10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

10 Tips for a Happy (and safe!) Halloween for Your Pets

They’re covered in hair, have anywhere from two to four legs usually, can be found under your bed, in lakes, or sometimes your closets. They aren’t monsters, they’re your dogs and cats! This may be the spookiest time of year for us and tons of fun, but remember this time of year can be downright scary for your pets. Here are our tips and tricks, sorry we’re out of treats, to keeping you, your pets, and your visitors safe this haunting season.     Keep sweets and human treats out of reach! Chocolate and sugar free candies containing xylitol, including both candy and gum, can be poisonous to your cats and dogs. Another less common, but sometimes seen poisonous item this time of year in goody bags are raisins. Be sure to keep these items out of reach, but if your furry friend finds a way to them be sure to keep the wrapper when possible and call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or HomeAgain’s 24-Hour Support Hotline (1-888-466-3242) immediately. Keep pets indoors. Whether your pet usually has access to your yard or stays outside more often than not, it’s a safer bet for everyone if you keep them inside Halloween night. Many professionals even suggest doing so days before and after the holiday except when they are being strictly monitored. While many people love animals, unfortunately not everyone holds them as dear as most. Pets are often stolen, poisoned, injured, or even killed around Halloween so we recommend not giving them unsupervised visits to the outdoors for their safety. Create a safe place. Spooky “things” coming...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: October Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: October Foster Spotlight

Nicole has been an amazing volunteer and foster with DPA. She decided to get more involved on the backend after fostering with us for a while. She serves as a foster representative and foster application vetter and excels in both roles. Due to her background, she is able to provide honest, considerate and compassionate advice to those interested in fostering, or currently in the process of fostering. No problem is too big and she will work tirelessly to find the answer. The foster team is so lucky to have her on board! – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Nicole Huff is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? We fostered a couple of times when we lived in Houston, but didn’t get a lot of support from the organization we worked with, so I wasn’t sure about doing it again. But a friend through Facebook, Jackie Spivey, who fosters with DPA, kept posting dogs in need and finally one of the sucked my husband and me in. It was the support we got after we started fostering that kept us doing it. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Rocket was an owner surrender who had a minor skin issue and was not getting attention at DAS. Turns out he was the sweetest, friendliest pup ever! He got along with every person, child & dog and couldn’t be more wonderful. In fact, he impressed everyone so much at an adoption event, he found himself on a transport shortly after we got him. He was...
DPA’s Cat of the Month – October: Meet Rosie!

DPA’s Cat of the Month – October: Meet Rosie!

Who is this charming, ginger-colored tabby cat with a flowery name and big green eyes?  Meet Rosie, a three-year-old female Domestic Short Hair/Mixed cat with a gentle personality and a love of cuddling!   Rosie is described by her fosters as an ideal roommate and companion.  She certainly seems to have a lot going for her!  She is litter box-trained, never scratches the furniture and even enjoys being combed.  She’s affectionate, loves to have her head petted and will curl up next to you when it’s time for a nap.  If you’re looking for a loyal friend to follow you all over the house, consider inviting Rosie to live with you.  She’s a mellow lounger who is quiet but very loving.   Rosie’s playful side comes out when she chases balls and round objects (even grapes!) all around the house but she is overall, a quiet cat.  She would do well with another mellow cat but preferably no dogs or young kids.   Rosie has been without a permanent home for eight months.  While she has made the adjustment to a couple of foster care situations since February of 2017, she is ready for her much-deserved fur-ever home.  Could you be the right match for the lovely Rosie?  Give us a call or apply to adopt her here! This sweet red rose is ready to be picked.  Now through the end of October Rosie’s adoption fee is half...
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...