DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Foster Spotlight

“Jackie has been a solid and continuous foster with DPA for years now. Her ramp up period was quick and she has not slowed down since. I can’t remember the last time that Jackie did not have at least one DPA foster animal in her home – you would never know though since she treats each foster like her own. She does not shy away from any medical or behavioral cases and has a strong love for the power breeds that are usually overlooked in the shelter. She has formed strong relationships not only with the animals but with other DPA volunteers. Whoever you ask will tell you that she is one of the biggest animal lovers and pours her heart into making their world a better and safer place.   Jackie currently has a foster that has required a lot of training, modifications and exercise. Although this sort of dedication can scare many off, Jackie has been extremely receptive to changing up her routine to fit her foster’s needs, opened up to training advice and loved her foster animal so much that you would never know she wasn’t a part of the Hunter family. As her foster representative said so perfectly – ‘Jackie has a heart of gold and we are so lucky to have her as a part of Dallas Pets Alive.’” Stefanie Steiner, DPA!’s Foster Director How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? ​I wasn’t working at the time and I had always wanted to foster; the timing could not have been better. Tell us about a few of your fosters. They’ve literally all...
DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“I have been working with Courtney on the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) team for almost a year. She volunteers at Dallas Animal Shelter (DAS), working to prevent shelter surrenders. She is always reliable, volunteers regularly, and has such a positive outlook on an often challenging volunteer role. Courtney is also an awesome foster mama for DPA. Courtney recently stepped into a larger volunteer role partnering with the Rescue Team. In this role she gathers information on animals surrendered through PASS, and quickly shares their information to the Dogs in Need album for our foster network. Unlike strays, owner surrenders have no hold period at the shelter, therefore this role is important for getting information out on surrendered animals to our network as quick as possible so that our DPA fosters can help save more lives. Courtney, thank you so much for all you do for DPA – we appreciate your life saving work and we are so glad to have you on the team!!” -Andra Adams, DPA!’s PASS Director What is your current role? PASS Liaison, Foster Mom, and PASS onsite volunteer How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? My friends Alyssa and Caroline have been involved for awhile. I saw Alyssa foster a fearful dog and within a month she was a whole new dog. I wanted to be a part of that change for other animals. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I have a special place for scared and shut down animals. With a little love and stability, their transformations have been amazing! Many of those dogs don’t “show well”...
DPA Cat of the Month – January: Meet OLIVE

DPA Cat of the Month – January: Meet OLIVE

This sweet little cat can talk up a storm, keep you entertained with her playful antics and curl up on your lap to give you loads of affection.  Meet Olive! A spritely, young black and brown Tortoiseshell/Mixed, Olive is full of life and looking for her forever home. It might take Olive a while to get used to you, but once she overcomes her initial shyness she will become a playful, affectionate companion who will follow you around the house and even greet you at the door in the evening!  She’s described by her foster as easygoing, loving and curious. Her favorite activities are carrying her toys around and chasing them all over the place. You’re sure to be entertained by her antics. 🙂 When this little cutie is ready to relax, she is more than happy to curl up next to you on a chair or a bed.  When she’s into serious relaxing, she can be found kneading her special blanket, especially if you are underneath it to get a kitty massage. We think she’s one loving cat. Do you think you could make Olive the newest member of your household? Olive is 50% off through January. Apply to adopt Olive here or...
DPA Dog of the Month – January: Meet JUDY

DPA Dog of the Month – January: Meet JUDY

Hola!  If you want to start the year off right, start with this southern charmer!  Whether she’s sporting a simple collar, a flower tiara or a red feather boa, she’s bound to make you smile.  Meet Judy! A young, female black-and-white Pit Bull Terrier, our January 2019 Dog of the Month is a calm and steady dog with a lot of love to give.   This pup is smart, too!  She has aced her obedience training and she’s bilingual!  Si, Senorita Judy knows some Spanish.  She’s house-trained, crate-trained and likes other calm dogs for company.  She’s a true blue friend who will follow you wherever you go, hang out with you all day long and on top of everything else, loves kids.  If you need companionship, look no further. Judy loves to cuddle, sunbathe, get belly rubs, play with sticks and take walks.  She would love to do all of these things with someone who is able to provide a permanent home.   Could you be the new amigo in Judy’s life? Judy is 75% off AND as cute as can be. Apply to adopt Judy here or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org....
DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Foster Spotlight

“Kate is an amazing, dedicated and resilient foster for DPA! She’s most recently tagged a beautiful litter of kittens – the Graphics Crew – and despite lots of quick adoption interest, she’s had to juggle many vet appointments, medication schedules and cleanup to get these babies healthy and ready for their new homes. On top of that, she and her family agreed to temp foster for Bob Marley – a super sweet darling who needed to have his tail amputated, and then was quickly diagnosed with Panleuk (equivalent of Parvo in pups). He’s not out of the woods yet, but she’s documenting his treatment and recovery. Through everything, she has gone above and beyond for these furry babies – sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of what it really means to foster – all with grace and positivity. Kate’s amazing husband and kids are committed right alongside her to loving these babes, and getting them healthy for forever homes – embodying the meaning of being foster parents!” -Caitlin Gilbert, DPA!’s Feline Assistant Foster Director It is clear that Kate Miller embodies everything it takes and more as a foster. Read more about her below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? After hurricane Harvey we heard the shelters needed to make room for incoming animals. We found Dallas Pets Alive! and fostered our first dog, Red. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Red was our very first and one of my favorites. He was so shut down and terrified, he made so much progress with us! Seeing what our family could do to...
DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“Hannah has been volunteering on the rescue team for over a year and has been incredibly helpful in meeting shelter pups and getting evaluations and dog tests done, as well as on-boarding new volunteers. She has helped us save many lives by always taking great pictures and sharing lots of insightful information. Being a foster herself, Hannah knows exactly what our fosters are looking for and can speak to their concerns. She has always been positive, eloquent, reliable, and is a joy to work with. Not only does she help on the rescue team and fosters herself, but she also volunteers on DPA’s adoption team, is a foster representative, helps DPA write grants AND has recruited her friends to volunteer for DPA as well. I’m so thankful for everything she does to help us save lives!” –Elina K DeVos DPA!’s Rescue Director That’s some of the many reasons why Hannah Koski is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: What is your current role? Currently, I volunteer on the adoptions team managing the Friday adoptline, on the rescue team doing dog evaluations at DAS, on the foster team as a foster representative, on the grant team as the grants coordinator and a writer, and my husband and I foster through DPA. We’re currently very lucky to be fostering the adorable “Daisie the Itty Pitty Pocket Pitty Princess”, and folks can follow her adventures on Instagram at @houskifosters! How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? About a year after adopting my first dog, a Boxer-mix named Millie, I felt so grateful to have her in my...