Founder & Executive Director
Leslie Sans turned vision into reality by successfully starting Dallas Pets Alive in 2012. With more than 10 years of animal rescue experience, she is dedicated to saving lives and ensuring that north Texas becomes a no-kill community. Finding her passion for animal rescue and the no-kill movement in 2010, she began serving as a volunteer with Austin Pets Alive. Through her leadership, Dallas Pets Alive has saved more than 10,000 lives, implemented innovative programming and received national and international marketing awards. Her professional experience also includes having served as the director of the Suder Foundation, presenting and facilitating leadership training for diverse audiences, as well as international leadership program development. Leslie holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. She is the proud mom of two beautiful daughters, Sloan and Gwyneth, and two fur babies, Zoey and Vivian.