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Bella’s story started when she was surrendered to a shelter in Dubai. Being adopted out would mean once again struggling to survive the desert heat. Bella was lucky to have someone determined to find her a rescue in a country with a cooler climate. Merlin’s Hope was happy to help and equally thankful for a benevolent volunteer who traveled with her. Once safely in Canada, we had her cleaned up and groomed for her fresh new start. This shy little girl was happy to run and walk in the winter cold! A lovely couple and their beloved kitty had been waiting patiently for seven months for a new addition they could welcome into their family…and Bella arrived. Bella will be spoiled with attention and enjoy many long cool walks for the rest of her life! Congratulations little Bella and your new family! Enjoy your winter walks!


Bubba’s owner dumped him off at a shelter in the U.S. where he had little chance of a future. Everything was against him…he’s black, old, blind and almost deaf. Bubba doesn’t know any basic commands, nor does he know he’s different. The shelter’s volunteers reached out to save him because of his sweet demeanor. True to their word, Bubba was a welcomed guest at his foster home. Against all odds, Bubba had the perfect application and we were thrilled for him and his bright new future. BUT, unbeknownst to us, Bubba had already found his perfect home, and made it dangerously clear that he was not thrilled nor about to celebrate. He lasted less than 24 hours and was brought back with his familiar foster pack. His siblings greeted him with excitement and all his furry friends celebrated his return. Bubba is now a permanent resident of Merlin’s Hope and Dawn’s lovely family. Congratulations Bubba, you’re happy, home, safe and LOVED!


Lucy’s owner abandoned her. Thankfully she was left in the hands of someone who cared enough about her to do the right thing and surrender her back to our rescue. It was a hard decision since Lucy won his heart, but long work hours and circumstances prevailed. Still young and as beautiful as ever, Lucy caught the eye of many admirers. The right fit was with an equally young and beautiful gal who was looking for a partner in crime. Together this duo will jog, hike, walk and travel. Lucy has met her match and we look forward to following their adventures. Congratulations girls! We couldn’t be happier for you both!


One of the worst cases of neglect the vet has ever seen regarding this dogs eyes. Poor Mooshu suffered for 9 years of being bred almost to death before her owner surrendered her to rescue. Weak, blind and shut down, Mooshu could barely walk when we accepted her. Upon medical assessment, it was determined she needed at least a month of good care to build up her body strength before considering surgery. Not only did she get excellent care in her foster home, but enough love to build her confidence up as well.
Once her body and spirit were ready, Mooshu was scheduled for entrophian surgery, spay and to have a tumor removed. Again she needed rest to recuperate. Her foster Mom was anxious to get her home and start caring for the girl who was once terribly broken. She watched her heal, inside and out. Her coat started to shine, fur grew in, her eyes opened and she could see. Mooshu was happy, pain free and had a reason to live…to give her foster Mom love filled thank-you’s for the rest of her days. Thank-you foster Mom for being a “foster-failure” and winning the trust and love for this desperately needed girl. A true rescue story and happy ending for one little dog.
Happy adoption day…

Year End Round-up 2017

Another year is wrapping up and what an incredible year it has been for this little rescue! We were super busy assessing, transporting, training, posting, answering emails, phone calls, processing applications, arranging home visits, fundraising, for each and everyone of the 18 dogs we took in! That’s right! 18 dogs in 18 fantastic homes.
We held three major fund raising events and would like to send a big gracious thank-you to;
The Ruffians who put fun in fundraiser. It was worth the drive to Ottawa. And to Cathy V., there would be no Artisan Fair without you. Every year it just gets better and better! Also to the Twelve Days of Thanksgiving fundraising Auction. This fabulous auction raises money for many different worthy causes including ours.
We hope all our followers enjoyed each dogs journey from freedom Ride to happy ending. Thank-you for following, liking, commenting and sharing.
Also a sincere thank-you to those who donated, your generosity absolutely makes a difference in a dog’s life.
To this years 17 new adoptions …(we’re just hoping and waiting on the 18th home to foster flunk…lol) A big welcome to the Merlin’s Hope Family and to everyone who’s reading this, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Paw-fect New Year!
Dawn & Debbie


Animal Control was called to pick this boy up after he bit someone in the face. He was scheduled to be euthanized in ten days. Echo took that time to prove to the staff that he was a good boy… and he succeeded. However, He was still deemed “unadoptable” so they contacted several rescues but his bite history made his chances slim to none. They reached across the boarder and we agreed to give him a chance. While in foster care, Echo continued to work his charm, this time on his foster Dad and a pretty female chow named Gaia. The two were inseparable and for the first time, Gaia had a playmate. Foster Dad finally had his “fun-dog” and threatened to stop rescuing if Echo left. Don’t worry, we’ve taken three more dogs in need…I was out numbered 4-1, Echo’s staying. Foster Dad and Gaia are happy, Echo’s happy and I’m happy helping chows. Echo still has no idea how hard he bites but we’re working on that. He rarely air snaps now… now that he has his forever home. Congratulations Echo, you’re officially part of the pack!


The Human Society was called to pick up Bruno and his girlfriend. Together they resided at the shelter for the next six months while Staff patiently worked with them to help make them adoptable. They also
diligently tried to find them a safe place in Rescue for a hopefully future. We suggested they split them up for a better chance of adoption and they did. Finally we committed to Bruno and shortly after to his friend Zooey who quickly found her forever home. Bruno however was a senior male making him a less appealing to adopt. Life so far has been about abandonment. His original owner left him, the shelter staff come and go, his girlfriend disappeared…he put on a tough face, but he was scared. He walked proud on a leash, but over reacted when seeing other dogs making his adoption option even slimmer.
Good thing he’s as cute as a button. When his new family took one look at his photo, they knew he was their boy. Before he could be adopted, Bruno needed his teeth cleaned and sadly a few pulled. His new Mom and Dad anxiously waited. When it was time to go, it was a family affair. Bruno got a big welcome and a perfect start to his new life. We’re happy Bruno has a perfect home, his own bed, yard and best of all his own people! Finally he has what every dog wants…attention and love. What makes this even more amazing… Zooey’s only 10 minuets away! Congratulations To Bruno-Bear…you are finally are home.


Zooey’s owner died and left her and her brother in the care of someone who clearly disliked and disowned them.  By the time animal control was called to “take them away” they were pretty neglected and wild with fear.  A staff member at the shelter was willing to give them a chance and they came around.  For six months, staff searched for a rescue where they would find them safe happy homes.  Merlin’s Hope stepped up and was thrilled to introduce a wonderful lady who was waiting for a special companion to this sweet girl waiting for a forever home. Zooey will have all the attention and love she deserves and will give it back to her new Mom with puppy dog eyes and dedication.



Tyson was temporarily spending time in a junk yard, and it showed. His dirty coat stunk as did the infection in his mouth.  Our groomer did a fabulous job cleaning him up just in time for his surgery to be neutered.  Once under, his mouth was also cleaned and antibiotics were prescribed.  Tyson’s previous owner  made a tough decision to call upon Rescue and surrender his beloved companion.   It was a sad and sensitive situation but we promised to find Tyson an incredible home so he would not have to worry about his dog any longer.  His foster mom was a perfect start.  A gentle patient gal made his transition easier.  While Tyson was being fostered, he made friends with the resident cat.  He charmed his way into everyone’s hearts and no one could imagine the house without Tyson.  He was home.  Congratulations Tyson, you’ll be spoiled with new adventures and endless love for the rest of your life.   

Merlin’s Hope 3rd Annual Artisan Fair

Merlin’s Hope will be holding their 3rd annual artisan fair fundraiser on Saturday November 25th:
Saturday, November 25 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Parish of St Andrew & St Mark Ofc
865 Dr Lakeshore, Dorval, Quebec H9S 2C7

There will be over 20 talented local artisans featuring a variety of unique handmade items – knitted items, soaps, jewelry, pet products, baking and so much more. A lunch room will also be available with soup, sandwiches and homemade chili. Please come and show your support for this great cause

Merlin’s Hope tiendra sa 3ème foire artisanale annuelle pour récolter des fonds:
le samedi 25 novembre de 10h à 16h.
Parish of St Andrew & St Mark Ofc
865 Dr Lakeshore, Dorval, Quebec H9S 2C7

Il y aura plus de 20 artisans locaux talentueux avec une variété d’articles uniques faits à la main : articles tricotés, savons, bijoux, produits pour animaux, pâtisseries et bien plus encore. Une salle à manger sera aussi disponible avec des soupes, des sandwichs et du chili fait maison. Venez manifester votre soutien pour cette grande cause.

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