Dana Frye: Volunteering a Way of Life – American Press

By Emily Burleigh

American press

Lake Charles resident Dana Frye has spent most of her life volunteering, especially for animals. One of her earliest memories is saving a litter of puppies as a child.

“My first love was animals in need,” Fyre said. “At 2 years old, my mother dressed me warmly, and I walked down the steps and three houses by myself.”

“One by one I carried the neighbors’ six big puppies into our old shed”

Fyre credits his love of volunteering to his upbringing. “I don’t think you wake up one day randomly and say, ‘I’m volunteering today!’ ” she explained. “It was our way of life.”

Whether it’s delivering Christmas presents to children in need, donating fresh milk from their cow, Elsie, or feeding hungry families, Fyre’s family has always volunteered in their spare time, she said. “Mother said once you commit, you follow through and always give your best”

Frye is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, but moved to Lake Charles with his family during his senior year of high school. It was in Lake Charles that she met her husband and father of her four children.

According to Frye, the apple does not fall far from the tree. “A storm was coming and I came home from work to find animals and food bowls all over the house.” The culprit was his daughter, Paula.

“I thought, what the hell!” explained Frye. “To this day, she rescues, repairs and finds homes for stray cats. She sends me the dogs!

“They all have the compassion to help others or animals,” she said.

Frye has been involved with Lake Area Partnerships of Animal Welfare, or LAPAW Rescue, for 21 years. Today, she leads the association. “It’s a 24/7 adventure!”

Especially in the past few years, Frye explained. “With all the hurricanes, floods and frosts, so many people have lost their homes, including their pets.”

Last week, Frye, LAPAW and Spay Nation of Lafayette ventured out to DeQuincy to trap 50 homeless cats.

These cats were neutered or neutered, vaccinated and returned to their colonies. Returned cats will have volunteers visiting the colony to feed and care for them. This is a popular method used by LAPAW.

“It’s called TNR. Trap, neutralization, return to a managed colony,” Frye said. “A win-win solution!”

When it comes to animal rescue, Frye doesn’t just help animals.

“Most rescues have one person. I also try to help them. It helps pet owners in need by providing them with food, medicine and any other materials they need to take care of themselves and their pets.

Frye has words for people who want to volunteer: “Learn to share your time and talents with those who need a little help.

There are plenty of places to volunteer, according to Frye.

“The church, the library, the schools, the parish animal control, the hospitals, oh please, the care centers. You will have many best friends there! You will never be bored once you volunteer.

For more information about LAPAW Rescue, visit their Facebook page or call 337-304-5359.

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