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...
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...