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 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 Cat(s) of the Month – March: Meet Batman and Sirius Black!

DPA’s Cat(s) of the Month – March: Meet Batman and Sirius Black!

Meet two silky black cats named Batman and Sirius Black, both domestic medium-haired mixes. Everyone agrees that they are cute individually and even cuter as a pair. And yes, they really are a couple of characters! This dynamic duo is seeking fun and adventure, but also to snuggle up and soak in some human affection when it’s time to chill out. About Batman: Batman has been described as the feline version of a superhero. Well, he does love to play. Whether he is chasing newspaper sticks and balls or practicing massage therapy techniques on your chest, his outgoing personality shines through. He even has a special love of the shower! His foster mom says he comes running into the bathroom every morning to watch the shower spray and sits next to the bath tub to enjoy it. He sounds like a cat who loves life! And when it’s time to take off the cape and mask, he loves being affectionate to both adults and kids, making him a wonderful pet.   About Sirius Black: Sirius Black is the other half of this feline equation. He also loves people and other cats. He is the sidekick to his extraverted brother, enjoys playing with him, and often seeks out affection from his human family. His foster mom says he will gently grab your hand when he wants you to pet him. During quiet times, he will often look out the window with his brother at his side. Their Beginnings: These two boys had a rough start to their lives when their mom went missing. These two litter mates were left to...
DPA’s Dog the Month – March: Meet Alexi!

DPA’s Dog the Month – March: Meet Alexi!

Who is this sun-bathing, cheese and chicken-eating, car-riding dog with enough kisses for everyone she meets? Meet Alexi, a friendly pup whose sunny personality is lighting up the world. This sweet girl is looking for her forever home, and you could help her find it! Alexi is brown and white, has soulful gold eyes and is about 5-to-7 years old. Don’t let her age fool you, she’s got plenty of personality with a lot of life ahead of her. About Alexi: Her foster mom describes Alexi as loving and friendly. This gal likes other dogs who share her mellow vibe, so whether she is riding in the car with people, taking a nap or just chilling out at Doggy Day Care, Alexi always has friends by her side! No doubt all that quiet, positive energy of hers is coming back to her. She was even featured on CW33’s Ruff LIfe, so check out her Baywatch-themed video and see her in action! Alexi’s Beginnings: Alexi had a rough start in life. She was bred multiple times and suffered some physical problems from the overbreeding. She even had trouble walking and needed some old-fashioned TLC. That’s when Dallas Pets Alive! stepped in and helped her get her groove back. She’s doing well with her foster family and is ready to put the next paw forward…into a new forever home. Adopt Alexi: Alexi enjoys the outdoors, is housebroken, walks well on a leash and considers her crate a second home. She has been socialized well and loves to be around people, especially when she can worship the sun gods. All she needs...