DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

“I have been working with Courtney on the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) team for almost a year. She volunteers at Dallas Animal Shelter (DAS), working to prevent shelter surrenders. She is always reliable, volunteers regularly, and has such a positive outlook on an often challenging volunteer role. Courtney is also an awesome foster mama for DPA. Courtney recently stepped into a larger volunteer role partnering with the Rescue Team. In this role she gathers information on animals surrendered through PASS, and quickly shares their information to the Dogs in Need album for our foster network. Unlike strays, owner surrenders have no hold period at the shelter, therefore this role is important for getting information out on surrendered animals to our network as quick as possible so that our DPA fosters can help save more lives. Courtney, thank you so much for all you do for DPA – we appreciate your life saving work and we are so glad to have you on the team!!” -Andra Adams, DPA!’s PASS Director

What is your current role?

PASS Liaison, Foster Mom, and PASS onsite volunteer

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?

My friends Alyssa and Caroline have been involved for awhile. I saw Alyssa foster a fearful dog and within a month she was a whole new dog. I wanted to be a part of that change for other animals.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

I have a special place for scared and shut down animals. With a little love and stability, their transformations have been amazing! Many of those dogs don’t “show well” in the shelter environment and need a foster home to come out of their shells and live their happily ever after!

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

It’s an emotional job, but seeing success stories makes everything worth it. You are giving animals a chance that they might not have had otherwise!

Give us a fun fact about you!

Six of my nine foster dogs were adopted by friends, so I get to see them often and stay updated on their forever homes!!

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

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