DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Foster Spotlight

“Debbie has saved many lives by fostering dogs over the last few years with DPA! She is always willing to step up and foster dogs at risk of euthanasia… the dogs who literally have hours left to live, and no matter if the timing is right or wrong, Debbie always says yes and finds a way to make it work. She has fostered a few heartworm positive dogs too, which is a bit of a longer commitment because treatment lasts at least a few months. Debbie has such a big heart for bully breeds, which have a harder time getting adopted due to misconceptions and unfair reputations. She has worked with dogs with various behavioral and medical needs, and has always committed to fostering a dog until it is adopted, no matter how long it takes. In fact, she is currently fostering our Dog of the Month, Zephyr, who has been searching for her forever home for a full year, and Suzy, who has been on the hunt for a family for 7 months! These two dogs are fabulous, dog friendly, happy girls, but for some reason they just haven’t found their perfect match. Debbie has never complained about the length of time a dog spends at her home, but continues to love them and care for them no matter what! She is in it for the long haul, and we so appreciate her commitment to helping our pups who need it most!” says Allison Brandon, Foster and Medical Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Debbie Binion is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did...
Ruff Life: Peanut clears heartworm hurdle, lands in fureverland

Ruff Life: Peanut clears heartworm hurdle, lands in fureverland

Peanut, fka Gidget, soared through Dallas Pets Alive! foster life, received life-saving heartworm treatment, and found a new life and a new name! Now she’s running with the big dogs in her agility classes and reaching thousands of adoring fans through her popular Instagram account @peanutthemutt1. Watch her full Ruff Life segment on CW33 that aired May 24, 2017.   Want to help by adopting or fostering a pet from Dallas Pets Alive!? Contact us...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

“Shelbye is the breath of fresh air I needed for the PASS program. She volunteered and worked while in college at Texas A&M with animals, so her backgroud peeked my interest in her immediately, but her passion for saving animals really made me want her on the team. PASS is a program that is so new and complex, that its hard for some to conceptualize but Shelbye just got it and she has ran with it ever since. Her organization and compassion for people and their pets is exactly what I needed in this role. The PASS line can be hard to volunteer for, there are very few solutions out there to help people and their pets but Shelbye always takes the opportunity to make individual email responses to people, people she will never see. Her customer service to citizens in need and her organization have taken the PASS line, to where it should be. I am so happy to have her on the PASS team!” – Leslie Sans, Executive Director of Dallas Pets Alive! What is your current role? I am the Assistant Director of DPA’s (somewhat new) Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, and I also foster. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I had a lot of free time when I moved back to this area last summer. One of my close friends, Lizzie, has been a DPA volunteer for the past 2 years and loves rescue just as much as I do. She forwarded me a list of DPA’s volunteer opportunities; I took one look at that list and honestly have...
Dear Moms: We Love You!

Dear Moms: We Love You!

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln   Motherhood. Few experiences in life stack up next to being a mom. Whether you have two legs or four, the selfless love and devotion given to your children are very much the same. Moms of all species care for, nurture, teach and discipline their babies. This Mother’s Day we wanted to take a moment to recognize a special four-legged mom in the Dallas Pets Alive! program. Meet Arya Stark   Arya first came to the shelter as a stray and was suspected to have been hit by a car. During X-rays on her leg and hip, vets discovered she was PREGNANT! After finding an amazing foster home in March 2017, she gave birth on Easter Sunday to eight squirmy, smooshy chocolate brown and black puppies. All eight are named Easter-themed names, i.e. Peep, Peter Rabbit, Jelly Bean, and so on. (Side note: they will all be available for adoption soon!) All of her puppies were born happy and healthy and she was extremely attentive to them. We knew she was a great mom, but we never knew how incredible she could be. Meet A0991506, aka Hopper   This tiny, 12-day-old baby was brought to Dallas Animal Services on May 4. His mother was no longer feeding him because her milk had dried up. Young, hungry and helpless, we put out a cry for help to find him a bottle feeder. That’s when the magic happened. Arya’s foster mom stepped up and had a great idea – he could try to nurse with...
Ruff Life: It’s Zephyr’s Time to Shine

Ruff Life: It’s Zephyr’s Time to Shine

How does a practically perfect dog go overlooked and un-adopted for nearly a year? Sometimes they just get lost in the pack! Freckle-faced, smiley girl Zephyr was rescued by Dallas Pets Alive! back in May 2016 along with 80 other dogs (it was a BUSY month) and we can’t seem to figure out why she is still waiting for her forever home. Take a look at her Ruff Life story that aired May 10 on CW33 and see for yourself. Does she belong with you forever? Apply to adopt her today! Through the end of the month her adoption fee is half off.      ...