Lost Dog! Steps to Take

Lost Dog! Steps to Take As a new dog owner, you need to take extra precautions;  multiple leashes, monitor door usage (tackle stance like you’re in the NFL), collar, tags, microchip (ensure info is always current on file) But – if your dog does get past you, here is what you need to know In

Dog Safety

Dog Safety Dog Safety is one of those things that we don’t think about, until after something happens. – After your dog bolts from the car – After a race around the neighbourhood after a front door escape – After your dog has been gone for days, and you have no idea where to start

Thalia – The Complete Story!

Thalia – The Complete Story! Riviera Rescue, based in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, was her front-line rescuer. Here is the story from Matteo: “This is Thalia, I found her almost 4 years ago, she was living a hell, she had a family but they chained her to a palm tree with out any shelter to cover

Your Rescue Responsibility

Adopting the perfect dog isn’t really a thing.  Some dogs are better than others, some are fantastic, but under the wrong guidance from their humans, even the best dog may flounder.   A dog’s life, learning, education is an on-going work in progress (just like with people), and your investment in them, will make all the

Shelter Puppy Syndrome!

Shelter Puppy Syndrome.  Ok, we made that term up as there isn’t a lot of info on the topic.  Perhaps it isn’t a universal issue. But – it is an issue facing our rescue organization. We have amazing rescue partners, and like anything in rescue, funds and resources are limited.  The phrase “we are doing

Picking up a Foster from the Airport!

Volunteers: 1. Airport Lead.  There will be one DIBS “Airport Lead” person at the airport. Airport lead person will need contact info for the flight escort, so they can discuss progress/address questions. 2.  There will be a “Commercial Volunteer” at a second office to help with fees. 3. Foster parents picking up their foster dog Know

Personal Reference to Foster

Hello! Someone in your life has applied to foster dogs for DIBS Rescue, and they have listed you as a reference for them.  Please don’t delay, and respond to the following questions. Thanks for helping save more dog lives! Once you complete the form, you will get confirmation in 2 ways.  After the form is

Teaching “Touch” to your Dog

Teach “Touch” or “Hand Target to your Dog” Why should I add this to my training regime? Helps nervous dogs approach people (our focus below) Gives your dog a proper way to say “hello” Allows them a way to focus when needed Provides a new way to communicate with your dog Stimulates brain Party tricks:

Kids & Dogs!

If you have been looking for a rescue dog for a while, but have kids, you may find it discouraging.  Many rescues will not adopt to families with kids, or with kids under a certain age.  Typically this is due to something that has happened, and falls into the “lesson learned” category.  This video is

The high’s and lows of having a dog…

Are You Ready for a Dog? We Mean, Really, Honestly, Undoubtedly and Unconditionally – Ready for a Dog? The reason for wanting a dog falls into the “high’s” category.  We visualize all the wonderful things that goes along with having a dog: Autumn walks through the leafy park Summer walks on the beach Snuggles on

Donation Gifts

A big part of DIBS Fundraising is having our followers donate, and get a bit of DIBS gear to take home!  If you donate, you get to feel warm and fuzzy, and if you choose, you get some DIBS swag.  We do have these items at our Events (check the events page on our sites)

Phone Screen

Applicant Phone Screen Report Thank you for helping with applicant phone screening for DIBS!  Please contact the applicant directly to arrange a time that works for you, as well as them. A few phone screen (PS) tips: Prior to the call, familiarize yourself with the application and the bio for the dog (if applicable). It is suggested that

Vet Reference

Hello! One of your clients has applied for a DIBS dog, and they have listed you as a reference for them.  Please don’t delay as it may affect their screening: help by responding to the following questions. Note:  if you prefer to complete this reference via phone, please let the DIBS volunteer know! Thanks for

Personal Reference

Hello! Someone in your life has applied for a DIBS dog, and they have listed you as a reference for them.  Please don’t delay, and respond to the following questions. Thanks for helping out a rescue dog in need! Once you complete the form, you will get confirmation in 2 ways.  After the form is

Home Visits

Home Visit Report Thank you for helping with the home visit screening for DIBS! Please contact the applicant directly to arrange a time that works for you, as well as them.  We do ask that their entire family be present for the meeting, as we want to get to know everyone that will interact with

Why Hire a Dog Trainer?

Why Hire a Dog Trainer? When you adopt a DIBS dog, the expectation is that you will sign up for training (well…it’s more than an expectation: it’s actually in the adoption contract). We don’t hesitate to have veterinarians and groomers lined up to help with our pet.  We likely have a dog walker, or have connected

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

Position Filled! 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

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

The Rainbow Bridge

Sultan Passed away 28-December-2018   Freya Passed away 1-October-2018   Lula (was Regina)  Passed away 15-June-2018 Mariah Passed away 8-May-2018 Kito (was Cokito) Passed away 26-April-2018    

Join our Social Media Team!

Social Media Role At DIBS, we like to have a dynamic team 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

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

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

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,

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!

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