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A walk or a belly rub will bring a winsome smile to her face. She’s photogenic. She loves to sleep on her back and has a favorite chair. Meet Queen Elizabark!  

Queen Elizabark (‘Queenie” to her friends) is a five-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mix with brown fur, caramel-colored eyes and cute pair of floppy ears. She’s one lucky pup, too. DPA quickly came to her rescue when she was in the euthanasia room at the shelter. Her kennel had already been given to another dog, but because Queenie is such a sweet girl, the manager allowed her to stay in an office until DPA could get there and take her into their care. That DPA tag was looking awfully good that day! We all think she’s here for a reason.

This muscular sweetie loves to be with people, does an excited rhumba-like dance when she thinks it’s time for a walk and favors a certain arm chair so much that she will sit on top of anyone who is sitting in it. She is healthy, was treated for heartworms in March 2019, and is doing great. 

Are you looking to take a walk with a friend? Could you be the person that Queenie shares her chair with? Queen Elizabark is 50% off through July. Apply to adopt Queen here or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org.

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“Alyssa is one of the most impressive and dedicated volunteers I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. She has lead several critical projects for DPA such as our move to using ShelterLuv. She uses her professional skills and talents to better DPA and I could not be more appreciative of her dedication. Alyssa’s love for animals and our mission are second to none, I am so glad to have her on our team!” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director

That’s some of the many reasons why Alyssa Gross is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below:

What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization?

As VP of Admin, I oversee the Marketing, Technology, and Volunteer teams, all of which focus on making sure the back-end of our organization is running smoothly so that everyone else can focus on the animals! Some of the main initiatives I’ve been working on are the implementation of new software to help DPA run more efficiently and creating processes that streamline volunteer responsibilities.

What is your professional background?

My “day job” is as a management consultant for a company here in Dallas called Credera, where I work with large organizations in the areas of project management, business process design, organization change management, and solution design and implementation. It’s all very similar to what I do at DPA!

How long have you been involved with the organization?

I’ll have been with DPA for 2 years in August!

What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA?

I am incredibly sensitive when it comes to animals and often feel helpless when I hear about the suffering of so many creatures in our world. Volunteering with DPA allows me to make an impact not only on DFW’s homeless pets, but also on our community, who we educate about the benefits of spay/neuter and adoption. Seeing Dallas Animal Services hit their first no-kill month last December was a huge affirmation of the work this community is doing!

On average, how many hours per week do you volunteer?

Between checking emails and working on projects, I spend about 15 – 20 hours per week on DPA.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My brother is a contract firefighter who has traveled around the world to work for companies in need of his services. He lived in Antarctica for almost a year and now lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He’s way cooler than I am, but hearing about his adventures makes me want to travel and experience more parts of the world. Not many people can say they look up to their “little” brother!

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

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“There sure is something about Mary! It’s that she’s AMAZING! Mary has always been one of those superstar fosters, but now she’s taken it to the next level and has joined our volunteer force as an Intake Admin.

What’s an Intake Admin? Well, essentially she is the first line of communication when a new foster is brought into our program. First impressions are so important and that email is what got me to think DPA was the most legit rescue ever!

Mary is so active and supportive in our foster community and even has two currently herself, Lulu and Kade! You’d be hard pressed to find anyone not rave about Mary. She’s truly a special part of our pack.” -Danica B. DPA!’s Foster Director

That’s some of the many reasons why Mary White is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below:

What is your current role?  

Foster Mom, Intake Admin, Support Squad Team, RAD and Rescue Teams.

How did you get involved with volunteering at DPA?  

My youngest son follows DPA on Facebook and saw an “Urgent Foster Needed” post and sent it to me asking me to do it for his upcoming birthday. Hubby agreed to fostering and a few days later we had Parker our first DPA foster pup.

What are you most passionate about at DPA?

I love fostering the most – big, small, young and old dogs. I especially love fostering scared and timid dogs and with a little TLC they blossom into well-rounded, awesome pets.

What are some words of wisdom to new DPA Volunteers?

That you have a tremendous support team available to help you in your fostering journey – the ultimate goal for our foster animals is to eventually say “goodbye” and we know how difficult that can sometimes be. Join the Facebook Foster support page and ask questions, share your joys and pains of fostering. You’ll be surprised at how much you will learn about yourself and fostering.

Give us a fun fact about you!  

That fostering brings me joy and has made me a better person. I’ve permanent fostered 12 dogs and temporary fostered 6 more – each foster has been a new adventure and a family effort.

Be Pawsome like Mary and her family. Apply to be a Dallas Pets Alive! volunteer today!

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“DPA is lucky to have Peter Baldwin and his family as one of our most long time donors and supporters. Peter challenges and supports our board discussion with well-thought out and purposeful questions and considerations. I value and appreciate his perspective on our non-profit business. Peter and his wife, Amy, lead by example and truly are one of the most compassionate and giving couples in the DPA! family. We would not be where we are today without the Baldwins.” -Leslie Sans, DPA!’s Executive Director

That’s some of the many reasons why Peter and his family are a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about them below:

Name and if you hold a title on the BOD what is that?

Peter Baldwin

Why were you drawn to serving as a board member for DPA?

My wife, Amy, and I were first introduced to DPA a number of years ago, shortly after we learned firsthand how hard it is to find a good home for a good pet. During this process we spoke to a number of organizations, and quickly learned what a huge issue this was here in Dallas. Once we learned how much DPA was doing to help, we quickly began giving financial support, and I was very thankful for the opportunity to add additional help where I could as a board member.

How have you supported DPA’s mission and helped us to accomplish our life saving goals?

Most of our support has come in the way of financial donations, but I also do my best to recruit as many of my friends, family, and colleagues as I can to donate, foster, and/or adopt.

Why do you think our mission matters?

Simply, because animals matter. While I am partial to dogs, I think all animals, when cared for, have an incredible ability to make everything around them better. They can bring happiness to people that have trouble finding it, and pet owners tend to be healthier, and live longer. I think all these companions should have a chance to live and make others better.

What is one of the most rewarding experiences you have serving or volunteering with DPA?

My favorite thing is seeing pictures of the animals that DPA has helped save with their new families. I’ve seen a TON of them, and they never get old.

How does your professional career (or other skill set) make you an asset to the BOD?

As a private equity investor, I have had the chance to learn the right ways to help grow companies by thinking and acting strategically to build on long term visions. I’ve also seen a number of the pitfalls and risks companies tend to run into. I think this experience can certainly be applied to DPA as it continues to grow.

What is your vision for DPA?

As DPA nears its original goal of making Dallas a no-kill city, the mission only gets harder, and I truly believe DPA is up to the task. I expect the leaders of DPA to continue growing the organization by expanding its footprint and continuing to expand and improve their services. I see the organization growing into other neighboring communities to increase the number of lives they can save, and I expect them to continue to add to and strengthen their already incredible team.

Anything else you would like to share?

I am continually blown away by the amazing things that DPA is able to accomplish.  It is incredible to see how far our city has come to becoming no-kill, and this wouldn’t be the case without DPA and its volunteers.  There is never a challenge too big for them, and I feel so lucky to be associated with such a great group of motivated and generous people.

If you are interested in learning more about DPA!’s Board please click here and if you would like to learn more how you can come a volunteer click here.

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“We’ve all heard the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” but these Joneses truly take that to a new level! Ashley and Eric applied to foster and quickly dove into the world of fostering with some dramatic saves!

Their first foster with DPA was Luna. This pretty pup was a DPA Alumni who was surrendered to the shelter for being too big. We desperately needed a safe place for her to go and the Jones family stepped up to the plate! Even better, they fell in love and ADOPTED Luna! She will never have to know the inside of a shelter again thanks to their wonderfully big hearts.

On top of that they wanted to help one of our pups stuck in boarding get a little taste of home life. They opened their home to Lolli for a week long “sleepover” so this pretty girl could get new photos and we could get insight on her personality.

Once Lolli’s sleepover was up, they graciously temp fostered Pablo for a few days so we could get him on transport to New York with our fabulous partner, Hearts and Bones!

In the very short time they’ve been fostering, they’ve made a lifelong impact on three very special dogs lives. We are so lucky to have them as DPAers!” -Danica B. DPA!’s Foster Director

That’s some of the many reasons why The Joneses are a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about them below:

How did you get involved with Fostering with DPA?

I found DPA on Instagram and began following their posts because I love looking at cute dogs! I eventually went to DPA’s website and after looking at their mission to make North Texas no-kill, I knew I needed to help in some way.

Tell us about a few of your fosters.

We have only had 3 temporary fosters, but our favorite has been Luna, now known as Hazelnut. She was our first foster and became a foster fail!

What is your favorite animal adoption story?

Still Luna!

What do you love most about fostering with Dallas Pets Alive?

Eric and I love knowing that we can give the dogs in need a break from the shelter life or boarding, even if its only temporary. I also like how close knit the DPA community is and the way that everyone is helpful and responsive to one another.

What would be some words of wisdom to new DPA Fosters?

We are still very new ourselves, so I do not have a lot of veteran tips to give! However, I will say to just go with the flow. No two dogs are the same and each dog needs their own way of being welcomed into your household.

Give us a fun fact about you!

We are a Disney family! We love going to Disney World whenever we get the chance and would consider ourselves obsessed. It’s even more exciting now that we have a child to share it with.

Be Pawsome like The Joneses. Apply to be a Dallas Pets Alive! foster today!

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It’s not his size that sets him apart as much as it is the size of the love in him. This month’s entertaining cat is petite, but has a lot of charm. He is a 9-pound Domestic Shorthair/Silver Tabby with light green eyes and has a love for cat toys. Meet Elvis!  

This rock-and-roller came to Dallas Pets Alive! as a stray, but it’s clear to everyone that he wasn’t meant to live his life without the affection of people and other animals. We think he could be a smash hit in a permanent home of his own, bringing his own special style to a forever family.

Elvis loves to be with people and wants to be included in all your activities. He is curious, polite, has a quiet side and has even won over people who say they don’t like cats! He would love to share the stage with other cool cats — and even dogs. He is vocal at meal time and is a bit of a door-dasher so his owner would need to watch him carefully.  

Are you looking for a special friend that will keep you entertained and bring you love? We think Elvis will love you tender. Elvis is 50% off through June. Apply to adopt Elvis here or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org.

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Who is that masked hero? I want to offer her a Grande Starbucks Mocha with extra whip! This month’s featured dog may not be a superhero who flies with a cape or scales the sides of buildings, but she’s an everyday hero who provides loyal and loving companionship. She is a 38-pound black-and-white Boxer/Terrier mix with a noble disposition. Meet Gracie!

This girl is lively, curious and loves to explore her world. She is also a big cuddler, so be prepared to spend some quality time on the sofa with her. She is potty-trained, house-trained and loves to seek out adventure. The fact that she looks stylish in her paw print bandana is just an added bonus.  

We would love to see Gracie in a home with a yard so she could run and play. Are you looking for some love and devotion? Are you willing to share your Starbucks with this loving pup? Gracie is 50% off through June. Apply to adopt Gracie here or email adopt@dallaspetsalive.org.

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In our first post you got a taste of who Candice is and a little preview of what being a DPA! Board Member is all about. To learn more about Candice, visit our last post.

The DPA! board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. They are highly involved in long-term strategic planning for DPA to ensure its sustainability.

Candice says it best in her response to the following questions below:

If you could offer advice to someone that may want to serve on a board or become involved with a non-profit at this level, what would that be?

Make sure to find an organization aligned to your personal passion and experience, as it takes a lot of time and personal effort to fit into an already full life.

Why were you drawn to serving as a board member for DPA?

I have extensive non-profit board experience that I thought could be helpful to an organization like DPA that is young and growing/maturing. DPA in particular appealed to me because our two dogs, Jack and Ralphie were rescued by and adopted from DPA.

If you are interested in learning more about DPA!’s Board please click here and if you would like to learn more how you can come a volunteer click here.

The post DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Board Member Spotlight Post 3 appeared first on Dallas Pets Alive!.

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“Amanda has done a great job securing fun and enjoyable event locations across DFW so our adoptables can get exposure to our community. She has done a wonderful job ensuring that our calendar is always full of events for our fosters. Thank you Amanda for being organized and connecting us with companies that support adoption!” -Leslie Sans, DPA’s Executive Director

What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization?

I plan and set up the events for our adoptable dogs to attend in hopes they find their furever family!

What is your professional background?

I am a real estate/architectural photographer for a architectural photography company.

How long have you been involved with the organization?

Wow, I’ve never thought about the actual number of years I’ve been involved with DPA! I’d say going on 5 years now. I started out as a foster and I still foster.

What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA?

I love dogs and cats. I want people to understand that they are missing out on some amazing animals that have unfortunately found themselves in the shelter system. All they need is time to decompress and they are a totally lovable amazing dog!

On average, how many hours per week do you volunteer?

A lot!

The amount is not something I really focus on. If I had to guess I’d say it’s a 30 hour a week full time job, on top of my full time job. Always answering emails.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

When I do have spare time I enjoy rock climbing and I love to garden. Oh, and of course go to the park with my dogs!

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

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