El Paso Animal Services is calling on El Pasoans to help clear out the animal shelter.
Shelter officials said they receive an increase of pets during summer months, which creates a strain on the shelter. Housing more than 700 animals, El Paso Animal Services is operating at critical capacity.
To create more space for incoming pets, the city’s animal shelter — with help from the Bissell Pet Foundation and other partners — will be transferring more than 300 pets to shelters and rescues up north, but help is needed.
El Pasoans can help by fostering a transport pet, fostering other pets in need or by donating supplies.
Animal Services needs 400 flight attendant fosters who will temporarily shelter a pet for four to seven days while the pet waits for rescue flights. Food, supplies and medical care will be provided by El Paso Animal Services. Anyone interested in fostering a transport pet is encouraged to visit El Paso Animal Services Center at 5001 Fred Wilson Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, through Friday, June 25, to be matched with a pet.
If adoption isn’t a good option, El Pasoans can foster a pet. Fostering allows temporary care of a shelter pet, for a minimum of two weeks, and allows the shelter to free up space for other adoptable pets. Fosters are especially needed for large adult dogs and kittens.
If there isn’t any room at home for a new furry friend, El Pasoans can donate supplies to Animal Services. The shelter needs plastic airline and wine crates of all sizes, canned puppy and kitten food, dry dog and cat food, pet treats and pet toys. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week at the shelter’s front doors. Donations also can be purchased and delivered through the department’s Amazon Wishlist: bit.ly/EPASDogWishlist.