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Animal Rescue League of El Paso

"Protecting Life, Providing Love"

"A No Kill Shelter"

Adopt from Animal Rescue League- And Find a Friend For Life

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.

As a No-Kill Shelter, every animal that comes to us stays with us until we find it a loving adoptive home. Animal Rescue League of El Paso is proud to be one of the oldest and largest No Kill shelters in our area providing a second chance to over 18,000 companion animals since 1995. Over 1200 animals were placed into loving homes in 2009

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.

To learn more about our shelter, please visit us at www.arlep.org where you can take a cyber-tour of our shelter, read about our programs, make a donation to help us care for our animals using your Visa ,Mastercard, Discover or American Express, view our video and find out what's coming up on our calendar!

Please visit our News and Events at www.arlep.org to see all the fun things happening here at Animal Rescue League! We have posted information about fun events you can participate in, pictures from past events , you can read our newsletter , sign up for our mailing list and read some heartwarming happy ending stories from some of our adopters!

Click here for Our Adoptable Pets

We have many other animals available for adoption that are not listed on our site. As soon as a rescued animal finds a loving home, another animal comes in to take it's place. So if you don't see the pet you're looking for, please call or visit our adoption shelter. We have new animals arriving almost daily as space becomes available.

Click here to see Our Happy Tails!

Our Featured Pet

Nakita is looking for love and friendship

I'm about 1 year old and was rescued from death row at Animal Control. I'm very pretty, don't you think? I'm a female Akita mix. I'm friendly,well behaved and have had some obedience training. and can't wait to have a family to call my own. I have lots of energy and would do well in an active family. I prefer to be an only child, but I do get along with large male dogs. No small dogs or cats for sure though. I'll be loved, wanted and cared for each and every day and I won't ever be homeless again. Maybe it will be with you?


My adoption fee is $125 which includes my spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations, heartworm/erlichia/lyme disease test, microchip/registration fee and collar . ADOPT ME TODAY and find a friend for life! And remember that adopting a pet is a life long commitment.


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Donate a Bed
We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our shelter because they are so good for our dogs. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.

Special Events and News


Animal Rescue League has been voted BEST ANIMAL ADOPTION AGENCY in El Paso Magazine's 2009 Best of El Paso Reader's Survey This is our second year in a row to be given this award and we couldn't be more proud ! Thank you !


Great news !  El Paso is getting a new dog park !  Groundbreaking was held today at the High Ridge Park on El Paso's westside.


Animal Rescue League has been voted BEST ANIMAL ADOPTION AGENCY in El Paso Magazine's 2008 Best of El Paso Reader's Survey We are so honored and very proud ! Thank you !


Looking for a great job with no pay but lots of benefits? Do you have a lot of extra time on your hands? If you love animals and would like to make a difference in a rescued animal's life, why not consider being a volunteer with us? You can find information and an application by visiting Volunteering at www.arlep.org . Our volunteer orientations are held the first Saturday of each month. Our next orientations will be on Saturday,March 5,, 2011 at noon at our shelter located in Canutillo. The orientation starts promptly at noon, so please make sure you arrive at the shelter 15 minutes prior to starting time.Orientation schedule: April 2, May 7, June 4 and July 9, 2011. .


Our Shelter Adoption hours are from 11:30 to 5:30 pm seven days a week.

We also show some of our adoptable animals at PETSMART on Sunland Park Drive (next to Ross and K-Mart. Cats are shown daily. Dogs are shown Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Please stop by and see all our wonderful adoptable animals and find a new friend for life!!


All pets adopted from Animal Rescue League of El Paso have been microchipped for several years. Included in your adoption fee is the registration. Your information and the pets information is registered in the national database and that information is also provided to Animal Control for insertion into their database. If you ever move all you need to do is contact the 800 number listed on your pets tag and update your information. We ask that you also leave the ARL tag on your pet at all times along with a tag with the pets name and address. Pets with identification have a 95% chance of finding their way home if they are ever separated from you. If you have any additional questions about your pets microchip, please call our shelter at 877 5002.

Pawsability Wish List Program

Announcing a new Program: It's called Pawsability ! It's another way for people to come together to help us provide for our pets and support our non profit. To read all about it, please visit www.arlep.org click on the Pawsability Program link.


  • Rescue Services
  • Crisis Response & Sheltering
  • Adoptions & Placements
  • Orphan Animal Program
  • Animal Abuse Education
  • Rehabilitation and Medical Care Program
  • Last Litter Program


    Since its inception in 1995, ARL as an organization and through the collabrative work of its volunteers has been proud to be the recipient of several awards and recognitions. However, our proudest moments still come from the light in a rescued animal's eyes when it finds a loving, permanent and safe home for the rest of its life.

    1999 Community Service Award (Candlelighters Foundation for Children With Cancer)

    2000 Community Involvement Award (El Paso Veterinary Medicine Association)

    2002 Special Recognition Award (El Paso Veterinary Medicine Association)

    2004 Heroes of the Pass Award for Animal Rescue (American Red Cross )

    2005 Heroes of the Pass Award for Animal Rescue (American Red Cross)

    2006 Mentoring Diverse Ability Award (New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation)

    2008 Best Animal Adoption Agency (El Paso Magazine Best of El Paso)

    2008 Outstanding Program Award (El Paso Independent School District Partners in Education)

    2009 Best Animal Adoption Agency (El Paso Magazine Best of El Paso)


Our adoption fees for dogs and puppies ranges from $125 (most dogs/puppies) to $150 (giant breeds; cost increase due to price to sterilize the animal); cats are also $125 and must be indoor cats only. This includes:

- For adult dogs: heartworm and erlichia testing (and treament, if necessary), all routine vaccinations, microchip/registration, collar and spay/neuter.

- For puppies: worming, two sets of puppy vaccinations, worming, microchip/registration, collar and spay/neuter.

- For cats: feline leukemia testing, all routine vaccinations, microchip/registration, collar and spay/neuter..

- For kittens: feline leukemia testing, two sets of kitten vaccinations, microchip/registration, collar and spay/neuter.


Come Visit Us!

Directions from I-10 east or west:

The ARL shelter is located at 7256 La Junta, in Canutillo, Texas (10 miles north of El Paso, TX). We house approximately 100 dogs and puppies and 100 cats and kittens available for adoption.

Map to our shelter

Exit at the Transmountain exit and go west (turn AWAY from the mountain). When Transmountain dead-ends into Doniphan Drive, turn right. Go 1/4 mile to the 1st traffic signal (FM 259) and turn left. Just across the river, turn right at the first street (La Junta). The Shelter is located approximately 300 yards on your right.

Please direct all correspondence to:
Animal Rescue League of El Paso
P.O. Box 13055
El Paso, TX 79913

Phone: (915)877-5002
Email: info@arlep.org

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