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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.

Animal Services – Pet of the Week: Meet Amelia!

Looking for an adventure buddy? Come meet Amelia!

Amelia is a playful and energetic pup looking for someone that she can go hiking, biking, camping or simply just someone to play with in the park or backyard with.

If you’re outdoorsy and want company, Amelia is your girl—she’s up for any kind of adventure! Come meet this friendly girl in A 17, she’s ready to go home today for only $15 with her spay procedure, microchip, initial vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Amelia
AGE: 1 year old
ID: A36017998

Animal Services Offering Free Adoptions via “Clear the Shelters” Event Saturday

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, the Department of Animal Services will take part in the national “Clear the Shelters” adoption campaign by waiving adoptions fees for all its shelter pets.

Via a news release officials said, “Animal Services is committed to saving as many lives as possible by clearing its kennels through reduced-fee adoptions, though fees will be waived, donations of toys, food, and kennels are welcomed.”

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

During the last free adoption event, Animal Services adopted out 218 pets during the one-day event, shattering the department’s previous single-day adoption record.

The staff at Animal Services is looking to continue that success by setting a new adoption record this Saturday.

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

WHO:          El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHAT:         “Clear the Shelters” national adoption event with free adoptions on all Animal Services animals. Pets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN:         Saturday, August 19, 2017  |  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

 

City Appoints New Leadership for the Department of Animal Services

El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez announced the appointment of a new taskforce that will focus on the continued implementation of the shelter reform plan and the operational functions of the Department of Animal Services.

The taskforce comprised of five City staffers will be led by Paula Powell.

Powell has numerous years of operations experience and has been the catalyst for various Parks and Recreation Department improvements. Powell has been with the City of El Paso for more than 23 years and has been recognized for her leadership and management skills throughout the years.

Powell began her college career at the United States Military Academy and culminated her studies by earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Ms. Powell has been an asset to our organization for many years,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “She is a natural leader and brings a strong operational background that will help push the department toward “no-kill” status.”

The members of the taskforce include:

  • Paula Powell, Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation
  • Dr. Alana Canupp, Chief Veterinarian for Animal Services
  • Hugo Navarro, Operations Supervisor for Animal Services
  • Nicole Cote, Fiscal Operations Administrator for the El Paso Fire Department
  • Ramon Herrera, Lead Public Affairs Coordinator for Animal Services

Via a news release the city thanked Kurt Fenstermacher for his assistance with the initial implementation of the reform plan. His tenure as interim is greatly appreciated.

Fenstermacher will be returning to the Environmental Services Department, while Powell and the new taskforce started July 21.

Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Pups!

Are you looking for a good boy and a friend to always greet you at the door with a smile and a tail wag? Then Pups is the pup for you!

This sweet boy has been looking for his forever home for two months, and is just looking for the right family to cuddle and play with.

Pups is the perfect family dog and is great with kids, cats, dogs, and is sure to bring a little more light into your life! He’s ready to go home today and his adoption is only $15, which includes his neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations, city license and 30 days of free pet health insurance.

Come meet Pups at the shelter, and make this good boy a happy boy with a forever home!

NAME: Pups

AGE: 2 years old

ID: A34098367​

Video: Animal Services July PawCast

Host Ramon Herrera talks about another record-breaking month for Animal Services staff, a new event that helps owners reconnect with lost pets and how Animal Services snagged some help from a nationally-known foundation.

For more information about Animal Services and the wide range of services they provide, visit their facebook or webpage

Animal Services Prepares for Flood of Lost Pets due to July 4th Fireworks

Each year on July 5, the Department of Animal Services receives a large number of calls regarding pets that escaped from their families in a desperate attempt to flee after being frightened by fireworks.

The bright lights and noises made by the fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for animals.

In order to help Animal Services reconnect lost pets with their owners, the department is encouraging the public to update their pet’s microchip information. On Saturday (July 1) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Animal Services will be hosting a “Chip Check” microchip update drive, with additional staff on hand to help owners update their contact information on their pet’s microchips.

To update your information, please bring proper proof-of-ownership documentation, such as vaccine records, as well as a photo ID.  Please bring dogs on a leash and have cats contained.

Tips to help keep your pets safe and calm:

  • Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays
  • Keep pets indoors, close the curtains
  • Take pets outside on a leash to “do their business” prior to the fireworks starting
  • Turn on the radio or television to help mask outdoor noises
  • Keep a well-fitting (not tight) collar and identification/license on your pet; animals that are licensed, microchipped or that have ID tags have a better chance of being returned to their owners
  • If your pet is crate-trained, place it in its crate
  • If you have a new pet and you do not know how it will react to loud noises, stay with your pet
  • If you must be outside, keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times

Please note that the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The Shelter will resume normal business hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

Animal Services fees waived as Part of “Just One Day” Campaign

This Sunday, June 11, 2017, the El Paso Department of Animal Services will take part in the “Just One Day” campaign by suspending euthanasia and focusing shelter resources solely on adoptions.

Last year’s Just One Day adoption event was a success, with Animal Services adopting 180 animals during the single day campaign.

This national campaign asks that shelters nationwide refrain from euthanizing any of its savable animals for just one day on June 11. Animal Services is not only making this pledge, but will host a “No Kill, No Fee” adoption promotion on Sunday, waiving all adoption fees in order to save as many lives as possible.

Though fees will be waived, donations of canned kitten and puppy food are welcomed. Shelter pets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

WHO:          El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHAT:         Animal Services Shelter observes nationwide “Just One Day” campaign with “No Kill, No Fee” adoption promotion – all adoption fees waived on Sunday

WHEN:        Sunday, June 11  | 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

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Animal Service’s Pet of the Week: Meet Beckham

Chase it like Beckham! Meet Beckham, a playful and energetic German Shepherd mix. Beckham is an awesome pup who loves a great game of fetch—anytime, anywhere! He’s great with other dogs, cats and is an all-around sweet boy.

Give him a tennis ball, and he’s your new best friend! Will you give him the love and tennis balls he deserves? Come meet Beckham in C3 to make him a part of your family!

POW-BeckhamHe’s ready to go home today for only $15 with his neuter procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Beckham

AGE: 3 years

ID: A34504497

Free Spay/Neuter Vouchers Available for Low-Income Residents

The Department of Animal Services has received 100 vouchers for free spay/neuter procedures and is looking to help low-income families with pets in need of these services.

Residents interested in the voucher program must have a government issued ID and will need to show proof of enrollment in a financial assistance program (WIC, CHIP, SNAP, MEDICAID, or MEDICARE) or Social Security Income/Unemployment letter in order to qualify.

If a participant is approved, recipients will have to use the voucher within ten working days at any of the 2 designated sites listed below.

Department of Animal Services, Socorro Clinic located at 9060 Socorro Rd.

The Spay & Neuter Clinics of Texas, Dr. Snyder, located at 1160 Airway Blvd. Suite C1

If a voucher is not used in the allotted time, it will be voided and awarded to another household. The available vouchers are funded through state grant dollars.

The vouchers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be picked up Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue.

The efforts and services of the Animal Services Shelter support the City of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community. For more information, visit Animal Services or contact them at (915) 212-0299.

Animal Services – Pet of the Week: Meet Penny

Meet this lovely little lady, Penny!

Penny is just all around amazing—she’s a sweet girl who loves giving hugs, who loves to play and would love being your new best friend. She’s good with other dogs and is a real cuddiler—Penny would fit in with any kind of family!

POW-PennyCome meet this sweet girl in B1 and to give her a lifetime of love.

You can adopt Penny for only $15 and she’s ready to go home with her spay procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Penny

AGE: 2 years old

ID: A35384475

El Paso Animal Services Shelter5001 Fred Wilson Ave

Animal Services – Pet of the Week: Meet Beau

Meet this handsome fellow, Beau. He’s a sweet soul and a favorite companion of the volunteers at the shelter.

He loves to hang out with the other dogs in the park during playgroups, play with toys and go on long walks. His ideal new family is someone who loves the outdoors and would take him camping, hiking or on any new adventure.

POW-BeauHowever, he also is down to lounge on the couch with you and enjoy belly rubs—Beau is in for it all.

Come meet this gentle giant in A2 and give him the loving family he deserves. You can adopt Beau for only $15 and he’s ready to go home with his neuter procedure, microchip, vaccinations and city license.

NAME: Beau

SEX:  Male

AGE: 6 years old

BREED: French Mastiff Mix

ID: A34607955

Animal Services hosts Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta, Adoptions Reduced to $5

The Department of Animal Services is celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week by holding a Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta. The Fiesta will run Thursday, May 4 through Sunday May 7 and will feature discounted adoption fees of just $5 (including puppies).

This $5 adoption fee includes the animals spay/neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, and City license. In addition to the reduced fees, Animal Services will be hosting several food trucks and folklorico performance groups on Saturday, May 6.

This is not the first time Animal Services has held an adoption fiesta, last year the department adopted 291 animals during the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

WHO:             El Paso Department of Animal Services

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo Adoption Fiesta featuring $5 pet adoption fees (flyer attached)

WHEN: Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7Shelter Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:         El Paso Animal Services Shelter5001 Fred Wilson Ave.

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Animal Services Pet of the Week: Meet Pablo

Meet Pablo Picasso, he was nicknamed Picasso due to the way his snout twists, but it doesn’t bother him in any way.

Picasso is a sweet and happy pup, and though he’s a little shy right at first, he’s quick to crawl into your lap for some snuggle time.

He’s a big lover-boy, and even with his twisted mouth, he’s a happy, healthy doggy and loves to do typical doggy things. You can adopt Picasso for only $15 and his adoption includes his neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and city license.

POW-PicassoCome meet sweet Picasso in B3 and give him the chance at a happy, loving home.

NAME: Picasso

SEX:  Male

AGE: 5 years old

BREED: Pit Bull Mix

ID: A35084737

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