Craft for Your Local Shelter Day! | Eco-Friendly Tug Toys

Craft for Your Local Shelter Day! | Eco-Friendly Tug Toys

Happy Craft for Your Local Shelter Day! The shelter is often a stressful place for pets, so providing enrichment toys helps ease that stress. A dog that doesn’t look as stressed in the shelter will show better to the public, which makes them easier to adopt out! In the spirit of this holiday, I decided to make some super easy, quick and eco-friendly tug toys for the dogs awaiting their furrever homes in local shelters.  These tug toys are a good way to keep dogs entertained AND they’re made from recycled t-shirts. If you’re anything like me, you have probably accumulated quite the stack of t-shirts over the years. Many are from some promotional events where I was the first in line for a free shirt. Others I loved so much that I wore them until they were full of holes (rest in peace). So I’ve decided; why not put them to better use? Today’s the perfect day to do so! How to Make Eco-Friendly Tug Toys: First, I collected some of my old shirts. I made sure to get a variety of colors so that I could make each toy cute and colorful. Then, I cut each shirt into strips about 2″-3″ wide. The wider you make your strips, the thicker your dog toy is going to be. Wider strips will make bigger toys and thinner strips will make smaller toys. I gathered three of the strips and tied them together in a knot (You can add more if you want your toy to be thicker).  For this toy, I used a simple braid, but if you know...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: July Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: July Volunteer Spotlight

Meghan has become the heart and soul of our events area. She has volunteered at 3-4 events every month since she joined DPA, and knows the process inside and out. She trains new event volunteers and helps with every aspect of events including supervising dogs, talking to the public about DPA and opportunities to support us, merchandise sales, and logistics of the event sites. She has also taken over coordinating foster pet attendance at events and in addition to keeping the details immaculately organized, finds time to inject a little humor into her communications which is a breath of fresh air. I do not know what we would do without her, but it would take several people to fill her shoes. – Emily Johnston, Vice President of Administration for Dallas Pets Alive! What is your current role? I am the Adoption Events Coordinator, a regular volunteer, and have been sarcastically dubbed “Worst Volunteer Ever”, which I kind of like and am pushing to one day get a nametag that reads that. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I started volunteering with Dallas Pets Alive! because of my dog, Sally. She is my heart and I wanted to help others find their “hearts”. That whole “who saved whom” thing is absolutely true. I found DPA online, submitted a volunteer app and started signing up for events left and right. When I am enthusiastic about something, I go in whole-hog. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I think I’m most passionate about responsible pet ownership, especially spaying/neutering. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA...
DPA’s Cat of the Month – July: Meet Mystique!

DPA’s Cat of the Month – July: Meet Mystique!

Mystique.  Not to be confused with the superhuman X-men character, she is a very special cat!  Maybe she got her name because she has a fascinating aura of mystery about her or maybe she’s chock-full of charisma.  We don’t know, but we know this much, she’s a wonderful little kitty.  Mystique is a female Domestic Short Hair/Tortoiseshell mix who came to Dallas Pets Alive! with a litter of six kittens. She’s been living with her foster mom since that time and is looking for a forever home.   Mystique is a pretty cat with a distinctive look. She has light green eyes and a tortoiseshell coat that is multi-colored brown, black and white.  One side of her face is a mottled brown and the other side is black so she always looks like she’s standing with her right side to the sun. It’s a look that suits her well and could easily be adding to that aura of mystery she’s so famous for.  She’s a young cat, about two years old. This special cat is also a people-lover.  Mystique is gentle, has good manners and a sweet maternal side.  She’s been a great mom to her six kittens and according to her foster, is the perfect house guest who likes to use a scratching post.  She’s very affectionate and loves to sit with you.    When she isn’t cuddling with you, Mystique can be found sitting near a window in the sunshine or sweetly giving face snuggles.  We think she may have been hanging out with some canines because get this, she comes when you call her name.  Not...
DPA’s Dog the Month – July: Meet Gus!

DPA’s Dog the Month – July: Meet Gus!

Meet Gus, a Black Mouth Cur/Mixed with a steady disposition and a love for just about anyone he meets!  He’s an amiable pup who gets along easily with the other foster dogs living with him and quickly bonds to the people around him.  It’s been said that he has never met a person he hasn’t liked! Gus is a handsome, muscular dog with a tan coat and black muzzle. His eyes are a caramel brown and his black-tipped ears flop at half-mast.  He’s a larger dog who is protective and affectionate with his family.   Both friendly and fearless, he would do well in a home with other dogs his size.   Gus is a people-loving pooch with a particular penchant for playtime.  His ropes and chew toys are his favorite distractions and he would just love to teach you how to play with them.  He will also enthusiastically take you on his daily walks.  When playtime is over, his affectionate side will come out as he follows you around the house to get his fill of pets and cuddles.  And you are sure to have a polite housemate because Gus always asks for permission before jumping onto the sofa to lie either next to or on top of you!   Gus will do best with an active family who will provide him with all the love and structure he needs.  He enjoys pleasing his owners and is good with kids.  If Gus finds a family who appreciates his particular charm, he is sure to reward them with years of loyalty and love.   Are you looking for a special...
Stray Kitten 101: What to do if you find one

Stray Kitten 101: What to do if you find one

Kitten season is in full swing, and stray and feral cats are birthing litters frequently in our community. Do you know what you should do if you find a stray kitten while out and about? Sometimes, even when we have the best intentions at heart, we don’t always know the right thing to do. To start, it’s important to remember that 9 times out of 10 if you see a baby kitten (a.k.a. bottle baby/nursing/6-8 weeks or younger) it hasn’t been left there alone, the mamma is likely in the middle of moving the kittens to safety or is off hunting and will be back shortly.  The Dallas Pets Alive! Trap, Neuter, Spay, Release (TNR) Team has compiled a list of what to do, not to do, and how you can help. STOP — do not touch or move kittens. The exceptions to this are extreme danger (kitten is in the middle of the road with cars going by, dangling off the edge of a roof and will likely fall to it’s death, visible trauma or injury, etc.) or they have physically seen mamma dead. These examples are extreme but one must understand that the instinctual and although good hearted idea that stray kittens were left by a mother for humans to love and take in, could be damaging. Observe / watch from afar — mamma can only carry one baby at a time!  So when she moves the litter she has to leave the others for a few minutes. But mamma ALWAYS has eyes on her babies. In this case, you may not be able to see her but she can totally see...
As Seen on TV: Gus, Elliot, Charlie, Rusty, Zephyr, & Lady Guadalupe

As Seen on TV: Gus, Elliot, Charlie, Rusty, Zephyr, & Lady Guadalupe

If you’ve tuned in to watch the Ruff Life segments on The CW33 on Wednesday evenings, you might see a few familiar faces here. That’s because these six magnificent dogs were each featured for their own 15 minutes of fame and are somehow STILL adoptable with Dallas Pets Alive! But in case you missed them the first time around, check out the Ruff Life compilation segment that aired on June 28. This is your opportunity to see what might have missed and their chances to find furever homes. Already in love? Apply to adopt Gus, Elliot, Charlie, Rusty, Zephyr, or Lady G...