are a dog owner, does your dog have up-to-date vaccinations against rabies, distemper, parvo, and bordetella?

*Are your current dogs licensed with the City of Winnipeg or the town/community in which you reside?

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba recommends a high quality diet (Horizon, NutriSource, Eagle Pack, Acana, Orijen, Royal Canin, etc) due to a variety of health problems these dogs can be susceptible to. If you are currently feeding a non-premium food (Pedigree, Beneful, Iams, Ol' Roy, Purina, etc) we would urge you to visit your local pet store to discuss canine nutrition and recommendations. A member of the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba would also be happy to discuss food choices with you.

*Have you ever lost a pet, had it die at an early age, or had it die due to an accident?

*Have you ever given away a pet before?

*Have you ever euthanized (put to sleep) a pet before?

*Have you ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or rescue group?

*If you were met with an unexpected vet bill, would you have the resources to cover it?

Boston Terriers and Pugs have unique care requirements. Please explore our website for more information about health problems, energy levels, and care requirements of these breeds.

Do you have a preference on the gender of dog you would like to adopt?

Do you have a preference on the breed of dog you would like to adopt?

Would you be willing to adopt a dog that was not fully housebroken?

The majority of dogs who come into the rescue will need work on their housebreaking skills. Some will need to be entirely housebroken, especially those who came from living outdoors, or from a backyard breeder or puppymill. Even dogs that have previously been housebroken can still have the occasional accident while the dog adjusts to its new surroundings and routine.

Would you be willing to adopt a dog with special medical needs or health problems?

Would you be willing to adopt a dog with some behavioural problems?

*Would you be willing to drive to meet or pick up your new dog?

*Have you applied to adopt with any other rescue organizations?

Please provide the name and contact information for your current veterinarian:

May we contact your vet for an animal care reference?

Please list two other references that we may contact regarding this application request:



By submitting this form you are declaring that all information provided above is true and correct. Any false information will disqualify you from adopting a dog from the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. You are stating that you are seeking to adopt a dog, give it a good and loving home, and accept full responsibility for their care.