More than 180 animals are crowding the animal shelter after the 4th of July holiday.

Within 48 hours from July 3 – July 5th, over 180 pets were found and taken to the El Paso Animal Services, making it the busiest and most crowded time of year.

Due to overcrowding El Paso Animal Services is asking the community to help alleviate the congestion at their kennels.

There are several ways the community can help and that includes:

Reclaim Your Lost Pets / Impoundment Fees Waived

  • Animal Services will waive the impound fee ($60 per pet) along with the handling fee
  • The fees will be waived throughout the whole month of July
  • The shelter will also stay open late for reclaims and adoptions now through July 12, 2019

Help Reconnect Lost Pets

  • If you find a lost pet in your neighborhood – take pictures and post flyers around your neighborhood
  • The community is also encouraged to post pictures of lost pets online through community pages on Facebook for lost and found pets.
  • You can also take a lost pet to any fire station across town to scan a lost pet for a microchip, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Adopt or Foster

  • El Pasoans can also help by fostering a pet with all fees waived for the entire month of July.
  • Becoming a foster is completely free and Animal Services provides all the food, supplies, and veterinarian care.
  • Fosters are typically asked to care for an animal for a period of two-to-six weeks.


  • Animal Services encourages the entire El Paso region to lend a helping hand by assisting Animal Services by volunteering at the Animal Services Center located at 5001 Fred Wilson and at the emergency shelter.

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