Speaking of Dogs Rescue is extremely lucky to have an ample number of dedicated volunteers.  At this time, the only volunteers we need are transporters and foster homes.

Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program (SODR) is a volunteer-based dog rescue in the Greater Toronto Area that is dedicated to assisting dogs from shelters as well as taking in owner surrendered dogs when space permits. Our dogs are lovingly cared for in foster homes until we find them a suitable forever home; therefore there is not a great deal of opportunity for volunteers to interact with the dogs unless you are a foster parent, photographer or transporter. Most volunteer activities are on an as-needed basis and do not normally require regular shifts. 


If you’d like to foster, please fill out our online fostering application. 


If you’d like to help transport dogs or items, please fill out the form below.


You can also support our rescue in other ways.


Please note that if you wish to become a foster person there is a separate form to fill out noted above.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Volunteers/Representatives of the Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program (SODR) are expected to conduct themselves with personal integrity, ethics, professionalism, honesty and diligence in performing their duties for the organization. Volunteers are required to support and advance the interests of the organization and avoid placing themselves in situations where their personal interests actually or potentially conflict with the interests of Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program.

Accordingly, all volunteers must comply with the Code of Conduct described herein. By submitting this volunteer application you agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct.

RESPECTFUL CONDUCT: • Volunteers must, at all times, treat with dignity and respect all clients, adopters, suppliers, and fellow volunteers with whom they interact while representing the Rescue. • Volunteers will act in a way that supports and advances the welfare, image and reputation of the Rescue.

PERSONAL GAINS: • Volunteers must not use their status as a Rescue volunteer to obtain personal gain (financial or otherwise) from those doing or seeking to do business with the Rescue. • This includes not seeking or accepting personal gifts, favours, payments, services, fees, special valuable privileges, pleasure or vacation trips, accommodations or loans of money from any person, unless in the ordinary course of rescue business.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: • Volunteers must avoid perceived and actual conflict of interest. • Volunteers shall, at the first opportunity, disclose any conflict of interest to a board member.

CONFIDENTIALITY: • Volunteers who receive confidential information will keep that information confidential. This includes, but is not limited to, client, donor, volunteer, and financial information. • Volunteers will not share any information obtained from the rescue on social media without a board member’s approval.

PRIVILEGED INFORMATION: • Volunteers will not use information obtained while volunteering for their own purposes, including financial gain, or disclose for the use of others (for example, lists of sponsors or suppliers). • This applies both during and after the period in which the individual is a Rescue volunteer.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: • All intellectual property (brands, logos, websites, identifiers, etc.) currently belonging to the Rescue or developed by a volunteer in the course of their role with the Rescue (for example, guidebooks, training resources, promotional materials) shall remain the property of the Rescue and may not be used for the personal benefit of a volunteer.

These are minimum standards and by no means cover every contingency. However, any material failure to comply with these standards will be sufficient grounds for termination of the individual from their volunteer position. Any volunteer who is uncertain of the application of this Code of Conduct should contact any member of the Board of Directors for further information.