DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawesome Person: April Volunteer Spotlight

“Alyssa holds two roles within DPA that tie together multiple Animal Operations teams. She works hand in hand with Rescue Team, Foster Team, and Medical Team taking on lots of varying administrative work off the Directors and Assistant Directors to allow them to focus on big picture items. Since joining DPA as a volunteer she has made the entire evaluation, pulling, and returning as needed processes so much easier on volunteers and fosters. Her constant desire to help DPA improve processes and write new policy has been a huge help to all involved and allows us new perspective on situations and insight to implementing better strategy. Alyssa stepping into this role has also allowed us to move at a faster pace with the opportunities emails, the new pulls, and working with DAS. She has shown to be a vital part of this DPA machine and offers strategic thinking and a passion for animal welfare we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside.” – Jessica Weinstein, Vice President of Animal Operations for Dallas Pets Alive!  This is why Alyssa Gross is a DPA Pawesome Person! What is your current role? Shelterluv Coordinator, Post-Pull Admin, and Borrow Kittens Admin How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I got involved with DPA after a friend of mine told me about the organization. Since then, we’ve had two more friends sign up to foster! What are you most passionate about at DPA? I’m passionate about the mission, of course, but also about identifying and designing process improvements that will enable the organization to grow more quickly and seamlessly to impact the lives of more animals. What...
It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! April Adoption Special

It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! April Adoption Special

We all know the old adage “April Showers bring May Flowers”. Well this spring it’s raining cats and dogs at DPA! We’re offering 50% off select dogs’ and cats’ adoption fees now through the end of the month in the hopes that this April shower will help us find these pups and kitties the forever homes they deserve. Check out our list of adoptable cats and dogs below and apply to adopt today! Promotion ends April 30* DOGS Jillian Otis Princess Peach Molly Louise Felix Freckles Gem Shiner Gerry Arrow Phantom Blaise Gemmy Rainey Josafina Tito Judy Gryffin Phoebe Josie Breezy Willa Clover Lilia Tina Kingston Tobey Harrison Ford Odie Spears CATS Rosie Indy Sharky Betty Veronica Vincent Rafiki Mina *All applications must be received between 12:00am 4/16/18 and 11:59pm 4/30/18 to qualify. Applications are subject to standard Dallas Pets Alive vetting and background...

Rescue Rusty Update – 4/5/18

Rusty has now been at Dallas Animal Services since Dec. 16, 2017, even though we continue to offer the City of Dallas a positive solution that meets the needs of all parties. Unfortunately, Rusty will remain at Dallas Animal Services while the City of Dallas spends even more taxpayer dollars and City manpower trying every tactic possible to avoid giving Dallas Pets Alive, and really Rusty, due process.   While we are not able to visit Rusty, we understand he remains in good spirits as he sits in isolation at Dallas Animal Services. We do not believe Rusty should be there, but we truly appreciate the staff at Dallas Animal Services and all they are able to do for Rusty while the City of Dallas needlessly drags this case out. We know Rusty has appreciated all of the donations he’s received from the #RescueRusty team. If you would like to donate new toys, bones and treats to Rusty, please send them to the address noted below (NOTE: it is a PO box and not a physical location) or drop them off at our adoption event this weekend at Grapevine Craft Brewery from 4-7 p.m. Please keep in mind that Rusty is a chewer, so tough toys are best and toys that occupy his mind and challenge him while he is in his kennel would be appreciated. Dallas Pets Alive 11700 Preston Rd. Suite 660 #263 Dallas, TX 75230   We also want to thank you for reaching out to your elected officials and urge you to continue your outreach as the City Council has the ability to end this...
DPA’s Dog of the Month – April: Meet Gemmy!

DPA’s Dog of the Month – April: Meet Gemmy!

You: An open-hearted, patient dog-lover who has time for doggie parks, defines yourself as a morning person and seeks true companionship.  Her: A loyal, curious, gentle and social canine topped off with a fun, quirky sense of style looking for a forever home. Meet Gemmy, a six-year-old, female American Staffordshire Terrier/Lab mix!   Gemmy has a reddish-brown coat with a white bib and paws and a fashion sense that extends to red bandanas, pink shirts and aviator glasses:)  Gemmy was surrendered by her owner and living at the Dallas shelter when Dallas Pets Alive found her and placed her into a loving foster home.  And now it’s time to find her a forever home. You should be aware that Gemmy loves mornings.  She wakes up ready to take on the world with enthusiasm and energy, bringing life to her sleepy household.  She also has the unusual habit of falling asleep sitting up! (Maybe because she used up all her energy in the morning?)  Whoever adopts her should enjoy laughing at her antics and be willing to socialize with many other dogs and their owners at doggie daycare and dog parks where Gemmy loves to endlessly wrestle and chase other pups.   Gemmy needs someone patient to help her trust people, especially men and strangers, and to feel comfortable walking on a leash.  Her ideal home would be one with another dog or two for playmates. (Gemmy prefers that no cats are living with her.) Her foster says she will be a wonderful, loyal companion if given some time to adjust to people.  If Gemmy is your idea of the perfect...
DPA’s Cats of the Month – April: Meet Betty & Veronica!

DPA’s Cats of the Month – April: Meet Betty & Veronica!

Here are two very cute feline sisters who have different temperaments but a special bond and want to be adopted together. Meet Betty and Veronica!   Betty is a Domestic ShortHair/Tabby/Mixed with pretty round green eyes and a fluffy tail who is described as a ham who chases anything that moves.  Veronica, on the other hand, is a Domestic Shorthair/Mixed with faint tabby markings and blue eyes the color of a summer sky who just wants to serenely chill out and share her days with Betty.  Betty and Veronica have been together for ten years. (Yeah, that sister bond is strong and to hear they will stay together would be music to our ears.) Different, but inseparable. Both these kitties came from a hoarding situation where, although they bonded well to each other, never had a chance to bond to people.  In spite of that, they have come a long way and love to be petted and sleep next to their foster mom who thinks that even though they may never be lap cats, they can be excellent companion animals if just given time to adjust.   Betty and Veronica will need a stable home with a family that can show them a lot of love and patience.  Could you be the new home to provide shelter and care for these two deserving cats? If you think these two could be a part of your family, apply to adopt them today! Now through April 30 their adoption fees are 50%...
Leadership Spotlight: Danica, DPA’s Assistant Foster Director

Leadership Spotlight: Danica, DPA’s Assistant Foster Director

A lot of what goes into rescue happens behind the scenes, and the time and dedication that our foster team puts in does not go unnoticed! This month’s leadership spotlight honoree is Danica Butler, DPA’s Canine Assistant Foster Director. Danica works hand-in-hand with the families that foster dogs with our organization, making sure they have a strong support system and resources when needed. Hardly anyone says fostering is easy, but nearly everyone says it’s a rewarding, life-changing experience knowing you’re saving the life of a homeless pet, and it couldn’t be done without the contribution of people like Danica. Learn more about her below! 1.) What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? My role with DPA is to work directly with the foster families and assist with behavioral issues, offer advice and ensure they feel supported. 2.) What is your professional background? I am a calligrapher and illustrator. I have a wedding invitation company and teach calligraphy classes in Plano. 3.) How long have you been involved with the organization? Going on two years! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 4.) What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? Definitely the community!! I adore the foster team-Jessica, Stefanie and Lori are amazing humans that I am proud to call friends. Knowing we are slowly, but surely, making a difference for Dallas animals with each and every animal that gets out of the shelter and into a loving foster home. 5.) Tell us a fun fact about yourself. Power tools are my happy...