At DIBS, we have many different ways that people can help out!
This is a fun one, but requires you to have existing travel plans!!! All we ask is, if you are traveling to Cancun or Mexico City, please let us know! We will do the rest to ensure that 3-5 dogs get to travel home with you! Take a vacation and save a life (and we guarantee you will meet some pretty awesome people too!) You can also take donations/crates to Mexico with you to help the front line rescues.
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!
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 the kindness of volunteers (like you!) to bring these dogs onto to the next step of their rescue journey. This only works for travelers that have their vacations booked. The flight/vacation is paid for by the traveler, and DIBS can arrange the dog travel to align with your existing plans.
Once an applicant applies for a dog, there are several steps of the screening process that they go through. Often, the foster family requests to do the phone screen, as they know the dog the best. But, we realize this is not always an option time-wise. (Timing is key, as a person looking for a dog is likely to apply for many dogs in one night. You want to ensure you aren’t last in line, just in case the applicant is perfect for “your” dog.) You will be required to complete the screening paperwork and submit to DIBS for the next step.
The final stage, pre-approval, is the home visit. This is done by a volunteer who resides close to the applicant. There is predetermined list of questions that you can review and watch for during the home visit. At the end of a home visit, a report is submitted to DIBS with your feedback and recommendations.
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 and 3.
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 4.
We are always in need of donations. We are a non-profit and rely on adoption fees and donations to continue to rescue. Beyond money, items are needed – hard and soft travel crates for dogs are appreciated! Stop by your local dollar store and get some collars, dog bowls, the long red 20ft tie out leads (dollarama), toys. We will send them to Mexico for you! Air Transat will send these items back to Mexico for free (with a travel escort)
We love donations - both for dogs in foster care in Ontario, and for needs in Mexico (shelters and clinics)
On occasion, we do events, promoting our dogs. Its always great to have extra hands!
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 biggest responsibility, you also get the biggest reward. If you have been on the fence about fostering, try it once. You will be amazed at the evolution that “your” dog goes through while in your care. More info is available on our Foster tab on our website
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 that you like. If we have are unable to find a foster (resulting in dog not coming into rescue) we may ask applicant if they would consider FTA. The screening process is the same as as the standard application and screening process. If you know now that you would like to FTA, please fill out the application form below. (If you filled out the standard, application instead - no worries! We can use that app for the FTA process). If approved, we can proceed!
Fostering, Screening, Home Visits, Escort, and more.
DIBS is looking for a lead to take on the 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!