August 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet MINA!

August 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet MINA!

She’s a diminutive kitty, wears a tuxedo and has fur as soft as silk. She’s frequently found on the highest perch of the cat tower and has a fondness for being scratched under her chin. Meet Mina!   This month’s featured cat was found in a feral cat colony by Dallas Animal Services and found a home with a DPA! foster family where she has proven to be a little charmer. She’s a bit on the shy side, but warms up quickly and will even sit on your lap or sleep on your chest occasionally. This little cat is a wonderful feline companion who likes to be in the same room with you, even if she doesn’t sit next to you all the time.  We think Mina would do best in a quieter home with other cats. (Dogs will be tolerated if they don’t like to chase cats.) Mina needs a patient and gentle home that will understand she doesn’t like to be held all the time, but still has plenty of love to give.  Could you be the right fit for this special little cat? Mina is 50% off through August. Apply to adopt Mina here or...
August 2019 Dog of the Month: Lolli-Pop!

August 2019 Dog of the Month: Lolli-Pop!

This month’s featured dog would be happy to ride in your car or take a short walk with you.  She’s a well-behaved girl who is described as being affectionate and good-mannered and she’s also as sweet as her name. Meet Lolli-Pop!   Lolli is a female Pit Bull Terrrier/Mixed Breed with a tan coat and a winsome smile who is mature in nature, smart and mellow with people.  She has a low-to-moderate activity level and bonds well with people. She would be a faithful companion to a fortunate family. We think this special pup would do well in a home with a good-sized, fenced-in yard so she could explore and get some outdoor exercise. She is also housebroken and crate-trained. Is Lolli be the right companion for you? Lolli-Pop is 50% off through August. Apply to adopt Lolli here or...
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Foster Spotlight

“Sarah V. has been fostering Laverne and Shirley for seven months now. These two are super special because they are very bonded and live for each other. Not only is Sarah committed to keeping them through adoption to find them the perfect home, she’s committed to keeping them together, even if that might take longer. Laverne has had extensive orthopedic surgery on one leg, which has had its challenges due to infections and slow healing. After multiple visits, it was determined that she needed a specialist’s help. The specialist requested that the rescue buy a PEMF unit to help promote healing and speed up her recovery.  Before DPA could even try to purchase the much needed device, Sarah made the decision to purchase it on her own so that we didn’t need to divert the cost from another animal in need, or from Laverne’s next surgery.  Sarah give so much of herself on a daily basis as a foster, but also selflessly acted on behalf of our rescue and saved another life in the process. For those reasons, she is a pawsome person.” -Jessica D., DPA!’s Medical Coordinator It is clear that Sarah embodies everything it takes and more as a foster. Read more about her below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? Shortly after moving to Dallas, I wandered into Community Beer Company, unknowingly during a DPA event, immediately fell in love with every dog there & needed more pups in my life….of course I mean, I wanted to support DPA’s mission. 🙂 Tell us about a few of your fosters. I’ve been fortunate to...
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“Jon and Kelsey Ray are a DPA power couple and step up anytime there is a need. They help run our Adoption Team- Jon is our Lead Adoption Counselor and Kelsey is our Adoptline Lead. In addition, Kelsey helps coordinate events and serves on the Alumni Team. They have 2 DPA Alumni of their own! We don’t know what we’d do without them!” -Stacey D., DPA!’s Adoption Director Kelsey: What is your current role?  I am Lead Adoptline Volunteer, RSVP Coordinator for Events, and Happy Tails Coordinator for the Alumni Team. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?  After we adopted our second DPA dog, my husband and I started volunteering on adoptline so that we could give back to the organization that has given us so much. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I am most passionate about helping animals find their forever homes so they can be as happy as we are with our two DPA alumni dogs. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?  My advice would be to remember that each position is valuable to the overall goal to our mission of saving lives and that any amount of time you have to give is worth it. Give us a fun fact about you!  I did not grow up around animals, but I knew that it was basically in my wedding vows to get a dog. My husband found the perfect dog from Dallas Pets Alive (Sheriff) and she made me fall in love with dogs. Jon: What is your current role? I am the Lead Adoption Counselor....
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Andra is one of the most dedicated and professional volunteers I have had the pleasure to work with at DPA. Because of her dedication she took the PASS team to new heights last year and this year she is already making the Animal Operations Team a more engaged and well oiled machine. I am so proud to have her serving as our new Animal Operations VP and I cannot wait to see what she will do with this very critical part of DPA. Her positive and professional attitude make her a joy to work with! Thank you Andra for going above and beyond for DPA and the animals we serve.” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I have been managing the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) team and process for the past, almost, year and a half, working on shelter intake diversion which has been tremendously rewarding. My role recently expanded to also be the Vice President of Animal Operations. I am honored to have a larger role within this amazing organization, and look forward to helping bring the DPA family to be the best we can be! What is your professional background?  I spent many years in corporate America in the mortgage banking industry, wanting to climb the corporate ladder. As I climbed towards the top of the ladder, I realized I was not fulfilled no matter how many promotions or titles I got. I have always had a deep love for animals starting from a very young age (as evidenced by these embarrassing...
July 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet HARISSA!

July 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet HARISSA!

Like the North African hot sauce that she’s named for, this month’s featured feline has true zest and adds spice to life! Meet Harissa! A Silver Tabby mix with a white bib and paws, this 13-year-old girl is proving that life only gets better with age and is looking to share her enthusiasm in a forever home. Harissa was in a shelter when DPA! found her. Her foster describes Harissa as being vocal, friendly, sassy, healthy and full of energy. This spunky kitty is independent, but also loves to rub against your feet, follow you around the house, sleep and cuddle with you. She would rather play with her toys than take a nap and is so smart that she has figured out how to open her cat carrier.   Harissa is declawed, is good about using her sandbox and is great with other cats. We think she would make an excellent companion for someone who is willing to appreciate a senior cat and needs some spice in their life. Could you be the right fit for this month’s cat?  Harissa is 50% off through July. Apply to adopt Harissa  here or...