Adoption Ambassadors

The shelter’s Adoption Ambassador Program is similar to foster care, but goes a step further; Adoption Ambassadors serve as offsite adoption coordinators, maximizing their shelter pet’s exposure to potential adopters, and providing temporary housing for their animal in the process.

The animals in the Adoption Ambassador Program are already spayed or neutered and given their preliminary vaccinations prior to arriving at their temporary homes. All food and supplies needed to care for the pet are provided to you as well as a bright colored "Adopt Me" vest. Ambassador dogs should be walked, taken to dog-friendly restaurants and cafes, HSEP adoption events, and any other place where potential adopters can meet the dog.

When you provide a temporary place in your home for one of the HSEP's animals, you’re giving another animal a second chance at life. Fostering an animal will free up space in the kennels to take in more homeless pets.

What does an Adoption Ambassador do?

  • Promotes the pet amongst friends, family, professional and community networks
  • Promotes the pet on social media outlets
  • Takes their Ambassador dog to adoption events throughout the community
  • Provides a temporary home
  • Basic daily care such as food, water, and exercise

How do I become an Adoption Ambassador?

Becoming an Adoption Ambassador is simple! Just download our foster application here. You may either attach your application to an email and send it to mreince@hselpaso.org or bring it directly to the shelter. The HSEP is located at 4991 Fred Wilson Ave. El Paso, TX 79906. Once your application is approved (reviewing process can take up to 48 hours), we will reach out to you via e-mail.

When do I get to take a foster animal home?

Once your application is approved, the Adoption Ambassador Coordinator will get in touch with you to set up an appointment. We’ll use the information provided on your application to find an animal who suits your lifestyle. You should plan to take your Ambassador dog home with you the same day as your appointment.

 How long do I have to foster?

Ideally, Ambassador dogs will be adopted within the first two weeks of entering the program. The more you promote your pet, the quicker he or she will find a permanent home. We do our best to work with your schedule, and you’re never required to keep a shelter animal if you encounter scheduling conflicts or other problems.

For more information please contact

Lissie Reince - Adoption Ambassador Coordinator

mreince@hselpaso.org

Can't foster, but want to help?

If you’re unable to foster but would like to help the program, you can do so by donating supplies! We are always in search of the following items:

  • Dry Dog Food (24 lb. bags or smaller)
  • Food and water bowls (medium and large)
  • Martingale collars (all sizes)
  • Flat collars (all sizes)
  • Leashes (4-6 ft. preferred)
  • Dog crates/kennels (medium and large)
  • Kong toys
  • Dog training treats
  • Reusable canvas tote bags
  • Grooming supplies (brushes, shampoo)
  • Large blankets (new or used)
  • Bath towels (new or used)

You can also help out by gifting an item from the Foster Program Wish List on Amazon!