About Us

The History of Doobert

Chris and Daphne could never have imagined the impact a certain cat would have on their lives. For 17 years, Doobert loved with his whole heart and every inch of his 15-pound being. He thrived on human social contact, brought people together, and took great satisfaction in helping others. He even saw the family through Daphne’s life-threatening illness. He was their rock.

Through it all, Chris was determined to be happy and do what he loves. His two passions were animals and aviation. So he started flying animal rescues — transporting shelter dogs from high-kill locations to areas where they were more likely to be adopted. He personally flew hundreds of animals, and loved every minute of it.

Coordinating the ground and aviation legs was a different story. The process was somewhat painful, and he knew there had to be a better way. Utilizing his IT skills, he hired developers to put together a system to coordinate the trips. From there, his passion for the cause only grew as he learned more about the world of animal rescue and the challenges facing these organizations.

Chris’s focus is bringing animal shelter and rescue organizations together into a common platform to collaborate, share information, transfer animals, and work toward balancing the supply and demand. He continues to innovate to provide more ways to help transport animals where they need to go. Since its launch in May 2014, Doobert has grown to support over 27,000+ volunteers and 1,200+ organizations across the United States and Canada.


As Doobert lived life with an open heart and undying love, so too shall we; for we know that Doobert’s spirit lives on in the many animals in need and the countless people that work for their benefit. We honor him by using his name.

May we always remember the enormity of his heart and old soul, as well as his boisterous, beautiful, bellowing meow.

Chris & Daphne Roy

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