DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Foster Spotlight

“Taylor is such an asset to our foster team! She and her husband Tommy have fostered multiple dogs, but they are also some of our coveted kitten bottle feeders! Taylor is a bottle feeding machine, taking in motherless kittens so young, they can require feedings every few hours. She is always willing to sacrifice sleep (and as she says, sometimes her sanity) to save these tiny, vulnerable lives! The shelter does not have anyone to care for high-risk kittens overnight, so when they wind up at the shelter, we need someone to take them immediately; Taylor never turns down an opportunity to help! We can’t thank her enough for her commitment to getting our kittens healthy and ready for their forever homes!”, says Allison Brandon, Foster and Medical Director for Dallas Pets Alive! This is why Taylor Eubanks is one of Dallas Pet’s Alive’s PAWesome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I’ve always been interested in animal rescue and bottle fed several litters of kittens with my mom as a child. Then Tommy met Max, and I found out he worked with DPA. The rest is history! Tell us about a few of your fosters. We’ve fostered 5 dogs (and only kept one!) and 14 kittens (including the 5 I had right now) since joining forces with DPA in 2014. Bucky was a three-legged terrier mix that I knew I had to bring home the moment I saw him at Dallas Animal Services (DAS). I’d promised Tommy (my husband) we wouldn’t foster anymore dogs after we “foster failed” with out last puppy, Petey. SO, I...
DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

“Megan is the definition of a multitasker. Outside of her role on Rescue Team as an Evaluator and being both a canine and feline foster parent, Megan has stepped up to the plate wherever needed. Megan was a key part in making DPA’s first ever international transport to Toronto Humane Society possible. She assisted with all the various logistics involved virtually and volunteered to meet at the transport to assist in the send off at 5:00am. Megan is also responsible for helping us save more lives through her efforts on our grant writing team, the more financial assistance she helps us receive, the more lives in Dallas we can save. Lastly, Megan is currently compiling her photos taken during her Rescue Team efforts to create a photography show on behalf of DPA, DAS and the homeless animals of Dallas in an effort to educate the general public on the reality of our current homeless pet situation. You can RSVP for her show at Faces: Lost & Found of Dallas Photo Exhibit. Megan has proven she leads with the perfect combination of brain and heart. Through her excitement to learn by asking great, important questions and her willingness to jump into action feet first toward big picture goals, she helps make so much of what DPA accomplishes possible,” says Animal Operations Vice President, Jessica Weinstein. Check out Megan’s interview below: What is your current role? I am currently a foster, evaluator for the dogs at DAS, and part of our grants team. How did you get involved with volunteering at Dallas Pets Alive? I first saw DPA at Community Beer during...
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...