DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Foster Spotlight

“Sarah V. has been fostering Laverne and Shirley for seven months now. These two are super special because they are very bonded and live for each other. Not only is Sarah committed to keeping them through adoption to find them the perfect home, she’s committed to keeping them together, even if that might take longer. Laverne has had extensive orthopedic surgery on one leg, which has had its challenges due to infections and slow healing. After multiple visits, it was determined that she needed a specialist’s help. The specialist requested that the rescue buy a PEMF unit to help promote healing and speed up her recovery.  Before DPA could even try to purchase the much needed device, Sarah made the decision to purchase it on her own so that we didn’t need to divert the cost from another animal in need, or from Laverne’s next surgery.  Sarah give so much of herself on a daily basis as a foster, but also selflessly acted on behalf of our rescue and saved another life in the process. For those reasons, she is a pawsome person.” -Jessica D., DPA!’s Medical Coordinator It is clear that Sarah embodies everything it takes and more as a foster. Read more about her below: How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? Shortly after moving to Dallas, I wandered into Community Beer Company, unknowingly during a DPA event, immediately fell in love with every dog there & needed more pups in my life….of course I mean, I wanted to support DPA’s mission. 🙂 Tell us about a few of your fosters. I’ve been fortunate to...
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“Jon and Kelsey Ray are a DPA power couple and step up anytime there is a need. They help run our Adoption Team- Jon is our Lead Adoption Counselor and Kelsey is our Adoptline Lead. In addition, Kelsey helps coordinate events and serves on the Alumni Team. They have 2 DPA Alumni of their own! We don’t know what we’d do without them!” -Stacey D., DPA!’s Adoption Director Kelsey: What is your current role?  I am Lead Adoptline Volunteer, RSVP Coordinator for Events, and Happy Tails Coordinator for the Alumni Team. How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?  After we adopted our second DPA dog, my husband and I started volunteering on adoptline so that we could give back to the organization that has given us so much. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I am most passionate about helping animals find their forever homes so they can be as happy as we are with our two DPA alumni dogs. What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?  My advice would be to remember that each position is valuable to the overall goal to our mission of saving lives and that any amount of time you have to give is worth it. Give us a fun fact about you!  I did not grow up around animals, but I knew that it was basically in my wedding vows to get a dog. My husband found the perfect dog from Dallas Pets Alive (Sheriff) and she made me fall in love with dogs. Jon: What is your current role? I am the Lead Adoption Counselor....
DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: July 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Andra is one of the most dedicated and professional volunteers I have had the pleasure to work with at DPA. Because of her dedication she took the PASS team to new heights last year and this year she is already making the Animal Operations Team a more engaged and well oiled machine. I am so proud to have her serving as our new Animal Operations VP and I cannot wait to see what she will do with this very critical part of DPA. Her positive and professional attitude make her a joy to work with! Thank you Andra for going above and beyond for DPA and the animals we serve.” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I have been managing the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) team and process for the past, almost, year and a half, working on shelter intake diversion which has been tremendously rewarding. My role recently expanded to also be the Vice President of Animal Operations. I am honored to have a larger role within this amazing organization, and look forward to helping bring the DPA family to be the best we can be! What is your professional background?  I spent many years in corporate America in the mortgage banking industry, wanting to climb the corporate ladder. As I climbed towards the top of the ladder, I realized I was not fulfilled no matter how many promotions or titles I got. I have always had a deep love for animals starting from a very young age (as evidenced by these embarrassing...
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,...