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Animal Services: “Stop the Kit-napping”

El Paso Animal Services is rolling out a new education campaign this kitten season, all in an effort to save more lives and prevent potentially fatal “kit-nappings.”

Kitnapping is when kittens are prematurely separated from their mother who is their main source of health. This often happens when residents find a litter of kittens and immediately take them away. While many would likely respond in this similar matter, thinking they are helping, they are more than likely causing more harm than good, since mother cats provide their kittens the best chance at survival.

Since 2018, more than 10,000 vulnerable kittens have entered the Animal Services Center. Of these thousands, more than 1,300 died. This tragic loss of life is largely due to kittens failing to thrive, a result of not being provided full immunity and care that a mother cat offers.

Animal Services is addressing this issue through a social campaign aimed at educating and empowering residents to “Stop the Kitnapping.”

This campaign has an online and street marketing component. Information on kitnapping, and what to do if you find kittens, will be shared on Animal Services’ social media platforms and on a special webpage.

In addition, Animal Services’ mascot CeCe the Cat will be making appearances throughout El Paso in high-traffic areas. The mascot will be joined by a street team that will share quick facts with passerby’s, informing them about kitnapping and encouraging them to be involved in El Paso’s lifesaving mission.

The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of kittens entering the shelter and the number of kittens that died in 2019 by ten percent.

To learn more about Animal Services and the Stop the Kitnapping campaign, visit savethekittensEP.com or follow their Facebook or Twitter pages.

EPFD, Animal Services reveal 2020 Firefighters and Furry Friends Calendar

On Friday, the El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Animal Services announced the arrival of the 2020 edition of the “Firefighters and Furry Friends” calendar.

The community can purchase their copies of this joint-department calendar at the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson, or at the Fire Department Headquarters located at 416 N. Stanton (2nd floor).

The Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar is just $10 and includes two free pet adoption vouchers, along with a pet fire-safety sign for the window of the purchaser’s home.

The project began in 2016 as a collaboration between El Paso Animal Services, the El Paso Fire Department, the International Association of Fire Fighters-Local 51, the City Manager’s Office and the Snaps for Shelters organization.

This is now the fourth year the departments have created the Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar, which helps raise awareness for the thousands of homeless animals that come into Animal Services each year.

Proceeds of the calendar will support El Paso Animal Services’ efforts to continue offering low-cost adoptions and services.

To view a sample of the 2020 Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar, visit the Animal Services’ Facebook page.

Animal Services Campaign calling for 400 Adoptions in two weeks

El Paso Animal Services officials are hoping for some holiday cheer to be shared with their many shelter pets, as the department hosts a “Hope for the Homeless” adoption campaign.

The goal of this effort is to adopt 400 homeless animals during the first two weeks of the month, December 1 through December 14.

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

The Animal Services Center has recently seen a small decrease in its population, but despite the change in capacity, the facility continues to see a large number of animals coming through the doors.

The “Hope for the Homeless” campaign will not only focus on adoptions, but will also include a series of insightful social media posts that will provide the public a look at the number of animals that enter and leave a facility during the same two week period.

The community is not only encouraged to adopt a shelter pet this month, but Animal Services is also encouraging residents to follow the Hope for the Homeless campaign on Animal Services’ social media pages at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

WHO:     El Paso Animal Service

WHAT:   “Hope for the Homeless” adoption campaign featuring FREE adoptions on all shelter pets

WHEN:   December 1 through December 14

WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson

              Mission Valley Adoption Center – 9068 Socorro Rd.

Animal Services opens Adoption Center in Mission Valley as shelter remains full

El Paso Animal Services officials announced Tuesday that they have revamped an empty community center into a new satellite adoption center the will help create new opportunities for great shelter pets.

The Mission Valley Adoption Center is located at 9068 Socorro Road and will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The center will be closed on Mondays.

All adoptions at this new facility will be free and will include the animal’s spay/neuter procedure, initial age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and City license.

As for the Animal Services Center on Fred Wilson Drive, it is currently at capacity as the department continues to experience high animal intake.

The new Mission Valley Adoption Center will help alleviate some housing space at the Animal Services Center but the department is still calling for support from the community to help reduce the numbers of pets currently under Animal Services’ care. The best way the community can help is by adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating.

ADOPT

Pets will be available for adoption at the Mission Valley Adoption Center between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and adoption fees will be waived.

FOSTER

For those not looking to adopt at this time, fostering a pet is a 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 Animal Services Center.

To learn more about our foster program,  click here.

VOLUNTEER

To help care for pets both at the Animal Services Center and at the new Mission Valley Adoption Center, the department is putting out a call for volunteers to assist with walking dogs. Volunteers 18 years or older can learn more about how to get started by emailing epasvolunteer@elpasotexas.gov

DONATE

Another way to support the shelter’s lifesaving efforts is to donate much-needed items for the offsite shelter:

·         Stainless Steel Bowls

·         Canned Dog Food

·         Towels and Blankets (new or gently used)

·         Dog Treats and Harnesses

Animal Services hosts third-annual Veterans’ Day adoption event

This Friday through Monday, Animal Services will be holding a “Pets for Vets” adoption event, featuring free pet adoptions for all veterans, active military, first responders and their families.

This Veterans’ Day event aims at connecting families with great shelter pets, while also honoring the service of the brave men and women in our community.

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

WHO: El Paso Animal Services

WHAT: “Pets for Vets” adoption special, featuring free adoptions for veterans, active military, first responders and their families

WHEN: Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fri – Sun)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mon)

WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue

Community asked to help name new Animal Services Mascot

Another cute and cuddly dog has entered the El Paso Animal Services Center, but this one is not a lost or stray pup.

Department officials announced late Tuesday that they have a new mascot that will soon join them in educating the community on animal welfare topics and all the services provided by Animal Services. There is just one thing this pup needs; a name.

Animal Services is currently asking the community to help them choose between three names: Franklin, Sunny, and Wilson.

To cast a vote, residents can visit the El Paso Animal Services Facebook page, where there is a link to the poll. Voting will end on September 16.

The name of the new mascot, and the mascot itself, will be unveiled at a special “Mutts & Mascots” adoption event on Saturday, September 21.

The event will feature $1 adoptions for all Animal Services pets, along with several mascot presentations to include the microchipping and vaccination of our new mascot, and a dance contest.

For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit them online or in person at 5001 Fred Wilson.

Animal Services to host series of “We Will” Rallies as community nears ‘No-Kill’ Goal

El Paso Animal Services has seen many changes these last several years as it nears closer toward its goal of becoming a no-kill community.

To that end, Animal Services is hosting a series of “We Will Save More Pets” rallies during the next four months that will provide attendees with an in-depth overview of the department.

“The department wants residents to continue to be part of its success, and is inviting the public to learn more about Animal Services’ lifesaving efforts, including how the department is working with the community to save more pets,” officials shared via a news release.

Participants will learn all about the work being done inside the shelter, and out in neighborhoods.

In addition, a tour of the Animal Services Center will help residents learn about each Animal Services program aimed at helping pets and their owners.

MEETING DATES (6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.)

  • September 19, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • December 5, 2019

Participants must RSVP to attend. To sign-up for one the four meetings, email Animal Services at epasoutreach@elpasotexas.gov along with your preferred date that you would like to attend.

Space is limited, and slots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

City departments create new community tool aimed at helping residents find lost pets

Animal Services and the Department of Information Technology have recently come together to create a unique community tool aimed at helping lost pets find their way home.

The Interactive Pet Finder Map lists the location of found and lost pets on an easy-to-use webpage and mobile EP311 app.

The new resource is expected to increase the number of pets reclaimed by their owners, while also preventing the need for pets to be taken to the shelter before being reunited.

“Every nose counts, especially as El Paso gets closer to becoming a ‘no-kill’ community,” said Paula Powell, Animal Services Director. “By keeping pets in their homes and out of the shelter, we will be able to better manage our current shelter population, which will result in more lives being saved.”

The Pet Finder Map will display where shelter animals were found in each area of the city, making it easy for residents to navigate a search of their lost pet.

In addition, owners who file a lost pet report by calling 311 will have their pets posted on the map as well. The dual function of the map will help both owners and finders on their efforts to reconnect lost pets.

“We are proud to know that the Pet Finder Map will be helping residents who are helping animals,” said Enrique Martinez, Information Technology Director.

“Animal Services presented us with this idea, and through our collaboration, we were able to design and bring this idea to fruition.”

The Pet Finder Map can be found on the Animal Services webpage or on the EP311 app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices.

Video+Story: 180+ Pets entered Animal Services Center in Last 48 Hours

The July Fourth holiday is historically one of the busiest times for El Paso Animal Services, and this year is no different.

From July 3 to the morning of July 5, 188 animals entered the Animal Services Center; many found roaming the streets during and after the holiday festivities. As a result of the high intake, the department is asking the community to help them alleviate the crowded kennels of the shelter.

The recent influx in intake has even resulted in Animal Services planning for an emergency shelter located at 9060 Socorro Road.

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 July.

Waived fees do not include quarantine animals. Fees still apply for licensing services ($12.50). In addition, the Center will stay open later for pet reclaims and adoptions only, July 5 through July 12.

“Oftentimes when a pet wanders away, they did not walk too far from their home. With this in mind, we encourage the public to help us reconnect these lost pets with their owners. During this time, a finder should take photos and create flyers, posting them around their neighborhood and online,” Animal Service officials shared via an email release.  ”

El Paso has several Facebook community pages solely for lost and found pets, and we suggest placing found and lost pet information on each one of these Facebook pages.”

Finders should also remember that all El Paso fire stations are now equipped with microchip readers. This provides residents an easy way to scan a lost pet for a microchip, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Becoming a “no-kill” city is definitely a community effort, and the department encourages the entire El Paso region to lend a helping hand by assisting Animal Services by volunteering at the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson and at the emergency shelter.

For residents wanting to help, fostering is an effective way of clearing the kennels during the peak intake season. Being a foster is completely free and Animal Services provides all the food, supplies, and veterinarian care. Fosters are typically asked to care for an animal for a period of two-to-six weeks.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.elpasoanimalservices.org for details.

Video+Story: City, County announce enhanced partnership to improve pet services

On Thursday morning, the City and County of El Paso announced their renewed partnership to provide lifesaving programs and services to pets in the region.

“As the City and County continue to find ways to create solutions to matters that affect the entire El Paso Community, I am encouraged by our current efforts to address animal welfare and service issues,” said El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.

“We have much work ahead, however, I am optimistic that working together with the City of El Paso, local law enforcement and the rural municipalities, we will reach some tangible successes for the benefit of our residents and animals alike.”

During the news conference, held in Horizon City prior to a free microchip event, officials shared their hopes that “through this collaboration, the organizations hope to develop enhanced opportunities for the entire El Paso community that will create a robust network of those who deliver services, policy-makers, animal welfare groups and residents alike.”

“Great things happen when two organizations come together as one community to solve issues,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “With the City and County maximizing their resources, this partnership is going to prove to be successful in saving the lives of thousands of pets.”

The goal is to improve outcomes for the animals, lower euthanasia and died in care rates, promote the health and wellness of pets, and create solutions for shelter capacity and pet overpopulation.

Via a news release, the two groups added:

As the leaders in animal welfare, the City and County are committed to working together by sharing resources and knowledge that will empower pet owners, while creating a lifesaving culture in our region. This will be done through policies and programs such as the Community Cat Program, the Foster Program, and the practice of returning lost pets to owners, which prevents animals from entering an already crowded shelter and gives Animal Welfare Officers a chance to educate pet owners. Other ways the two organizations will work together is by co-hosting free microchip events along with low-cost vaccine clinics.

Animal Services calls for community’s assistance: Adopters, Fosters, and Donations Needed

On Tuesday afternoon, officials with the El Paso Animal Services sent out their version of an SOS – Support Our Shelter.

The Support Our Shelter call to the community, means asking for help to clear the shelter.

“In an effort to continue the City of El Paso’s goal of becoming a “no-kill” facility, Animal Services is asking the borderland community to adopt, foster, donate, and/or reconnect with their lost pets,” officials shared via a news release.

The Animal Services Center is currently housing a large kitten population along with a substantial dog population. With the help of the community, Animal Services will be able to decrease their population during the peak months.

On Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, adoption fees will be $1 as part of Animal Services’ “Dollar Pet Adoption Event.” Adoption hours will be extend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. Animal Services is hopeful that the reduced fees will result in more than a hundred animals being adopted.

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 for the remainder of May and 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. 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.

For those looking to support Animal Services’ 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

If you are unable to drop-off donations in person, but still want to help, you can always purchase and donate items through our Amazon Wish List.

And while no one ever wants to lose a pet, 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 in 2020.

For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit us online, or visit us in person at the Animal Services Center, located 5001 Fred Wilson.

Animal Services Hosts Cinco de Mayo Free Adoption Fiesta

El Paso Animal Services is celebrating its fourth annual Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta with free pet adoptions on all shelter pets.

The Fiesta will take place this weekend, Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.

“The Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta is always one of Animal Services’ most successful events, with hundreds of shelter pets finding their forever homes in previous years,” officials shared via an email.

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

“We are encouraging the community to take advantage of the waived adoption fees this weekend as the kennels at the Center are beginning to fill up…spring and summer are the busy months for Animal Services as intake increases during this warmer period,” officials added.

Opportunities for community member involvement is encouraged as well, as residents can get involved by adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating, as well as ensuring all owned pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations, have a microchip and are spayed or neutered.

For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit us online online or in person at 5001 Fred Wilson.

WHO:          El Paso Animal Services     

WHAT:        Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta featuring free pet adoptions

WHEN:        Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5  |    11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:      Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson

Video+Story: Petco Foundation Awards Animal Services $500K Grant for First-of-its-Kind Facility

El Paso will soon be home to an innovative education and adoption facility thanks to a generous donation from the Petco Foundation.

The national nonprofit recently awarded El Paso Animal Services with a $500,000 grant that will help bring life to the Cats at the Zoo (CATZ) exhibit, which will bring adoptable cats and kittens to the El Paso Zoo.

This first-of-its-kind facility will be made possible through a partnership between El Paso Animal Services, the El Paso Zoo and the Petco Foundation.

The exhibit will be the first in the nation that partners a zoo with its local municipal shelter to provide a hands-on experience for zoo guests. In addition to the unique zoo experience, every cat in the exhibit will also be up for adoption.

“We’re proud to partner with El Paso Animal Services. We believe that helping pets live their best lives possible begins with creating lifesaving communities across the country, and our love for animals is why we seek to partner with organizations that share our commitment to creating a lifesaving nation,” said Petco Foundation President Susanne Kogut.

The goal of this project is to provide the more than 350 thousand annual zoo visitors with an opportunity to interact with animals, while also providing these adoptable pets with more opportunities to find their permanent home.

This partnership will also help increase awareness for animals in the El Paso region, which is key as the City moves closer toward its goal of saving 90 percent or more of the animals that enter the El Paso Animal Services Center each year.

“We are very appreciative to the Petco Foundation for this generous gift and are excited for the opportunities that this unique project will bring to El Paso.” said El Paso Animal Services Director Paula Powell.  “With great partners like the Petco Foundation we will save more lives and do it in style at the El Paso Zoo.”

Animal Services Achieves 90% Save-Rate in February; Will Celebrate with ‘Adoption Specials’ this Weekend

On Tuesday, officials with El Paso Animal Services announced their team had achieved a third month of reaching a 90% or higher live-release rate as they near their no-kill goal.

“After years of hard work from Animal Services staff, volunteers, and partners, the department is happy to announce that in February more than 90% of the animals that entered the shelter had a positive outcome for the third month,” officials shared via an email. “This is a positive indication that the department is well on its way of reaching their no-kill goal of having a yearly live-release average of 90% or more by 2020.”

To celebrate the save rate, the department is hosting a “90 by 2020” adoption event, starting Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10 where adoptions will be free for the first 90 pets, and just $9 for every pet thereafter.

Animal Services wants to remind the community that their involvement is important, especially with the upcoming challenges that the spring and summer months will bring.

“To support the City’s no-kill goal, the community can get involved by adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating, as well as ensuring all owned pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations, have a microchip and are spayed or neutered,” officials added.

WHO:             El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:           “90 by 2020” Adoption Special featuring free adoptions for the first 90 pets. Every pet adopted after will have their adoption fee reduced to $9.

WHEN:           Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10    |   11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:         Animal Services Center  |   5001 Fred Wilson

Animal Services Moves Pets to Offsite Shelter Due to Extreme Weather

Due to inclement weather, the Department of Animal Services has closed down the outdoor kennels located at the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson, and has moved dogs to a temporary offsite shelter at Sunrise Park (3800 Sunrise Ave).

The Animal Services Center is currently housing a large animal population as the department continues to experience a longer-than-usual peak season, and space remains limited for incoming animals.

The offsite shelter will be used as a temporary housing facility for dogs during the next week, while temperatures remain below freezing overnight.

Additionally, Animal Services officials say, “In an effort to continue our goal of becoming a “no-kill” shelter, the department is calling for support from the community to adopt, foster, volunteer and donate.”

ADOPT

Pets will be available for adoption at the Sunrise Park Shelter between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Saturday, January 5, and adoption fees for all large dogs over 6 months old will be waived. The Sunrise Park Shelter will observe holiday hours on December 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be closed on January 1.

FOSTER

For those not looking to adopt at this time, fostering a pet is a 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. To learn more about our foster program, click here.

VOLUNTEER

To help care for pets both at the Animal Services Center and at the temporary offsite shelter, the Department is putting out a call for volunteers to assist with walking dogs. Volunteers 18 years or older can learn more about how to get started by emailing epasvolunteer@elpasotexas.gov.

DONATE

Another way to support the shelter’s lifesaving efforts is to donate much-needed items for the offsite shelter:

  • Stainless Steel Bowls
  • Wire Crates
  • Towels and Blankets (new or gently used)
  • Dog Treats

Animal Services is hopeful that with help from the community, the center will reduce the animal population and find forever homes for the hundreds of pets in our care. For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit the website.

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