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Humane Society of El Paso, Petco Foundation, Skechers honors Local Foster Hero

Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) officials announced Rio Robertson as their Local Foster Hero, for stepping up and saving animal lives here in the Borderland.

Ms. Robertson started fostering in 2011, and over the past 9 years, she has cared for nearly 120 animals. She has fostered several bottle feeding puppies and kittens.

“She goes above and beyond to take care of her foster babies,” HSEP officials share. “She is currently fostering a litter of four puppies that she took since March. As you know, she has been dealing with lots of poo with those four pups. She’s just an awesome foster parent.”

The honor is part of National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers.

“Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready for adoption. Fostering is a personal and wonderful way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal. We currently have over 80 volunteer foster families who care for 144 underage puppies and kittens, as well as animals with special needs,” said Deb Benedict, Executive Director, at HSEP.

“As a result of their dedication and generosity, we were able to ensure all our foster animals received the care and attention they needed during the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful for the on-going support of the Petco Foundation, and, we are thrilled to recognize the dedication and contributions of Rio Robertson during National Foster a Pet Month.”

“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% 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.

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.

Video+Story: Petco Foundation Awards Animal Services $500K Grant for First-of-its-Kind Facility

El Paso will soon be home to an innovative education and adoption facility thanks to a generous donation from the Petco Foundation.

The national nonprofit recently awarded El Paso Animal Services with a $500,000 grant that will help bring life to the Cats at the Zoo (CATZ) exhibit, which will bring adoptable cats and kittens to the El Paso Zoo.

This first-of-its-kind facility will be made possible through a partnership between El Paso Animal Services, the El Paso Zoo and the Petco Foundation.

The exhibit will be the first in the nation that partners a zoo with its local municipal shelter to provide a hands-on experience for zoo guests. In addition to the unique zoo experience, every cat in the exhibit will also be up for adoption.

“We’re proud to partner with El Paso Animal Services. We believe that helping pets live their best lives possible begins with creating lifesaving communities across the country, and our love for animals is why we seek to partner with organizations that share our commitment to creating a lifesaving nation,” said Petco Foundation President Susanne Kogut.

The goal of this project is to provide the more than 350 thousand annual zoo visitors with an opportunity to interact with animals, while also providing these adoptable pets with more opportunities to find their permanent home.

This partnership will also help increase awareness for animals in the El Paso region, which is key as the City moves closer toward its goal of saving 90 percent or more of the animals that enter the El Paso Animal Services Center each year.

“We are very appreciative to the Petco Foundation for this generous gift and are excited for the opportunities that this unique project will bring to El Paso.” said El Paso Animal Services Director Paula Powell.  “With great partners like the Petco Foundation we will save more lives and do it in style at the El Paso Zoo.”

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