DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2021 Volunteer Spotlight

Yajat has brought the DPA technology team to the next level. As a foster-based organization we have always relied heavily on our IT infrastructure for communication and organization between volunteers, and the tech team’s support of DPA’s tech needs became even more vital in 2020 when we were unable to conduct business face to face and needed to market our animals almost exclusively online. Yajat’s timely support of all the various teams across the organization kept everything running smoothly and seamlessly. His passion for our lifesaving mission shines through with his enthusiasm to take on any tech task that is needed. We are all so thankful to have him on the DPA team!” -Katie P., DPA’s Technology Director

As a volunteer on the technology team and an animal lover, Yajat keeps DPA running smoothly behind the scenes. Read more about him below:

What is your current role?

I handle the responsibilities of the Assistant Technology Director position in our Technology team. My primary duties include efficient management of our GSuite system, onboarding process of new volunteers, and ensuring the completion of website and email system related miniscule tasks so that our frontline volunteers can perform their duties efficiently. I mainly assist Katie, our Technology director, in website or monthly pets’ database related tasks.

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?

During the summer of 2020, I was browsing DFW based nonprofits, childishly hoping to spend some time with animals and help them in any in-field activities. I applied to become a volunteer in May and learned about the functioning and needs of the organization. Although completely remote, I decided to join the Tech team as I believed it to be the best possible way for me to support the DPA cause. Ever since then I happily do whatever is required in my area of responsibilities – which is simply maintaining an efficient tech platform for our dedicated frontline volunteers.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

I am an animal lover and have been lucky to spend my childhood taking care of lots of street dogs and cats in India. So any noble cause dedicated to animals in general has my respect and love. But at DPA, it is particularly fascinating because of DFW being one of those areas with the highest homeless animal population in the country. The rescue and medical care provided by our respective DPA teams to all such animals is highly commendable and makes me more passionate than ever.

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

We’re made of extremely talented and passion driven volunteers to ensure the goal of making Dallas a no-kill city. Your time and energy even in the simplest form will be greatly impactful for the animals. We’re also very flexible with what you can offer to us with your schedule and experience. Everyone here loves their bit of contribution and even with the seemingly insignificant responsibilities, you will be given a platform to take creative initiatives and implement feasible ideas into motion.

Give us a fun fact about you!

As a kid, I once tried to stop two large mountain dogs (almost my size) fighting violently with each other. I was never left unsupervised throughout the campsite but little did they know that the fight never happened again.

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

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