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City Appoints New Leadership for the Department of Animal Services

El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez announced the appointment of a new taskforce that will focus on the continued implementation of the shelter reform plan and the operational functions of the Department of Animal Services.

The taskforce comprised of five City staffers will be led by Paula Powell.

Powell has numerous years of operations experience and has been the catalyst for various Parks and Recreation Department improvements. Powell has been with the City of El Paso for more than 23 years and has been recognized for her leadership and management skills throughout the years.

Powell began her college career at the United States Military Academy and culminated her studies by earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Ms. Powell has been an asset to our organization for many years,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “She is a natural leader and brings a strong operational background that will help push the department toward “no-kill” status.”

The members of the taskforce include:

  • Paula Powell, Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation
  • Dr. Alana Canupp, Chief Veterinarian for Animal Services
  • Hugo Navarro, Operations Supervisor for Animal Services
  • Nicole Cote, Fiscal Operations Administrator for the El Paso Fire Department
  • Ramon Herrera, Lead Public Affairs Coordinator for Animal Services

Via a news release the city thanked Kurt Fenstermacher for his assistance with the initial implementation of the reform plan. His tenure as interim is greatly appreciated.

Fenstermacher will be returning to the Environmental Services Department, while Powell and the new taskforce started July 21.

Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Pups!

Are you looking for a good boy and a friend to always greet you at the door with a smile and a tail wag? Then Pups is the pup for you!

This sweet boy has been looking for his forever home for two months, and is just looking for the right family to cuddle and play with.

Pups is the perfect family dog and is great with kids, cats, dogs, and is sure to bring a little more light into your life! He’s ready to go home today and his adoption is only $15, which includes his neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations, city license and 30 days of free pet health insurance.

Come meet Pups at the shelter, and make this good boy a happy boy with a forever home!

NAME: Pups

AGE: 2 years old

ID: A34098367​

Video: Animal Services July PawCast

Host Ramon Herrera talks about another record-breaking month for Animal Services staff, a new event that helps owners reconnect with lost pets and how Animal Services snagged some help from a nationally-known foundation.

For more information about Animal Services and the wide range of services they provide, visit their facebook or webpage

Animal Services Prepares for Flood of Lost Pets due to July 4th Fireworks

Each year on July 5, the Department of Animal Services receives a large number of calls regarding pets that escaped from their families in a desperate attempt to flee after being frightened by fireworks.

The bright lights and noises made by the fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for animals.

In order to help Animal Services reconnect lost pets with their owners, the department is encouraging the public to update their pet’s microchip information. On Saturday (July 1) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Animal Services will be hosting a “Chip Check” microchip update drive, with additional staff on hand to help owners update their contact information on their pet’s microchips.

To update your information, please bring proper proof-of-ownership documentation, such as vaccine records, as well as a photo ID.  Please bring dogs on a leash and have cats contained.

Tips to help keep your pets safe and calm:

  • Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays
  • Keep pets indoors, close the curtains
  • Take pets outside on a leash to “do their business” prior to the fireworks starting
  • Turn on the radio or television to help mask outdoor noises
  • Keep a well-fitting (not tight) collar and identification/license on your pet; animals that are licensed, microchipped or that have ID tags have a better chance of being returned to their owners
  • If your pet is crate-trained, place it in its crate
  • If you have a new pet and you do not know how it will react to loud noises, stay with your pet
  • If you must be outside, keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times

Please note that the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The Shelter will resume normal business hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

Animal Services fees waived as Part of “Just One Day” Campaign

This Sunday, June 11, 2017, the El Paso Department of Animal Services will take part in the “Just One Day” campaign by suspending euthanasia and focusing shelter resources solely on adoptions.

Last year’s Just One Day adoption event was a success, with Animal Services adopting 180 animals during the single day campaign.

This national campaign asks that shelters nationwide refrain from euthanizing any of its savable animals for just one day on June 11. Animal Services is not only making this pledge, but will host a “No Kill, No Fee” adoption promotion on Sunday, waiving all adoption fees in order to save as many lives as possible.

Though fees will be waived, donations of canned kitten and puppy food are welcomed. Shelter pets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

WHO:          El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHAT:         Animal Services Shelter observes nationwide “Just One Day” campaign with “No Kill, No Fee” adoption promotion – all adoption fees waived on Sunday

WHEN:        Sunday, June 11  | 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:      El Paso Animal Services Shelter  |   5001 Fred Wilson Ave.

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Animal Service’s Pet of the Week: Meet Beckham

Chase it like Beckham! Meet Beckham, a playful and energetic German Shepherd mix. Beckham is an awesome pup who loves a great game of fetch—anytime, anywhere! He’s great with other dogs, cats and is an all-around sweet boy.

Give him a tennis ball, and he’s your new best friend! Will you give him the love and tennis balls he deserves? Come meet Beckham in C3 to make him a part of your family!

POW-BeckhamHe’s ready to go home today for only $15 with his neuter procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Beckham

AGE: 3 years

ID: A34504497

Free Spay/Neuter Vouchers Available for Low-Income Residents

The Department of Animal Services has received 100 vouchers for free spay/neuter procedures and is looking to help low-income families with pets in need of these services.

Residents interested in the voucher program must have a government issued ID and will need to show proof of enrollment in a financial assistance program (WIC, CHIP, SNAP, MEDICAID, or MEDICARE) or Social Security Income/Unemployment letter in order to qualify.

If a participant is approved, recipients will have to use the voucher within ten working days at any of the 2 designated sites listed below.

Department of Animal Services, Socorro Clinic located at 9060 Socorro Rd.

The Spay & Neuter Clinics of Texas, Dr. Snyder, located at 1160 Airway Blvd. Suite C1

If a voucher is not used in the allotted time, it will be voided and awarded to another household. The available vouchers are funded through state grant dollars.

The vouchers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be picked up Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue.

The efforts and services of the Animal Services Shelter support the City of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community. For more information, visit Animal Services or contact them at (915) 212-0299.

Animal Services – Pet of the Week: Meet Penny

Meet this lovely little lady, Penny!

Penny is just all around amazing—she’s a sweet girl who loves giving hugs, who loves to play and would love being your new best friend. She’s good with other dogs and is a real cuddiler—Penny would fit in with any kind of family!

POW-PennyCome meet this sweet girl in B1 and to give her a lifetime of love.

You can adopt Penny for only $15 and she’s ready to go home with her spay procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Penny

AGE: 2 years old

ID: A35384475

El Paso Animal Services Shelter5001 Fred Wilson Ave

Animal Services – Pet of the Week: Meet Beau

Meet this handsome fellow, Beau. He’s a sweet soul and a favorite companion of the volunteers at the shelter.

He loves to hang out with the other dogs in the park during playgroups, play with toys and go on long walks. His ideal new family is someone who loves the outdoors and would take him camping, hiking or on any new adventure.

POW-BeauHowever, he also is down to lounge on the couch with you and enjoy belly rubs—Beau is in for it all.

Come meet this gentle giant in A2 and give him the loving family he deserves. You can adopt Beau for only $15 and he’s ready to go home with his neuter procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Beau

SEX:  Male

AGE: 6 years old

BREED: French Mastiff Mix

ID: A34607955

Animal Services hosts Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta, Adoptions Reduced to $5

The Department of Animal Services is celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week by holding a Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta. The Fiesta will run Thursday, May 4 through Sunday May 7 and will feature discounted adoption fees of just $5 (including puppies).

This $5 adoption fee includes the animals spay/neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, and City license. In addition to the reduced fees, Animal Services will be hosting several food trucks and folklorico performance groups on Saturday, May 6.

This is not the first time Animal Services has held an adoption fiesta, last year the department adopted 291 animals during the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

WHO:             El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta featuring $5 pet adoption fees (flyer attached)

WHEN: Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7Shelter Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:         El Paso Animal Services Shelter5001 Fred Wilson Ave.

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Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Pablo

Meet Pablo Picasso, he was nicknamed Picasso due to the way his snout twists, but it doesn’t bother him in any way.

Picasso is a sweet and happy pup, and though he’s a little shy right at first, he’s quick to crawl into your lap for some snuggle time.

He’s a big lover-boy, and even with his twisted mouth, he’s a happy, healthy doggy and loves to do typical doggy things. You can adopt Picasso for only $15 and his adoption includes his neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and city license.

POW-PicassoCome meet sweet Picasso in B3 and give him the chance at a happy, loving home.

NAME: Picasso

SEX:  Male

AGE: 5 years old

BREED: Pit Bull Mix

ID: A35084737

Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Duke!

Meet Duke, a big pup with an even bigger heart. Duke came to the shelter in March and has been waiting for a forever home since.

He’s a Boxer-mix and a big ol’ cuddle bug—he loves bear hugs and keeping you company, and since Duke is a VIP, he’s great with other dogs, cats, kids and is just an all-around great pup.

He might not be small enough to fit in your lap, but he sure would love to snuggle up with you on the couch.

POW-DukeYou can adopt sweet Duke for only $15 and his adoption includes his neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and city license.

Come visit Duke at the Animal Services Shelter and give him the forever home he deserves!

NAME: Duke
SEX: Male
AGE: 5 years old
BREED: Boxer Mix
ID: A34963474

Animal Services Revving Up for “Fast & Furriest” $30 Adoption Special

The Department of Animal Services is gearing up for a week-long adoption special that is expected to put our shelter animals in the fast lane to finding a forever home.

The “Fast & Furriest” adoption special will feature $30 adoption fees on all shelter animals one year or older beginning Friday, April 14, through Sunday, April 23.

All adoptions will include the animal’s spay/neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and city license.

Fast & Furriest Adoption Special
What: $30 adoption fees for all shelter pets one year or older

When: Fri., April 14 through Sun., April 23

Where: El Paso Animal Services Shelter | 5001 Fred Wilson Ave.

Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Chelsea!

Meet Chelsea, a sweet and gentle momma who’s looking for her forever home.

Chelsea first came to the shelter in the beginning of January, along with 9 of her pups. She was quickly moved to a foster home where her and her pups thrived until they were old enough to adopt. Chelsea is now back at Animal Services since all of her pups have been adopted, and is looking for a loving family to finally give her a place to call home.

She’s a VIP dog, meaning she’s got a great temperament, good with other dogs and cats, and would fit well with any kind of family. You can adopt Chelsea for only $15, and her adoption includes her spay procedure, vaccinations, microchip and city license.

POW-ChelseaCome meet this sweet girl in B 19 and give her the forever home she deserves.

NAME: Chelsea

SEX: Female

AGE: 3 years old

BREED: Shepherd Mix

ID: A34360392

Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Elfie!

Meet Elfie, a cute little Chihuahua who’s waiting to be your lap dog.  This week’s Pet of the Week is a sweet, cuddly girl who’s been waiting to find the perfect family to let her curl up on their couch for some snuggles since January 16.

Elfie is super sweet and mellow, and would be great for someone looking for the perfect lap dog—and she’s hoping with a little luck, she can find her forever home by St. Patrick’s Day.

POW-ElfieHer adoption includes her spay procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and city license—and you can adopt her for only $15.

Come visit Elfie at the Animal Services Shelter and give her the loving home she deserves.

NAME: Elfie

SEX: Female

AGE: 5 years

BREED: Chihuahua

ID: A34431205