DPA’s Pawsome People: August 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“Kyle went above and beyond for DPA! this year leading and coordinating one of our largest events, QuakeCon. Kyle TRIPLED our revenue from this event this year! Kyle’s love for DPA! and gaming can be seen in the growth of this event over the years. He worked hard to develop relationships with the companies that put on QC, which lead to the huge turn out of donations this year. Because of Kyle’s dedication we have a very special partnership with two huge companies and we gained exposure to millions of animal lovers. Thank you Kyle for all that you do for DPA! and the animals we serve!” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director

Kyle’s dedication as a volunteer does not go unnoticed and he is valued in our community. Read more about him below:

What is your current role?

I’m a volunteer for adoption and fundraising events, as well as helping out the marketing team. I plan and coordinate events such as QuakeCon, Taps & Caps and other local events outside of our primary monthly adoption events. I also help out the marketing team by looking over the Dallas Pets Alive website analytics and help manage our non-profit Google Ads Grant account.

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?

My wife and I were at Community Beer Company almost 5 years ago and DPA! was there having an adoption event. We signed up on the volunteer sheet and volunteered at our first event a few weeks after. We got more involved in marketing roles, since our day jobs both were in marketing. As time went on, we got more involved in fundraising as well as leading adoption events.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

The animals that the organization are able to save, the passion and generosity of the community supporting the cause, as well as the people you meet along the way that extend their time and resources to help save more lives. Everyday you hear a new story or an animal rescued that seems bigger and more powerful than the one before. All of this combined gives me a feeling of fulfillment knowing the impact is far greater in making the world a better place.

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

Go out and volunteer as much as you can. You are making an impact on the community and gaining valuable life skills at the same time. Meet people, talk, and more importantly listen. Over the years I’ve met a lot of extraordinary people and one of the best life skills I’ve learned from volunteering is listening. People from all walks of life have amazing stories. You can learn a lot from those stories and also share some of your own. You may become friends down the road or just brighten somebody’s day from listening to their story or memory from the past.

Be Pawsome like Kyle. Apply to be a Dallas Pets Alive! volunteer today!

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