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Strategies + Impact: Progress in 2019

PVAS saw real progress in our journey to no-kill in 2019, saving 7,251 more animals than in 2018.*

Working with our lifesaving partners and the communities we serve Palm Valley Animal Society continues to save lives every day on our way to reaching no-kill. We owe a debt of gratitude to our lifesaving partners, without whom this progress would not be possible:

Best Friends Animal Society ( – Best Friends has had staff members on-site in Edinburg since July of 2018. They’ve provided support for shelter operations and business/financial/fundraising planning. They’ve also provided funding for supplies, equipment, vehicles, and lifesaving programs, including our Community Cats Program.

Maddie’s Fund® ( – Maddie’s® Shelter Embed Project in the Rio Grande Valley provided the grant that is funding Best Friend’s work through the end of 2020 and is the primary resource for our efforts in the region since June 2019.

Petco Foundation ( – Petco Foundation’s 2018 grant of $1M ($500k/year in 2018-2019) jumpstarted and sustained PVAS’ initial efforts toward achieving no-kill. Their commitment to Palm Valley helped us transform from the organization with the highest lifesaving gap in the nation to an organization with one of the most improved lifesaving rates in the US.

We know there’s more work to be done. Our goals for 2020 are:

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the lifesaving improvements we accomplished together in 2019, and to dedicating ourselves to meeting our goals in 2020 to continue our journey to no-kill in the Rio Grande Valley.

*The gap to achieving a 90% save-rate in FY2018 was 11,305 compared to the gap in FY2019 which was 4,054, representing 7,251 additional lives saved.

Palm Valley Animal Society receives thousands of cats and dogs every year. Our daily efforts to save these homeless animals are made possible by the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community. Please click the link below to join us in our efforts to make The Rio Grande Valley a safer place for our animals.

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