Dogs available for adoption
Alexi is 2 yrs old Chihuahua male who weighs about 10 lbs, very sweet and not really vocal in the right environment. Was feeding off his previous owner's anxiety. He is now very sociable, sweet, affectionate, in general, a good dog but he can still be quite manipulative. He's in very good health. Needs a structured environment and an alpha owner (a calm, gentle but confident leader). Has some mild leash aggression with dogs, but good off leash with most. He is crate-trained. Alexi is smart, eager to please and very engaging. He uses both pipi pads and asks to go out to potty. Alexi would do well in a peaceful home with someone that knows the breed well and is willing to work on his continued training. Alexi has never lived with children but would not be a suitable candidate for them based on his evaluation. He requires structure, boundaries and consistency. Alexi has never lived with cats. If you think you're the ideal person to offer Alexi a loving forever home and you're ready to commit to his well-being for the rest of his life, please download our adoption form located on our web site under "forms" at www.sophiesdogadoption.com asap!
Young, Male, Small
Hi there everybody! My name is Billie. I'm a 15 month old American Staffordshire/Whippet mix female and I weigh 42 lbs. I'm one very loving, fine and long-legged beauty in excellent health. I was offered to a couple when I was just a little pup by a man who was letting me wander around off leash. The couple feared for my safety so they decided to take me in. They worked a lot on my training, socialization and obedience but I developed issues around other dogs despite all of that. It is because of this issue that they decided it would be best to re-home me in a more suitable home. They always continued to work on my training so I have learned and improved a lot. The main triggers for me are dog parks and when I see other dogs on leash. I also show excitement when I see cats and squirrels so I would not be a good candidate to live in a home with other pets. I would also most likely not be a good candidate for small children since I can get very bouncy/nippy when I get excited. Here is what my humans have to say about me and all my progress... "-Billie is a female, 42lbs, brindle-white, small pit-bull type dog (possibly x with whippet). -Microchipped, registered with City of Montreal, spayed, regular vet visits, up-to-date on shots and seasonal flea/tick/parasite treatment. -Extremely loyal to those she knows, showing great excitement for family and friends she knows. Very cuddly, always wants physical contact (unless itâs too warm), and affectionate. -No known dietary requirement. Currently on a single protein diet (salmon). However, she is extremely gluttonous and will eat absolutely anything that has flavor. She has often found scraps when walking off leash, including dead frogs, bird/cat carcasses and any other rotten food she can find. She seems to have an iron stomach as well, as sheâs rarely suffered from any dietary consequences following such events. -She is a chewer. She loves her nylabones, antlers, black kongs, and ropes. --None will last indefinitely, as sheâs able to get through anything. She has not exhibited destructive chewing patterns on furniture at home. However, sheâs destroyed several of our shoes, in times where she managed to get in closed closets during the daytime when sheâs been left alone. Not only does she destroy the shoes, but she also ingests the leather/rubber/cork. Sheâs always passed or regurgitated what sheâs ingested. -Crate training: For the first 6 months or so, she was crate trained both at night and during the day if she was left alone. She adapted well and we made sure that the crate was seen as a positive place, versus a punishment. However, in November 2018 she managed to find a way to exit the cage on her own, and we found it best to not lock it, in the even that she would be panicked and would physically hurt herself by trying to get out. She moved to being enclosed in our bedroom for the next few months, until just recently, where we have started crate training her again. She is now comfortable in the crate when left alone during the day. She is not in the crate at night, as we have also trained her to sleep on her own bed next to ours. She does so without any issues and will only come into bed if invited. -Training: She is extremely smart and trainable. Her extreme interest in food makes the task that much easier, since she will do anything for treats. She can do basic tricks (sit, lay down, stay, high five, give paw, etc). She does not require high value treats either, weâve basically used her kibble as a training reward, without the slightest drop in interest. -Recall training: During the winter, as we were working with our trainer on her aggression and behaviours with other dogs, we learned that we needed to increase her recall response. Being that we were going to need to manage her better in social situations, off-leash, we would need to hold better command of her recall. This was done through the utilization of high value treats (stinky salmon/liver) and the introduction of a unique âjackpotâ word that would mean reward for her (âViens-viens!â). It took us 1.5 days to make this word meaningful, to the point that she would return when running wild in the woods, as well as when she would get overly stimulated at the dog park. -Barking: Mostly quiet in the house, but barks if she hears noises in the hallway or outside of our windows (alleyways). Seems very territorial and protective of her inside space. She does bark when out at night, on leash, if she sees shadowy figures or people with hoods/hats. -Dog interactions: From the age of 4 months, we started socializing her heavily with other dogs, both friends/family, as well as the dog park. Until she started exhibiting more reactive behaviours around 8 months, she visited the dog park almost every day. She was slow to build comfort and excitement for the park at the beginning, but this went away from a few visits. She would partner up and play with dogs that matched her energy, enjoying rough play (wrestling) and occasional sprinting. She was not reactive to other dog conflicts, ignoring them and always focusing on us. She was also very responsive to other dogs setting their boundaries (in the beginning). However, as she got older, gained more size and confidence, we started seeing a change. She no longer listened to other dogs if they set their boundaries, but instead, demonstrated combative and escalated intensity. We dealt with those by separating and de-escalating, but trying to recover with a good interaction before leaving the park, which happened most of the time, without relapse. However, these instances of conflict or loss of control by Billie started getting more and more frequent, and with a variety of dogs/sizes/behaviours. This primarily happened at dog parks, with much less of this happening on off leash dog trails. We believe this is due to the fact that those interactions are shorter, and werenât given the opportunity to escalate (the trainer also confirmed this). Human interactions: Billie can get extremely excited, both with dogs and humans. At the peak of her excitement, she will run around, jump to greet, lick and nip at people. This can be curbed by redirecting her to treats/kibble and by giving her alternative commands to focus her attention away from the new guests. She settles once sheâs had a chance to greet them or calm down through redirection. -Leash aggression: Over the last few months, weâve seen her escalate with us as wellâthis primarily occurs during walks when she seems to get over excited and starts biting on the leash; she then escalates and attempts to nip at us as well, which she has been successful at doing three times, two of which she broke skin (not deep, no medical attention was required). The only other bite incident that occurred was last week; we stopped into the dog park to practice her recall and give her a few minutes of off-leash time; she was doing great until she started sprinting around, a dog told her to calm down, and she immediately retaliated vocally; I stepped in to separate them but she had already reached a high level of intensity and she immediately redirected the aggression towards the dog onto me biting my arm and leg. She was not able to break skin as I was wearing jeans and a jacket, but left bruising." Here is her current exercise routine: "MONDAY-FRIDAY: 45-60 minute walk in the morningâon occasion that time includes 15-20 minute of off-leash with ball throwing or sniffing around an enclosed terrain. She is then put in her crate for 8-8.5 hours (she is not destructive in her crate, and we have not had any complaints re: noise, she appears to have been asleep every time we come home). She then receives another 45-75 minute walk right away (after eating her dinner of course); we always try to include at least 15-20 mins of off-leash running/ball throwing which she loves but is not obsessive about (she retrieves for the treats which she IS obsessive about haha). Afterwards, so long as she has her nylabone, some antler time, or kong ball she is usually tuckered and falls asleep by 7:30/8:00pm. WEEKENDS: always gets at least one longer off-leash experience (summit dog park, trails behind summit, sentiers de la presquâile etc.); she gets several long walks and more interaction with us. We often spend an afternoon/evening with family in their yard on the south shore with three kids and a basset hound. She gets left alone in her crate if we go out at night, or for a few hours in the day if we have errands to run. We donât take her to dog parks anymore because of her reactivity. This has improved her behaviour IMMENSELY. She now appears to have selective reactions; sometimes she can meet dogs and sniff/minor on-leash play for a minute. Others she has loud reactions to. It appears to be fear based as she really hesitates no matter what. However, she no longer melts down at all dogsâ85% of the time we are able to successfully redirect he with either a command or treats without any reaction." So, if you feel that you've got what it takes to handle Billie and continue on with her training and structure, you're an active person and understand canine behaviour well and you're ready to commit to her well-being for the rest of her life, please go to www.sophiesdogadoption.com asap and fill out the adoption request form.
Young, Female, Medium
Hi there! My name is Billy The Kid. I'm an 8 year old Puggle in very good health. I have the cutest under-bite which makes me simply irresistible. I'm a very good boy with a very loving and engaging personality. My family contacted SDA to find me a new home because there are already 2 small children at home and a 3rd one on the way. They love me very much and want me to have all the love and attention I deserve. I'm a wonderful pooch with a lot to offer. I'm great with other dogs and would do well with docile children over the age of 10. I've never lived with cats but I have never shown any prey-drive towards them, just curiosity. If introduced properly, I would most likely be quite respectful of cats. My ideal new human(s) should be somewhat active. I like to go on walks very much and I love to play and sniff around. I'm fully house-trained and crate-trained. I'm easy-going, bright and eager to please. Like all dogs, I require structure, boundaries and consistence. If you think I'm the dog for you and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please download the adoption request form located on wwww.sophiesdogadoption.com asap!
Adult, Male, Small
Hi there! my name is Bucky. I'm an 8 yr old Pit Bull in good health. I am VERY sweet with humans but not ideal to live with dogs, cats or small children. I need a stable and structured environment with regular exercise and mental stimulation to keep me balanced. I'm a very bright and engaging pooch. I received my full obedience training when I was about 4 years old so I know all my basic commands. I walk well on leash and I'm not destructive when home alone. My ideal new human should be dog savvy enough to maintain my training and be very active. My previous owners did not really keep up with my training and regular exercise once their new baby entered the home. I became anxious and uncomfortable once the baby became a toddler. I'm an extremely submissive dog by nature and can get easily intimidated by loud voices or sudden movements. I need a very calm, confident and gentle leader. I will smother you with much love and attention. I'm a total snuggle bug. If you think I'm the dog for you and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please download the adoption request form located at www.sophiesdogadoption.com asap.
Adult, Male, Large
Eloy is a young Border Collie male mix that was shot in the spine when he was a stray dog in Kuwait. Sadly, this sort of horrible thing is common practice over there. Eloy is making great progress with his physio. He's slowly gaining strength in his back legs. He's arrived to Montreal from Kuwait to begin his new life here and hopefully find a great forever home. Eloy is about 18 months old. He comes with his wheelchair. Eloy was admitted to IVH after a gunshot wound to the back which caused spinal damage. He had spinal surgery on the 2nd of December 2018 after which he is now undergoing rehabilitation sessions to try and improve his equilibrium and give him the best amount of autonomy as possible. At the moment there is an equilibrium deficit and motor ataxia in the hind legs. He is improving nicely. He has total control of defecation but with regards to urination he needs helps by gently pressing on the bladder in order to urinate. His ideal home would be one with a yard and possibly a pool and treadmill to help with his mobility. Eloy is good with other calm dogs but not comfortable with children or certain men he finds intimidating. He's never been tested with cats. He's a very sweet pooch who bonds quickly with his human. Living in a "normal" home is all new to him. He lived at the vet hospital until his arrival here. Here is what Sophie wrote for him.... "My name is Eloy. I'm a 2 year old Border Collie mix and I'm a very deserving dog. My story is sad, but I have a happy future ahead of me. All I need is that one home I can call mine. I am what Sophie calls, a Kuwaiti refugee. If I had not fled to Canada, my life would be miserable forever. Life is not easy for dogs like me in the Middle East. Our lives are in danger all the time â it is a constant battle just to make it through one more day in this crazy part of the world. I am one of the hundreds of dogs, just thrown out on the streets or even born there. In my first year I struggled, but then someone thought it would be fun to shoot me and leave me there. So I sustained an injury to my spine, the bullet caused paralysis in both my back legs. One little thing; due to my injury, I have very little control of my bladder, so boy diapers are a must for now. Thankfully, some good people rescued me, brought me to the vet where I was operated and did 3 months of physio. I scoot around without my wheels, but when I'm in that wheelchair, I'm ready to go go go! All that to say I'm looking for that one person to love me. I need work, patience and unconditional love. I will give it back to you for the rest of my life. Do you have a nice dog park near you and a fenced in yard where we can take gentle walks together? That would be ideal for me!" All the details you might need can be obtained by calling Sophie directly at (514) 804- 5052. Make sure to leave a detailed message please.
Young, Male, Medium
Hi There! My name is Jolly Jumper. I was adopted back in 2010 from Sophie's Dog Adoption. My family recently got a new puppy and I'm not getting along with him so they have decided to return me. I'm now a senior pooch so my next home MUST be my last please! I'm a very sweet dog and would do well as the only pet in the home. I just want a loving home where I can live out my golden years peacefully. I'm your typical Jack Russell. Happy-go-lucky and still very much full of spunk. I'm bright, eager to please but also territorial and used to being the centre of attention. If you think you're the one for me and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please download the adoption request form located on www.sophiesdogadoption.com.
Senior, Male, Small
Hi there! My name is Kalani. I'm a 2 yr old female Shepard mix in excellent health. I weigh about 40 lbs. My owner had to make the very difficult decision to surrender me to SDA because his landlord was threatening to evict him because of my separation anxiety. I cry and bark whenever I'm left home alone. Besides that issue (which can be corrected), I'm your typical happy-go-lucky pooch full of spunk and energy. I love to play, am very active, bright and eager to please. I lack social skills with other dogs and my leash walking needs some work but I'm not the least bit aggressive. I'm very friendly with everyone I meet including children. I've met cats before and got excited but did not show signs of significant prey drive. If introduced properly and with training, I could learn to co-exist with a cat. I already know my basic obedience commands. I'm extremely loving and sweet. Once I'm all tuckered out from exercising, I'm happy to snuggle with you and relax. A tired dog is a happy dog so if you're thinking of applying to adopt me, please be prepared to continue to work on my training and provide me with a lot of structure and daily exercise. If you feel I'm the ideal pooch for you and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please go to www.sophiesdogadoption.com and download the adoption request form asap!
Young, Female, Medium
Hi everyone! my name is Kira. I'm an 8 year old American Bulldog mix and I weigh 60 lbs. I'm in excellent health other than being prone to ear infections if given low quality food. I was rescued by a dog lover a few months ago when she visited a shelter in Orlando, Florida. She brought me home here in Montreal and worked with me quite a lot and made me see just how nice it is to be loved and have a warm and cozy home. I'm a very sweet and loving girl with people. I am dog selective however. I'm crate-trained and can stay home alone with no worries. I'm not a vocal or destructive dog at all. I love my crate and often go nap in it. You don't even need to close the door. Here is what my rescuer has to say about me.... "This is Kira, she was rescued last November along with another dog who was to be euthanized in a high kill shelter in Florida. When we first met Kira, she had shut down, she had no interest in eating or interacting with people, her spirit was broken, who could blame her after being with the same family for 7 years and then abandoned at the shelter. She was so skinny when we first saw her and clearly she had several litters in her life. How could we leave her there? Once home with us she started to open up and show us her true personality. She had no social skills but because of her wanting to please Kira learned the basics such as sitting, waiting, giving her paw, not going on sofas or beds with out being invited, learned how to play, catch the ball, just learnt that she can use her paws to dig in the snow to find her ball, kisses and she now get along with one of my dogs! Kira just soaks in all the smells during a walk, living the life of dog is something she has grown to love. Kira is in absolute heaven when she can snuggle with you or just hang out, you can see how much she appreciates having home, you see it in her eyes when she looks at you. Currently Kira lives with 2 dog savy cats and 2 other dogs. Due to her insecurities we never leave them alone, our little dog doesn't trust her and Kira is to a fan of hers either. Because of this, for Kira's safety she should be an only dog and no kids under 16. Kira needs a home with a tall fenced in back yard and someone who clearly understands that Kira shouldn't be put in a situation that she can't handle. We absolutely love her but she deserves to be in a home where she is the queen and not having to share her time with her family." If you think I'm the dog for you and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please go to www.sophiesdogadoption.com ASAP to download the adoption request form.
Adult, Female, Large
Hi there! my name is Mila. I'm a super duper pooch but I do have an issue with other dogs. I become very reactive whenever I'm out on walks and see other dogs. I'm quite vocal so I draw attention to myself. This is my only issue. Other than that, I'm a fantastic girl. I'm very sweet and loving as well as playful and bright. I would do well in a home where the human(s) are active and have a good understanding of canine behaviour. Structure and steady training will help me in becoming less reactive. It's not my fault I was never socialized around other dogs when I was a puppy. I am eager to please however so there is hope for me. I have a high prey drive so no small pets for me please including cats or small dogs. I'm a German Shepard mix. 2 years old and I weigh about 65 lbs. If you think you have what it takes to provide me with what I need and you're ready to commit to me for the long haul, please fill out the adoption form located at www.sophiesdogadoption.com
Young, Female, Medium
Hi there! My name is Ricky. I'm a 4 year old Yorkie-Poo in excellent health. I weigh about 12 lbs and I'm non-shedding. My previous human asked SDA to find me a new home that would be more suitable for me. I'm more of a one-person kind of pooch although I do get along well with docile dogs and cats. I require a very peaceful home so no children or busy household for me please. If I feel uneasy or anxious, I can sometimes nip at people's ankles. I'm skittish at first but warm up quickly once I see there is nothing to be afraid of. I'm house-trained and crate-trained. I don't like being left home alone however. I might cry and bark which may cause problems with your neighbours if you live in an apartment building or condo. My energy level is medium. I love going for walks and playing. Once I'm good and tired, I'm happy to cuddle with you and give you lots of affection. I'm very bright, eager to please and engaging. If you think I'm the dog for you and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please download the adoption request form located at wwww.sophiesdogadoption.com asap!
Young, Male, Small
Hi there! My name is Sky. I'm a 2 year old Border Collie female mix originally from a dog rescue in Greece. I weigh 23 kilos and I am in excellent health. I arrived in Montreal in July 2019 and went into foster care with Sophie's Dog Adoption where I shall remain until my ideal forever home is found. I'm a wonderful girl with lots of great qualities and a whole lot of love to give. I'm adapting very well to my new life. Here is what my foster mom has to say about me..... "Sky is GREAT with dogs, after a few days she opened up, she initially wanted to stay outside and would not walk into any room now she is comfortable and happy and has come out of her shell, it is rare she will have accidents at home, we've come back from work and there are no accidents at home , however when we are home we must let her out a few times a day as she does not ask to go outside and there can be accidents ( I feel that this is minor and can easily be worked on). She is very sweet and loving, she loves affection. She has not been tested with cats, she would require obedience training as she is learning to walk on leash and does often jump. She loves squeaky toys and loves to play with our dog Porto. Sky is high energy and requires mental stimulation as well as regular exercise. Continued training and stimulating games will be required from the family who will be adopting her. We have not tested out the crate as she has done fine without it. She does bark when she sees smaller animals such as rabbits and small dogs and people walking by on the side walk but it's only for a little bit and then she stops. We've taken her to the pet shop , she met dogs there and was great. No barking at all. She sleeps in her doggy bed at night and doesn't make a peep". So, if you think I'm the dog you've been looking for and you're ready to commit to my well-being for the rest of my life, please go to www.sophiesdogadoption.com and fill out the adoption request form asap!
Young, Female, Medium