Leadership Spotlight: Danica, DPA’s Assistant Foster Director

Leadership Spotlight: Danica, DPA’s Assistant Foster Director

A lot of what goes into rescue happens behind the scenes, and the time and dedication that our foster team puts in does not go unnoticed! This month’s leadership spotlight honoree is Danica Butler, DPA’s Canine Assistant Foster Director. Danica works hand-in-hand with the families that foster dogs with our organization, making sure they have a strong support system and resources when needed. Hardly anyone says fostering is easy, but nearly everyone says it’s a rewarding, life-changing experience knowing you’re saving the life of a homeless pet, and it couldn’t be done without the contribution of people like Danica. Learn more about her below! 1.) What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? My role with DPA is to work directly with the foster families and assist with behavioral issues, offer advice and ensure they feel supported. 2.) What is your professional background? I am a calligrapher and illustrator. I have a wedding invitation company and teach calligraphy classes in Plano. 3.) How long have you been involved with the organization? Going on two years! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 4.) What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? Definitely the community!! I adore the foster team-Jessica, Stefanie and Lori are amazing humans that I am proud to call friends. Knowing we are slowly, but surely, making a difference for Dallas animals with each and every animal that gets out of the shelter and into a loving foster home. 5.) Tell us a fun fact about yourself. Power tools are my happy...
Leadership Spotlight: Dena, DPA’s Alumni Director

Leadership Spotlight: Dena, DPA’s Alumni Director

What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I am the Alumni Director, and the purpose of the Alumni Team is to ensure the health, safety, and overall well-being of our adopted dogs and cats are maintained after they have moved out of our program and into their forever homes. Our responsibility to them does not end at adoption. My team follows up initially to ensure the pet is scheduled with the adopters’ veterinarian and again several weeks later to ensure a successful transition to their forever home (Angelica Thomas and Kim Boller manage follow-ups for our adopted dogs, and Michele Morneault handles all of our cat follow-ups and issues). We respond via email to common transitional issues and provide training techniques to assist the adopter, and we encourage them to contact one of our professional training partners who provide discounts to our alumni. If the situation is urgent, I contact the adopter via telephone and try to work them through the issue/concern until a trainer is able to meet with them. If the situation is not a good fit, I work with the Foster Team to secure a new or the previous foster parent and get the pet back into our program. Although this can seem disappointing, we have a great track record with second adopters! What is your professional background? I am an Environmental Professional and provide due diligence consulting services to lenders, developers, investors, or current property owners. I have worked in this industry for 19 years and have experience in every aspect of due diligence assessments, remediation, and regulatory...
Leadership Spotlight: Stefanie, DPA Foster Director

Leadership Spotlight: Stefanie, DPA Foster Director

A lot goes on behind the scenes of Dallas Pets Alive! While pets are always top of mind, we have a large, highly organized infrastructure that is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do for our four-legged friends without the commitment, support and dedication of the two-legged members of the DPA Family. 2018 may be the Year of the Dog, we’re be highlighting members of our Leadership Team, in addition to our monthly Pawesome Volunteers and Fosters, this year to give you a closer look  the people who make our mission possible. Meet Stefanie, DPA’s Foster Director! What does your role within Dallas Pets Alive! involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As the Foster Director, I am responsible for all things foster related. I oversee a team of 2 assistant directors, 30 foster representatives, 6 foster application vetters, a team of administrators and bio writers, and all active fosters of the 1200 individuals that are approved. I work closely with all teams to make sure the foster process runs smoothly from working with the rescue team to pull an animal from the shelter, to making sure an animal is behaviorally and medically cleared for adoption with both the adopt and medical teams. Additionally, my team does everything in between such as approving new fosters, providing behavioral advice, uploading marketing material to our website and checking in with medical updates. We are the support team for our amazing foster families.   What is your professional background? I recently moved from Dallas to Denver for a great opportunity with a...
Leadership Spotlight: Elina, DPA Rescue Director

Leadership Spotlight: Elina, DPA Rescue Director

There is so much that goes into rescuing animals, especially within Dallas Pets Alive! While pets are always top of mind we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the commitment, support and dedication of the two-legged members of the DPA Family. While 2018 may be the Year of the Dog, we’ll be highlighting members of our Leadership Team, in addition to our monthly Pawesome Volunteers and Fosters, this year to give you a behind the scenes look at the people who make our mission possible. Meet Elina, DPA’s Rescue Director. She is our voice at Dallas Animal Services and often the first DPA contact a pet has with our organization. When a dog or cat hears from Elina, they know they are safe with us. What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As Rescue Director, I am responsible for the Rescue Team, who are the boots on the ground at Dallas Animal Services – the shelter we rescue from. We are the first point of contact for most of the animals coming into Dallas Pets Alive, and I correspond with DAS to coordinate all of the animals that we save. I manage a team of ~20 volunteers who spend time at DAS evaluating the animals we network to our fosters, getting pictures and dog-testing them, and writing up reports so that we have the most thorough information possible about them. That’s the short version 🙂 What is your professional background?  After my completing my undergraduate degree I studied Publishing and have been working in that industry for over 5...