DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Alyssa is one of the most impressive and dedicated volunteers I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. She has lead several critical projects for DPA such as our move to using ShelterLuv. She uses her professional skills and talents to better DPA and I could not be more appreciative of her dedication. Alyssa’s love for animals and our mission are second to none, I am so glad to have her on our team!” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director That’s some of the many reasons why Alyssa Gross is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As VP of Admin, I oversee the Marketing, Technology, and Volunteer teams, all of which focus on making sure the back-end of our organization is running smoothly so that everyone else can focus on the animals! Some of the main initiatives I’ve been working on are the implementation of new software to help DPA run more efficiently and creating processes that streamline volunteer responsibilities. What is your professional background? My “day job” is as a management consultant for a company here in Dallas called Credera, where I work with large organizations in the areas of project management, business process design, organization change management, and solution design and implementation. It’s all very similar to what I do at DPA! How long have you been involved with the organization? I’ll have been with DPA for 2 years in August! What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I am incredibly sensitive when it comes to animals...
DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“There sure is something about Mary! It’s that she’s AMAZING! Mary has always been one of those superstar fosters, but now she’s taken it to the next level and has joined our volunteer force as an Intake Admin. What’s an Intake Admin? Well, essentially she is the first line of communication when a new foster is brought into our program. First impressions are so important and that email is what got me to think DPA was the most legit rescue ever! Mary is so active and supportive in our foster community and even has two currently herself, Lulu and Kade! You’d be hard pressed to find anyone not rave about Mary. She’s truly a special part of our pack.” -Danica B. DPA!’s Foster Director That’s some of the many reasons why Mary White is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: What is your current role?   Foster Mom, Intake Admin, Support Squad Team, RAD and Rescue Teams. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?   My youngest son follows DPA on Facebook and saw an “Urgent Foster Needed” post and sent it to me asking me to do it for his upcoming birthday. Hubby agreed to fostering and a few days later we had Parker our first DPA foster pup. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I love fostering the most – big, small, young and old dogs. I especially love fostering scared and timid dogs and with a little TLC they blossom into well-rounded, awesome pets. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers? That you have a tremendous...
DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Board Member Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Board Member Spotlight

“DPA is lucky to have Peter Baldwin and his family as one of our most long time donors and supporters. Peter challenges and supports our board discussion with well-thought out and purposeful questions and considerations. I value and appreciate his perspective on our non-profit business. Peter and his wife, Amy, lead by example and truly are one of the most compassionate and giving couples in the DPA! family. We would not be where we are today without the Baldwins.” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director That’s some of the many reasons why Peter and his family are a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about them below: Name and if you hold a title on the BOD what is that? Peter Baldwin Why were you drawn to serving as a board member for DPA? My wife, Amy, and I were first introduced to DPA a number of years ago, shortly after we learned firsthand how hard it is to find a good home for a good pet. During this process we spoke to a number of organizations, and quickly learned what a huge issue this was here in Dallas. Once we learned how much DPA was doing to help, we quickly began giving financial support, and I was very thankful for the opportunity to add additional help where I could as a board member. How have you supported DPA’s mission and helped us to accomplish our life saving goals? Most of our support has come in the way of financial donations, but I also do my best to recruit as many of my friends, family, and colleagues as I can to donate,...
DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June 2019 Foster Spotlight

“We’ve all heard the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” but these Joneses truly take that to a new level! Ashley and Eric applied to foster and quickly dove into the world of fostering with some dramatic saves! Their first foster with DPA was Luna. This pretty pup was a DPA Alumni who was surrendered to the shelter for being too big. We desperately needed a safe place for her to go and the Jones family stepped up to the plate! Even better, they fell in love and ADOPTED Luna! She will never have to know the inside of a shelter again thanks to their wonderfully big hearts. On top of that they wanted to help one of our pups stuck in boarding get a little taste of home life. They opened their home to Lolli for a week long “sleepover” so this pretty girl could get new photos and we could get insight on her personality. Once Lolli’s sleepover was up, they graciously temp fostered Pablo for a few days so we could get him on transport to New York with our fabulous partner, Hearts and Bones! In the very short time they’ve been fostering, they’ve made a lifelong impact on three very special dogs lives. We are so lucky to have them as DPAers!” -Danica B. DPA!’s Foster Director That’s some of the many reasons why The Joneses are a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about them below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I found DPA on Instagram and began following their posts because I love looking at cute dogs! I eventually went...
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...