Donations Needed for Families Affected by New Mexico Wildfires

With wildfires rapidly spreading through New Mexico, El Paso Animal Services is teaming up with local animal rescue organization, Santa Teresa Lost & Found Animal Rescue to collect pet supplies for families affected by the fires. Through Friday, June 21, pet supply donations can be dropped off at the El Paso Animal Services main campus at 5001 Fred Wilson, when they’ll be picked up and transported the Ruidoso and surrounding areas by rescue partners.

Needed supplies are:

  • Crates and carriers of all sizes
  • Collars, leashes and harnesses
  • Dry dog and cat food
  • Wet dog and cat food
  • Pet beds
  • Toys and treats
  • Pet bowls
  • Blankets and towels (new or gently used and washed)
  • Poop baggies

Donation collection will be in the main entrance of the El Paso Animal Services Center. 



While we never hope for a disaster to occur, it’s always best to be prepared. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and serves as a reminder to make a plan for you and your pets in the chance there ever is an emergency or disaster. Here are some tips to help you prepared for your pet:

  • First, always make sure your pet wears a collar and tags with your contact information on it. If you’re ever separated, this will help reunite them with you.
  • Another key form of identification for your pet is to make sure they are microchipped, and their microchip is registered and updated. You can usually microchip your pet for $20 or less at any veterinarian, or visit one of our Resource Rover events. You can updated your pet’s microchip information for free on
  • Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet, one that includes a few days worth of food, bowls, water, a blanket, a couple of toys, treats, their leash or carrier, a litter box and litter, and be sure to include your contact information as well as any information on their health records or daily medications.
  • Keep a digital file of your pet’s health records easily accessible like on your phone or in your email.
  • Designate a trusted caretaker for your pet, in case you ever fall ill or are injured. Talk with them ahead of time and let them know about your pet’s routine, provide them access to your home and make sure they have access to your pet’s medical records.
  • And lastly, be climate ready. Here in El Paso, we experience extreme temperatures, hot and cold. Make sure your pet always has access to proper shelter, food and water, and never leave your pet in your car.

While we never want disaster to strike, it’s always best to be prepared. 


Visit our Pet Disaster Preparedness blog post for more information on how to prepare for emergencies here

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