About Us

The Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) is the oldest and largest NO-Kill animal shelter in the City and County of El Paso, Texas and have remained in continuous operation for over 66 years for the purpose of building a better community for all animals through adoptions, education, foster-care, volunteer work and community events.

The HSEP is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and does not receive any funding from the City or County of El Paso, the State of Texas or the federal government. The facility is totally dependent on adoption and service fees, fundraising activities, donations from the community and grants for all of the operating expenses.  The HSEP is NOT affiliated with any national organization such as the Humane Society of the United States, nor is it a member agency of the United Way of El Paso County. 

The HSEP also has an on-site veterinary clinic to provide necessary medical care to residents. The facility does not provide veterinary services to the public or to owned animals.  In accordance with state law, all animals adopted out of the HSEP are surgically sterilized prior to release to a new pet parent.

Below is  our federal tax return as prepared by Pena, Briones, McDaniel & Co., PC

Our History

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

Fortunately, in 2009 the Board of Directors determined that 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 expanded veterinary protocols to manage and treat a variety of ailments that previously would have meant a death sentence for innocent animals.


Unwanted pets taken in 2016


Pets found a home in 2016


Total animals fostered in 2016


Volunteer service hours performed in 2016


Cost per day per to provide food, shelter and care for an animal living at the shelter


Our animal rescue goal for 2017