DPA’s Dog the Month – October: Meet Rusty!

DPA’s Dog the Month – October: Meet Rusty!

He’s the color of a fall leaf.  He’s a russet-colored Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix with a loving disposition looking for a fur-ever home this Autumn.  Meet Rusty!   Whether you are making dinner, taking a walk in the leaves, working in the yard or curling up with popcorn and a movie on the sofa, Rusty will be there to be your comfort.  He’s a cuddle-bug who enjoys putting his head in your lap or laying next to you.   Friendly and even-tempered, Rusty can also be a great companion to other dogs and hasn’t met a person he doesn’t like, including the mailman who has been trained to scratch Rusty behind the ears:)  He’s been socialized to live with another dog and seems to be the perfect canine gentleman, knowing when to play and when not to.  He even greets his foster mom with a cute happy howl when she comes through the door each day! Rusty would love to go for a daily walk, play tug-of-war, chase a squeaky toy, go to the dog park or play with another dog.  Here’s a pup who will help you take a walk on those crisp fall days!  If you can’t get out, he is happy to adapt and play with his favorite toys at home. Rusty’s clever foster mom has taught him to stay in a crate, sleep on a dog bed, go potty outside, sit, heel, stay, wait for a command before doing his favorite activities and even shake hands — which he learned in a week!  And she thinks he’s capable of a lot more! 🙂  He’s...
DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: October Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: October Volunteer Spotlight

“Myriam Hunter has been one of our most stellar and responsible volunteers for the PASS program since its inception. We count on her to not only be a wealth of knowledge and resources for citizens at our PASS table but also helping to train other volunteers on the program. Her dedication for PASS is a shining example for all our volunteers. PASS would not be the same without Myriam and it’s because of her hard work and commitment, many animals have been able to stay in their homes and out of the shelter.” – Leslie Sans, Executive Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Myriam is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for October! What is your current role? I mostly volunteer with the PASS program; It’s a great opportunity for me because it allows me to help several animals on a weekly basis without taking them home with me. My husband and I are currently at our limit with pets. I am also a Temp foster thru DPA. I have an opportunity to meet fosters dogs and people and help them out when they are going out of town. I had several dogs spend the weekend. Most recently I had Daisy, the sweetest 11 week old puppy. It was great to be able to spend time and see all he her puppy energy running around the yard. But needles to say it also made me appreciate my senior dogs even more. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? In the past I had fostered and most recently I was transporting dogs from shelters to their rescues. I follow...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: September Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: September Foster Spotlight

What makes Jim so awesome is that he doesn’t shy away from any sort of foster case and he will take on a foster for as long as it takes. Jim is all about commitment until his fosters are adopted and tends to go for the adult bully breeds or other looked over animals. Jim’s fosters get to enjoy all the pleasures a dog could ask for including movie nights and day trips to the beach! We are so lucky to have him as a foster for us! – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Jim Butts is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? Two of my friends started fostering in Dallas Pets Alive. Soon after, I joined them fostering dogs. Tell us about a few of your fosters. A few weeks after I started fostering Shawn, he was transferred to Pennsylvania to “It’s Ruff Without a Roof”, another adoption group we partner with. They posted pictures of him running in a field with other dogs. Sparkle is my “foster-fail”. She did not do well at adoption events or at Meet and Greets with potential adopters but she is a wonderful dog that I eventually adopted myself. What is your favorite animal adoption story? Sadie is a beautiful Blue Healer who was heartworm positive. She received an application and went to a Meet and Greet with two weeks left in her treatment. She immediately bonded with their current dog and enjoyed the nearby dog park. They adopted her and accepted her early, agreeing to finish...
DPA’s Cat of the Month – September: Meet Cali!

DPA’s Cat of the Month – September: Meet Cali!

Cali is a domestic short hair/mixed cat who is described as being a great pet. This tri-colored beauty is a calico with orange and black patches on her back and hind legs which are offset by a white nose, bib and front paws. Cali is a beautiful, healthy, happy lady! Cali is known to her fosters as a peace-loving companion who gets along well with everyone. Her calico presence seems to bring sweetness and calm to all. She also loves to be around other cats — and even dogs! She’s a flexible, mellow kitty who would do well in any household. Cali is an affectionate companion who loves to be with people, soaking up affection and purring with delight just to be near you. She is litter box trained, has been spayed and has a microchip. Could you be the fortunate person who gives this little cutie a home? Apply to adopt her today! Now through the end of September her adoption fee is 50%...
DPA’s Dog the Month – September: Meet Duncan!

DPA’s Dog the Month – September: Meet Duncan!

This is Duncan, an Australian Kelpie/Weimaraner/Mixed with a sable coat that matches the color of a caramel macchiato!  And he’s just as sweet!  He’s an older boy with a great temperament who is looking for a hospice foster or his fur-ever home.  Duncan is a sweet boy with a few special needs. He has kidney disease, which is manageable, but he needs to go out a little more often so easy access to a yard or grassy area would be ideal for him.  Duncan is a smart dog who has spent time with a trainer to learn some basic commands.  He walks extremely well on a leash, loves to take you out for a walk and prefers a stable routine.  And he loves to play!   If you have a tennis ball and know how to play fetch, you might think about becoming Duncan’s best friend and taking him home 🙂   He loves his stuffed toys, too, taking care not to be too rough with them.  We think he’s a well-rounded pup with a lot to offer. Duncan bonds strongly with people and will be a loyal friend to his owner.  He would do best in a home without small children or cats.  He gets along well with other dogs if he’s given the time to be introduced properly, but would most likely prefer to be your one-and-only companion.   Do you think that you could provide the right home to Duncan? Apply to foster him or adopt him today! Now through the end of September his adoption fee is half...
DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: August Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: August Volunteer Spotlight

“Caitlin joined our Adoptions Team when we were beginning our cat adoption program. She became an essential part of building the cat adoption side of that team and worked closely with our Adoption Director, TNR Director, and Foster/Medical Director in order to put our current policies and procedures in place to have the best outcome for our cats and kittens. Caitlin has a passion and the customer service skills needed to work closely with adopters and fosters to achieve the best match making possible in pairing adopters with their purrfect furever feline. Caitlin assisted in pioneering unknown territory for DPA and I know for a fact without her involvement this side of our program would have struggled to grow the way it has been able to over the past year. Thanks to Caitlin’s hard work and dedication we were able to assist our TNR program in rehoming cats and kittens that were adoptable and not eligible for release, while also enabling our cat program to take off after years of trying. Caitlin is part of the reason we were finally able to become Dallas PETS Alive!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Caitlin is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for August! What is your current role? I am the original Cat Adoption Counselor! I review and vet adoption applications, counsel potential adopters, and finalize adoptions. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? In early 2016, a good friend of mine, Maris Kastanos, volunteers for DPA and she let me know that they were working to get the cat program up and running,...