Our Programs

What We Do

We offer various support and intervention programs to our community. If you would like to help support our programs please consider a donation on our GoFundMe page. You can enter the name of the program in the “Leave A Comment” field of your donation. Please contact us at info@elpasopets.org for more information.

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Blackie’s Fund   /GRANT: Quality of Life

A fund for eligible pet owners that are faced with euthanizing a seriously ill or injured pet but can not afford the costs. If approved El Paso Pets will help pay for their pet’s euthanasia at a private veterinary clinic or in some cases at their own home. The owner has the option to be present during the procedure if they choose. The owner can be provided with their pet’s remains and a keep sake. Recipients also receive grief support during this difficult time.

Luisa & Blackie (Blackie's Fund)

Luisa & Blackie

Blackie’s Fund started after a lovely elderly woman by the name of Luisa contacted us for help. Luisa was very ill herself and was going to be moving to an assisted living home in California and could not take her long time companion with her. Her dog was named Blackie and she suffered from various medical problems herself. Rather than looking for a home on Craigslist or taking her to the shelter she contacted El Paso Pets for help. During this time Blackie’s health deteriorated. Blackie lost all of her vision, hearing, and was incontinent. She was falling over from taking short steps and was not eating. Luisa contacted me one morning and said it was time to let her go. One of our volunteers drove them both out to the veterinary clinic. It broke our volunteer’s heart because in the pile of paperwork Luisa couldn’t find the remaining amount of money to pay for the euthanasia and ashes. At that moment “Blackie’s Fund” was born. Our volunteer posted on Facebook and pleaded for help. Within minutes we raised the money and El Paso Pets paid for the costs and the return of her ashes. Our volunteer stayed with Luisa and held her hand during the process. Luisa could not stay in the room once the procedure started, but the volunteer stayed with Blackie and held her paw until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We provided Luisa with grief support right after and we picked up Blackie’s remains a week and a half later. Since that moment at the vet clinic we realized that there is a need for those that can’t afford euthanasia at a private vet clinic and the remains. As much as euthanasia is something that has such a negative association in the animal welfare world, we embrace it when it relieves the pain and suffering of an animal. Thank you to Luisa who TOLD us to please share her story. And thank you to Blackie, for being the sacrifice that began a legacy for others in need of help.

Eligibility requirements:

– Pet must be in need on euthanasia to relieve suffering due to medical illness or injuries.
– Pet owner must provide proof of government assistance (Social Security, Welfare, SNAP, EBT)
– Pet Owner must provide proof of responsible pet ownership (proof of vaccinations and microchip).
– Some cases may be approved on a case by case basis.

Helping Hands For Paws   /GRANT: Pet Retention

Helping Hands For Paws is a project made of volunteers that go out to neighborhoods and help repair and secure fences and gates to reduce the amount of animals in our streets. By doing this we hope to reduce the amount of animals entering our local shelters and in turn reduce the amount of animals euthanized. We also help provide education to those pet owners that can use a hand in improving their pet’s quality of life.

Eligibility Requirements:

– Owner must have been contacted by Animal Services Field Officers within the past 30 days or submit a request for assistance in writing.
– Pet owner must provide proof of government assistance (Social Security, Welfare, SNAP, EBT)
– Pet Owner must provide proof of responsible pet ownership (proof of vaccinations and microchip). If pet owner can not supply proof of vaccinations and/or microchip the pet owner may still be accepted and asked to volunteer at a local animal rescue on a case by case basis.

Low/No Cost Vaccinations   /SERVICE: Quality of Life

Helping keep our pets and the public healthy to help promote responsible pet ownership. From time to time our organization will travel to our county’s rural areas such as Socorro, Fabens, Clint, and San Elizario to provide free or low cost vaccinations and information. We also plan on offering yard treatment against fleas, ticks, and to disinfect against dangerous viruses, such as Parvo & Distemper Virus. 

Eligibility Requirements:

– Owner must submit a request for assistance in writing.
– Animal must be registered to the same person requesting assistance.
– Pet owner must provide proof of government assistance (Social Security, Welfare, SNAP, EBT)
– Pet Owner must provide proof of responsible pet ownership (proof of vaccinations and microchip). If pet owner can not supply proof of vaccinations and/or microchip the pet owner may still be accepted and asked to volunteer at a local animal rescue on a case by case basis.

Microchip Services   /SERVICE: Pet Retention

Helping reunite pets with their owners when transportation to a veterinary clinic or shelter is not available. One of our volunteers, if available will come to your location to scan a found pet. If a microchip is found we will work to contact the registered owner. We also can help scan your pets to ensure they are registered properly.
VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY. We are working on purchasing more Microchip Scanners to have more coverage.

Eligibility Requirements:

– Person who found the animal must submit a request for assistance in writing.
– Person who found the animal must understand we will NOT take the animal.
– Based on limited availability.

Safety & Pet Ownership Classes   /SERVICE: Education

We provide free educational programs for schools, recreation centers, public libraries, and local rescue shelters on Dog Bite Prevention, State & Local Animal Related Laws, Responsible Pet Ownership, Animal Handling, Dog Behavior, Dog Park Safety, and much more!

Eligibility Requirements:

– Contact person must request for assistance in writing.
– We will need a minimum number of attendees.
– Some presentations require audio/visual aids.
– Contact us at info@elpasopets.org for more details.

Training Wheels   /SERVICE: Education & Quality of Life

Our experienced dog trainers will travel to our rural communities to offer free positive reinforcement training for your dog. Training Wheels serves to bring education to the public by promoting humane dog training and understanding of animal behavior and communication. 

Eligibility Requirements:

– Handler must be 15 years of age or older.
– Handler must keep animals on leash.
– No severely fearful or aggressive animals in the group classes. Private training may be available.
– Must have proof of vaccinations, license, and microchip.
– Based on limited availability.

Grants & Services For Local Rescue Partners*

COMING SOON!

  • Life Lines (Fence/Gate work for foster based rescue groups)
  • Vaccinations (DHPP/Dewormer/Milk Replacement giveaways)
  • Paws in the Classroom (for community outreach programs by local rescue organizations)
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • Marketing & Design services

We are currently working on becoming a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. Once we have received our designation we will be raising donations to help us provide grants to local rescue organizations.
*Must be registered as rescue partners with the City Of El Paso Animal Services Shelter.

MORE PROGRAMS COMING SOON AS WE RESTRUCTURE OUR ORGANIZATION.

What We Don’t Do

We are NOT Animal Control. We are NOT a rescue organization.

We can not pick up or take in animals from the streets. Occasionally we do provide those services if there is a local rescue organization willing to accept the animal into their program. Sometimes this can take some time to do. Many rescue organizations do not have resources to take in aggressive or injured/sick animals. If you feel there is an animal in danger, please contact Animal Services at (915) 842-1000 or call 311.