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Some start new year saving lives of Sun City Pets

By: Genevieve Curtis

EL PASO, Texas--Some El Pasoans wasted no time today on their New Year's resolution to save a life, the life of a pet, that is.

Kandolite Flores with the Humane Society of El Paso said New  Year's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for adoptions.

"I guess new year, new things right?" said Robert Giglia

New Year's Day seemed like the perfect day for the Giglias to welcome a new family member, Clover.

The humane society has its own set of resolutions for 2014, including renovating its nursery and improving its cat house to make it more welcoming for adoptions.

"We are working on an agility course here at the shelter and kind of a small dog park so we can help train some of the problem animals a little bit more and get them adopted as well so they aren't here as long," said Flores.

And they want to help break some old habits.

"We want everyone in the city to not just come up with New Year's resolutions, we want them to be part of the pet solution. So whether you do have an animal or you don't, make sure that you are promoting responsible guardianship that you stand up to animal abuse or that you are reporting it," said Flores.

In 2013, the humane society saved 3,800 animals but they have big goals for 2014, and hope to save at least 4,000. That's because in the City of El Paso last year, more than 25,000 pets were put down.

Rescuing animals is part of Breana Woodrich's New  Year's resolution, so  Wednesday, she and her family signed up to be foster parents, taking care of adoptable pets at home that in turn makes more space at the shelter to save more lives.

"We just want to help dogs and just help them get homes so they can be social and to get owners," said Woodrich.

On the first day of 2014, Clover and many dogs and cats headed to a new home, but there will be thousands of pets looking for a new family all year long.

The humane society found homes for 37 pets Wednesday.  It had hoped to do 65  adoptions, but Flores said workers were very busy and a lot of people went to do their research, so they took that as a good sign.

Between the humane society's efforts and collaboration with the city, they rescued a total of 6,000 animals in 2013.

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