Press Release: Animal Services Offers Rescue Partners Incentive for their Efforts

Program Compensates Partners for Each Rescued Pet

El Paso Animal Services will offer registered rescue partners a $125 incentive for each shelter pet they rescue over the next two weeks thanks to a collaboration with the department’s national animal welfare partner, the Best Friends Animal Society.

This innovative incentive program aims at providing support to local and regional rescues who are navigating lifesaving challenges that Animal Services and other shelters across the country are working to solve.

“Summer is the peak intake season for shelters across the country, which currently makes lifesaving difficult,” said Ramon Herrera, Animal Services Interim Director. “For some organizations, the challenge may simply be space in the shelter, but for others it could be financial. Through this partnership program funded by Best Friends, we hope to provide some support to our registered rescue partners so we can all continue to move forward in our lifesaving missions.”

“Rescues already dedicate so much of their time to save animals, so if we can provide some financial support to help them with animal care and placement, we are happy to do so,” said Paula Powell, Best Friends South Central Senior Manager. “In addition, this program will also help Animal Services by freeing up space at the shelter at a time when they expect to see more pets entering the facility.”

In order to qualify for the incentives, local and regional rescues must be registered with El Paso Animal Services and must rescue a shelter pet that meets the criteria below. The program will end on Friday, July 23.

  • Animal currently being housed at the El Paso Animal Services Center,
  • Any dog over 40 pounds, or
  • Any animal with medical needs, or
  • Any adult cat (6 months or older).

Local rescues who would like to become a registered partner can apply online at or can contact the Animal Services’ Rescue Coordinator at


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