Give a lifesaving gift in 2021
Have you adopted a PVAS pet that changed your life? Submit your Petco Love Story here!
Adopting a pet is a wonderful thing; our friends at Petco Love want to hear about it and so do we. Last year, we had a winner from the RGV and we want you to win this year too!
Palm Valley Animal Society is a lifesaving leader in south Texas dedicated to ending the killing of shelter animals
in the Rio Grande Valley.
Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) operates two facilities in Edinburg, TX: PVAS Trenton Center and PVAS Andrews Center. PVAS provides municipal intake, shelter, and placement services for the citizens of Edinburg, City of Hidalgo, Hidalgo County, La Joya, McAllen, and Palmhurst, a total of 770,000 people and 25,000 animals each year.
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In Custody Today:
Since March, we've been reaching out to our community to ask for help. Once Covid restrictions were lifted, our intake increased rapidly, pushing us beyond capacity in early May. The numbers have only continued to climb this summer.
From adoptions (651 in just the last month!) , fosters and shelter transfers, we've been working toward lifesaving outcomes every day. We appreciate each and every person who has stepped up to be part of the solution!
However, our intake is still at an unsustainable level. With current staffing limitations, we cannot continue to provide the lifesaving outcomes our community demands with the current number of animals we have in our care. In July 2021, PVAS took in 1,715 animals. At the beginning of our intake freeze, we had 1,736 animals in custody.
In order to get our facilities back to manageable numbers, we will now be limiting our intake to emergency services only. We expect that this change in intake procedures will only be temporary.
This means that our municipal partners will only be picking up animals that are sick, injured, dangerous, or require quarantine.
While we won't be taking in healthy animals to our facilities, we do still want to help our community with animals in need. We have lots of resources to help you help animals! Please use this website to find information on what to do when you find a pet, how you can rehome your pet yourself, and when you should intervene with stray cats and kittens. Check out this flyer (also listed below) as just a start to the resources available for the community.
As always, we are asking our community to step up to foster pets, adopt if you are ready, or come out to the shelter to volunteer. While the pet overpopulation in the RGV is not a new issue, the response to solving the problem can't continue to be taking them to the shelter. The shelter should always be our last resort, so let's come together as a community to work on keeping pets out of the shelter and happy and healthy with their families!