El Paso Animal Services still overcapacity after free adoption event, adoptions continue on Sunday


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Saturday, El Paso Animal Services said a total of 9 animals have been adopted and 36 more have been taken to their foster homes for adoption programs during Clear the Shelters, a free adoption event. However, shelter officials added that they were at critical capacity, with mostly medium to large dogs and struggling to get enough space.

El Paso Animal Services can hold approximately 250-300 pets and currently has over 800.

One dog always on the lookout for a home is Princess Tortilla, a senior pit bull mix who loves belly rubs.

Tortilla Princess

“We’re at critical capacity and all of our kennels are full and that’s mostly with medium to large sized dogs. These are the ones who tend to stay here for long periods, months or even years. We have dogs that have been here for over a year and they are our biggest dogs, ”said Michelle Anderson of El Paso Animal Services.

While many dogs like Princess Tortilla are still looking for a home, some left the shelter on Saturday.

Like Sprutus, a medium sized playful dog who had been at the shelter for 9 months. Anderson told KTSM 9 News that many families have come to see him but he has never found his perfect partner until now.

The woman who adopted him cried as she told her daughters that they would take him home.

Sprutus returns home with his new family

“It’s just exciting to be able to give an animal that is helpless and has been here for a very long time a place to go and be loved,” said Christin Johnson, one of the new owners of Sprutus.

Her daughters were delighted with their new furry friend, with big smiles as they sat in the back seat of their mother’s car with Sprutus.

“The guy here told us he works with him and he’s very good with other dogs and we have other dogs so we came to see him and fell in love with him,” Emma Johnson said. , one of the new owners of Spurtus.

Sprutus is not the only one. An older German Shepherd named Odus also finds a match with a family with a young child.

“My son loves to run on him, but he was just like ok I’m going to walk with you and he walks so well,” said Randi Zimmer, the new owner of Odus.

Free adoptions ended Saturday at 6 p.m. but will resume again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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