DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Foster Spotlight

“Lauren and Austin are absolutely incredible people and fosters! They have been to hundreds of vet appointments, events, and meet & greets, dealt with more puppy poo than I can even begin to imagine, and oh, did I mention they have saved EIGHTY lives with Dallas Pets Alive?! Lauren and Austin are known as our “puppy gurus” and consistently pull puppies at risk of euthanasia from the shelter. Whether it’s taking on a single pup in need or a litter of 15, they don’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to save them all. Lauren also serves as our Assistant Foster/Medical Director; this real life Wonder Woman not only takes care of her crazy crew of puppies at home, but she spends countless hours supporting other fosters to help get their pups adopted as quickly as possible! We are endlessly grateful for all that she does for DPA, and are so excited to honor her as one of our favorite PAWsome people!,” says Allison Brandon, Foster/Medical Director of Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Lauren Lux Lowry is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? My sister saw there was a litter of puppies that were going to be euthanized in late December 2014. She asked if she could foster using my home since she was in an apartment. I told her it would be an around the clock thing, so realistically I would be the one fostering. We took all 10 of them in and it was a chaotic whirlwind we vowed to never do again… that was 70...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Volunteer Spotlight

“Robert Beard is a perfect match for the financial reporting team at DPA with his background in accounting. He has been a critical part of the behind the scenes work at DPA making sure that our financial data is recorded correctly and reports available for our leadership team and others who need this data. He has been in this role for two years and is efficient and detail-oriented, two qualities that are SO important in finance. Robert is my right hand and I do not know what I would do without him to keep all the finances in order and information ready for our strategic decision making.”, says Emily Johnston, Vice President of Administration. Check out Robert’s interview below: What is your current role? I am part of the financial reporting team performing the monthly accounting and on the medical team responsible for the microchip transfers to adopters. How did you get involved with volunteering at Dallas Pets Alive? I was at Klyde Warren Park one day and signed up to volunteer, the rest is history! What are you most passionate about at Dallas Pets Alive? I love seeing animals come through the program; it’s great to see how everyone works together to rescue these animals and find them a Furever home. What are some words of wisdom to new Dallas Pets Alive Volunteers? Get a good email filing system Give us a fun fact  about you! I have two awesome boys (10 and 7) and I can’t live without peanut butter. Be like Robert and help us save more lives! Fill out a volunteer application...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: February Foster Spotlight

Ashley is such a special foster mama! She has a huge heart for senior or special needs dogs who are down on their luck and have found themselves at the shelter. She gives them all she has for as long as they need to find a new home! Ashley is also one of our hospice fosters to Louie, who just celebrated his 96th (98th**) birthday with their family! She does whatever it takes for these dogs to be happy and as healthy as possible, and we can’t thank her enough for opening her heart to such special pups! This is why Ashely Bonnin Igo is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I first saw DPA on Facebook. My husband and I already had our first rescue pup, and I thought it would be fun to foster another dog to keep her company. When I saw a foster plea for “Winnie” , I immediately jumped at the opportunity. We picked her up from the shelter, had her for 2 days, and decided to keep her- she and Rosie have been besties ever since. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Louie is definitely the most miraculous of them all I picked him up from DAS in November 2015, thinking he only had a week or so to live, he was in such bad shape. He’s battled countless health hiccups but is still going strong. His nickname is “Lazarus”. Lacey was another memorable one- she was a 9 year old cocker spaniel that had cancer (among other things). Mazie’s was...
DPA’s PAWesome Person: January Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s PAWesome Person: January Volunteer Spotlight

“Maris has such a huge heart! She is professional, passionate about the cause, and extremely dedicated to her duties and our mission. She consistently goes above and beyond by stepping in to help cover other volunteer’s days, train new volunteers, and help vet applicants as quickly as possible to ensure we save as many lives as we can as fast as we can. She sets an amazing example of exactly the kind of person and volunteer this team and DPA need and depend on every day.” says Vice President of Animal Operations, Jessica Weinstein. Check out Maris’ interview below: What is your current role? Foster Application Vetter How did you get involved with volunteering at Dallas Pets Alive? A Facebook friend shared DPA’s post of a dog who urgently needed a foster or would have been euthanized that day. I had been thinking about fostering for a while and the plea really inspired me to commit. While fostering our first dog, I was completely hooked on Dallas Pets Alive!’s mission and wanted to help as much as I could. What are you most passionate about at Dallas Pets Alive? I love that Dallas Pets Alive! focuses on the animals most at risk for euthanasia. While there are plenty of cute fluffy pups and purebreds on DPA’s adoption roster, the focus is on the animals who need out ASAP. Whether they have been at the shelter too long, are fearful or shy in their kennel, or have some sort of treatable medical condition, Dallas Pets Alive! makes it their mission to prioritize getting these animals into loving foster homes, so...
DPA’s PAWesome Person: January Foster Spotlight

DPA’s PAWesome Person: January Foster Spotlight

Jackie has been fostering with us for a few years now, but what makes her truly special is that she doesn’t shy away from seemingly daunting medical cases. Her family took in Ruger, who suffered from severe chemical burns all over his body, and she’s currently fostering Winston, who came to us appearing to be partially paralyzed from the waist down. With Jackie’s help, both of these dogs have made complete recoveries! This is why Jackie Spivey is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! Jackie also donates her time and talents by photographing for our fosters. She utilizes social media to create unique pages for her fosters (check out @winstonthepibble on Instagram!) and goes above and beyond to market them! It’s people like Jackie that help make DPA truly special. Check out Jackie’s interview below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? My friend Brittney Clay was fostering for DPA at the time, and I loved the idea of welcoming more dogs into our home. My husband and I are both animal lovers (my husband is a retired K9 Military Police Officer) and would have 100 dogs if we had the space. So this felt like a good compromise. We had discussed one day how we were ready to find a dog, and the next day Bear’s shelter photo popped up on Facebook. It was like 7:30 at night, and I showed it to my husband and said, “Oh my gosh! We have to get him. He looks heartbroken.” And it was the best decision we’ve ever made for our family. I can’t even remember what...