DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Mourad is constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to improve the Volunteer Team, including opportunities for his team to bond as a unit and brainstorm solutions together. This is all that much more impressive considering he lives halfway around the world and has never met any of us in person!” -Alyssa Gross DPA!’s Administration Vice President That’s just the start why Mourad Blokpoel is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about him below: What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I’m currently the Assistant Director of Onboarding, so I track the onboarding of the incoming volunteers that join DPA and work with the Volunteer Coordinators to bring in the people to help DPA with achieving our mission of making Dallas no-kill. I have calls, and give trainings over the phone and via virtual meeting rooms. The fun part is that you get to talk with people that share the same interests which includes to improve the animal welfare in Dallas. What is your professional background? I am currently studying for my Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Next to that, for about a year and a half now, I have worked for an employment agency as an Assistant Recruiter. I make a lot of phone calls, fill shifts and so on. I am also a Translator and Community Moderator for an avatar-based social media platform, which means that I translate their apps and web pages from English to Dutch. I host online contests and events to increase the community engagement and of course post translated announcements and answer and...
DPA’s Pawsome People: December 2018 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: December 2018 Leadership Spotlight

“Allison is always at the ready to step up and share DPA’s story in creative and innovative ways. Although she does not live in Texas her love of DPA and our mission cannot be missed even all the way from the East Coast. Allison is key when it comes to streamlining and organization our marketing plan and voice. I am so grateful to have her on our team, she plays a pivotal role in ensuring our rescue animals are able to be heard and seen!” – Leslie Sans DPA!’s Executive Director That’s why Allison Treloar is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: What does your role within Dallas Pets Alive! involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As Marketing Director, I’m responsible for promoting Dallas Pets Alive! and our adoptable pets through our various communication channels. This includes working with a talented team of volunteers to keep our website updated with new content; strategizing ways to showcase our adoptable animals on social media and through adoption promotions; creating fundraisers and appeals for our pets’ emergency medical needs; educating potential fosters, volunteers, and donors about the amazing work DPA does; and so much more! What is your professional background? I’ve worked in different areas of marketing throughout my entire professional career, in a diverse group of organizations and industries. It’s a privilege to be able to use my experience and skills to support Dallas Pets Alive’s mission and help find loving, forever homes for Dallas’ shelter pets. How long have you been involved with the organization? I’m coming up on my one-year anniversary with DPA! I am...
A Letter from DPA’s Board of Directors

A Letter from DPA’s Board of Directors

Dear Friends of DPA: Dallas Pets Alive! has grown tremendously over the past 6 years. We have focused on approaching animal rescue through innovative programming, shifting the way our community views animal rescue, and working toward making Dallas a No-Kill city. The Board has focused on growing DPA and establishing our organization as a top-tier animal rescue and outstanding non-profit in Dallas. We are working hard to find the best space possible for our new adoption center, which will elevate and facilitate pet adoption in the DFW area. As we continue growing and enhancing our existing programs, we must ensure our adoptable pets get the exposure they need while also building and sustaining a solid business infrastructure. Because of our progress and goal to be a leading animal welfare non-profit, the Board of Directors is reinforcing its commitment to DPA by creating the first full-time staff position. We are thrilled to announce Leslie Sans will continue her role as Executive Director in a full-time capacity, where she will continue working to build an even stronger Dallas Pets Alive! through increased community awareness, networking and fundraising. Sincerely, Dallas Pets Alive Board of Directors Brittani Lassiter Rory O’Loughlin Cherie Batsel Candice Aaron Amy Baldwin Peter Baldwin Carla Eboli Drew Lassiter Steve Mastor Lindsey Reedy Adam...
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...
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!...
Leadership Spotlight: Christina, DPA’s Adoption Assistant Director

Leadership Spotlight: Christina, DPA’s Adoption Assistant Director

Happy tails and forever homes – that’s the ultimate goal for the dogs and cats that enter the Dallas Pets Alive! program. Without the dedication of amazing leadership volunteers like Christina, we couldn’t successfully adopt out hundreds of animals each year. Learn more about Christina and her incredible contributions to DPA. 1.  What does your role with DPA involve?  What do you oversee within the organization? I am the Adoption Assistant Director, I help Stacey, our Director, oversee anything that has to do with adoptions!  I love being a part of all of the “happy tails!”  I am also the Assistant to the Vice President of Animal Operations (Jessica) and help her with administrative tasks to keep the Animal Ops side of the organization running smoothly.  In addition, I coordinate our fundraising events- I lead the Dallas Pets Live! event at The Rustic in the fall, am currently working on the 2018 Pup Crawl, and will be chairing North Texas Giving Day as well. 2.  What is your professional background? I have a business degree from Baylor University and I currently work at Phoenix Capital Partners, a private equity firm, as their Assistant Controller. 3.  How long have you been involved with the organization? Since 2014. 4.  What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA?   I love being a part of all of the “happy tails” by helping our animals find their furever homes.  I started out as a foster, and have fostered 22 animals so far (I foster failed on #11 and #22) and now that I’m mostly maxed out on animals in my home, I...