DPA’s Pawesome Person: January Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: January Volunteer Spotlight

“Marie is the eyes, ears and voice for DPA as our Facebook Social Media Coordinator. She is invaluable at contributing creative content ideas, providing quick and informative responses for people with questions, and having a positive attitude and team-oriented spirit. In her social media role, paired with her rescue role, Marie works closely with our Rescue Director Elina to help craft posts quickly to find fosters for the most urgent pets at Dallas Animal Services. Together they help us save more homeless pets in Dallas! Marketing and social media can be a stressful, high-paced world but Marie handles everything with poise and measurement, a true professional. I am so grateful to have her on my team!”  – Amanda Peterson, Digital Marketing Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Marie de Alcuaz is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for January! What is your current role? My current role at DPA is Facebook Coordinator. I also assist on an as need basis as a Rescue Admin. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? After a strenuous search for flexible, remote volunteer roles I found DPA through VolunteerMatch. It’s been the perfect fit for my busy schedule while volunteering from Southern California. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I am most passionate about spreading our message not only to Dallas residents, but to everyone far and wide. Each social post is a chance to teach someone something new about animal rescue, adopting, animal care, and so much more. The most simple post could help change an animal’s life for the better and a human’s life as well. What are...
Leadership Spotlight: Elina, DPA Rescue Director

Leadership Spotlight: Elina, DPA Rescue Director

There is so much that goes into rescuing animals, especially within Dallas Pets Alive! While pets are always top of mind we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the commitment, support and dedication of the two-legged members of the DPA Family. While 2018 may be the Year of the Dog, we’ll be highlighting members of our Leadership Team, in addition to our monthly Pawesome Volunteers and Fosters, this year to give you a behind the scenes look at the people who make our mission possible. Meet Elina, DPA’s Rescue Director. She is our voice at Dallas Animal Services and often the first DPA contact a pet has with our organization. When a dog or cat hears from Elina, they know they are safe with us. What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As Rescue Director, I am responsible for the Rescue Team, who are the boots on the ground at Dallas Animal Services – the shelter we rescue from. We are the first point of contact for most of the animals coming into Dallas Pets Alive, and I correspond with DAS to coordinate all of the animals that we save. I manage a team of ~20 volunteers who spend time at DAS evaluating the animals we network to our fosters, getting pictures and dog-testing them, and writing up reports so that we have the most thorough information possible about them. That’s the short version 🙂 What is your professional background?  After my completing my undergraduate degree I studied Publishing and have been working in that industry for over 5...
Product review: K-9 Honey

Product review: K-9 Honey

I’m sure many of you have heard about the benefits of regular use of honey to alleviate allergies in humans, but what about in our canine companions? K9 Honey, according to their brochure, is “the first raw, unfiltered honey designated by nature for your dog’s overall wellness and vitality.”. Since I happen to have a dog that suffers from severe year-round allergies, I thought I’d give it a shot, at this point I was open to anything to help him! Just as some humans use honey, K9 Honey boasts the ability to aid in what’s called immunotherapy. The idea is that over time regularly consuming small amounts of allergens, like pollen, your body will build up immunity to the allergen. K9 Honey boasts they use honey harvested from areas all over the country, which would potentially offer a wider variety of allergens included to help build your pups immunity up to more allergens. The benefits of their honey according to their brochure include proving your pup with antioxidants, powerful nutrients, antibacterial and antimicrobial components, and natural enzymes. K9 Honey suggests other added benefits, besides allergy relief, that include improved digestive function, prevention of infection due to viruses or bacteria, increased energy, kennel cough symptom relief (which many find honey relieves coughing and sore throats in humans as well), and prevention of ear infections. The real questions though, does it work and will the dogs eat it? Let’s start will the latter part of that question, and the answer is an enormous YES! My dog was PUMPED to gobble this treat down! The recommended dosage suggestion by K9 Honey for...
A Tribute to Tiffany

A Tribute to Tiffany

When we first met Tiffany in March 2017 we thought that she was simply an adorable little senior, but we also thought she was a male. Upon further inspection by our volunteers we determined he was a she, and that’s when we also discovered her mammary tumor. Despite Tiffany having a tumor she was front and center and basically lept into our volunteer’s arms saying, “OK, let’s get outta here!” and we knew then we had to bring her into the DPA program to find her a FURever home to spend her remaining years. Tiffany was accepted into our partner program with Vet Ranch and Abandoned Pet Project to have her spay performed and have her tumor removed at the same time. Unfortunately, when she went in for surgery our Vet Ranch partner, Dr. Karri, determined she had far more work needed. Tiffany had developed cherry eye in both eyes that needed repair, had horrible dental issues which required both a cleaning and extractions, and as we would later confirm through x-rays, Tiffany didn’t have just one tumor, she needed a full mammary chain mastectomy. Before we could get to any of that though, during her consult this sweet little senior tested positive for parvo! Our little girl just couldn’t catch a break. Once she beat parvo, proving to all what a warrior she really was, we began knocking out her other medical issues. Back home with her foster mom she made sure everyone, including her foster brother Stanley, recognized her for the diva she was and gave her the treatment she deserved, including making sure he knew mom’s...
DPA’s Cat of the Month – January: Meet Cubby!

DPA’s Cat of the Month – January: Meet Cubby!

You can call him Cubby, but he also answers to Bubby or Bubs.  Whatever you call him, he’s one cool cat with a big fan club, including his current foster family.  Cubby is a young male Domestic Short Hair/Mixed.  He’s a cute young cat with bright green eyes and sleek panther-like black fur.  Cubby is from a rescued litter, looking for a much-deserved fur-ever home 🙂 Cubby has a lot of personality and has been on TV!  Well, actually he’s frequently on the baby monitor that his foster mom uses to check on her young child.  It seems Cubby likes to sleep in the crib when he finds the space and is often spotted by the security camera. This is a kitty who will keep you laughing:) Cubby is an energetic feline who jumps on the sofa with his foster puppy siblings and would prefer to be with other playful animals.  He easily gets along well with kids and animals of all shapes and sizes. He is independent, answers when you speak to him and even comes when he’s called!  He’s litter box-trained, gets along with both dogs and cats and doesn’t scratch anything but his scratching post. No wonder he’s popular with people! This Cat of the Month is a sweet, playful kitty who will provide you with hours of entertainment and lots of love.  If you think Cubby could be the star of your show, apply to adopt him today! Now through January 31 his adoption fee is 50%...
DPA’s Dog of the Month – January: Meet Stella!

DPA’s Dog of the Month – January: Meet Stella!

Say hello to the charming Stella, a female Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mixed with soft light brown and cream coloring and a winsome smile!  This unique girl is a study in contrasts — she is both cuddly and independent, prefers not to bark but loves to talk, and is an affectionate cuddle bug but likes to choose who, where and when.   Stella was rescued from a shelter and has done very well in her foster home, quickly establishing herself as a member of the household and earning the title, “Queen of Comfy” because of her penchant for sofas and beds.  She’s a classy canine who even has her own pillow which she carries with her, placing it in the proper location and fixing it with her paws to get the desired shape and softness.   While Stella likes to take human affection at her own pace, she is more than happy to help you wake up in the morning by giving you little kisses and snuggling up to you in bed.  She loves the sound of her foster’s voice and sets her tail to wagging when she sees her come through the door 🙂   Stella is well-behaved, house broken, loves to be with other dogs (her size or larger) and makes friends easily.  She does well in a quiet environment, preferably with active adults who can walk her twice a day.  Having her own yard would be a great idea, but she would do well in an apartment, too.   Ready to start the new year off right?  Consider adding Stella to your household and resolve to share your...