June 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet Elvis!

June 2019 Cat of the Month: Meet Elvis!

It’s not his size that sets him apart as much as it is the size of the love in him. This month’s entertaining cat is petite, but has a lot of charm. He is a 9-pound Domestic Shorthair/Silver Tabby with light green eyes and has a love for cat toys. Meet Elvis!   This rock-and-roller came to Dallas Pets Alive! as a stray, but it’s clear to everyone that he wasn’t meant to live his life without the affection of people and other animals. We think he could be a smash hit in a permanent home of his own, bringing his own special style to a forever family. Elvis loves to be with people and wants to be included in all your activities. He is curious, polite, has a quiet side and has even won over people who say they don’t like cats! He would love to share the stage with other cool cats — and even dogs. He is vocal at meal time and is a bit of a door-dasher so his owner would need to watch him carefully.   Are you looking for a special friend that will keep you entertained and bring you love? We think Elvis will love you tender. Elvis is 50% off through June. Apply to adopt Elvis here or...
June 2019 Dog of the Month: Meet Gracie!

June 2019 Dog of the Month: Meet Gracie!

Who is that masked hero? I want to offer her a Grande Starbucks Mocha with extra whip! This month’s featured dog may not be a superhero who flies with a cape or scales the sides of buildings, but she’s an everyday hero who provides loyal and loving companionship. She is a 38-pound black-and-white Boxer/Terrier mix with a noble disposition. Meet Gracie! This girl is lively, curious and loves to explore her world. She is also a big cuddler, so be prepared to spend some quality time on the sofa with her. She is potty-trained, house-trained and loves to seek out adventure. The fact that she looks stylish in her paw print bandana is just an added bonus.   We would love to see Gracie in a home with a yard so she could run and play. Are you looking for some love and devotion? Are you willing to share your Starbucks with this loving pup? Gracie is 50% off through June. Apply to adopt Gracie here or...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Board Member Spotlight Post 3

DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Board Member Spotlight Post 3

In our first post you got a taste of who Candice is and a little preview of what being a DPA! Board Member is all about. To learn more about Candice, visit our last post. The DPA! board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. They are highly involved in long-term strategic planning for DPA to ensure its sustainability. Candice says it best in her response to the following questions below: If you could offer advice to someone that may want to serve on a board or become involved with a non-profit at this level, what would that be? Make sure to find an organization aligned to your personal passion and experience, as it takes a lot of time and personal effort to fit into an already full life. Why were you drawn to serving as a board member for DPA? I have extensive non-profit board experience that I thought could be helpful to an organization like DPA that is young and growing/maturing. DPA in particular appealed to me because our two dogs, Jack and Ralphie were rescued by and adopted from DPA. If you are interested in learning more about DPA!’s Board please click here and if you would like to learn more how you can come a volunteer click...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Amanda has done a great job securing fun and enjoyable event locations across DFW so our adoptables can get exposure to our community. She has done a wonderful job ensuring that our calendar is always full of events for our fosters. Thank you Amanda for being organized and connecting us with companies that support adoption!” -Leslie Sans, DPA’s Executive Director What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I plan and set up the events for our adoptable dogs to attend in hopes they find their furever family! What is your professional background? I am a real estate/architectural photographer for a architectural photography company. How long have you been involved with the organization? Wow, I’ve never thought about the actual number of years I’ve been involved with DPA! I’d say going on 5 years now. I started out as a foster and I still foster. What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I love dogs and cats. I want people to understand that they are missing out on some amazing animals that have unfortunately found themselves in the shelter system. All they need is time to decompress and they are a totally lovable amazing dog! On average, how many hours per week do you volunteer? A lot! The amount is not something I really focus on. If I had to guess I’d say it’s a 30 hour a week full time job, on top of my full time job. Always answering emails. Tell us a fun fact about yourself. When I do have spare time I enjoy rock climbing and I...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Foster Spotlight

“Ah, a woman of many hats, Kristin! Kristin began fostering with us exactly a year ago and originally wanted to start out as just temp fostering to get her feet wet. A week later she jumped in the deep end and began fostering her first DPA! foster, Phoebe! Since then, she has successfully found three pups their forever homes and is on her fourth foster, Violet! When Kristin’s house is full- she still finds so many ways to help. You can always count on her to offer up doggy “Uber” services for anyone in need, support and friendship to new fosters, and she even recently joined our transport team to help get dogs up north! Her passion and dedication for saving them all shines through in every conversation with her. It has been so fun to watch her growth and journey. We are so lucky to have her with DPA!” -Danica B. DPA!’s Foster Director How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I saw an urgent foster plea on Instagram. After quickly learning the statistics of the pet overpopulation in Dallas, I knew we had to help! My husband Jay and I have steadily fostered for over a year now and it’s been such a rewarding experience. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Currently, we have two fosters! Violet is a sweet, smart, squishy puppy with LOTS of personality! And Keeva is a sweet senior German Shepherd that will be heading up north to one of our rescue partners in NY in a month or so. What is your favorite animal adoption story? That would...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“I’m so thankful to have Nace at the helm of our RAD (rent-a-dog) program. Since taking on this new role just over a month ago, Nace has worked his tail off to secure volunteers, build a strong shelter relationship, help identify animals that could use the extra exposure, and even dig up some new event venues. His attention to detail, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm for lifesaving are going to help us reach new heights and I’m thrilled to have him on board.” -Elina D. DPA’s Rescue Director What is your current role? Currently, I’m the RAD Coordinator. RAD (Rent A Dog), is a program where we borrow pups from Dallas Animal Services for 24 hours to try to find them a foster or adopter. Our fosters pick the pups up from the shelter on Friday and take them to a DPA adoption event the next day before returning them to the shelter if they don’t find a foster or adopter. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? My partner, Amanda, and I decided to become DPA fosters in 2017 after seeing the heroic actions of DFW rescue groups who were rescuing animals from flooded shelters in Houston and transporting them to Dallas. We signed up to be fosters in August 2017 and, after foster failing on our second pup on my birthday in August of last year, we reached our 2-pet limit at our apartment complex. I felt we had failed the animal community as well as DPA and I began looking for other ways to help while Amanda worked on finishing up her degree. I transported...