Frequently Asked Questions

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El Paso Animal Shelter
October 08, 2022

How can I adopt a pet from your animal shelter?

To adopt a pet from our animal shelter, visit us during our adoption hours and speak with one of our adoption counselors. 

They will guide you through the adoption process and help you find the perfect pet to fit your lifestyle.


We understand that pets are sometimes lost and found by their rightful owners. If an animal is reclaimed by their owner before the final release to a new adopter, the adoption may be canceled. 

All adoptions are done in person on a first-come, first-served basis. As a responsible pet owner, visiting a veterinarian for follow-up care within 7 days of adoption is crucial. 

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Are there any requirements to become a volunteer at your shelter?

There are no specific requirements to become a volunteer at our shelter, but we do ask that you attend an orientation session before starting.

Please get in touch with us for more information on how to get involved.

Can I visit the animals at your shelter before deciding to adopt?

Absolutely! We encourage potential adopters to visit our shelter and spend time with the animals before adopting. This helps ensure that you find the perfect pet to fit your lifestyle.

What kind of animals do you have available for adoption?

We have a variety of animals available for adoption, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals.

Visit our shelter to see who is currently available for adoption.

How long is the typical foster period for an animal in your program?

The length of the foster period can vary depending on the animal’s needs. Our staff will work with you to determine the best length for each foster experience.

Are there any fees associated with adopting or fostering an animal from your shelter?

Yes, these fees help cover the cost of caring for the animals and preparing them for adoption.

There is no fixed price. We accept donations of any amount, depending on your circumstances at the time of adoption.

How do I know if I am ready to adopt a pet?

Adopting a pet is a big decision, and we recommend carefully considering your lifestyle and living situation before adopting.

We also encourage potential adopters to visit our shelter and spend time with the animals before making a decision.

What kind of training do you provide for volunteers and staff?

We provide training for volunteers and staff to ensure everyone is equipped with the necessary skills to care for our animals.

Our training programs cover various topics, including animal behavior, handling, and safety.

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