DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Kevin has dedicated his Sunday’s to DPA for years! As our Rescue Assistant Director Kevin helps lead the Rescue Team by example and goes to Dallas Animal Services almost every single Sunday to evaluate new dogs for our program, perform dog tests, train new Rescue Team volunteers, and basically terrify shy dogs with his giant height. We always joke we can tell which photos Kevin took during evals based on how high up from the dogs they’re taken. Kevin provides ample information, adorable photos and videos, and recommendations around dogs he meets to ensure DPA sticks to our mission of focusing on pulling the animals most in need into our foster program. We couldn’t be more thankful for his dedication week after week as he keeps going back for more puppy kisses so we can save more lives!” -Jessica W. DPA’s Vice President of Animal Operations What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I am the Rescue Assistant Director and an evaluator for Dallas Animal Services. As an evaluator I go to the shelter to identify animals in need and do initial evaluations of the dogs temperament and behavior so that we can then market to potential fosters. I also help train new rescue volunteers, place “tags” on animals, and help with communication between the shelter and DPA. What is your professional background? I am a Directional Drilling Well Planner for a local Oil & Gas company How long have you been involved with the organization? I have been with DPA for about 4.5 years now–which is crazy! What drives you to...
DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Foster Spotlight

“I am so excited to recognize PK and Sneha as Fosters of the Month! PK and Sneha joined the DPA foster team last year, and they dove in feet first! PK and Sneha are incredibly passionate and ready to help any dog in need, but they are also knowledgeable and responsible. It can be really difficult to say “no” to a dog that is in need, but might not be a good fit for your family or lifestyle. I really respect that PK and Sneha take time to visit the shelter to meet and spend a little time with the dogs in need so that they can find a foster that truly works for their home. PK and Sneha have also overcome some really challenging obstacles. The rescue world is often full of the unexpected, and PK and Sneha have embraced this fact with many of their fosters. They took in two emotionally shut down, bonded sisters, Pearl and Lulu last year. Sadly, Pearl came down with distemper. PK and Sneha took her to many vet visits, transferring her back and forth from the ER to our regular clinic, visiting her and bringing her comfort while she was hospitalized. Sadly, Pearl did not make it. Lulu is still thriving and looking for her forever home! Even after the loss of Pearl, PK and Sneha wanted to open their hearts and homes to another dog in need. They are currently fostering Robin, a friendly, happy-go-lucky but incontinent lab who hobbles and limps due to an old and significant spinal injury. They have been absolutely amazing, again embracing the unexpected obstacles...
DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Leadership Spotlight

This month’s Leadership Spotlight is the one and only Jessica Weinstein. Jessica is DPA’s Vice President of Animal Operations AKA the “do-er” of all, the backbone of DPA!’s Animal Operations, and an inspiration to all of us who work with her. Jessica’s spotlight this month is best highlighted from those who directly work with her. We can all learn something from Jessica–whether it is how to be the light in rescue work, how to go all in and not look back, and ultimately how to never give up. Thank you Jessica for all you do!! “Jessica is the foundation of Animal Operations. She is the mastermind behind many of the innovative programs we have, and is the ultimate “do-er”; she takes a dream or a small idea and has the motivation and organization to turn it into reality. She has worked her tail off for years, dedicating thousands upon thousands of hours to the animals, the fosters, and volunteers of Dallas Pets Alive. She pours her heart and soul into this organization and truly is the glue that holds us all together. Navigating this crazy world of rescue can be so emotionally challenging, and I know I’m not alone when I say I would be lost without her support, guidance, and friendship!” -Allison B., DPA’s Medical Director “Jessica has a heart big enough to save animals and a mouth smart enough to deal with all the BS that comes with it. She is the glue that holds DPA together. We are so thankful for her and her hard work.” -Camden R., DPA’s Transport AD “Jessica is the heart and...
DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“Emily has been a foster and volunteer with DPA since even before my time. She is a whiz when it comes to numbers and spent a few years managing DPA’s accounting before making the switch over to the foster team. This is where I have gotten the chance to really know Emily and learn that her heart is just as large as her brain. She goes above and beyond as a foster representative to make sure our fosters are feeling supported. She has even given up a free Saturday to take her foster’s animals to adoption events when they couldn’t make it–a couple of those puppies met their FURever families at that event, too! This sort of above and beyond mentality is something that comes naturally to Emily who is a repeat foster herself. She is superwoman who has done it all! Bully breeds? Absolutely. Medical issues? Not a problem. Pregnant mom and nursing puppies? Bring it on!Emily brings so much value to our team and we are SO fortunate to have her!” -Steiner Steiner, DPA!’s Foster Director Current role at DPA: Currently I serve as a foster parent, foster representative, adoption event lead, supervise the accounting and tax process, and help with special events such as our upcoming Pup Crawl and our Gala to be held in the fall. I have worn many hats at DPA at various times including Adoptline Coordinator, Medical Coordinator, Volunteer Director, Fundraising Director, and VP of Administration. My day job has gotten more involved so I have had to cut back a little on my volunteer time, but I still do all that...
DPA Dog of the Month – March: Meet MOLLIE

DPA Dog of the Month – March: Meet MOLLIE

A strong, lean, friendly hiker and cuddler who loves people and other dogs … meet Mollie!   A young, female, black-and-white Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Border Collie mix with speckled paws, dark eyes and floppy ears, this big girl is ready for a forever home of her own! Mollie is a high-energy pup and is accepting of all kinds of people and dogs.  She will keep you company on walks — and even on runs — but will pretend to be a lap dog, ask for attention by placing a paw on you and sweetly curl up with you on the sofa at the end of the day.   Mollie is house-broken, crate-trained and walks pretty well on a leash.  A key to keeping her happy and well-behaved is lots of exercise and consistent training.  Thanks to her caring foster family, she is able to sit, stay and shake and is working on a few other commands to impress you. We think this special pup will be happiest in a house with a yard and some trails nearby.  Because of her size and her instinct to herd, we think a household with older kids is best. If you are active and willing to take Mollie along on your adventures, she would be an enthusiastic companion. Are you looking for a friend for those long walks in the park? Mollie is 50% off through March. Apply to adopt Mollie here or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org....
DPA Cat of the Month – March: Meet SYLVESTER

DPA Cat of the Month – March: Meet SYLVESTER

An affectionate jumper who curls his toes while he sleeps and makes friends easily … meet Sylvester!   Our March cat of the month is a cute Tuxedo who brings the warm and breezy feeling of spring to his every interaction with people and animals, alike!  This kitty is an attractive male Domestic Shorthair mix with four white socks and pretty, light green eyes. Sylvester was found near a bike path, underweight and dehydrated, when a kind person got him out of the hot Texas sun and brought him to Dallas Pets Alive! for some much-needed care.  Since then, Sylvester has been in a foster setting with other dogs and cats where he is cuddling, playing, exploring and jumping up a storm! This black-and-white charmer is litter box-trained, uses a scratching post, knows his name and the meaning of the word “no”.  His foster mom calls him caring and expressive. He is friendly and likes lots of company. Could you be the fortunate person to give this sweet cat a forever home? Sylvester is 50% off through March. Apply to adopt Sylvester here or...