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...
DPA’s Pawsome Person: April Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome Person: April Foster Spotlight

“We are extremely lucky to have Dave as a foster and volunteer with DPA. He has been saving lives with us for a few years and opens up his house to those that wouldn’t have been given a second chance otherwise. It is extremely rewarding to watch fearful or anxious animals bounce back into the loving animal that they were meant to be. Dave has fostered multiple cats and dogs with DPA, working through medical issues – such as ringworm and heartworm treatment, and behavioral needs. He has done so much for this organization by welcoming the unwanted animals into his home, as well as dedicating time to our medical team to make sure our rescue animals dogs medically cleared for adoption. With this, he gives them the best shot at finding their FURever home. Thank you for everything, Dave!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive!  That’s why Dave Cappel is a DPA Pawesome Person! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? My wife Megan and I have a history of taking in stray dogs and our friends recommended that we get into fostering instead of continuing to collect pets! Tell us about a few of your fosters. We foster failed on our first foster Brownie, a big mamma pittie who is a total lady of leisure. Lady Luck and the Poker Puppies were our first litter of puppies who came down with parvo. With a lot of care from DPA all but little Chip pulled through and were adopted pretty quickly. We still see Jack (now 2 years old) quite frequently! Little Coretta (Named because...
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...