Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Our mission is to serve stray, abandoned, orphaned, abused and injured companion animals by providing medical care and shelter in times of need, locating lifelong homes, and promoting responsible pet guardianship through education, legislation and sterilization. We do not accept home owned animals. We believe in our mission which is to provide a second chance at life for those companion animals that have no where else to turn.
Animal Rescue League of El Paso is a private, volunteer-based, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. We receive no government funding and are not a United Way agency. Our life-saving work is supported solely by the loving contributions of individual donors and small foundation grants.
Founded in 1995, ARL rescues, rehabilitates and places approximately 1,600 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies a year. Generally, the animals with which we work have been found running stray in the desert or by the side of the road often injured, found in dumpsters and trashcans, turned in by veterinarians, referred to us by local law enforcement, or rescued from euthanasia from a local shelter. Many have been abused. All animals receive any medical care that is required from kennel cough to surgery. In addition to our adoption services, we also have many other programs;
Crisis Response & Sheltering
Adoptions & Placements
Orphan Animal Program
Animal Abuse Education
Rehabilitation and Medical Care
Last Litter Program
In September 1998, we were able to open our own shelter facility in Canutillo which houses dogs and puppies , cats and kittens while they await their new homes. A safe environment is provided for rescued mothers about to give birth and their newborn litters.
You may learn more about our shelter by visiting either one of our websites; www.arlep.org and/or www.animalrescue.petfinder.org.
- For adult dogs: heartworm and erlichia testing (and treament, if necessary), all routine vaccinations, microchip/registration,and spay/neuter.
- For puppies: worming, two sets of puppy vaccinations, worming, microchip/registration,and spay/neuter.
- For cats: feline leukemia testing, all routine vaccinations, microchip/registration, and spay/neuter.
- For kittens: feline leukemia testing, two sets of kitten vaccinations, microchip/registration, and spay/neuter.
An application contract is also required to be considered for approval as an adopter. Home checks and vet references may also be required.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.