July 2018 DPA Leadership Spotlight

July 2018 DPA Leadership Spotlight

Meet Meredith Jones, Dallas Pets Alive!’s Medical Assistant Director! She makes sure all of the pets in our program are getting the medical care they need in order to get healthy, stay healthy and ultimately find their forever homes. It takes a special person with the right blend of compassion, patience and organization to hold down this role, and Meredith is that and so much more. (She’s also a rockstar foster mama!) We’re incredibly thankful for her dedication to our mission. Read more about her below: 1.) What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As the Medical Assistant Director, I work closely with the Medical Director to ensure DPA’s foster pets are getting the medical care they need in order to be happy, healthy and adoptable. Some of the specific things I do are train new medical team volunteers, review/file vet records, discuss/approve treatment directly with vet partners, and advise fosters on medical related situations and questions. 2.) What is your professional background? For nearly 4 years, I’ve worked in non-profit fundraising. Just this month I started a new role as the Development Director at The Magdalen House, a no-cost recovery community for alcoholic women.  3.) How long have you been involved with the organization? I started as a foster in March 2015 and joined the medical team a couple months later.  4.) What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and I am inspired by the lifesaving efforts of this team – It’s an incredible experience to be a part of, addicting even. I...
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2018 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2018 Foster Spotlight

“I had the privilege of on-boarding Kasey as a foster when she first applied to volunteer with DPA. I remember having the most candid conversation with her – she was not afraid to ask questions, talk about her fears of being a foster, and absorb any and all information I was throwing her way. By the end of that conversation, she already had a foster in mind and picked him up shortly thereafter. 2 years later and Kasey‘s enthusiasm for our mission, these animals and her overall passion for rescue has not diminished in the slightest. Kasey continues to pull the dogs that are overlooked in the shelter – large dogs, bully breeds, major medical cases, the works! She doesn’t discriminate though and also helps by fostering kittens through our TNR program! When she is not working her full time job, managing the other full time role of a mom, caring for her own animals or full time foster, she is helping out as a temp foster, offering transport to and from adoption events and vet appointment and provides her wisdom as a seasoned rescue volunteer. We are SO lucky to have Kasey on this team!” – Stefanie Steiner, Dallas Pets Alive! Foster Director  That’s why Kasey Reynard is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I am really good friends with Allison Brandon (DPA’s Medical Director) and I always listened to her foster stories in awe. It was May a few years ago and she was pleading for fosters for all these precious dogs, they were out of time. My family was looking for another dog...
DPA’s Pawsome People: June Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June Foster Spotlight

“Maddie is what every foster wishes they were…she is the owner of a fabulous boarding facility, Lucky Paws, in Allen. So basically she spends her day snuggling and playing with puppies. Cool, right? Maddie was referred to us through one of our adoption counselors after adopting the cutest puppies ever from DPA! She dove right in and became a foster as well as one of our boarding partners. Maddie has continuously stepped up when fosters were in desperate need of immediate temp situations. These pups would have had no where to go if it wasn’t for her willingness to take them in! We recently received a rave review through Facebook about one of our representatives who helped wrangle in a loose foster pup at a gas station in Allen. It wasn’t hard to put the pieces together to know that it was of course Maddie who came to the rescue! DPA is extremely lucky to have Maddie and Lucky Paws on our team!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! That’s why Maddie Adelsperger is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below. How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I adopted my puppy, Juggy, from DPA. At our meet and greet his awesome foster mom, Christine Sablone, talked to me about fostering and ways my boarding facility, Lucky Paws Pet Lodge, could partner with DPA. By the end of that week I had Juggy, two fosters, and two temps at Lucky Paws. Tell us about a few of your fosters. The first foster to steal my heart(besides my baby Chico) was Kyber, a nine...
Another Letter from Laz

Another Letter from Laz

Dear Megan and my DPA foster friends, Hi! How’s it going?! I hope you’re having a really great summer! My summer has been awesome so far because I GOT ADOPTED!! It’s so crazy. I remember when my foster mom first came to the animal shelter to get me. I wasn’t feeling so great, and I was really scared to go to a new place. They gave me these shots that hurt a lot, and I had to take pills and stay in the crate a lot. BUT then my foster mom fed me really tasty food and gave me a warm place to sleep with a blanket just for me, and I started to feel better! I tried to run away a few times, but now I’m glad my foster mom always caught me. She kept telling me that I would find a family of my own with kids and a yard, and now I have one!!! My new mom’s name is Julie, and she’s really nice. She has two kids named Ryan and Courtney who play with me, and my new dad Will says I’m going to look really intimidating to burglars…even if I’m too friendly to be a guard dog. Here are some pictures of me with my new family:                 So…life is pretty great. I’m going to miss seeing my foster sister Chloe, and I’m going to miss making friends with little kids at adoption events, but I’m really excited to start my new life. So before I say goodbye (or just “see you later!”), I just wanted to...
May DPA Leadership Spotlight

May DPA Leadership Spotlight

The past couple of months have been very challenging for the Dallas Pets Alive! medical team. We have taken in more medically urgent animals, tougher cases, and several surgeries that have run up large vet bills. But, we do it because that’s what it takes to save more lives! Behind the incredible DPA medical team is a woman who juggles vet and ER phone calls while she works full-time job as a pre-school teacher, and also balances life a new mom. Allison is at the core of what we do and the pets we save wouldn’t have their second chances if it wasn’t for her hard work and dedication to DPA’s mission. We literally could not do what we do without her. Learn more about our Medical Director, Allison Brandon, below: 1.) What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I currently serve as the Medical Director. I have an incredibly hard-working team of 12 volunteers. Together, we review the medical records of each pet that enters our program and determine what each pet needs in order to be healthy and adoptable. We work with a variety of vets across the metroplex, and we help to coordinate the appointments for our fosters to ensure everyone is getting the care that they need. I work closely with our vets to create treatment plans for our pets, which can vary anywhere from antibiotics for a cough to an extensive surgery and therapy for a severe injury. We have anywhere from 125-300 pets in the program at any given time so this is no easy feat!...