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Animal Services Asks for Public’s Help; 500 Animals at Shelter

With the influx of lost pets spurred by the July Fourth holiday, the Department of Animal Services is currently at capacity, with more than 500 animals being housed at the shelter.

In an effort to continue on its life-saving mission, Animal Services is sending out an SOS (Support our Shelter) call to the community, calling for people to adopt, foster, donate, and/or reconnect with their lost pets.

Through the community’s support of the Department’s life-saving programs, Animal Services will be able to continue to save lives rather than being forced to euthanize adoptable pets.

In an effort to reconnect as many lost pets as possible, Animal Services will waiving impoundment fees ($60 per dog/cat) for any animal picked up by their owner.

Daily handling fees will also be waived. Fees will be waived until Sunday, July 9. Waived fees do not include quarantine animals. Fees still apply for microchip, rabies vaccine and licensing services.

For the entire summer season, all pet adoption fees will be reduced to just $30 for dogs and $5 for cats. The shelter is hopeful that the reduced fees will result in hundreds of animals being adopted.

For pet lovers not looking to adopt at this time, fostering a pet is great option. By fostering, families will be able to care for a shelter pet temporarily, which will free up space for another adoptable pets at the shelter. Fostering an animal for two weeks will also allow Animal Services to transfer more animals to other rescues and shelters.  

For those looking to support the shelter’s life-saving efforts, but may not have space for a new friend at home, donations are a great way to help. The following items help support Animal Services’ various programs and initiatives:

• Canned puppy and kitten food

• Dry dog and cat food

• Towels and blankets (new or gently used)

• Crates and pet carriers

No one ever wants to lose a pet. So in order to help Animal Services reconnect lost pets with their owners, the Department is encouraging the public to license their pet. The annual license is $12.50.

If your pet is already licensed, Animal Services is encouraging pet owners to update their contact information if they have moved or changed their phone number.

There are many ways to help Animal Services succeed on its life-saving mission, but one thing is certain—the community’s involvement is definitely needed if El Paso is going to become a “no-kill” city by the end of 2020, as stated in the City’s shelter reform plan.

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