El Paso Animal Services helps reconnect pug with family after...This reconnection story highlights the importance of having pets microchipped. The Cruz family lost their pup seven years ago, but recently their dog made it to the El Paso Animal Services Shelter. Thanks to the microchip, shelter staff was able to find the Cruz family, reconnecting them back with their dog after being separated for so long.To find lost pets, or to adopt a shelter pet, visit the Animal Services Shelter located at 5001 Fred Wilson Ave., El Paso, TX 79906. (915) 842-1000

Posted by City of El Paso Animal Services on Thursday, December 3, 2015


A pug that went missing seven years ago has been found alive and is now back with his owners.

Seven years ago, Valerie and Alex Cruz went on a date, and left their new pug Minnie with a family member who offered to babysit their dog. Unfortunately, when they got back they were told that Minnie had gotten out of their yard and was lost. The couple was heartbroken to lose their furry family member. They spent weeks searching for Minnie but eventually lost all hope of ever finding her.

And then a miracle happened.

Seven years later, Minnie showed up at the City of El Paso Animal Services. Staff at Animal Services scanned Minnie for a microchip, and the information for the Cruz's came up. The family got the call they thought they would never receive.

When the Cruz family was reunited with Minnie, both Minnie and Valerie were crying from finally finding each other at last. Minnie has some minor infections but is recovering happily with her family.

The story shows pet parents how important it is microchip your animals and keep that information up to date.

If you have lost a pet, or want to adopt a pet, give them a call at (915) 842-1000 or head down to the City of El Paso Animal Services. They are located at 5001 Fred Wilson, right across form the Fort Bliss Cemetery. Their hours of operation are:

  • Mon, Tues, Thur, &, Fri: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wed: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sun: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also check out their website to see more adoptable animals!

If you want an adorable pug like Minnie (or like my pug, Tubby), check out the El Paso Pug Rescue. The rescue has lots of pugs that are looking for their forever home!