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Animal Services Hosts “90 by 2020” Adoption Special to Celebrate 91% Live-Release Rate

The Department of Animal Services is celebrating its record breaking 91.2% live-release rate for the month of February by hosting a “90 by 2020” adoption special this weekend.

Starting Friday, March 9, the first 90 pets to be adopted will be free. After the first 90 pets are adopted, every pet after will have their adoption fee reduced to just $9. This adoption event will run through Sunday, March 11.

After years of work by Animal Services staff, volunteers and partners, the department announced that more than 90% of the animals that entered the shelter in February 2018 had a positive outcome.

Via a news release, Animal Services officials said, “We would like to thank the community for their involvement in helping the department improve…with challenges brought on by the busier spring and summer months, Animal Services is encouraging those who support the City’s “no-kill” goal to be directly involved by adopting, fostering, volunteering, and/or donating. Through these types of activities the shelter’s live-release rate has increased from around 25% in 2013, to the record breaking save rates seen in recent months.”

Last month Animal Services had an average monthly live-release rate of 91.2%. This milestone month is a positive indication that the department is well on its way of reaching the goal, set out by City leaders, that Animal Services should have an average annual live-release rate of 90% or higher by 2020.

WHO: El Paso Animal Services

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

WHEN: Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11

WHERE: Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson

Animal Services Reform Plan Moves Forward; Will Become City Department

During Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, the El Paso City Council unanimously approved an amendment that would identify a community cats program in the city code. The implementation of a community cat program, also known as TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return, is a major component in Animal Services’ plan to move the City’s animal shelter to a live release rate of 90% by end of fiscal year 2020.

TNR has proven to be a humane and effective method in controlling the growth of a feral cat population in a community. The practice works by humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and then returned back to their habitat.

Since the cats are no longer reproducing, the cat population will gradually diminish in size. By reducing or eliminating mating, fighting and wandering, TNR stabilizes the cat population, affecting the influx of newcomers, and improving the health of the cats already roaming in neighborhoods.

In addition to the community cats program, the El Paso City Council also approved an amendment which will designate the Animal Services division as its own City department.

This change will allow Animal Services to have more control and flexibility of its own operations and policies which is essential in implementing animal shelter best practices that are focused on increasing the live release rate of shelter animals.

Funding for the department will be transferred over from the Environmental Services Department (ESD), which previously oversaw Animal Services as a division of ESD.

In an effort to address the high euthanasia rate at the Animal Services Shelter, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez created a task force with the purpose of identifying animal shelter best practices that result in an increased live release rate. In their effort to identify best practices, this task force visited several successful animal shelters that once suffered from low live release rates but are now seeing their live release rate increase.

In addition, the task force also sought input from residents through various community meetings, and also met with animal rescue groups throughout the region. Through this research, the task force identified key characteristics and best practices that were common among “no-kill” shelters. This information was recently presented to council as part of a five year plan that aims at reaching a live release rate of 90% or greater by the end of fiscal year 2016.

Last month, City Council approved the initial funding needed to begin implementing this plan.

Animal Services Shares Latest Accomplishments with City Council

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Interim Animal Services Director Kurt Fenstermacher announced that the Animal Services Shelter has a live release rate of 53% for the month of January 2016, the highest live release rate the shelter has ever seen.

The 53% live release rate for January 2016 follows last month’s 50% live-release rate for the month of December 2015. These two consecutive live release rates of 50% or greater is also a first ever for the Animal Services Shelter.

“This is big news for not only the Animal Services Shelter but the entire community,” said Kurt Fenstermacher, Interim Animal Services Director. “This means the work of many is paying off and resulting in more animals being saved.”

In addition to the improved rates, the Animal Services Shelter has interviewed and hired a third veterinarian. This additional veterinarian will allow the shelter to increase the number spay/neuter procedures currently being performed on shelter animals.

The veterinarian is expected to start work by the end of March.

Other information shared during today’s City Council meeting included a progress update on the animal shelter’s processing software which staff will begin training on this week. Full implementation of the software is expected to be in place by the end of spring.

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 at EPAnimalServices.com  or contact us at (915) 842-1000.

In an effort to address the high euthanasia rate at the Animal Services Shelter, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez created a task force with the purpose of identifying animal shelter best practices that result in an increased live release rate. In their effort to identify best practices, this task force visited several successful animal shelters that once suffered from low live release rates but are now seeing their live release rate increase.

In addition, the task force also sought input from residents through various community meetings, and also met with animal rescue groups throughout the region. Through this research, the task force identified key characteristics and best practices that were common among “no-kill” shelters.

This information was recently presented to council as part of a five year plan that aims at reaching a live release rate of 90% or greater by the end of fiscal year 2016.

Last month, City Council approved the initial funding needed to begin implementing this plan.

Council votes unanimously to move Animal Service Shelter toward no-kill status

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, members unanimously approved funding to begin moving the Animal Services Shelter forward to its goal of a 90% live release rate, also identified as no-kill status. The nationally accepted standard for a no-kill community is a community that has a live outcome rate of over 90% of its shelter animals.

Today’s decision reallocates $611,992 in unused fiscal year 2016 funds to help pay for recommended improvements, which includes additional Animal Services personnel and facility enhancements.

Earlier this month, City Council was presented with findings and recommendations by the Animal Shelter Task Force, a task force created by City Manager Tommy Gonzalez consisting of four City department directors and City Council liason, Representative Michiel Noe. The team was tasked with identifying animal shelter best practices that result in an increased live release rate.

The Task Force’s recommendations included the implementation of the best practices they identified, additional personnel, facility enhancements, and policy changes. The goal of the Animal Services Shelter is to reach a live release rate of 90% by the end of fiscal year 2020.

Today’s approved funding is the first step in a three year plan to fund enhancements totaling nearly $3 million. Request for the remaining funds is expected to occur during the fy2017 and fy2018 budget sessions.

The services and efforts of the Animal Services Shelter support the City’s strategic goal to promote a healthy, sustainable community.

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