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Animal Services, Veterinary Medical Association honor August 3rd Victims via ‘The Luna Project’

El Paso Animal Services, the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association (EPVMA) and local veterinarians are collaborating to bring love and light through pet adoption to 23 new families in honor of the 23 victims who were killed on August 3, 2019.

Beginning August 7, all adoption fees will be waived and basic veterinary care will be sponsored for the first 23 pets that are adopted.

The memorial event, titled “The Luna Project,” is in honor of Arturo Benavides and the 22 other lives that were lost in last year’s tragic mass shooting.

“Anyone that has had a pet in their lives knows the unconditional love they bring and how they can bring a sense of peace or put a smile on your face even in the darkest of times,” Animal Services officials shared.

Luna, a former El Paso Animal Services shelter pet, found her forever home and brought the Arturo Benavides’ family some joy during a very dark time in the family’s lives.

“The Luna Project” was created so that more families can benefit from the love of a shelter pet.

The EPVMA and 13 local veterinary clinics have stepped up to sponsor basic veterinary care for one year for the first 23 pets that are adopted, to include; vaccine boosters, heartworm, flea and tick treatments and dentals.

Adopters interested in adding a new member to their family are encouraged to visit the Animal Services website to view available pets and call the Adoption Line at (915) 212-8705 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

El Paso Animal Services will also be showcasing adoptable pets on the department’s Facebook page starting at 11 a.m.

Parks & Recreation, Animal Services team up to reconnect lost pets

El Paso Parks & Recreation Department and El Paso Animal Services are collaborating to help keep pets in their home and out of the shelter.

Beginning July 28, 2020, five City parks will now have the capability to assist residents who find a lost pet by scanning the animal for a microchip.

Officials share that this collaboration aims at quickly reconnecting lost pets with their owners, preventing the need to bring them to the shelter.

Every year, over 26,000 pets are brought into El Paso Animal Services, and on average only 16 percent of them are reunited with their family.

Getting lost pets back to their owners is much more likely to happen if pets can be kept safely in the neighborhood they were found in, rather than them being transported to the shelter, sometimes many miles from their home.

Recently, El Paso Animal Services was selected to be a Tier 1 Human Animal Support Services (HASS) pilot shelter.

This new partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department adds another layer of service to the community as one of the elements of the HASS program: Getting Pets Home encourages comprehensive lost pet reunification services.

Available microchip scanning locations can be viewed on the Pet Finder Map, located on the department’s website and on the EP311 mobile app.

For more tips on what to do when you find a lost pet, click here.

With these Parks & Recreation locations conveniently in neighborhoods, residents have the opportunity to easily scan a lost pet for a microchip.

Microchip scanning will be available seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Westside Natatorium (West) 650 Wallenberg Dr.
Officer David Ortiz Skate Park (Mission Valley) 563 N. Carolina Dr.
Grandview Spray Park (Central) 3225 Jefferson Ave.
Veterans Swimming Pool (Northeast) 5301 Salem Dr.
Salvador Rivas Spray Park  (Far East) 12480 Pebble Hills Blvd.

 

Animal Services joins national pilot program aimed at keeping families and pets together

El Paso Animal Services has been selected as one of only 12 animal shelters to join the nationwide launch of the Human and Animal Support Services (HASS) pilot program, a new animal welfare organizational model that recognizes pets and people as family-units and aims to keep them together.

HASS launched as a nationwide coalition with organizations aimed at creating programs and initiatives based on guiding principles that keep pets and their people together, and more shelter pets in the care of fosters. This will allow the shelters to serve as resource centers and pet-owner support systems in their communities.

Officials share that the goal of El Paso Animal Services and HASS is to build better safety-net programs for pets to help keep them with their families whenever possible.

The organizational model promotes community collaboration in an effort to reimagine traditional animal sheltering.

“We know we can do so much better when it comes to getting stray pets home, keeping cats and dogs with their owners, and getting sheltered pets to foster and adoptive homes faster,” says Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of American Pets Alive! and one of the project’s leaders. “This pilot will give us the time and resources to finally put animal social services at the center of our work to help pets.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, communities across the country were called-on to foster and adopt animals to get them out of shelters.

Here in El Paso, officials say that residents responded enthusiastically, helping clear many of the shelter’s kennels, giving Animal Services the opportunity to collaborate with the community like never before.

“Through this pandemic, El Paso has shown us that our community truly cares for its pets and is willing to be part of our lifesaving mission,” said Paula Powell Director of El Paso Animal Services.

“The community embraced our operational changes that focused on helping those animals most in need, while residents assisted with helping friendly strays find their way back home. El Paso as a community deserves all the credit for showing Animal Services that a change was needed in how we view animal sheltering in our city and across the country.”

Thanks to support from Maddie’s Fund, South Fork Foundation, and Michelson Found Animals Foundation, this model will help pilot shelters test new resources and programs.

Officials say that, in the coming months, El Paso Animal Services will launch new community support services to strengthen the region’s ability to keep pets with their families.

This collaborative project is led by the leadership of American Pets Alive!, Humane Rescue Alliance, and Michelson Found Animals.

The following organizations were selected by the executive leadership team and lead supporters of the movement based on their track records of successfully implementing positive changes for pets in their shelters and communities:

  • El Paso Animal Services (TX)
  • Kansas City Pet Project (MO)
  • Humane Rescue Alliance (DC & NJ)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control (NC)
  • Pima Animal Care Center (AZ)
  • Oakland Animal Services (CA)
  • Fresno Humane Animal Services (CA)
  • San Diego Humane Society (CA)
  • LifeLine Animal Project (GA)
  • Cabot Animal Services (AR)
  • Greenville County Animal Care (SC)
  • Los Angeles Animal Services (CA)

El Paso Animal Services, Petco Foundation partner to celebrate National Foster a Pet Month in June

El Paso Animal Services is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing Local Foster Hero Sandra Robles, for stepping up and saving lives in the borderland.

“El Paso Animal Services has been blessed with amazing community partners who have stepped up time after time for our pets, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paula Powell, El Paso Animal Services Director. “Sandra is our rock star, helping countless homeless pets through her foster efforts. She is the very embodiment of the hard work and kindness that has led to El Paso’s lifesaving success.”

According to officials, Robles has always been one of El Paso Animal Services’ most reliable fosters, never refusing to help a pup or litter in need. In total, Robles and her family have fostered 98 animals since becoming fosters in 2017.

It is an honor to recognize the Local Foster Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

“During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2 percent of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”

National Foster a Pet Month is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate this summer with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S.

Officials say that in addition to mobilizing the animal-loving public to help local animal welfare organizations save lives through the COVID-19 crisis, the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives included $1M in emergency product and cash donations to animal shelters.

“This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare ­organizations nationwide,” officials shared.

To learn more about El Paso Animal Services and how you can help, visit their website.

For more on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, click here and join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #SavePetLives.

Drive-Thru clinic to offer pets free vaccinations, microchips

On Sunday, June 14, El Paso Animal Services and its community partners will be offering free vaccinations and microchips to hundreds of pets at the department’s second-ever Drive-Thru Vaccination/Microchip Clinic sponsored by PetSmart Charities.

“This unique large-scale clinic aims at making it easy for owners to keep their pets healthy and safe,” officials shared.

The clinic will be held at the Socorro Activities Complex, in the parking lot.  The only entrance to the clinic will be located south of the SAC, through Southview Drive.

This is a first-come, first-served event and services are limited to the first 500 pets. Owners will need to keep their pets in the vehicle, all dogs must be on a leash and cats must be placed in a secure carrier while visiting the drive-thru clinic.

Dogs will receive a parvo/distemper vaccination, while cats will receive a feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccination, both will also be given a microchip and a gallon-bag of food per pet.

No other vaccinations will be available at this drive-thru event.

Temperatures are expected to rise later in the day, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of water for their pets and themselves to stay cool.

All attendees must wear a mask or face covering.

WHAT:            Drive-Thru Vaccination/Microchip ClinicServices available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN:            8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 14, 2020

WHERE:         Socorro Activities Complex (1300 Joe Battle Blvd.) Cars must enter off Southview Dr. and Paseo Del Este Blvd.

Pets look to “Find Love Online” with Virtual Adoption Event

Beginning Thursday, May 28, El Paso shelter pets will be counting on social media and the web to help them find their new homes as part of Animal Services’ first-ever virtual adoption event, “Find Love Online.”

Animal Services will also be highlighting many of their foster pets who are now up for adoption. Videos and photos of these pets will be posted on Animal Services’ Facebook and Instagram page.

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

Since the Animal Services Center remains closed, potential adopters will need to visit the department’s website  to browse adoptable pets.

Officials say for residents to adopt, they need to select at least two animals listed on the website before calling the adoption hotline at (915) 212-8705.

If the pets are still available, adoption counseling will be done over the phone and a delivery date will be scheduled, finalizing the adoption.

The adoption hotline will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the adoption event.

The “Find Love Online” adoption event runs through Saturday, May 30.

Animal Services: “Stop the Kit-napping”

El Paso Animal Services is rolling out a new education campaign this kitten season, all in an effort to save more lives and prevent potentially fatal “kit-nappings.”

Kitnapping is when kittens are prematurely separated from their mother who is their main source of health. This often happens when residents find a litter of kittens and immediately take them away. While many would likely respond in this similar matter, thinking they are helping, they are more than likely causing more harm than good, since mother cats provide their kittens the best chance at survival.

Since 2018, more than 10,000 vulnerable kittens have entered the Animal Services Center. Of these thousands, more than 1,300 died. This tragic loss of life is largely due to kittens failing to thrive, a result of not being provided full immunity and care that a mother cat offers.

Animal Services is addressing this issue through a social campaign aimed at educating and empowering residents to “Stop the Kitnapping.”

This campaign has an online and street marketing component. Information on kitnapping, and what to do if you find kittens, will be shared on Animal Services’ social media platforms and on a special webpage.

In addition, Animal Services’ mascot CeCe the Cat will be making appearances throughout El Paso in high-traffic areas. The mascot will be joined by a street team that will share quick facts with passerby’s, informing them about kitnapping and encouraging them to be involved in El Paso’s lifesaving mission.

The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of kittens entering the shelter and the number of kittens that died in 2019 by ten percent.

To learn more about Animal Services and the Stop the Kitnapping campaign, visit savethekittensEP.com or follow their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Animal Services offering free adoptions during Valentine’s Day Weekend

Wednesday morning, officials with El Paso Animal Services invited the community to find their furry valentine during the department’s “Can’t Put a Price on Love” adoption promotion.

All pet adoptions will be free starting Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 in hopes of creating love connections between pets and families.

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

In addition to these services, dogs adopted at our Mission Valley Adoption Center (MVAC) will also receive an adoption kit that includes food, a bowl, and toys. The MVAC is located at 9068 Socorro Road.

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 Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson.

During this kickoff event on Friday, visitors will be able to participate in doggy “speed dating” in our play yard and help give pupcakes to our shelter pets as part of their daily enrichment.

WHO: El Paso Animal Services

WHAT: “Can’t Put a Price on Love” adoption special featuring FREE pet adoptions, February 14 – February 16. **Kickoff event featuring doggy “speed dating” and pupcake enrichment. These kickoff event activities are scheduled for February 14 only.

WHERE: El Paso Animal Services Center – 5001 Fred Wilson

WHEN: Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16

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: More foster homes for pets needed as colder weather arrives

El Paso Animal Services is preparing for the colder temperatures expected in the coming weeks by asking the community to open their hearts and homes to a great shelter pet.

Currently more than 100 large dogs are housed in outdoor play runs. With a limited number of large animal housing areas located inside the Animal Services Center, the department is hoping to place many of its large dogs in foster homes or in a new forever home.

Animal Services’ Foster Program is completely free and foster families are provided all the food, supplies, and medical care needed. All a foster family provides is a temporary loving home for a pet, or pets, in need.

Those interested in becoming a foster can come to the shelter seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to speak with foster team members.

For those interested in adding a member to their family permanently, adoption fees have also been waived for all dogs over 30 lbs. All adoptions will include the pet’s spay/neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations and city license.

For more information on all the services and programs provided by El Paso Animal Services, visit in person at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue, or visit their website.

Animal Services event to feature $1 Adoptions, Mascot Unveiling and Dance-Off

This weekend, El Paso Animal Services is once again hosting a fun-filled event with their “Mutts and Mascots” adoption promotion.

On Saturday, September 21, all pet adoptions will be $1.

In addition to the reduced fees, Animal Services will also be unveiling their new mascot that will help educate the community on pet responsibility and animal welfare.

The Mutts and Mascots event will also feature guest appearances from several other special mascot friends.

For more information on El Paso Animal Services, visit their website or in person at 5001 Fred Wilson.

Mutts & Mascots Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m. – Animal Services mascot unveiling
  • 12 p.m. – Adoption office opens
  • 1 p.m. – Special appearances from guest mascots
  • 1:30 p.m. – Animal Services mascot receives microchip and vaccines
  • 2:30 p.m. – Mascot dance-off
  • 7 p.m. – Adoption office closes

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 Achieves Highest Monthly Save-Rate

Officials with El Paso Animal Services announced Wednesday that they reached a milestone in March, achieving their highest monthly save-rate in department history.

Last month, Animal Services saved 92.53% of the more than 2,400 animals that entered the Animal Services Center in March.

This is the fourth month of reaching a 90% or higher live-release rate as the department nears its “no-kill” goal.

“Animal Services would like to thank the community for their continued support, and encourage everyone to be involved in the City of El Paso’s mission to become a “no-kill” city,” Animal Services officials shared via a news release.

“To support this mission, the community can help 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 that the spring and summer months are the most challenging, as those months have historically been the peak intake season. This means more animals will enter the Animal Services Center during this period creating a greater need for the community’s help.

To learn more on how to get involved in El Paso Animal Services’ lifesaving mission, visit their webpage or visit their location in person at 5000 Fred Wilson

Animal Services: Free Adoptions, Adopters, Fosters and Donations Needed

On Tuesday, officials with El Paso Animal Services announced the establishment of new lifesaving procedures to prepare for the typically busy spring and summer months.

To reach its “no-kill” goal, El Paso Animal Services asking for the community’s help.

The new lifesaving procedures require many areas of the center to be cleared out. For this reason, the department is asking for the community’s support in this initiative by adopting, fostering, donating and/or reconnecting with a lost pet.

“The closer to “no-kill” the City gets, the harder it becomes to reach a 90% live-release rate or higher, but Animal Services and its partners are working proactively to continue saving lives,” officials shared.

On Saturday, February 2, adoption fees will be free for all pets. Animal Services is hopeful that reduced fees will result in hundreds of animals finding their forever homes. All adoptions will include the pet’s spay/neuter procedure, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations and city license.

For those able to provide a temporary home to a pet in need, fostering is a great option. Fostering a pet will free up space for other incoming pets at the shelter, and will also give Animal Services the opportunity to transfer more animals to other rescues and shelters.

If you don’t have space for a new friend at home, another way to support the shelter’s life-saving efforts is to donate to our various programs and initiatives:

  • Dry Dog and Cat Food
  • Crates and Pet Carriers
  • Canned Puppy and Kitten Food
  • Towels and Blankets (new or gently used)

ASEP officials add that over 50 lost pets come into the center daily—many without collars or microchips. They say to help reunite pets with their families, they encourage the community to make sure their pets wear a collar with identification tags, and make sure their pet’s microchip is updated with current contact information.

Animal Services is also continuing to waive pet reclaim fees throughout the month of February. To view found pets, visit the Animal Services center daily and check the “Found Pets” webpage.

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