We understand that a wide variety of reasons might lead someone to consider surrendering a pet. We hold no judgement toward those facing this choice, however our highest priorities are to keep pets with their families whenever possible and to keep animals out of the shelter. For this reason we've collected a number of resources to help you keep your pet at home. Most are focused on meeting needs - financial, medical, and behavioral. The rest are focused on rehoming your pet yourself, keeping them out of the shelter while you find them a new home. Click through to view the resources, and feel free to contact the shelter with any questions.

As required by law, stray animals brought to PVAS will be held for 72 hours to give the owner a chance to reclaim their pet. PVAS maintains custody of strays until the reclaiming process is complete. 

Owner surrenders require an appointment - please call (956) 877 - 2207 to arrange a time to surrender your pet.

Surrender Fees

There is no fee for surrendering a pet or bringing in a stray, though we do ask for a donation to help offset the cost of care.

Intake Requirements:
– A valid government-issued ID
– Proof of ownership (for owner surrendered pets)

Home to Home

Home to Home helps keep pets out of our facilities and in a home! This tool is a direct owner to adopter service that allows your to rehome your pet without them coming to PVAS. This program is free for both the pet's current guardian and future adopters. This program allows you to find the best fit for your pet and tell the adopter all about your pet's personality and preferences. 

Find the best fit for your pet with Home to Home. Get started here! 



Our organization relies on community support to do the lifesaving work we do. Be a part of this work and donate today! Your donation will allow us to grow our programs and help more animals across the RGV.