DPA’s Dog of the Month – February: Meet Molly!

DPA’s Dog of the Month – February: Meet Molly!

Molly’s story should have a happy, tail-wagging ending.  Our dream is to see her in a forever home with some fun kids to play with, taking long walks with her family and cuddling up on the sofa in the evenings with her favorite people.   Molly is a young pup with cute black and white spots who came to Dallas Pets Alive as a stray and found a loving foster home. Molly has come through some tough times. This resilient dog has been successfully treated for breast cancer and heartworm, gratefully soaking up lots of TLC from her foster family as she recovered.   Molly is described by her foster family as a people pleaser.  She will quickly become your shadow, likes to sit with you on the porch in the morning while you drink your coffee, and adores kids.  A yard and patio is as important to her as her walks.  She’s house and crate- trained, walks on a leash and would do well to wear a harness for her walks.  We see Molly happiest when she is the only pet in the house.   We hear that the true path to her heart is littered with deer antler treats.  Maybe that’s what she will want from you this Valentine’s Day!  If you are looking for a loving companion and one special Valentine this year, considering adopting Molly.  Now through February 28 her adoption fee is 50% off! Apply...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Foster Spotlight

“Camden has been an absolute rockstar of a foster during her time with DPA. She volunteers her time and resources in many aspects – as a foster representative, rescue coordinator and photographer – but what stands out above all else is her passion and compassion for animals. As a foster with DPA, Camden has fostered dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds and even a few litters in there! She doesn’t shy away from the dogs with medical issues or a long path to recovery and instead welcomes them with open arms. Dallas Pets Alive has been able to save many more lives because of Camden and we are so lucky to have her as a part of our team!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive!   This is why Camden Rendon is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People!   How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I moved to Dallas from Raleigh, NC in early June. My first order of business was to find a rescue I could get involved in down here. I interviewed with quite a few rescues for their foster programs but none of them were as welcoming or versatile as DPA. I love that we don’t discriminate from young, old, sock, healthy, big, small dogs. We literally have a dog for everyone! The volunteers that I “met” along the way sealed the deal for my interest. Everyone was so involved and their passion just shines through in their efforts. I enjoy being around like minded people so I felt like DPA was the perfect rescue to call home. Tell us about a few of...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: January Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: January Foster Spotlight

Kristi & Jim have gone above and beyond as a foster family throughout their short time with DPA. Starting as a temp foster for an urgent dog and now a full time foster for our most at need, they do not shy away from dogs with medical issues or behavioral needs. They have an open mind to training advice and setting each foster dog that comes through her house up for success. Additionally, Kristi & Jim are some of the first to consistently offer urgent transport help for dogs that have mere hours left. They have a willingness to do whatever it takes to save these animals without batting an eye. We are extremely grateful for Kristi & Jim’s passion to help animals and are confident that we will be able to save more lives because of their help.  – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Kristi & Jim Picard are two of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? It has only been about 5 months. I needed a hobby/something to do with my spare time. We started during hurricane Harvey when there was a rush to empty DPA to make room for the Harvey dogs. Lisa Castillo recruited us. My mom used to foster dogs when we grew up. Tell us about a few of your fosters. We started by pulling and temping Colby for 10 days. He had to be kept separate from our pup because he had a URI, and he had horrible separation anxiety. And then there was Dixie II. She was a GSD mix, out of time at...
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...