Become a DIBS Rescue Foster


DIBS is looking for new foster homes!  Help dogs and puppies transition into a wonderful new life!

Please fill out the application posted below.  Once we review it, we will call for a phone screen!  We have detailed some info below:  if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask at

Not ready to foster, but want to volunteer?  Read this!

If you are looking for info on our “Foster to Adopt” program, please read more here!

Why Foster?

Quite simply – we need foster homes to be able to foster.  Without a foster home, we can not remove a dog from a shelter.

Our foster families provide the love, food, care and shelter for our rescues by opening their hearts and homes to care for these dogs until approved permanent homes are be found. We’re limited to how many dogs we can rescue without available foster homes.

Being a foster family for DIBS Rescue is certainly a commitment. We know it’s not for everyone but it IS important to consider all the facts if this is something you truly want to do. Being a foster parent may not always be easy, but it is a very rewarding experience – even life changing! Just ask any of our current foster families.

How long will I have a foster dog for?

Rescue dogs in our foster care program can vary. For example, typically the younger dogs and puppies are adopted faster while older dogs can take longer. Foster care can be as short as a week or possibly a month. Some dogs also have issues such as limited house breaking, no formal training, chronic medication conditions or behaviours that require a special foster and forever home. Clearly, that dog may take longer to adopt out, but it will be the most rewarding and happy experience you may ever have while fostering.

How much will it cost to foster a dog?

DIBS Rescue covers all veterinary expenses for the dogs in our rescue. We ask all our foster families to please provide plenty of love, patience, care, a warm bed, treats and basic training to help socialize the dog, if required, to increase their chances of being adopted. Dog food is sometimes provided, especially if a dog requires a restricted or prescribed diet. Some retailers and individuals kindly donate food to us, which we pass on to our foster homes.

How do I know what to do?

You’ll receive information and training on fostering, dog behaviour and training basics, and administrative procedures (which are minimal but important). We mentor our foster homes, and are always available for questions and emergencies. DIBS is privileged to have a great community of volunteers to support you with advice and concerns.

We try our best to obtain as much information from the shelters as possible to share with our foster families. We work very closely with our shelters, so we usually know quite a lot about a dog, before placing it into a foster home.  Many may not be housebroken or have been mistreated, while other foster dogs are perfectly fine without any issues to work through. Your commitment, patience and compassion to these dogs will increase their chances of finding new forever homes.

We are also sensitive to the fact that being a foster can also be a tearful time for our foster families when the dog in their care has found a permanent home through our adoption program. You’ll feel a close attachment to your foster dog, that’s natural. Yes, there will be tears but remember this – it was YOU who gave your fostered dog a second chance for a new life!

We ask our foster families to help with information about the personality, likes/dislikes, habits and training level to help our volunteer write detailed profiles for each one in our care.  You also have a large role in finding the right home for your foster dog:  after all, you know him best!

How do I start?

  • Complete the Online Foster Application Form (below)
  • One of our volunteers will contact you to schedule a home visit.
  • Once you have been approved, we will help match you with the most suitable dog. Each foster family selects their foster dog, but we will guide you as to what we believe is a good fit for your experience, lifestyle and, of course, the dog’s needs.
  • Our Volunteer Team is available at all times if you have any questions or concerns.


Send the online form:

To keep your info secure, we have now included a new captcha step.  Once submitting your application, please look for the confirmation page and the image of a dog with a thumbs up – this is the final step, and if you see this, your application has been submitted!