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...
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...