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El Paso Animal Services and the Humane Society of El Paso are calling on the community to help clear the shelters.
In an effort to continue on our goal of becoming a “no-kill” community, both organizations are sending out an SOS (Support our Shelter) call to the El Paso region, calling for people to adopt, foster, donate, and/or reconnect with their lost pets.
According to Animal Services Center officials, they are currently housing a large kitten population along with a substantial dog population.
With the help of the community, Animal Services and the Humane Society will be able to decrease their populations during the peak months.
June 13 and June 14, adoption fees will be FREE for dogs and cats at the Animal Services Center. Adoption hours will be extend both days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow the community the chance to adopt a new pet even after work. Animal Services is hopeful that the reduced fees will result in hundreds of animals being adopted.
Animal Services’ neighbor, the Humane Society of El Paso will also be staying open until 7 p.m. for adopters. Adoption fees for the Humane Society will be reduced to half-price.
FIND YOUR LOST PET / IMPOUNDMENT FEES WAIVED
In an effort to reconnect as many lost pets as possible, Animal Services will be 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 the entire month of June. Waived fees do not include quarantine animals. Fees still apply for licensing services.
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. 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
- Kitten powdered formula
- Towels and blankets (new or gently used)
- Crates and pet carriers
LICENSE YOUR PET / UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION
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 make El Paso a “no-kill” community, but one thing is certain—the community’s involvement is definitely needed if El Paso is going to become a “no-kill” city by 2020, as stated in the City’s shelter reform plan.
For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit the Animal Services Center, located 5001 Fred Wilson, or contact us at (915) 212-PAWS. For information on the Humane Society of El Paso, visit them in person at 4991 Fred Wilson.