Press Release: Animal Services Empowers Neighbors To Reconnect Lost Pets with Families

Staff and Advocates to Share Lost/Found Pet Tips

EL PASO, Texas — With the July Fourth holiday around the corner, El Paso Animal Services and its community partners will be taking to the streets to share lost and found pet tips.

Each year, the holiday weekend and its firework celebrations have resulted in hundreds of pets fleeing from their home. In an effort to get more pets reconnected with their families, Animal Services, volunteers, and members of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee (ASAC) will be canvasing neighborhoods across El Paso, empowering the community with tips to reconnect lost pets, and tips to keep their own pets safe.

Tips to help lost pets get back home:

 Get the pet scanned for a microchip. You can get pets scanned for free at any El Paso fire station or veterinary office.

 File a Found Pet Report on or by calling 311. Once you file a Found Pet Report, our Community & Pet Support team will reach out to provide any foster supplies, resources or assistance you may need.

 Post photos of the pet on social media sites, Nextdoor, Petco Love Lost, Pawboost and Craigslist.

 If the pet is in need of urgent assistance, or is in danger, injured, sick or aggressive, call 311 and an Animal Protection Officer will respond.

 If you lost your pet, visit our website to file a Lost Pet Report, and view found pets.

Tips to help keep your pet safe and calm:

 Resist the urge to take your pets to Fourth of July firework displays/events.

 Keep pets indoors and close the curtains.

 Take pets outside on a leash to “do their business” prior to the evening hours when fireworks are typically lit.

 Turn on the radio or television to help mask outdoor noises.

 Microchip your pet, or make sure your pet’s microchip is up-to-date with the correct contact information.

 Keep a well-fitting (not tight) collar and identification tag on your pet.

 If your pet is crate-trained, place them in their crate.


So far this year, Animal Protection Officers and residents participating in the “Found Report” process have reconnected more than 1,100 lost pets.


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