July 2018 DPA Leadership Spotlight

July 2018 DPA Leadership Spotlight

Meet Meredith Jones, Dallas Pets Alive!’s Medical Assistant Director! She makes sure all of the pets in our program are getting the medical care they need in order to get healthy, stay healthy and ultimately find their forever homes. It takes a special person with the right blend of compassion, patience and organization to hold down this role, and Meredith is that and so much more. (She’s also a rockstar foster mama!) We’re incredibly thankful for her dedication to our mission. Read more about her below: 1.) What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As the Medical Assistant Director, I work closely with the Medical Director to ensure DPA’s foster pets are getting the medical care they need in order to be happy, healthy and adoptable. Some of the specific things I do are train new medical team volunteers, review/file vet records, discuss/approve treatment directly with vet partners, and advise fosters on medical related situations and questions. 2.) What is your professional background? For nearly 4 years, I’ve worked in non-profit fundraising. Just this month I started a new role as the Development Director at The Magdalen House, a no-cost recovery community for alcoholic women.  3.) How long have you been involved with the organization? I started as a foster in March 2015 and joined the medical team a couple months later.  4.) What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and I am inspired by the lifesaving efforts of this team – It’s an incredible experience to be a part of, addicting even. I...
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2018 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2018 Foster Spotlight

“I had the privilege of on-boarding Kasey as a foster when she first applied to volunteer with DPA. I remember having the most candid conversation with her – she was not afraid to ask questions, talk about her fears of being a foster, and absorb any and all information I was throwing her way. By the end of that conversation, she already had a foster in mind and picked him up shortly thereafter. 2 years later and Kasey‘s enthusiasm for our mission, these animals and her overall passion for rescue has not diminished in the slightest. Kasey continues to pull the dogs that are overlooked in the shelter – large dogs, bully breeds, major medical cases, the works! She doesn’t discriminate though and also helps by fostering kittens through our TNR program! When she is not working her full time job, managing the other full time role of a mom, caring for her own animals or full time foster, she is helping out as a temp foster, offering transport to and from adoption events and vet appointment and provides her wisdom as a seasoned rescue volunteer. We are SO lucky to have Kasey on this team!” – Stefanie Steiner, Dallas Pets Alive! Foster Director  That’s why Kasey Reynard is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I am really good friends with Allison Brandon (DPA’s Medical Director) and I always listened to her foster stories in awe. It was May a few years ago and she was pleading for fosters for all these precious dogs, they were out of time. My family was looking for another dog...
DPA’s Pawsome People: June Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: June Foster Spotlight

“Maddie is what every foster wishes they were…she is the owner of a fabulous boarding facility, Lucky Paws, in Allen. So basically she spends her day snuggling and playing with puppies. Cool, right? Maddie was referred to us through one of our adoption counselors after adopting the cutest puppies ever from DPA! She dove right in and became a foster as well as one of our boarding partners. Maddie has continuously stepped up when fosters were in desperate need of immediate temp situations. These pups would have had no where to go if it wasn’t for her willingness to take them in! We recently received a rave review through Facebook about one of our representatives who helped wrangle in a loose foster pup at a gas station in Allen. It wasn’t hard to put the pieces together to know that it was of course Maddie who came to the rescue! DPA is extremely lucky to have Maddie and Lucky Paws on our team!” – Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive! That’s why Maddie Adelsperger is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below. How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? I adopted my puppy, Juggy, from DPA. At our meet and greet his awesome foster mom, Christine Sablone, talked to me about fostering and ways my boarding facility, Lucky Paws Pet Lodge, could partner with DPA. By the end of that week I had Juggy, two fosters, and two temps at Lucky Paws. Tell us about a few of your fosters. The first foster to steal my heart(besides my baby Chico) was Kyber, a nine...
DPA’s Pawsome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome Person: May Volunteer Spotlight

“Marissa volunteered to co-chair our Annual Pup Crawl this year (on top of her other DPA duties), an even that is complicated and an important part of our budget. She has done a wonderful job navigating the ups and downs of event planning and doing so with a positive attitude and professionalism. I have enjoyed working with her on one of my favorite DPA events and I look forward to see her in action this weekend at our biggest Pup Crawl yet!” — Leslie Sans, Executive Director for Dallas Pets Alive! That’s why Marissa Brown is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about Marissa below: What is your current role?   Volunteer Events Coordinator & Foster How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?  I started volunteering with DPA in 2016 after seeing an adoption event at a park downtown. After volunteering at a few events, I picked up my first foster dog and have been fostering ever since! In 2018 I decided to get more involved on the volunteer side, and I found out they were in need of someone to help organize volunteer events. Now I work with the Volunteer Team Director to coordinate volunteer events, as well as help out on the fundraising side to organize the upcoming PupCrawl on Memorial Day weekend. What are you most passionate about at DPA?   I’m most passionate about DPA’s involvement with helping Dallas become a No-Kill city. I try to help wherever I can to grow DPA’s capabilities and help work towards that goal. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?   There are so many opportunities, behind the...
DPA’s Pawsome People: May Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May Foster Spotlight

“Adam and Mary have been fosters with DPA for a little over 2 years. They are very open-minded individuals who tend to go for the dogs that are overlooked in the shelter environment. There are many times where Adam and Mary are willing to open their home to a dog that wasn’t even on our radar. They are the types of people who truly act upon the idea that no dog is left behind, regardless of how they may show in a shelter environment. Not only are they great fosters, but they are all around fantastic people and we are so lucky to have them on the DPA team!” — Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director, Dallas Pets Alive!  That’s why Adam & Mary Crossett are DPA Pawsome People! Learn more about them: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? We had fostered a couple dogs with another organization and felt a little bit like we were on our own in terms of networking and marketing the pups. Seeing DPA’s social media, events, and overall organization made us want to give fostering another chance with the hope of a smoother experience. Tell us about a few of your fosters. Our first DPA! foster was Tater, and we were looking for a chill canine who could integrate into our two dog household with the least amount of effort. Tater was not going to win any beauty pageants, but he assimilated beautifully within a few days and was an easy foster. After about a month under our roof, he received an application from a young couple who fell in love with...
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...