After visiting the City of El Paso Animal Services this week, the shelter is past capacity and in desperate need of potential adopters, fosters and donations. The City of El Paso Animal Services Center is working to achieve their "no-kill" goal and help dogs and cats in El Paso find safe, forever homes. While the goal to reach a 90% live-release rate gets closer to becoming a reality, the Animal Services shelter becomes more and more packed with adoptable cats and dogs. Due to this overcrowding at the facility, Animal Services is asking for the community's help to clear out the shelter. The City of El Paso Animal Services says four specific things right now could help them achieve their goals:

  1. Fostering- Animal Services is looking for people who are willing to temporarily open up their home and their heart to an animal in need. This allows them to free up space in the shelter so they can help more dogs, and also allows them to work with rescues to get dogs transported. It also allows them to give medical care to sick or injured animals that come into Animal Services.
  2. Donations- With the large influx of animals at the shelter, Animal Services is in need of more donations. They are looking for towels, dog crates/carriers, towels and blankets, stainless steel bowls, cat toys and more. Check out the full list on this post and also their Amazon Dog Wishlist and Cat Wishlist.
  3. Adoptions- Find the furry family member you've been looking for! All dogs and cats available for adoption are spayed/neutered, have their age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipped, have their city license/ registration, as well as 30 days of free pet health insurance. You can check out Available Dogs and Available Cats and Other Adoptable Animals to adopt.
  4. Find Your Lost Pet- If you need to look for your lost dog, cat or other pet, you can check their website. Throughout the month of February, the City of El Paso Animal Services is waiving the reclaim fees for owners to come to claim their pet.

There are over 50 dogs that come into Animal Services a day, with MANY wearing collars. While visiting the City of El Paso Animal Services about half, maybe more, of the dogs in the shelter were wearing collars. These dogs seem to have an owner or home and are waiting to be reuniting with their loved ones. Or you can give them the home they deserve. You can also find out more information about Animal Services' needs and how to help on their Facebook Page.