DPA’s Pawesome Person Spotlight: August Volunteer Spotlight

“Caitlin joined our Adoptions Team when we were beginning our cat adoption program. She became an essential part of building the cat adoption side of that team and worked closely with our Adoption Director, TNR Director, and Foster/Medical Director in order to put our current policies and procedures in place to have the best outcome for our cats and kittens. Caitlin has a passion and the customer service skills needed to work closely with adopters and fosters to achieve the best match making possible in pairing adopters with their purrfect furever feline.

Caitlin assisted in pioneering unknown territory for DPA and I know for a fact without her involvement this side of our program would have struggled to grow the way it has been able to over the past year. Thanks to Caitlin’s hard work and dedication we were able to assist our TNR program in rehoming cats and kittens that were adoptable and not eligible for release, while also enabling our cat program to take off after years of trying. Caitlin is part of the reason we were finally able to become Dallas PETS Alive!”

– Stefanie Steiner, Foster Director for Dallas Pets Alive!

This is why Caitlin is our Pawesome Person Spotlight for August!

What is your current role?

I am the original Cat Adoption Counselor! I review and vet adoption applications, counsel potential adopters, and finalize adoptions.

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?

In early 2016, a good friend of mine, Maris Kastanos, volunteers for DPA and she let me know that they were working to get the cat program up and running, and thought that it may be a good fit for me. I was really lucky to get to work so closely with the leadership team and TNR as the cat program began to really develop.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

I love the community that DPA has established. The way that the group really rallies around these animals in need is so touching. DPA doesn’t just look for the healthiest, easiest to adopt animals either! They are willing to invest in animals with significant medical needs, and I love that.

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

The DPA Volunteers are great! I think just maintaining the commitment and responsiveness to vetting and communicating with the applicants is crucial to getting our animals in the best homes!

Give us a fun fact about you!

I moved back to the Chicagoland area in December, so this is my fourth major city since I graduated college. I’ve lived in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, and now Chicago, to be closer to my family 🙂

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