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...
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...
DPA’s Pawsome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome Person: March Volunteer Spotlight

“Amy is quickly approaching her 1 year anniversary with DPA and in her time has made a huge impact on the Medical Team! She has been a consistent and reliable driving force in ensuring our animals are seen by vets in a timely manner and receive the specific medical care they need. Amy is an Appointment Authorization Admin for our Medical Team and we could not be more thankful for her fast turn around time, friendly and professional demeanor, and thirst for knowledge and understanding of both the inner-workings of DPA and veterinary procedures. Amy has become a key Medical Team volunteer and is someone both the Medical Coordinators and the fosters have learned they can depend on to get approval forms regularly completed in a timely manner. With roughly 300 animals in foster care at any given time, this is no easy task, but Amy never fails to get the job done! DPA and our fosters are so lucky to have Amy here to help with getting the animals feeling healthy and adoption ready as quickly as possible.” — Jessica Weinstein, VP – Animal Operations, Dallas Pets Alive! That’s why Amy Kovas is a DPA Pawsome Person! What is your current role? Veterinary Authorization Admin How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA? I was looking for a volunteer opportunity that was flexible and meaningful. DPA was a perfect choice and I’m so glad I became involved. What are you most passionate about at DPA? I’m passionate about making the communication and medical approval process as simple as possible for the fosters. Fosters do an incredible thing opening...
DPA’s Pawsome Person: March Foster Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome Person: March Foster Spotlight

“When Danielle began fostering with us a little under a year ago, she dove ​in head first. Her first foster, Will, became a DPA favorite largely because of the amount of time and effort Danielle put into making him the best pup for his FURever. Danielle keeps up to date with marketing material – she doesn’t shy away from dressing up her fosters for holiday promos, uses her own network to spread the word about her fosters, and even created an instagram for them! Since Will, Danielle has fostered other dogs through DPA, some with behavioral needs. Jamby was completely closed down and shy but that did not stop Danielle from working through her fear with patience and trust (Jamby quickly became a FURever part of the Flowers family!). She was told that Rocko would never do well with other dogs, a challenge she gladly accepted. She took the advice of professional trainers, focused on decompression and reading dogs body language and Rocko quickly fit in with her pack of 5. We are so lucky to have Danielle not only as a foster with DPA, but also as a foster rep who can provide real life application and advice to other fosters within our organization.” — Stefanie Steiner, DPA Foster Director  That’s why Danielle Flowers is one of DPA’s Pawsome People! How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA? It’s all because of Will 🙂 I’ve always wanted to get involved with a rescue but when I saw Will’s urgent need for a foster, I dove right in, sent in my application Sunday morning and was approved a...