DPA’s Pawesome Person: July Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: July Volunteer Spotlight

Meghan has become the heart and soul of our events area. She has volunteered at 3-4 events every month since she joined DPA, and knows the process inside and out. She trains new event volunteers and helps with every aspect of events including supervising dogs, talking to the public about DPA and opportunities to support us, merchandise sales, and logistics of the event sites. She has also taken over coordinating foster pet attendance at events and in addition to keeping the details immaculately organized, finds time to inject a little humor into her communications which is a breath of fresh air. I do not know what we would do without her, but it would take several people to fill her shoes. – Emily Johnston, Vice President of Administration for Dallas Pets Alive! What is your current role? I am the Adoption Events Coordinator, a regular volunteer, and have been sarcastically dubbed “Worst Volunteer Ever”, which I kind of like and am pushing to one day get a nametag that reads that. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I started volunteering with Dallas Pets Alive! because of my dog, Sally. She is my heart and I wanted to help others find their “hearts”. That whole “who saved whom” thing is absolutely true. I found DPA online, submitted a volunteer app and started signing up for events left and right. When I am enthusiastic about something, I go in whole-hog. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I think I’m most passionate about responsible pet ownership, especially spaying/neutering. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA...
A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

A PAWSitively PURRfect Partner – Dr. Karri

We here at Dallas Pets Alive! adore all of our partners, from venues to fundraisers to groomers, but sometimes there comes along a partner that deserves a thank you so large we could never truly say it correctly. Dr. Karri McCreary is our first ever PAWsitively PURRfect Partner. I’ll be totally honest, when Dr. Karri approached me about a partnership, I thought she was crazy. Here was this woman asking me to please let her treat extremely medically needy dogs at no expense to Dallas Pets Alive! in exchange for just letting her film them. Um, excuse me? You want to save us money AND allow us to focus on what we love, the urgent, most in need, and overlooked? Ok, I thought, let’s give her a shot to save more lives. I want to slap my former self for ever questioning her. What Dr. Karri wanted to help with was a YouTube channel called Vet Ranch. Vet Ranch is a network of veterinarians that creates videos of animals in need going through the recovery process from severe medical issues. These videos show their physical and emotional recovery from beginning to end and the care Vet Ranch doctors provide is all paid for by Abandoned Pet Project. The videos help to drive donations to Abandoned Pet Project so they can continue supporting the Vet Ranch doctors amazing work. These two groups allow rescues to save more lives that they may otherwise not have been able to afford. To say this partnership has been a lifesaver is both an understatement and a truth. Since Dr. Karri reached out to DPA!,...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: June Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: June Foster Spotlight

Suleika has dedicated so much time and resources to DPA over the last few years. She has saved countless of lives by fostering dogs that were at risk of euthanasia and has given them the chance to start the rest of their lives. Each foster that she has had gets a unique name (i.e. Benoit Bensimone, Chiquita Bonita, Ambrosius) and the most adorable outfits to match their personalities. These pups become part of the family and will often participate in dinner parties, pub crawls, movie nights, and some even become Instagram famous (@thepocketpup & @bowtie_colin)! Suleika and her husband, John, are in it for the long haul. They don’t pick the easy ones, and have cared for countless dogs through heartworm treatment and invasive surgeries. Suleika finds creative ways to get all of her fosters marketed and adopted quickly so that she in turn can save more lives. Two defining characteristics that make Suleika stand out are her welcoming personality matched with her huge heart. She has formed relationships with many of her fosters FURever families and will even puppy sit when they head out of town! Suleika does it all and has even played multiple volunteer roles behind the scenes of DPA. She is such an important and valuable asset to our team and are so glad to have her on board for the long run! – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Suleika Bloom is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? My husband and I had fostered many dogs in North Carolina...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: June Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: June Volunteer Spotlight

“Michele never ceases to amaze me. She is a dedicated volunteer on our Medical team responsible for ensuring all our little ones have registered microchips for their safety should they ever get lost. As our sole feline alumni counselor she is responsible for our cats well being post adoption. She assists in making sure our fabulous felines are set up for success in their new homes by offering support to our adopters through decompression tips, consulting with adopters, volunteers, and vets on medical issues that arise, and training as needed. This role is so essential to our animals remaining happy and healthy. Having volunteers like Michele allows us to be able to give our adopters the opportunity to have a support system, which is a part of what makes DPA stand out against others and really make a difference for both our animals and the families we help complete. Michele is always willing to step up to the plate when needed whether it be to help raise donations, educate people on DPA and our mission, go pick up a truckload of donated crates, or bring in puppies needing a foster home. Her positive attitude is simply inspiring, no matter what our animals need she’s ready with a big smile on her face. She is one of the most genuinely caring people I know and always offers to help because it truly makes her happy to. Michele and JB recently had their 3 year DPA anniversary and I couldn’t be happier to have them as part of our lifesaving family!”  – Jessica Weinstein, Vice President of Animal Operations for Dallas...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Foster Spotlight

“Debbie has saved many lives by fostering dogs over the last few years with DPA! She is always willing to step up and foster dogs at risk of euthanasia… the dogs who literally have hours left to live, and no matter if the timing is right or wrong, Debbie always says yes and finds a way to make it work. She has fostered a few heartworm positive dogs too, which is a bit of a longer commitment because treatment lasts at least a few months. Debbie has such a big heart for bully breeds, which have a harder time getting adopted due to misconceptions and unfair reputations. She has worked with dogs with various behavioral and medical needs, and has always committed to fostering a dog until it is adopted, no matter how long it takes. In fact, she is currently fostering our Dog of the Month, Zephyr, who has been searching for her forever home for a full year, and Suzy, who has been on the hunt for a family for 7 months! These two dogs are fabulous, dog friendly, happy girls, but for some reason they just haven’t found their perfect match. Debbie has never complained about the length of time a dog spends at her home, but continues to love them and care for them no matter what! She is in it for the long haul, and we so appreciate her commitment to helping our pups who need it most!” says Allison Brandon, Foster and Medical Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Debbie Binion is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

“Shelbye is the breath of fresh air I needed for the PASS program. She volunteered and worked while in college at Texas A&M with animals, so her backgroud peeked my interest in her immediately, but her passion for saving animals really made me want her on the team. PASS is a program that is so new and complex, that its hard for some to conceptualize but Shelbye just got it and she has ran with it ever since. Her organization and compassion for people and their pets is exactly what I needed in this role. The PASS line can be hard to volunteer for, there are very few solutions out there to help people and their pets but Shelbye always takes the opportunity to make individual email responses to people, people she will never see. Her customer service to citizens in need and her organization have taken the PASS line, to where it should be. I am so happy to have her on the PASS team!” – Leslie Sans, Executive Director of Dallas Pets Alive! What is your current role? I am the Assistant Director of DPA’s (somewhat new) Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, and I also foster. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I had a lot of free time when I moved back to this area last summer. One of my close friends, Lizzie, has been a DPA volunteer for the past 2 years and loves rescue just as much as I do. She forwarded me a list of DPA’s volunteer opportunities; I took one look at that list and honestly have...