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Animal Services announces additional sign-up dates for No-Cost Spay/Neuters

On Thursday, officials with El Paso Animal Services announced additional registration dates for their spay/neuter voucher program, which is made possible through a generous grant from PetSmart Charities.

“The goal of the grant-funded voucher program is to conduct targeted spay/neuter surgeries, helping to reduce the number of animals entering the Animal Services Center,” officials shared. “The $75,000 grant allows Animal Services to offer a limited amount of no-cost spay/neuter procedures to owned pets over the next several months.”

The services will be provided to residents receiving government assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

To qualify and sign up for the services, residents will need to bring their current award letter (ex. Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, WIC, CHIP, TANF) to the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson.

The address on the pet owner’s valid photo I.D. and the award letter name and address must match.

Pet owners can only register during the dates and times below and will need to provide an accurate weight and age for their pet.

 

Friday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PET REQUIREMENTS

·         Dogs ONLY

·         Males: 3 months to 5 years old, 3 lbs. to 75 lbs.

·         Females: 3 months to 4 years old, 3 lbs. to 50 lbs.

·         No Unilateral Cryptorchids (dogs with undescended testicles)

·         No high-risk surgeries (aggressive, overweight, sick, females in heat, pregnant, lactating, and senior dogs)

Animal Services hosting free Holiday Photos with Sunny “Santa Paws”

El Paso Animal Services will be holding a special holiday photo event with “Santa Paws” this weekend.

On Saturday, December 7th, Animal Services will be dressing their mascot Sunny as Santa, and will be taking free photos from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for guests who visit the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson.

The public will be able to download their photos from the El Paso Animal Services Facebook page, or visitors can take their own photos with their phones or cameras.

Photos will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In addition to the photo fun, Animal Services is accepting any pet food donations for those who want to assist the department’s new pet food pantry. This program helps families in need who may be struggling to provide for their pets.

WHO:     El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:   Free Holiday Photos with Sunny “Santa Paws”

WHEN:   Saturday, December 7, 2019  |   10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

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 to assist pet owners through new food pantry

El Paso Animal Services has recently created a new Pet Commissary initiative aimed at assisting pet owners in need of food for their dogs or cats.

The food pantry is made possible through a $5,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund, a national animal welfare foundation.

“The Pet Commissary is one of the many ways Animal Services’ Pet Retention Program assists pet owners,” officials shared via email. “The program provides resources and educates the community in an effort to keep pets in their home rather than having owners relinquish them to the shelter.”

Pet Commissary Requirements:

To qualify for the Pet Commissary, applicants must submit proof of government assistance (ex. Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, WIC, CHIP, TANF, etc.), provide a copy of their ID with matching address, and the pet commissary application, which can be found online and at the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson.

Applications must be submitted in person at the Pet Retention Office or through email at pethelpline@elpasotexas.gov, subject heading: “Pet Commissary.”

Supplies are limited for this pet pantry and only one applicant per household is accepted. This initiative is another life-saving opportunity to help our community and keep pets out of the shelter thanks to our partners at Maddie’s Fund.

For residents interested in supporting El Paso Animal Services and its lifesaving efforts, the department is also accepting in-kind donations of food and pet supplies.

Donations support various initiatives to include the foster program, enrichment program, pet commissary and also provides extra comfort to shelter pets currently in our care.

Donations can be made at the Animal Services Center during normal business hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information on the programs and services provided by El Paso Animal Services, visit them online for details.

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.

Animal Services to “Clear the Shelters” this Saturday with Free Pet Adoptions

El Paso Animal Services will again take part in the national “Clear the Shelters” adoption campaign on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

During this event, Animal Services will provide free pet adoptions for all of its shelter pets.

“The department is committed to saving as many lives as possible this year by extending its adoption hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow adopters enough time to take part in this popular adoption event,” officials said via a news release.

Officials share that last year’s “Clear the Shelters” event spurred over 270 adoptions, and this year, El Paso Animal Services hopes to find 300 or more forever homes.

This year’s event will also feature food trucks and pet-related vendors. In addition, free adoption goodie bags will be given to the first 50 families that adopt, courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Though adoptions will be free, donations of blankets, food, and kennels are welcomed. The public is encouraged to come early to the event as our shelter pets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHO:             El Paso Animal Services

WHEN:          Saturday, August 17, 2019   |   11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

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.

El Paso Fire Department, Animal Services team up to help reconnect lost pets

The El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Animal Services are collaborating once again to help keep pets in their home, and out of the animal shelter.

All 34 fire stations in El Paso now have the capability to assist residents who find a lost pet by scanning the animal for a microchip.

Animal Services and the Fire Department want the community to be aware of this helpful resource as the Fourth of July holiday nears, which historically marks the peak period for lost pets in the El Paso region.

Last year, more than 2,800 animals entered the Animal Services Center during the month of July.

This first-of-its-kind collaborative aims at quickly reconnecting lost pets with their owners, preventing the need to bring a lost animal to an already crowded shelter.

Animal Services provided each station with a microchip scanner, and the Fire Department trained their station personnel on how to properly scan for a chip.

With fire stations conveniently located in neighborhoods, residents now have the opportunity to easily scan a lost pet for a microchip 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, residents can also scan a pet at the Safety Health Outreach Center at 5415 Trowbridge, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A list of all fire station locations is below, and there is another at the EPFD website and click on the “About Us” tab.

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

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 to Provide 100 Free Microchips Saturday

El Paso Animal Services will be offering free microchips to the first 100 pets at the Parks & Recreation Pet Festival beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, February 23, at the Westside Community Park, located at 7400 High Ridge.

Animal Services officials share that they are “nearing their goal of having a 90% live-release rate of its pets in the facility, but despite this success, thousands of lost pets continue to enter the Animal Services Center every month.”

“When pet owners keep their pets in their homes, they are helping El Paso with its goal of becoming a “no-kill” community,” officials added.

For pets to receive a microchip, pet owners must bring a valid photo ID and have their pet(s) on a leash or in a crate.

Microchips will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Animal Services Animal Protection team will also be providing free microchip checks to pets that already have a microchip, to ensure microchips are updated with correct contact information.

Additional events will be held throughout the Spring. To find out when the next event, visit their website or follow them on social media.

WHO: El Paso Animal Services

WHAT: Free microchips provided to the first 100 pets to visit them at the Westside Community Park Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all microchips are administered) WHERE: Westside Community Park 7400 High Ridge

Animal Services “Home for the Pawlidays” Adoptions Starts Friday

On Thursday, officials with the El Paso Animal Services unveiled their “Home for the Pawlidays” adoption event.

Animal Services will be offering free adoptions on all of their shelter pets during this two-week special.

While adoption specials are offered year-round, Animal Services wants to remind the community, especially during the holidays, that adopting a pet is a life-long decision.

The department encourages those interested in adding a new member to the family, to visiting the shelter and adopt a pet together rather than gifting your family member an unexpected pet for the holidays.

The “Home for the Pawlidays” adoption special begins on Friday, December 7, and runs through Sunday, December 23. Shelter pets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Though fees will be waived, donations of blankets and wire crates are always welcomed.

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

WHO:          El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:        “Home for the Pawlidays” adoption event featuring free adoptions

WHEN:        Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 23

WHERE:      Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson (across Ft. Bliss cemetery)

Animal Services Offering Free Microchips to the First 100 Pets Sunday

This Sunday, El Paso Animal Services will be offering free microchips to the first 100 pets that visit them at Tierra Buena Park.

Each year, hundreds of pets go missing in far-east El Paso, and the Animal Services Animal Protection team is addressing this by providing families and pets with free microchips.

Pet owners must bring a valid photo ID, and pets are required to be on a leash.

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

Animal Services is nearing its goal of having a 90% live-release rate of its pets in the facility, but despite this success, a large number of lost pets continue to enter the Animal Services Center every month. When pet owners keep their pets in their homes, they are helping El Paso with its goal of becoming a “no-kill” community.

Additional microchip events will be held throughout the fall and winter months.

To find out when the next microchip event will be, ‘like’ Animal Services on Facebook.

WHO:          El Paso Animal Services – Animal Protection

WHAT:        Animal Protection team to provide free microchips to the first 100 pets to visit them at the Tierra Buena Dog Park.

WHEN:        Sunday, November 4, 2018 |  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:      Tierra Buena Park   |  12791 Pebble Hills Blvd.

A“Pep Rally for Pets” Event Features Free Adoptions, Cheer Performances

El Paso Animal Services is hosting the first “Pep Rally for Pets,” on Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The “Pep Rally for Pets” will close out the High School Adoption Challenge promotion, which began on September 10, where local high schools were encouraged to share, adopt and vote for their school to spur a friendly competition, and help find forever homes for as many shelter pets as possible.

Local high school students showed their school spirit by sharing the event with friends, family and teachers, and when members of the community came into adopt, adopters were given the opportunity to vote for the local high school of their choice.

The three-week-long High School Adoption Challenge will conclude at the end of the Pep Rally, where the Animal Services Team will tally up the voting ballots and will present the High School Adoption Challenge trophy to the winning school who had the most votes, or adoptions.

Animal Services officials add, “The “Pep Rally for Pets” will be fun for the whole family, and local cheer squads will perform to help encourage the spirit of adopting!”

Adoption fees will also be waived on all Animal Services’ animals, and all adoptions will include the pet’s spay/neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations and city license.

WHO:             El Paso Animal Services

WHAT:           “Pep Rally for Pets” adoption event with free adoptions on all Animal Services’ animals. Event will also feature performances from local cheer squads throughout the day.

WHEN:           Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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