DPA’s Pawesome Person: July Volunteer Spotlight

Meghan has become the heart and soul of our events area. She has volunteered at 3-4 events every month since she joined DPA, and knows the process inside and out. She trains new event volunteers and helps with every aspect of events including supervising dogs, talking to the public about DPA and opportunities to support us, merchandise sales, and logistics of the event sites. She has also taken over coordinating foster pet attendance at events and in addition to keeping the details immaculately organized, finds time to inject a little humor into her communications which is a breath of fresh air. I do not know what we would do without her, but it would take several people to fill her shoes.

– Emily Johnston, Vice President of Administration for Dallas Pets Alive!

What is your current role?

I am the Adoption Events Coordinator, a regular volunteer, and have been sarcastically dubbed “Worst Volunteer Ever”, which I kind of like and am pushing to one day get a nametag that reads that.

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?

I started volunteering with Dallas Pets Alive! because of my dog, Sally. She is my heart and I wanted to help others find their “hearts”. That whole “who saved whom” thing is absolutely true. I found DPA online, submitted a volunteer app and started signing up for events left and right. When I am enthusiastic about something, I go in whole-hog.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

I think I’m most passionate about responsible pet ownership, especially spaying/neutering.

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

I would recommend that if they want to volunteer at adoption events, then they ought to sign up for multiple events and try to hit different venues. They may feel awkward and unsure of what to do at first, but the more they come, the easier it gets.

Give us a fun fact about you!

I’ve done three overseas Habitat for Humanity trips. I hope there are more in my future. I was invited to participate in two recently. I had to decline one for work-related reasons and am kicking myself for not going on the other. Maybe next year…

Be like Meghan:

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