How You Can Help
Wondering how you can help?
Thank you for your interest in making a difference in the lives of thousands of animals. With your help, we can continue to save lives and make El Paso the largest “no-kill” community in the country.
Your new best friend is waiting for you! El Paso Animal Services has hundreds of adoptable pets looking for their forever home. Dogs, cats, rabbits and more – we have the perfect furry friend for you. Visit our Adopt page for more information on adding a new member to your family.
Sometimes there are some shelter pets that need a little extra love and care before finding their forever homes. By becoming a temporary foster parent, you can help prepare our pets for living in a home environment, usually for only about 2 to 6 weeks. It’s easy to become a Foster and we provide everything you need—food, supplies and medical care—you simply provide the love and care. Find out more on our Foster page.
We can’t do it alone! Volunteers are our Shelter Pet Heroes and provide much-needed love and care for our pets. Whether it’s data entry, providing enrichment or taking our dogs for a walk, there are plenty of opportunities to match your skills and interests. Learn how you can volunteer here.
Your generosity helps provide much-needed items for our shelter pets like blankets and toys, and helps fund additional resources such as medical care and equipment. Find out how you can help shelter pets in need here.
REUNITE A FAMILY
If you find a lost pet, take steps to help reunite them with their family before bringing them to the shelter. Chances are, that pet hasn’t wandered too far from home and your neighbor is looking for them. We provide various tools and resources to help you reunite a lost pet with their family, such as free microchip scanning locations and foster assistance. You helping a lost pet will keep them out of the stressful shelter, give them a higher chance of finding their family, and keep a kennel open for a pet truly in need. For more tips on what to do if you find a lost pet, visit our Found Pet Resources page.
PLEDGE TO BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER
Tens-of-thousands of pets wind up at the shelter every single year because they weren’t microchipped, and they didn’t have a collar with tags. Thousands of pets have unexpected and unwanted litters every year because they aren’t spayed or neutered. You can help save lives just by ensuring your pets are microchipped, spayed/neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations. Find a veterinarian in your area by visiting www.epvma.org.
The Magic of a Microchip
Baby Boy was a sweet, senior pitbull that was brought to the center by a member of the community—he had no collar or name tag and was presumed to be a lost pet. With hundreds of pets coming in every week, it’s fairly often that a pet comes in without a collar, and usually doesn’t have a microchip either, but our intake team scans all pets anyway, just to be on the safe side. To our surprise, Baby Boy DID have a microchip, with contact information on file, and his family were eager to come and pick him up. Baby Boy was actually lost for almost 7 years and it was all thanks to his microchip that he was able to find his way to his true home. Microchipping your pets is one of the greatest ways to help make sure your pet finds their way home if ever lost, and always make sure your contact is updated. If your pet is in need of a microchip, you can schedule an appointment with our Low-Cost Clinic here.