DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Volunteer Spotlight

“Christine has been a dedicated member of the DPA family for roughly 3 years. While Christine has proven her support and love for DPA is various ways, such as fostering medically needy animals and being able to quarantine successfully when needed, take on tripods, and more, as a Foster Rep hard at work assisting foster families, she truly shines as our Lead Adoption Counselor. Christine was promoted to this role and took off with it making it her own, learning from her experiences, and helping use that to mold our team of Adoption Counselors into a well-oiled machine. Christine puts in countless hours working on revising processes, training new volunteers, and then assisting counsel them for roughly 6 weeks to ensure they truly understand and are confident in their new role. She offers a helping hand to her team to guide them to success which allows success for our animals and our adopters. As an Adoption Counselor Christine also takes on more animals than any other counselor and works tirelessly around her personal life to ensure the best possible fit for the animals she oversees. She is a vital part of the Adoption Team and DPA as a whole and because of that, we could not be more proud or honored to work alongside her.” — Jessica Weinstein, Vice President of Animal Operations for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Christine Sablone is a DPA Pawesome Person! What is your current role? I am the Adoption Counselor Lead, a Foster mom, and a Foster Rep How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? Three years ago, I began looking for...
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...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: December Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: December Foster Spotlight

Although Julie is new to the foster team, she has made such an impact in her short amount of time with DPA. We know that if a dog is in need of immediate transport to the vet or a temporary place to stay in order to leave the shelter, Julie will step up to the plate. She always has our dogs and cats in mind and will do whatever is needed to save their lives. She radiates generosity and compassion for not only the animals but the other fosters in our organization. It is people like Julie that make our community so strong and impact so great. I am excited to watch her grow in this organization and help save more lives.  – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Julie Zvara is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I got involved with DPA through the TNR program. There was a feral cat colony of 4 adults & 10 kittens that had to be trapped, spayed & neutered and I was involved in the entire process. The 3 female & 1 male adults were spayed/neutered and released. The 10 kittens ended up in foster care through DPA. Unfortunately 1 kitten subsequently died but the other 9 have all been adopted! Tell us about a few of your fosters. I fostered kittens Minnie, April & Mickey who were feral and a handful due to health issues. They were diagnosed with panleukopenia followed by ringworm so my intro to fostering was a bit stressful as they were...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: December Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: December Volunteer Spotlight

“Jey performs several roles for DPA that we are lucky enough to have her in, she is a Foster Rep, a Rescue Coordinator, a New Partner Coordinator, and a Foster Application Vetter, and a Foster herself, but I think the role that she makes one of the biggest impacts for both our fosters and our volunteers is her role as our Temp Foster Coordinator. Jey has owned this role from the second she asked to have it. That’s right, Jey asks on a regular basis what else she can do, where else can she help, so DPA can save more lives and so she can help other fosters do so. She has been responsive to fosters, built new relationships with boarders, and tightened existing ones. She has assisted in creating temp foster policy and procedure to make this area of our program run as smoothly as possible for all involved, and has been willing to consistently go above and beyond our expectations to ensure our fosters are taken care of and given as much assistance as possible. This can be a stressful position, but Jey’s take charge attitude partnered with her extreme drive and compassionate heart make her the perfect fit for this role and DPA is so thankful to have her. ”  – Jessica Weinstein, Vice President, Animal Operations for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Jey Lehew is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for December! What is your current role? Rescue Coordinator / Evaluator Temp Foster Coordinator / New Partner Coordinator Foster Rep / Foster Mama How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? About three and...