About Us


'Saving Mater'


The Humane Society of El Paso is sharing Mater's story not only for a chance to win a grant but to encourage people to have compassion towards animals and show how our organization goes above and beyond to give animals a second chance. This story and so many others is also a reminder that we can't make a difference without the help and support of animal lovers everywhere.


The Petco Foundation has joined Ellen DeGeneres and her natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, to announce a new Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign. Animal welfare organizations throughout the country can compete for the opportunity to receive the winning grant award of $100,000 this holiday season.

Who We Are

The Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) was establlished in 1947 for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals, eliminating sick and rabid animals from the streets so children and pets would be protected from disease, and to build a shelter for the care of homeless, unwanted and abused pets.

The HSEP is the oldest and largest animal shelter in the City and County of El Paso, Texas and has remained in continuious operation for over 64 years. The HSEP is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and does not receive any funding from the City of El Paso, the State of Texas, or the federal government. The HSEP is not affiliated with any national organization, and it is not a member agency of the United Way of El Paso. The HSEP is totally dependent on adoption and service fees, fund raising activities, donations from the community and grants for all operating expenses.

Until 2009, the HSEP was the only "open door" animal shelter in the city, which meant that the HSEP did not turn away any pet being surrendered by the owner unless the animal was very ill or extremely agressive. A sad result of that policy meant that the HSEP was considered a "kill" shelter and we had a very high euthanasia rate.

Fortunately, in 2009 the Board of Directors determined a new direction was called for and took the dynamic step of becoming a no-kill shelter. On January 1, 2010, the Humane Society of El Paso opened its doors with a new philosophy and business model as a no-kill shelter. As a result, we have expanded our veterinary protocols to manage and treat a variety of ailments that in the past would have meant a death sentence for an innocent animal.

Last year we took in over 3840 unwanted pets and re-homed 3876 animals that were in our care. The majority of our animal residents are given to us by thier owners who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer care for them or no longer want to. When space premits, we will pull animals for death row at the local City Animal Control facility.

The HSEP has an onsite spay/neuter clinic and, in accordance with state law, all pets adopted from the HSEP are surgically sterilized prior to release to the new guardian, It costs us approximately $25.00 per day per animal to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for an animal entrusted to our protection.

Come Visit Us

The HSEP is open 362 days a year!

The only holidays we're closed are Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Monday-Friday we're open from 11am-6pm.

Weekends 11am-5:00pm.

Please note we stop adoptions 30 mintues before close.

We will close early on Christmas Eve-11am-3pm.



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