DPA’s Pawesome Person: November Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: November Foster Spotlight

Dani does not shy away from fostering any type of dog – she has fostered Chihuahuas to Great Danes and everything in between. Despite having a full house of dogs and cats of her own, Dani treats her foster dogs as if they were there to stay. She has a knack for loving the ones with a long list of medical issues and seniors (aka the most looked over in the shelter). Her fosters came to her with their fare share of problems ranging from extreme allergies to severe malnutrition, injuries that require surgery to heartworm. Her patience is a virtue and her passion for rescue is inspiring. We are so lucky to have Dani on our team and know that each dog that goes through her home is on the road to the best life possible. – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Dani Boepple is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? Two 1/2 years ago I searched for a rescue to foster for, as I used to foster in California. I found DPA and fell in love with the program and people immediately. Just a few days after filling out the foster app I picked up my first shelter save in Texas! The rest is history! Tell us about a few of your fosters. I’ve had SO many I have lost count! I love fostering the bottle baby kittens and as an assistant Principal I took them to work with me and taught the students how to feed and care for them. I...
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 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...
DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: August Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: August Volunteer Spotlight

“Caitlin joined our Adoptions Team when we were beginning our cat adoption program. She became an essential part of building the cat adoption side of that team and worked closely with our Adoption Director, TNR Director, and Foster/Medical Director in order to put our current policies and procedures in place to have the best outcome for our cats and kittens. Caitlin has a passion and the customer service skills needed to work closely with adopters and fosters to achieve the best match making possible in pairing adopters with their purrfect furever feline. Caitlin assisted in pioneering unknown territory for DPA and I know for a fact without her involvement this side of our program would have struggled to grow the way it has been able to over the past year. Thanks to Caitlin’s hard work and dedication we were able to assist our TNR program in rehoming cats and kittens that were adoptable and not eligible for release, while also enabling our cat program to take off after years of trying. Caitlin is part of the reason we were finally able to become Dallas PETS Alive!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Caitlin is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for August! What is your current role? I am the original Cat Adoption Counselor! I review and vet adoption applications, counsel potential adopters, and finalize adoptions. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? In early 2016, a good friend of mine, Maris Kastanos, volunteers for DPA and she let me know that they were working to get the cat program up and running,...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: August Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: August Foster Spotlight

Amy is a huge advocate of the families that usually get overlooked. The shelter is always full of moms and puppies, but we can count on the Fisher family to open up their home to a mom and her 7,8, or 9 puppies! In her house they are safe to grow, play and recover. Amy specifically has a heart for the large breed dogs that are harder to place in foster/adoptive homes. Through weaning, potty training and vaccine timelines, Amy loves these babies like her own and we are so thankful for the time and love she puts into each and every one of them! – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Amy Fisher is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I got in a skiing accident with my youngest son and had to have my ACL repaired over the following summer. With a summer of surgery and physical therapy, I decided we needed a project to do at home to utilize the time. I applied with two other groups and DPA was the only fostering group that called me back! I was so excited to get that call! Tell us about a few of your fosters. They each have piece of our heart. We had our Beatles babies as our 1st litter. We wanted to keep them all (8 + mom) but that is not practical so we learned we had to let them go to fully love them. That was a tough lesson! Rocky, one of our Beatles pups, got a new...