Animal Services sends out an SOS: Community’s help needed for first-ever Mega Transport

On Tuesday, El Paso Animal Services officials issued a SOS (Support Our Shelter) call to the community, asking for help to clear the shelter.

Every year during the summer months, more pets tend to enter the shelter, now the Animal Services Center is at critical capacity, housing more than 700 animals.

With help from The Bissell Pet Foundation and other lifesaving partners, more than 300 pets will be transferred from El Paso Animal Services to shelters and rescues up north needing great adoptable pets.

“This will be the department’s first-ever mega transport and will need the community’s help to coordinate this effort,” officials shared. “Animal Services is asking the community to help make history and foster a pet or donate toward this lifesaving event.”

Animal Services needs 400 Flight Attendant Fosters that are willing to welcome in a shelter pet for four-to-seven days while they await their rescue flight. Food, supplies, and medical care will be provided. Anyone that wants to foster is encouraged to come to the shelter Tuesday, June 22 through Friday, June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. where they will be matched with a pet.

Officials add that, 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 other adoptable pets at the shelter,” officials shared. “Families will be asked to foster an animal for a minimum of two weeks but are welcomed to foster a pet even longer if they would like.”

Currently the greatest need are fosters for large, adult dogs and kittens.

For those looking to support the shelter’s lifesaving efforts but may not have space for a new friend at home, donations are a great way to help. Animal Services needs the following items:

  • Plastic airline crates of all sizes
  • Wire crates of all sizes
  • Canned puppy and kitten food
  • Dry dog and cat food
  • Pet treats and pet toys

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter’s front doors any day between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or can be purchased and delivered through the department’s Amazon Wishlist .

The coordination of this historic pet transport is made possible by El Paso Animal Services’ lifesaving partners, The Bissell Pet Foundation, American Pets Alive!, Best Friends Animal Society, Team Shelter USA, Maddie’s Fund, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, Animal Rescue Corp. and Human Animal Support Services. By clearing the shelter, El Paso Animal Services will be able to continue to provide the best care for pets and families needing assistance.

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