June Cat Adoption Special

Dallas Pets Alive! received an overstock of kittens this Spring, and we’re bursting at the seams. We need to clear out our inventory of existing cats to make way for the new models, who are quite literally climbing the walls! 50% Adoption Fees on Certified Pre-Owned Cats! If you’re in the market for a cat, now is the time to adopt! We have a wide selection of late model, gently used cats, and now is the best time to get the cat you want for less than you’d expect! You can shop around at other rescues, but we know our selection and quality can’t be beat! And this amazing deal—half off adoption fees for top quality cats eager to find their new owner—is not too good to be true! 3 Reasons to Adopt a DPA Certified Pre-Owned Cat 1. They’ve had a thorough multi-point inspection Our factory-certified technicians (aka our veterinary partners) have performed all manufacturer recommended service on each of these low-mileage beauties to ensure you adopt a kitty in outstanding condition! Each cat is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped (so your neighbors can’t try to claim your new kitty as their own). 2. They’re loaded with best in class features. While DPA’s Certified Pre-Owned Cats don’t have bluetooth capability, they come equipped with four-paw drive (great for climbing scratching posts), self-cleaning functionality and lap-warming technology for those chilly nights. 3. They are low maintenance but offer high value. All DPA’s Certified Pre-Owned Cats will provide years of companionship, entertainment and comfort. All you need to provide is love, shelter, food and regular oil changes (aka vet visits). Here’s the Deal...
A Letter from Our Executive Director Leslie Sans

A Letter from Our Executive Director Leslie Sans

DPA Family, There have been a lot of changes happening at Dallas Animal Services (DAS) over the past six months and it’s obvious that the staff and our fellow rescue partners are working their tails off to improve and save more lives. I think it’s important that we start addressing some shifts in our culture so we can meet the needs of DAS right now. DAS is not the same DAS it was a year ago. A pride point for me has always been our flexibility, and this is a time where we are going to need to shift our thinking and approach a bit from years past. For example: Focusing less on End of Days (EOD). We are moving to a quicker approach to rescue. Celebrating how little time an animal has to sit at the shelter because we are not waiting for EODs any longer. I want to encourage our fosters to tag quickly, preventing exposure to disease and decline in the shelter. Just think, if we didn’t rely on an EOD to tag, maybe they would not be needed anymore!   Focusing less on what we did last year and more on what we can do now. Rescue numbers are going to trickle down because DAS is able to adopt out more animals. They need us to meet gaps: fostering larger dogs, bottle babies, and the very medically needy. Our quantity will go down, but the quality will continue to rise because we are saving those that need us most!   DAS is consistently at a low 80% save rate which is amazing considering their intake is up...
A Letter from Laz

A Letter from Laz

May 4, 2o18 Dear DPA foster friends, I know it’s raining today, and that’s kind of lame, but I have some good news! My friends at Preston Road Animal Hospital said I could come in for a free re-check and weight update, so Foster Mom took me this afternoon. Guess what they said? They said that, not only do I not have to be in my crate so much anymore, but I’m finally at a healthy weight, and I’m clear to start coming off my anti-anxiety meds! My allergy problems have cleared up, too! I’M FINALLY HEALTHY!! #posttreatmentfeels Thanks so much for paying for my treatment and finding me a Foster Mom. I can’t wait to attend adoption events so EVERYONE can fall in love with me, not just the nice folks inside our apartment complex. (I made friends with landscaping, though. They let me see ALL THE PLANTS!) Here’s my latest glamour shot with my nemesis, the vacuum cleaner. I’m so excited about being off crate rest that I let it be in the picture. Plus, Foster Mom says I have to share. Thanks again. I feel sooooo much better and can’t wait to meet you all in person now that I’m worm-free and stuff. Foster Mom says I give GREAT kisses! Love and treats,...
Just in case: Animal Disaster Preparedness

Just in case: Animal Disaster Preparedness

Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfire, and storms of all kinds are natural disasters and should be prepared for continuously. Weather can change quickly and protecting your most valuable possessions should be top of mind – including your pets. Luckily you can begin the groundwork now, in honor of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 8th, by gathering some of your dog or cat’s most helpful belongings in the case of an emergency. As cited by the ASPCA, we agree that a kit is a great precaution to take and should be left by an exit in your house for quick carry-out in an evacuation. In this kit you should include: -photocopies and/or a USB of your pet’s vet information, their health history, and the medications that he or she is on -at least seven days worth of food and water (replace every two months) – a food and/or water bowl -a bed and a blanket -a pan with litter for a cat restroom area, and bags to pick up droppings -an extra leash and collar with ID -a cage for transportation (also great to store the kit items inside) -a toy or treats -a cool pack and a heat pack -paper towels -recent photos of your pet in the case that they go missing – something that smells like you, like a T-shirt, that can be placed in their crate/carrier or used in case they get out This kit could be a life-saver for your animal so it’s important to keep it stocked and within healthy consumption dates. Along with your disaster prep kit, there are a couple of...
NOW BOARDING: Dallas Pets Alive! Transport Fundraiser

NOW BOARDING: Dallas Pets Alive! Transport Fundraiser

There are several factors that contribute to making Dallas a no-kill city, and at Dallas Pets Alive! we are dedicated to embracing them all to help achieve our goal When many people think of animal rescue they have the idea of volunteers pulling dogs out of shelters, rehabilitating them with fosters and adopting them into their forever homes. And they’re not wrong. Fostering and adoption are a huge part of rescue, but we’re taking it one step further and transporting animals from our community to places where there is a shortage of adoptable cats and dogs. Yes, you read that right. There are actually places in the U.S. and Canada where there aren’t enough adoptable animals to go around! Shocking, right? That’s why we value the relationships we have with our transport partners. In the next few weeks we are sending 2 cats Kitsap Humane Society, 3 dogs and 6 cats to Seattle Humane Society, 3 dogs to the German Shepherd Rescue of New York, and 3 dogs to Toronto Humane Society. These dogs and cats will have a much higher chance of being adopted quickly in these areas, which helps us open up more foster homes, get more animals out of the shelter, and ultimately enable us to save more lives. This transport will bring us to 67 pets moved from Dallas to new cities this year. Our goal is 300 for 2018! But we can’t do it alone. Each animal transport can cost $90 on average, which includes vet checks, health certificates and airfare. Meet the dogs and cats going on our next transport. If you can help sponsor...
Leadership Spotlight: Christina, DPA’s Adoption Assistant Director

Leadership Spotlight: Christina, DPA’s Adoption Assistant Director

Happy tails and forever homes – that’s the ultimate goal for the dogs and cats that enter the Dallas Pets Alive! program. Without the dedication of amazing leadership volunteers like Christina, we couldn’t successfully adopt out hundreds of animals each year. Learn more about Christina and her incredible contributions to DPA. 1.  What does your role with DPA involve?  What do you oversee within the organization? I am the Adoption Assistant Director, I help Stacey, our Director, oversee anything that has to do with adoptions!  I love being a part of all of the “happy tails!”  I am also the Assistant to the Vice President of Animal Operations (Jessica) and help her with administrative tasks to keep the Animal Ops side of the organization running smoothly.  In addition, I coordinate our fundraising events- I lead the Dallas Pets Live! event at The Rustic in the fall, am currently working on the 2018 Pup Crawl, and will be chairing North Texas Giving Day as well. 2.  What is your professional background? I have a business degree from Baylor University and I currently work at Phoenix Capital Partners, a private equity firm, as their Assistant Controller. 3.  How long have you been involved with the organization? Since 2014. 4.  What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA?   I love being a part of all of the “happy tails” by helping our animals find their furever homes.  I started out as a foster, and have fostered 22 animals so far (I foster failed on #11 and #22) and now that I’m mostly maxed out on animals in my home, I...