Animal Services asking for help with missing pets after Fourth of July

To help families reunite with their lost pets, Animal Services is waiving impound fees from Wednesday through Sunday.

Fourth of July celebrations are over, but some families are still feeling the effects of the holiday as they search for their missing pets.

Wednesday has been a very busy day at the city of El Paso Animal Services.

After celebrating the Fourth of July, many El Pasoans are hopeful they will find their missing pets.

The sound of fireworks can scare animals and cause them to run away from home.

In fact, the city says it has received more than 300 animals since the Fourth of July celebrations started, on Saturday.

“We have a lot of staff available on hand to help show people around, escort them to the back areas,” said Michele Anderson, public affairs specialist for El Paso Animal Services. “If people lost a dog, we always encourage them to come here and check here first. Because, they do sometimes end up here at the shelter."

Though it is not unusual to see such a big increase in animals this time of year, Animal Services is now at capacity and asking for help.

"We're always encouraging the community to come and help us,” said Anderson. “We have a lot of animals here at the shelter, a little over 500. So, we need as much help from the community as we can get.”

We spoke with one woman, Heidi Lancaster, who found a little pup and brought her in, hoping her owners would find her.

"It was so early in the morning, too, I kind of assumed, maybe it was because of the fireworks last night,” she said. “It was about 5:30-6 in the morning. So, she was probably wandering around for a little while."

The Humane Society of El Paso said they have seen an increase in people bringing in lost animals, however they do not take in strays.

They have to send people to Animal Services.

In order to help families reunite with their lost pets, Animal Services is waiving all impound fees.

The special will continue through Sunday.

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