Volunteering with DIBS

  • Help DIBS with Home Visits

    Help DIBS with Home Visits! There are several steps to applying for a dog with DIBS (and most rescues) 1. Application is received 2. Phone screen 3. Reference checks 4. Home visit 5. Approval 6. Adoption (Meet & Greet can happen any time after step 3 is complete) We are looking for volunteers to complete step
  • FUNdraising Lead Needed!

    DIBS is looking for a lead to take on role of fundraising.  It is an occasional role, and would focus on online auctions (once or twice a year), as well as random initiatives!  This is a volunteer position – no salary, but maybe a free t-shirt or a cute wine glass! Ideally, the candidate will
  • Join our Social Media Team!

    Social Media Role At DIBS, we like to have a dynamic duo working on our social media, with the focus being on the dogs bios!  It is the role of the social media team to work with the foster parents to be sure the dogs true personality comes through (the good, the bad, and the
  • Be a DIBS screener!

    Be a DIBS screener! There are several steps to applying for a dog with DIBS (and most rescues) 1. Application is received 2. Phone screen 3. Reference checks 4. Home visit 5. Approval 6. Adoption (Meet & Greet can happen any time after step 3 is complete) We are looking for volunteers to complete steps 2
  • Taking Humanitarian Goods to Mexico!

    We always think of dogs needing escorts to come to Toronto, but we also need travelers going to Mexico, to return crates and deliver donations to rescues in need. We do ask vacationers to take items south with you! Items normally sent: Used crates being returned to rescue org for re-use Donations of dog bowls,
  • Donations!

    We love donations – both for dogs in foster care in Ontario, and for needs in Mexico (shelters and clinics) For Canadian Foster dogs, we need dog toys, leashes, harnesses, poop bags and winter coats (Pet Valu keeps us stocked up on food and treats) To send to Mexico for dogs in shelter, we need dog
  • Foster to Adopt (FTA)

    Foster to Adopt (FTA) At DIBS, we want to have all the dogs come into rescue, but are limited by number of foster homes. In an effort to solve this dilemma, in some situations we may suggest “Foster to Adopt” (FTA).  A FTA may start as a regular application where you apply for a dog
  • Volunteering Opportunities at DIBS

    Volunteering Opportunities at DIBS Fostering This is the biggest commitment when it comes to volunteering. You are welcoming a dog into your home, and taking the time to ensure they find the perfect family. You know the dog the best, so your opinion is very important to determining the right home. In addition to the
  • Your Role as a DIBS Escort

    Your Role as a DIBS Escort! Thank you for your interest in helping bring dogs to their new homes! Every day flights travel from Mexico City to Toronto, or Cancun to Toronto – and they don’t have dogs on them! Those are flights that could have saved dogs. As a registered rescue, DIBS relies on

    Training Tips

  • Dealing with a Shy Dog

    From time to time a dog enters the rescue that seems “shy”.  Often they have entered a shelter at a young age, and are not exposed to a lot of human contact, or life with a family.  New surroundings can overwhelm then, and fosters and new families need to be prepared with the right approach
  • Congratulations on your Adoption!  Now the fun begins!

    Congratulations on your Adoption!  Now the fun begins! It’s so important to be thoughtful about introducing your dog to your world. First impressions matter – your dog feels this way too! Arriving at home: If you have existing dog, perhaps let the dogs meet outside the home (the back yard or on a walk) to
  • Understanding & Catching Fearful Dogs

    This document is aimed at assisting people who are trying to catch a high stress, fearful dog.   It can not cover every possible scenario but details the most proven methods for getting a fearful dog back home. Dogs generally run for one of two reasons; you need to first understand why the dog has run
  • Potty-Training!

    When you adopt (or foster) we don’t know a dogs skills in the bathroom department!  We can hope, but we never know! To help with potty-training, there are few important tips! Outside treats only Schedule & consistency Crate training The same as with children, dogs aren’t born knowing what to do: it’s our job to
  • Lost Pet?

    Posters are still the #1 way to get the word out about your lost pet.  Post on trees/posts within several km of “last seen” site. Use this link to list your Lost or a Found Pet:  http://www.HelpingLostPets.com/PET  Safety Net:  ensure your pet has a tag AND a microchip!
  • Setting Boundaries for Your New Dog

    Setting Boundaries for your Dog Picture this: your new rescue dog has come from a life on the streets or in the shelter. Desired human contact is a treat. Unconditional love is more than they can imagine. Then, they get rescued, traveled, fostered – lots of changes, but when they get adopted – OH MY
  • How to Help your Dog Manage Stress

    Training – Give your Pooch the Gift of Training! Training is good for all dogs, regardless of age, or the current skill-set. If you and your dog are new companions, training is the best way to help you both speak the same language. Your dog sees this time as a bonding time, but they also
  • Integrating your new dog with an existing cat

    INTEGRATING YOUR NEW DOG WITH AN EXISTING CAT How you introduce your new dog to your cat or cats plays a significant role in establishing their long-term relationship. We want your new dog and your cat to have many happy years together! We ask that you please follow the steps below to help them to
  • First Few Days at Home – Setting Your Dog up for Success!

    Trigger stacking: how we set our dogs up to fail   When we adopt a dog, what we expect is for them to be happy. We like to think that they get what’s happening and that it’s all blooming marvellous. We tell ourselves that they know what’s going on and that they’re going to love

  • The Rainbow Bridge

    Lula (was Regina)  Passed away 15-June-2018   Mariah Passed away 8-May-2018     Kito (was Cokito) Passed away 26-April-2018    

    Before You get a Dog!

  • Therapy Dogs

    We do get asked if we have dogs that could be therapy dogs.  Generally, we do not.  Some may surprise us and be up for the task, but at DIBS, we do want our dogs to be the ones on the receiving end of support, while they acclimate to their new lives.  Being a pet,
  • Shopping List for Your New Dog

    Shopping List for Your New Dog Crate – discuss with foster parents, as not needed for all dogs. Will need to know size to purchase. Toys: * Deer antlers or animal horns. This is something that they can chew on, but it’s non-toxic * Toys – stuffies vs hard? Most dogs like squeaky. Durables may
  • Decompression and Why It’s Important to Your New Dog

    The First Thing To Do When Getting A Dog From A Shelter – Learn What “Decompression” Is (source: http://kdmathews.com/first-thing-getting-dog-shelter-learn-decompression/ ) It’s pretty damn awesome of you to look to the shelter when searching for a dog to add to your family. I mean that. Our nation’s shelter’s, pounds, and humane societies are overflowing with perfectly healthy
  • Dog Peeing in Favourite Spot Indoors

    You’ve brought your new rescue dog home and suddenly they are peeing in that one spot – this is unexpected as you were told the dog was housetrained! There are a few things to consider: 1. Newly adopted dogs – even if fully housetrained – may have an accident in your home, as they get
  • Are you Ready?

    We want to help you and your new pet live long, healthy lives together. Start here! Selecting a Pet Set yourself up for success. Think about your family’s lifestyle, financial situation, space restrictions and time limitations to ensure you choose the right breed, size and activity level for your new pet. Some questions to ask