Press Release: Animal Services Receives PetSmart Charities Grant to Support Rescue Efforts

El Paso Animal Services has been awarded a $75,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help the City of El Paso’s rescue and transport initiatives in an effort to reduce the shelter population at a time when kennels remain full.


“We are beyond thankful to PetSmart Charities for their generosity and commitment to helping shelter pets here in El Paso,” said Interim Director Ramon Herrera. “The team at Animal Services works hard to find our shelter pets a home, and that includes connecting with other communities across the nation who are in need of great and healthy pets.”


In 2021, Animal Services transported and transferred more than 2,500 animals to rescue partners across the country and Canada. This success has resulted in a growing Rescue Program with the potential to add new receiving rescue partners.


The grant funding from PetSmart Charities will allow Animal Services to organize and support more rescue transport initiatives over the next year, leading to more El Paso pets being connected with new families in the Southwest region and beyond.


If the community would like to help El Paso Animal Services’ continued rescue efforts, they are encouraged to foster, make a monetary donation online, or donate items like plastic animal crates and carriers.


For more information on El Paso Animal Services and how you can help, visit or reach out via email at

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