Hello there – and welcome to the Minpinerie, based in Ottawa!

Again in 2023, the hardworking Minpinerie team continues its work. We are a non-profit Ottawa-based rescue made up of dedicated dog-loving volunteers who specialize in the rescue and foster of Miniature Pinschers.  We rescue dogs that have been surrendered by their owners, willingly released by puppy mills or breeders, or abandoned in shelters. We also rescue, with priority, other small breed dogs in situations of peril or abuse.  In addition, the Minpinerie assist women with dogs who must exit a domestic abuse situation by providing long-term or short-term fostering.

As the costs of gas, home heating, food and other essentials keep going up, we're seeing more dogs in our care. Please give a little to us if you can. Every penny goes to care of our dogs. We volunteer our own time, gas and other expenses. We need help from good people like you to keep vetting all our dogs and caring for our palliative and long-term fosters. Thank you.

In order to continue helping the dogs we love, we are asking you for a small contribution of $5/month (or more if you can spare it). 

If just 400 people give $5/month, we will be able to catch up on our current outstanding bills and plan our future operating expenses so we can continue to take in new dogs. 

You can donate by:

  • Clicking the donate button on the top of the facebook page
  • Going to the main page of our website www.minpinerie.ca and using the PayPal option for a monthly or one time donation
  • Sending an Interac etransfer to minpinerie@yahoo.ca
  • Mailing or dropping off a cheque, cash or money order to 1345 Paardeburgh Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 6V6
  • Cheques should be made out to Minpinerie Inc.

We thank you for your continued support. To all of those who say, “If I could, I would save them all,” here is your opportunity to help us save at least as many as we can!

All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.


Meet our Board of Directors

Founder, Chairperson, Intake/Transport Coordinator
Ruth Cottrill (Medical Professional, Retired)


President, Adoption/Foster Coordinator and Surrender Coordination
Louise Currie (HR Consultant, Retired)


Vice President, Finance and Administrative Coordinator
Jaye Lister (Legal Assistant, Retired)



Regional Coordinator, British Columbia and the Prairies
Debra Kostiuk

Regional Coordinator, Maritimes
Mary Savory


Team Leads

Viviane Bouchard - Fundraising Events Coordinator

Andrea Bruce - Social Media Team Lead

Treena Hein - Webmaster

Ursula Hiratsuka - Photographer and Graphic Designer


Volunteers - Our backbone

An amazing team of dedicated volunteers: foster parents, transporters, donors, groomers, event organizers and folks in other roles. None of this work would be possible without them!

Special Thanks

Tracey Campbell - Intensive and Palliative Care Foster Parent
Shaayaan Jameel & Marisa Bivi - WordPress Minions