Overcrowded Shelter May Begin Euthanizing Animals

Overcrowded Shelter May Begin Euthanizing Animals

POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:10am

UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:28am

Facilities to Cut Adoption Fees in Half

The Animal Services Shelter and Humane Society of El Paso are asking the community to assist in a severe animal overcrowding problem at their facility. 

Shelter overcrowding issues are very serious, and action during the next few weeks is imperative. Without the community’s assistance there is no other choice than for Animal Services to humanely euthanize adoptable pets. Historically the number of animals entering the facility rises during the late spring and early summer months. The past few weeks, the shelter has experienced unprecedented, daily high census figures.

The City’s rescue partners also are working to transfer animals from the City shelter to get them fostered or adopted.

“We do not want to euthanize healthy dogs and cats,” said Kurt Fenstermacher, Deputy Director of the City’s Environmental Services Department. “It would be terribly heartbreaking. We are working as fast and as hard as we can to increase our live release rate and we appreciate all the countless hours and help from our rescue groups. But right now, it’s not enough and we are asking the community to help us with this emergency.”

In an effort to increase adoptions, the City and the Humane Society will cut their adoption prices in half, from $100 to $50. This fee includes spay/neuter procedure required on any animal exiting the facility, rabies vaccination, registration and age-appropriate vaccinations to be in compliance with city ordinance.

Pet adoptions can be made at the campus housing both the City shelter (5001 Fred Wilson) and the El Paso Humane Society (4991 Fred Wilson).

Adoption hours for Animal Services are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Humane Society adoption hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Animal Services is also working diligently to reunite lost/stray pets with their owners.

“This situation is not easy for anyone,” Fenstermacher said. “Not for our staff, the volunteers at the Humane Society or any partner organizations that we work with on a daily basis. The animals we receive are currently being assessed for a wide range of health issues. However, most will be available for adoption or rescue immediately.”


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