Clear the Shelters: Director of Animal Services shares dog adoption story

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From shelter dog to living life by the pool — 3-year-old Jellybean is one lucky pooch.

 “Our personalities are the same. Our energy is the same,” Paula Powell, Director of El Paso Animal Services said of her bond with Jellybean.

Powell says it was a typical work day when she spotted her soon-to-be best friend.

 “I just went by the kennel, looked at her and she looked at me,” Powell remembered. “She turned her face sideways and I don’t know what it was but we connected right away and I said, ‘That dog’s gotta go home with me.”

Even as an employee of the city-run shelter, Powell says it’s still tough seeing so many little faces staring up at her as they await forever homes.

“It’s hard not to take them home. I have to tell you, sometimes I debate it a lot,” she said. “But this one here; there was no debate. I knew this dog… It’s just a good connection.”

Powell will be with KTSM at El Paso Animal Services this Saturday for NBC’s nationwide “Clear the Shelters” initiative.

The shelter will offer FREE adoptions from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the facility located at 5001 Fred Wilson.

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