Sally’s Fund: Help Dallas Pets Alive! Raise $20,000

Sally’s Fund: Help Dallas Pets Alive! Raise $20,000

Dallas Pets Alive! has seen an unprecedented increase in our rescue numbers each month so far in 2017. For example, our total intake for March was 136 animals, which is 143% up year over year. Currently, we have the most animals in foster care than we have ever had before – 254 pets are in foster homes right now! With our ability to save more lives, we have seen a major increase in our major medical care costs. In March alone, we spent over $20,000 on canine non-basic medical care. Many of our dogs have required hospitalization and blood transfusions and are battling parvo and mange on top of that. When it rains, it pours, but these are steps we must take in order to continue to save lives. DPA doesn’t shy away from the hard cases, which is why we need your support. We need your help! This is a call to action to donate today to help us save more animals like our puppies fighting Parvo. In the last few weeks, DPA has had multiple litters of puppies break with parvovirus, which is an often fatal disease for undervaccinated puppies. Our Super Hero pups – DEADPOOL, WONDER, LEIA, and KONG – have required blood transfusions and hospitalizations in order to beat parvo, and since their immune systems are already compromised by mange, it has been a tough road for them. They were appropriately named though, and we know they will keep fighting with your help! Make your donation go further! A wonderful donor has committed $5,000 in matching funds if we can raise $5,000 by May 15....
DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Foster Spotlight

“Taylor is such an asset to our foster team! She and her husband Tommy have fostered multiple dogs, but they are also some of our coveted kitten bottle feeders! Taylor is a bottle feeding machine, taking in motherless kittens so young, they can require feedings every few hours. She is always willing to sacrifice sleep (and as she says, sometimes her sanity) to save these tiny, vulnerable lives! The shelter does not have anyone to care for high-risk kittens overnight, so when they wind up at the shelter, we need someone to take them immediately; Taylor never turns down an opportunity to help! We can’t thank her enough for her commitment to getting our kittens healthy and ready for their forever homes!”, says Allison Brandon, Foster and Medical Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Taylor Eubanks is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I’ve always been interested in animal rescue and bottle fed several litters of kittens with my mom as a child. Then Tommy met Max, and I found out he worked with DPA. The rest is history! Tell us about a few of your fosters. We’ve fostered 5 dogs (and only kept one!) and 14 kittens (including the 5 I had right now) since joining forces with DPA in 2014. Bucky was a three-legged terrier mix that I knew I had to bring home the moment I saw him at Dallas Animal Services (DAS). I’d promised Tommy (my husband) we wouldn’t foster anymore dogs after we “foster failed” with out last puppy, Petey. SO, I...
DPA’s Dog the Month – April: Meet Gus!

DPA’s Dog the Month – April: Meet Gus!

Meet Gus: Are you looking for a good-looking, intelligent, loyal companion who would love to cuddle up next to you every day? Meet Gus! His foster mom calls him “a sweet, smart gentleman” and we couldn’t agree more. Much like Gus Gus from Cinderella, our Gus is a cuddle bug and can often be found on the sofa next to whoever is there to love him back. In true gentleman form, he always asks for permission before jumping up onto the furniture, too. If only we could train humans to be so polite! Yea, we are looking at you, Lady Tremaine (Stepmother to Cinderella)! Gus also gets along well with the two other dogs in his foster home and loves to take walks and play with his chew and rope toys. His foster mom also describes him as being very calm, as all gentleman dogs should be. Gus is a healthy, two-year-old, male that found himself on the rescue list at Dallas Animal Services. His coat has a soft brown color with black-tipped ears and a dark muzzle. A pair of soulful black eyes and a frisky tail make him a pretty cute pup. Heck, this dapper dude found himself on TV recently in CW33’s episode of Ruff Life. Click here to see him in action. Adopt Gus: Gus has had a rocky start in life but has done well in his foster home and needs someone who will provide him with unconditional love and lots of pets and cuddles. Maybe you are the person who will open your heart and your home to this charming gentleman dog. If you are,...
Louie’s Lasting Love: A DPA Hospice Foster Story

Louie’s Lasting Love: A DPA Hospice Foster Story

Louie was the littlest fighter there ever was, and our most recent fospice (hospice foster) to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Louie was listed by Dallas Animal Services (DAS) as a 12 year old Cairn Terrier mix. His medical history noted blindness, possible deafness, serious dental disease, muscle atrophy, weak hind legs and/or hips, and possible dementia. He was shaking in his kennel when we met him, likely a combination of fear and his health issues. His foster wrote me, “I cannot stop thinking about him! But I am so concerned about his quality of life, I wouldn’t want to keep him alive just for the sake of keeping him alive if he is miserable.” This is the heart of a fospice, someone willing to take on the unknown while being strong enough to bear letting them go if needed. So we brought him into our program. Once out of the shelter I started getting messages from his foster like “He can totally hear!” and “He can walk! He’s wobbly but he can do it!” We began to grow hopeful that we could get this dog to a happy, healthy place. A week later, his health took a sudden turn. Louie became ill and because he had various other health problems, the vet recommended euthanizing him due to his quality of life. He was lethargic, getting stuck in corners and walking in circles, and otherwise spending most of the time sleeping. We decided to give him another shot and try some new medications before giving up on him, so Louie was put on a special diet, antibiotics, and pain meds....
DPA’s Cat of the Month – April: Meet Pru

DPA’s Cat of the Month – April: Meet Pru

Our April Cat of the Month is a delightful little calico cat named Pru. According to ancient Japanese folklore, calico cats were believed to guide fishermen safely through storms. Pru has never been a good luck charm on a Japanese fishing boat, but we do know that she’s a wonderful feline companion and that her resilient spirit has helped her through some rough storms of her own. About Pru: Pru is young, just three years old. She’s a Domestic Short Hair/Mixed (short coat). Check out the photos and you’ll see that she’s a very pretty, photogenic girl! Her bright green eyes stand out against her white, tan and gray calico patches. Pru’s foster mom says she’s a smart cat, too. We know she will be a great pet for someone. Pru’s Beginnings: Pru and her sisters were a litter of kittens living outside in a feral colony when Dallas Pets Alive’s Trap, Neuter & Release (TNR) team found them. They were too young to release back in the wild, so a wonderful foster stepped up to the plate to take care of them while they waited for their furrever homes. Adopt Pru: She is trying to gain trust in people and is a bit hesitant because of her rough start in life, however with the right care and some time, we know she will do just fine. Pru gets along well with other animals and is in good health. With the help of the kind folks at Dallas Pets Alive, Pru is looking to find a permanent home. Are you a patient cat lover? Do you have a quiet home...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

“Megan is the definition of a multitasker. Outside of her role on Rescue Team as an Evaluator and being both a canine and feline foster parent, Megan has stepped up to the plate wherever needed. Megan was a key part in making DPA’s first ever international transport to Toronto Humane Society possible. She assisted with all the various logistics involved virtually and volunteered to meet at the transport to assist in the send off at 5:00am. Megan is also responsible for helping us save more lives through her efforts on our grant writing team, the more financial assistance she helps us receive, the more lives in Dallas we can save. Lastly, Megan is currently compiling her photos taken during her Rescue Team efforts to create a photography show on behalf of DPA, DAS and the homeless animals of Dallas in an effort to educate the general public on the reality of our current homeless pet situation. You can RSVP for her show at Faces: Lost & Found of Dallas Photo Exhibit. Megan has proven she leads with the perfect combination of brain and heart. Through her excitement to learn by asking great, important questions and her willingness to jump into action feet first toward big picture goals, she helps make so much of what DPA accomplishes possible,” says Animal Operations Vice President, Jessica Weinstein. Check out Megan’s interview below: What is your current role? I am currently a foster, evaluator for the dogs at DAS, and part of our grants team. How did you get involved with volunteering at Dallas Pets Alive? I first saw DPA at Community Beer during...