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Audio+Gallery+Story: MuttLove Helping Animal Services Reach “No Kill” Goal

There was a time in my life that I worked in property management. It was a part-time job that allowed me to pursue my writing and photography.

It was a good job with a couple of very troubling aspects to it. One of them was the number of pets that were abandoned each month.

The property I managed had a high turn-over rate. Some individuals were in the military and had received transfer orders, there were families that were moving to other states, and people who thought that cute little puppy would not grow to be so big.

In the end, a lot of these animals, dogs and cats, were left behind, or simply dumped off somewhere. It was sad.

I began remembering all of this when I was talking to a friend of mine in Oregon. She told me that half of her complex emptied due to families being transferred to other parts of the country or world. Within the space of a couple of weeks, she had seventy-two dogs, and eleven cats that were left behind – more than a few left in the apartment unit with no food or water!

Nationally there are about 7.6 million pets that enter animal shelters each year. Of that number, almost 2.7 million of them are put down.

That is a staggering number.

In El Paso, the El Paso Humane Society is working with groups like MuttLove Dog Rescue in hopes of making El Paso’s shelter a no-kill animal shelter.

I recently sat down with Mary Mackay, the Vice President of MuttLove and Ramon Herrera of Animal Services.

“MuttLove Dog Rescue,” says Mary, “what we try to do is rescue as many dogs as we can to try to help El Paso get to no kill.”

To be considered a no-kill animal shelter they must have a 90%+ live release rate. What this means is that 90% of all the animals that come into the shelter are either reunited with the families that lost them or are found new homes.

“We pull out some of the really hard medical cases that they would otherwise have to put down,” says Mary.

They way MuttLove works is very simple. They take in dogs, for the most part from Animal Services. Their owners may surrender others or come from the Sheriff’s Office.

“When we get them from animal services,” said Mary, “they usually call us or send us a text message begging us to take a dog.” These are dogs that need serious medical care, like Ludwik.

Ludwik is a pit bull that was hit by a car. His injuries are so severe that he will not have the use of one front and one back leg. Were it not for Animal Services calling MuttLove Dog Rescue; he would have been put down without a second chance at life.

“A lot of times,” Mary says, talking of the dogs they do take in, “will spend a couple of days hospitalized before we even have a chance to do anything else with them.”

From there, they are taken from the vet, placed into foster care and nursed back to health. Once the dog is healthy and ready, they then begin to find a home for the dog they took in.

“When you have a community where dogs are just put down, wandering the streets, people don’t care, it gives the community a different attitude,” said Mary Mackay of MuttLove. “But when we start taking better care of the stray dogs, when people start taking better care of their dogs, and the community as a whole becomes a stronger community.”

“MuttLove is one of the many rescues that we have here in town,” says Ramon Herrera of Animal Services. “MuttLove is a little bit specific of what they like to transfer out of our shelter. They don’t shy away from some of the difficult cases: those animals that might be hit by a car may have to have a leg amputated. Or, an animal that may be recovering from something very curable like parvo.”

Ramon said that if it were not for MuttLove, many the animals they have pulled from the shelter would have made their euthanasia list. He does speak highly of what MuttLove has done for them, the community and animals across the El Paso.

This is where MuttLove Dog Rescue needs the communities help. It’s not easy, rescuing some of these animals. Many of them do need medical attention, and MuttLove pays for those services.

“We are kind of in debt right now, with the vet,” says Mary of MuttLove. “We’ve pretty much almost completely stop intake until we get that straightened out. We still have a lot of medical expenses for the dogs we have not, so it never stops.”

What MuttLove is seeking is anyone who can help them with fundraising. Someone to help coordinate the inns and outs of what it takes to raise the $12,000 needed to get out of debt and begin giving that second chance to animals that would otherwise be put down.

Mary Mackay said there are other ways you can help MuttLove Dog Rescue. If you are willing to foster a dog in need, you are asked to send them a message via Facebook  or call them at 915-308-4364. You can also choose to donate to them directly via PayPal. 

Another option to help support them is to buy Scentsy. Nancy Gomez, of El Paso’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is giving up to 40% of each item sold directly to MuttLove Dog Rescue.

Why not take a moment and help MuttLove out? Foster a dog in need, make a direct donation, or purchase a product that will help support them and their work.

Connect with MuttLove on Facebook  or on their webpage.
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Animal Services, Community Partners Host Superhero-Themed Event Featuring Free Adoptions

It’s a life-saving duo – a team-up of heroes and pets – meant to match willing El Paso families with their new furry family member.

El Paso Animal Services is teaming up with Operation H.O.P.E, and KFOX’s Pet Pals to encourage the community to “Be A Hero, Save A Life” by coming out and adopting a shelter pet.

The Department will be waiving all adoption fees on July 14 during this one-day event in order to find forever homes for the hundreds of cats and dogs at the shelter. Operation H.O.P.E’s superheroes will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take photos with the “heroes” that come and adopt a pet that day.

Adopting a furry sidekick will be at no cost, and will include their spay/neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations and city license.

While fees will be waived, donations of food, treats, blankets and towels are welcomed. Shelter pets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHO:             El Paso Animal Services & Operation H.O.P.E

WHAT:           “Be A Hero, Save A Life” adoption event with free adoptions on all Animal Services’ animals. Pets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo opportunity with heroes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHEN:           Saturday, July 14, 2018  |   11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:         El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson Ave.

Animal Services Holding “Certified Cat Sale;” Free Cat Adoptions Entire Month of June

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and El Paso Animal Services is celebrating by hosting the largest “Certified Cat Sale” in the southwest.

During the entire month of June, all cats available for adoption will have their adoption fees completely waived.  Each free cat adoption includes the animal’s spay/neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and City license.

The “Certified Cat Sale” ends on Saturday, June 30.

WHO:           El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:         Certified Cat Sale in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Free cat adoptions during the entire month of June.

WHEN:         All month long, ending on Saturday, June 30.

WHERE:       El Paso Animal Services Center  |  5001 Fred Wilson  |   11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Animal Services, Humane Society Send Out an SOS, Call for Community’s Support

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.

ADOPT

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.

FOSTER

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.

DONATE

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.

Animal Services Rolls Out ‘Dollar Dog Day’ on Thursday

El Paso Animal Services is once again inviting the community to find their new furry friend during the “Dollar Dog Day” adoption special.

All dog adoptions will be reduced to just $1 this Thursday, May 24 only.

The Animal Services Center is currently in its peak intake season, and the department is hoping this adoption special will spark new interest from potential adopters.

In addition to the reduced fees, Animal Services will be keeping its Adoption Office open until 7 p.m. in order to give families more time to find and adopt a new friend.

WHO:          El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:         “Dollar Dog Day” special featuring $1 dog adoptions

WHERE:      Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson

WHEN:        This Thursday, May 24  |  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours)

Animal Services Announces ‘Dollar Dog Day’ for Friday

El Paso Animal Services invites the community to find their new furry friend during the “Dollar Dog Day” adoption special. All dog adoptions will be reduced to just $1 this Friday, April 27 only.

The peak season has begun at the Animal Services Center, and the department is hoping this adoption special will spark new interest from potential adopters as the Center is beginning to increase in capacity.

In addition to the reduced fees, Animal Services will be keeping its Adoption Office open until 8 p.m. in order to give families more time to find and adopt their new friend. This will be the first time ever that the Center will extend their adoption hours through the evening.

WHO: El Paso Animal Services

WHAT: “Dollar Dog Day” adoption special featuring $1 dog adoptions

WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson, El Paso, TX 79906

WHEN: This Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (extended hours)

Animal Services to Host Adoption Event for Larger Pups

El Paso Animal Services is full with large and lovable pups, and in an effort to find as many forever homes as possible, adoptions will be reduced for all dogs over 20 pounds as part of the “I Like Big Mutts” adoption event.

Starting Saturday, April 14, El Paso Animal Services will be offering free adoptions for the first 90 pets for all large-breed dogs over 20 pounds.

Adoptions will continue to be reduced to just $10 after the first 90 through Sunday, April 22.

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

WHO:           El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:         I Like Big Mutts adoption event featuring free adoptions for all dogs 20 pounds and over for the first 90 pets and $10 adoptions thereafter.

WHEN:         Starting Saturday, April 14 ending Sunday, April 22.

WHERE:       El Paso Animal Services Center  |  5001 Fred Wilson  |  11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Animal Services Pets to Take First-Ever “Rescue Flight”

Early Friday morning, more than 70 shelter pets from El Paso Animal Services will take to the skies as part of the department’s first-ever, large-scale transport flight.

These animals will be flown to new cities that are in need of lovable shelter pets. This transport flight comes at a crucial time as the shelter begins its peak intake season.

This life-saving event is made possible through a collaboration of partners to include: Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Freekibble, Humane Society of Tulsa, Humane Society of the United States, and Sierra West Airlines.

If members of the community would like to donate to Wings of Rescue to help fund this El Paso flight and others, they can do so online.

Animal Services to Host “Lucky in Love” Special for Valentine’s Day

The Department of Animal Services invites the community to find their furry Valentine during their special “Lucky in Love” adoption promotion.

All pet adoptions will be reduced to $7 starting February 14 through February 17 in hopes of creating love connections between pets and families.

Animal Services will be kicking off this promotion with a special lunch-time Valentine’s Day (February 14) event scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Animal Services Shelter located 5001 Fred Wilson.

During this “Lucky in Love” event, visitors will be able to participate in doggy “speed dating” in our play yard, get a kiss from a special shelter pup at the El Paso Animal Shelter Foundation kissing booth, and help give pupcakes to our shelter pets as part of their daily enrichment.

In addition to these activities, shelter staff will also be available to talk about programs and opportunities on how to get involved with the City’s “90 by 2020” mission of being a no-kill community.

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

WHO: El Paso Animal Services in partnership with the El Paso Animal Shelter Foundation

WHAT: “Lucky in Love” adoption special featuring $7 pet adoptions, February 14 – February 17.

“Lucky in Love” kickoff event featuring doggy “speed dating”, the EPASF kissing booth and pupcake enrichment. These kickoff event activities are scheduled for February 14 only.

WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Shelter – 5001 Fred Wilson, El Paso, TX 79906

WHEN: “Lucky in Love” adoption special w/ $7 adoptions: Wednesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 17

Animal Services Receives Rachael Ray ‘Save Them All Grant’ to Offer No-Cost Spay/Neuters

El Paso Animal Services announced Wednesday that the department has received a Rachael Ray ‘Save Them All’ grant from national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society to conduct targeted spay/neuter surgeries, helping to reduce the number of animals entering the Animal Services Shelter.

Animal Services officials say they are “an active partner in the Best Friends Network, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities. Best Friends has lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country.”

Animal Services’ goal is to perform 400 spay/neuter operations over the next several months. The services will be provided to residents that live in the 79907, 79915, 79924, and 79927 zip codes.

These areas were selected due to the high number of animals that enter the shelter each year from these specific zip codes.  A valid I.D. or a current utility bill is required to show proof of residence.

Residents from other zip codes may also qualify for the services but must show proof of government assistance (ex. Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, WIC, CHIP, TANF, etc.).

To sign up for the services, residents will need to visit the Animal Services Shelter between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 5001 Fred Wilson.

Once signed up, Animal Services will schedule animals for their surgery that will take place at Animal Services’ Socorro Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Animal Services, EPFD Team Up: Free Pet Adoptions at Neighborhood Fire Stations

The Department of Animal Services and the El Paso Fire Department (EPFD) are teaming up to host several community fire station adoption events.

This partnership allows Animal Services to expand its adoption efforts by bringing adoptable pets straight to the community by co-hosting events with EPFD at neighborhood fire stations.

During these November fire station events, adoptions will be free on a first come, first served basis. There will be a limited number of pets available.

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

November 7: Fire Station 24 (East El Paso)  |  1498 Lomaland Drive  |  3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 10: Fire Station 5 (Central)  |  400 Revere Street |   3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 18: Fire Station 15 (Upper Valley)  |  115 Shorty Lane  |  Noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit Animal Services online or contact us at (915) 212-PAWS.

Animal Services Hosts “Flash Fall Sale” as Shelter Reaches Capacity

With Animal Services reaching its capacity as of Monday evening with more than 500 animals at the shelter, the department is holding a “Flash Fall Sale” to help place loving pets in great homes.

Starting Tuesday, October 24, through Monday, October 30, adoption fees for all shelter pets will be reduced to just $5, or free with the donation of any of the items listed below.

In order to reduce the shelter population, Animal Services will reduce adoption fees whenever the facility is at capacity in hopes of adopting many of the animals currently in their care.

While this practice happens often during the busy summer months, there are also other times of the year where the population will increase over 500, prompting a reduced adoption fee event.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Dog and cat toys
  • Towels and blankets (new or used)
  • Dog and puppy food
  • Cat and kitten food
  • Wire kennels
  • Plastic carriers

In addition to the animals already being spayed or neutered, all adopted pets will also have their age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, and City license.

WHAT:   “Flash Fall Sale” adoption special, adoption fees reduced to $5, or free with donation (flyer attached)

 WHEN:   Tuesday, October 24 – Monday, October 30

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

Animal Services Offering Free Adoptions Saturday with “Rock the Shelter” Event

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Department of Animal Services will be offering free adoptions for all its shelter pets.

Animal Services is committed to saving as many lives as possible by clearing its kennels through reduced-fee adoptions, and is encouraging the community to come out and adopt.

Hundreds of pets are at the shelter waiting to go to their forever homes, and you can adopt a new furry friend at no cost. All adopted pets will have their spay/neuter procedure, initial age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and City license included in the free adoption.

Shelter pets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHO:          El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHEN:         Saturday, September 30, 2017  |  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

For more information, visit Animal Services Website or visit in person at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue.

Video: El Paso Animal Services Pawcast for September 2017

In this edition of the El Paso Animal Services Pawcast, host Ramon Herrera shows you how staff wert able to adopt more than 200 pets in one day.

Also, we have a great sport themed adoption special this month aimed at connecting families with new huddle buddies.

Parks and Rec Department Hosts Doggie Day Swimming at Outdoor City Pool

The El Paso Parks and Recreation Department invites dog owners and their pets to the annual Doggie Swimming Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, at Nations Tobin Pool located at 8831 Railroad Dr.

The 9th annual event gives dogs the opportunity to go swimming in the outdoor pool before the pool shuts down for the winter. The Parks and Recreation Department is also planning several dog-friendly activities during the event.

Admission is $2 per dog (pet owners free). Pet owners must bring a paper copy of their dog’s shot records in order to participate in the event. Dogs that only have collar tags will not be allowed to participate. All shot records must show current rabies, distemper and parvo information.

In addition, the City of El Paso Animal Services Department and the Animal Rescue League will provide pet adoptions at the location.

Animals Services will also provide free microchip checks to help owners update the contact information on their pet’s microchips.

For more information, call El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 212-0397 or visit their website.

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