DPA Cat of the Month – September: Meet MINA!

DPA Cat of the Month – September: Meet MINA!

Her full name is Miss Mina Murray, but you needn’t be so formal. Just call her Mina!  She’s a cat’s cat who won’t turn down a chance to play with other felines, has a soft heart for kittens and a whole lotta love to offer her human family, as well.   Mina is a young Domestic Shorthair/Mixed with tuxedo markings and gold eyes.  She was part of a feral colony of cats and was rescued by DPA when she was a small kitten. Because she was too young to be returned to the colony, she was accepted into our foster program.   Mina is a broad-minded feline who enjoys being a part of her peer group and even embraces the companionship of canines of all sizes!  Her ability to make friends wherever she goes has made her a popular playmate who likes to be near humans, too, just not necessarily in their laps.  She will greet you by rubbing against your legs, follows you around the house and will talk to you with a very cute, tiny meow when you get her dinner. The way to Mina’s heart is threefold: socializing with her cat and dog friends, playing with her fishing pole toy (she comes running when she sees you with it in your hand) and eating savory, meat-flavored cat treats.  If you want to be entertained, this could be your cat. Mina would do best with another cat to play with and she needs some patience in order to overcome a bit of shyness and develop some confidence.  We know that she will give back much more than...
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...
A Letter from Leslie: Rusty Update

A Letter from Leslie: Rusty Update

I wanted to take a moment to let our supporters know that Rusty is doing as well as we could possibly expect given the circumstances. Unfortunately, we have not seen any movement within the court system in months, which, I know, can be frustrating. I’m right there with all of you, wondering why we can’t do more to speed up this process, but I’ve learned (with help from our legal team) that patience and remaining positive is the best course of action. Currently, we are waiting for the Court of Appeals to either set the cases for oral argument or submission on the briefs. Rusty’s case is 100 percent in the hands of the court system now and we want to make sure that our supporters understand this. It’s hard to remain patient and although it might be tempting to take action and communicate on Rusty’s behalf to the court or other judicial personnel, doing so would harm our case. If you are wondering how you can help and remain active on his behalf without potentially harming his case, please continue to send donations of large bones and tough chew toys for Rusty to enjoy and keep him entertained while at the shelter. He is getting play time each day and is doing well considering the circumstances. We would also like to encourage you to honor Rusty by adopting or fostering through Dallas Pets Alive, Dallas Animal Services or your local shelter. Although Rusty cannot go home right now, we hope we can get others just like him into a warm, loving foster or forever homes. I would personally like...
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 Cats of the Month – July: Meet LIP & FI

DPA’s Cats of the Month – July: Meet LIP & FI

About Lip Here is a tenacious young cat with a lot of love to give.  She may have been blown off course but she’s made it clear to everyone around her that she is weathering the storm just fine.  Meet Lip, a sleek, black-coated Domestic Short Hair Mix with emerald green eyes and a friendly disposition! This little kitty  is a survivor of the Houston hurricane.  When the storm cut its path through the city,  Lip was left without a home or family and that’s when DPA stepped in.  She’s currently staying with a great DPA foster (and another cute, young cat named Fiona) while patiently waiting for a permanent home.   This cutie loves to play and craves lots of affection and attention.  She likes to be petted and scratched and wants nothing more than to be in a family where she can play and find a cozy place to curl up and sleep.  Lip likes other cats and can sometimes tolerate dogs. She loves kids and would do best in a home with some young people to play with her and give her lots of love.   She’s litter box-trained, healthy and is described by her foster mom as a very smart cat.  We think she weathered the storm to be some fortunate family’s special companion! Do you think the winds of fate could be bringing Fiona to your doorstep?  Apply to adopt her today! Now through July 31 her adoption fee is 50% off.  About Fi Described as a beautiful, young cat who loves kids and likes to play, this charming little Domestic Short Hair Mix feline...