DPA’s Pawsome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

“Marissa volunteered to co-chair our Annual Pup Crawl this year (on top of her other DPA duties), an even that is complicated and an important part of our budget. She has done a wonderful job navigating the ups and downs of event planning and doing so with a positive attitude and professionalism. I have enjoyed working with her on one of my favorite DPA events and I look forward to see her in action this weekend at our biggest Pup Crawl yet!” — Leslie Sans, Executive Director for Dallas Pets Alive! That’s why Marissa Brown is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about Marissa below: What is your current role?   Volunteer Events Coordinator & Foster How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?  I started volunteering with DPA in 2016 after seeing an adoption event at a park downtown. After volunteering at a few events, I picked up my first foster dog and have been fostering ever since! In 2018 I decided to get more involved on the volunteer side, and I found out they were in need of someone to help organize volunteer events. Now I work with the Volunteer Team Director to coordinate volunteer events, as well as help out on the fundraising side to organize the upcoming PupCrawl on Memorial Day weekend. What are you most passionate about at DPA?   I’m most passionate about DPA’s involvement with helping Dallas become a No-Kill city. I try to help wherever I can to grow DPA’s capabilities and help work towards that goal. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?   There are so many opportunities, behind the...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May Foster Spotlight

“Adam and Mary have been fosters with DPA for a little over 2 years. They are very open-minded individuals who tend to go for the dogs that are overlooked in the shelter environment. There are many times where Adam and Mary are willing to open their home to a dog that wasn’t even on our radar. They are the types of people who truly act upon the idea that no dog is left behind, regardless of how they may show in a shelter environment. Not only are they great fosters, but they are all around fantastic people and we are so lucky to have them on the DPA team!” — Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director, Dallas Pets Alive!  That’s why Adam & Mary Crossett are DPA Pawsome People! Learn more about them: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? We had fostered a couple dogs with another organization and felt a little bit like we were on our own in terms of networking and marketing the pups. Seeing DPA’s social media, events, and overall organization made us want to give fostering another chance with the hope of a smoother experience. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Our first DPA! foster was Tater, and we were looking for a chill canine who could integrate into our two dog household with the least amount of effort. Tater was not going to win any beauty pageants, but he assimilated beautifully within a few days and was an easy foster. After about a month under our roof, he received an application from a young couple who fell in love with...
A Letter from Our Executive Director Leslie Sans

A Letter from Our Executive Director Leslie Sans

DPA Family, There have been a lot of changes happening at Dallas Animal Services (DAS) over the past six months and it’s obvious that the staff and our fellow rescue partners are working their tails off to improve and save more lives. I think it’s important that we start addressing some shifts in our culture so we can meet the needs of DAS right now. DAS is not the same DAS it was a year ago. A pride point for me has always been our flexibility, and this is a time where we are going to need to shift our thinking and approach a bit from years past. For example: Focusing less on End of Days (EOD). We are moving to a quicker approach to rescue. Celebrating how little time an animal has to sit at the shelter because we are not waiting for EODs any longer. I want to encourage our fosters to tag quickly, preventing exposure to disease and decline in the shelter. Just think, if we didn’t rely on an EOD to tag, maybe they would not be needed anymore!   Focusing less on what we did last year and more on what we can do now. Rescue numbers are going to trickle down because DAS is able to adopt out more animals. They need us to meet gaps: fostering larger dogs, bottle babies, and the very medically needy. Our quantity will go down, but the quality will continue to rise because we are saving those that need us most!   DAS is consistently at a low 80% save rate which is amazing considering their intake is up...
A Letter from Laz

A Letter from Laz

May 4, 2o18 Dear DPA foster friends, I know it’s raining today, and that’s kind of lame, but I have some good news! My friends at Preston Road Animal Hospital said I could come in for a free re-check and weight update, so Foster Mom took me this afternoon. Guess what they said? They said that, not only do I not have to be in my crate so much anymore, but I’m finally at a healthy weight, and I’m clear to start coming off my anti-anxiety meds! My allergy problems have cleared up, too! I’M FINALLY HEALTHY!! #posttreatmentfeels Thanks so much for paying for my treatment and finding me a Foster Mom. I can’t wait to attend adoption events so EVERYONE can fall in love with me, not just the nice folks inside our apartment complex. (I made friends with landscaping, though. They let me see ALL THE PLANTS!) Here’s my latest glamour shot with my nemesis, the vacuum cleaner. I’m so excited about being off crate rest that I let it be in the picture. Plus, Foster Mom says I have to share. Thanks again. I feel sooooo much better and can’t wait to meet you all in person now that I’m worm-free and stuff. Foster Mom says I give GREAT kisses! Love and treats,...
NOW BOARDING: Dallas Pets Alive! Transport Fundraiser

NOW BOARDING: Dallas Pets Alive! Transport Fundraiser

There are several factors that contribute to making Dallas a no-kill city, and at Dallas Pets Alive! we are dedicated to embracing them all to help achieve our goal When many people think of animal rescue they have the idea of volunteers pulling dogs out of shelters, rehabilitating them with fosters and adopting them into their forever homes. And they’re not wrong. Fostering and adoption are a huge part of rescue, but we’re taking it one step further and transporting animals from our community to places where there is a shortage of adoptable cats and dogs. Yes, you read that right. There are actually places in the U.S. and Canada where there aren’t enough adoptable animals to go around! Shocking, right? That’s why we value the relationships we have with our transport partners. In the next few weeks we are sending 2 cats Kitsap Humane Society, 3 dogs and 6 cats to Seattle Humane Society, 3 dogs to the German Shepherd Rescue of New York, and 3 dogs to Toronto Humane Society. These dogs and cats will have a much higher chance of being adopted quickly in these areas, which helps us open up more foster homes, get more animals out of the shelter, and ultimately enable us to save more lives. This transport will bring us to 67 pets moved from Dallas to new cities this year. Our goal is 300 for 2018! But we can’t do it alone. Each animal transport can cost $90 on average, which includes vet checks, health certificates and airfare. Meet the dogs and cats going on our next transport. If you can help sponsor...