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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com
Another way to support the shelter’s lifesaving efforts is to donate much-needed items for the offsite shelter:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
Do you have a story you would like to share? Let me know, as I would love to tell it. You can reach me by calling/texting 915-201-0918. You can also email me at Steven@StillGoingSomewhere.com.
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.
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.