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It's official- it's cold outside in the Borderland. The City of El Paso Animal Services wants to keep their shelter cats and dogs warm this winter and is asking for the public to help. The shelter is asking for donations of essential items they need to keep the animals warm and comfy over the holidays. One of their main needs is new or used blankets, towels, and sheets. Just no comforters, since the dogs tend to rip them up into a fluffy mess. This gives the animals something to cuddle with at night and helps make their stay a little more comfortable.

Animal Services also has a Cat/Kitten Wish List as well as a Dog/Puppy Wish List of items they need to keep the shelter supplied for the demands of the animals. Here are some of the items you can purchase and have shipped directly to the shelter.

SmartyKat Organic Catnip

Petstages Purr Pillow Cat Toy For Nightime Play & Calm Comfort Featuring Soothing Noisemaker, Soft Plush Material, Medium, Purple


AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel

SmartPetLove - Snuggle Kitty - Behavioral Aid Toy for Pets - Tan Tiger

Hartz Just For Cats Cat Toy

PetFavorites Original Mylar Crinkle Balls Cat Toys

Fashion's Talk Cat Toys Variety Pack for Kitty 20 Pieces

KONG - Extreme Dog Toy - Toughest Natural Rubber, Black - Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch

Teknic Bubble Machine, Automatic Bubble Blower, Portable Auto Bubble Maker with High Output for Outdoor/Indoor Use,Powered by Plug-in or Batteries , Bubble Toys and Gifts for Kids Girls Boys (White)

Natural Balance Dog Food Roll, Duck & Turkey Formula, 3.5-Pound

Milk-Bone Flavor Snacks for Dogs of All Sizes

Pet Magasin Natural Rawhide Chips – Premium Long-Lasting Dog Treats with Thick Cut Beef Hides, Processed Without Additives Or Chemicals

Kuranda Dog Bed - Chewproof Design - Walnut PVC - Indoor - Elevated - High Strength PVC - Provides Traction - Orthopedic - Best for Allergies/Sensitive Skin - Cordura Fabric

SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy

AmazonBasics Single-Door & Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate

>Purina Fancy Feast Grain Free Pate Wet Kitten Food Variety Pack, Kitten Classic Pate Collection, 4 flavors - (24) 3 oz. Boxes

Royal Canin Mother & Babycat Ultra-Soft Mousse in Sauce Wet Cat Food for New Kittens and Nursing or Pregnant Mother Cats, 3 Ounce Can

(4-Pack) KMR Liquid Milk Replacer for Kittens and Cats, 8-Ounce Cans

Pet-Ag Nursing Kit 2oz Bottle (Carded)

Being surrendered, abandoned or born on the streets can be hard for any animals. Life in the shelter can be scary for them and the little things can go a long way for an animal in need. The City of El Paso Animals Services works hard to try to place the animals in the shelter in a home and give them a better chance at life.

To donate to the Animal Service’s shelter, please visit them at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue, right across from the Fort Bliss Cemetery. The City of El Paso Animal Services Shelter is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also call them at (915) 212-PAWS.