No-kill animal shelter coming soon to RGV


POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:09am

After several years of planning, the wheels are turning for the development of the Valley's first no-kill animal shelter.

Palm Valley Animal Center directors recently purchased more than six acres in Edinburg for a multi-million dollar facility called RGV PAWS, which stands for "pet adoption and wellness services."

Unlike the current PVAC facility, RGV PAWS will be a completely no-kill center for adoptable pets looking for their forever home.

"It's something that we need so desperately," explained Margot McClelland, director of development at PVAC.  "Thousands [of animals] wander the streets, abandoned and neglected, and it's something that we need to address.  It's something that needs to have been addressed a long time ago."

PVAC estimates about 40,000 animals come through the facility each year, and a large number of those animals end up being euthanized.

The new RGV PAWS center will not only work to educate the public on humane animal treatment, it will also provide low cost spay and neutering services.

"We'll have our own in-house clinic so that we can do a portion of our own spaying and neutering there for both adoptable dogs as well as some that we send off into our rescue program," said PVAC executive director Tim Ousley.

Animals will still go through Palm Valley first for testing to determine that they are suitable for adoption, then they will make their way over to the RGV PAWS facility.

The goal is to potentially double the amount of cats and dogs that find a loving home each year.

"Where we're adopting about 2,000 here now we'd like to get that to 2,500, 3,000, up to 5,000 adoptions every year is really what we'd like to see in the future," Ousley explained.

Construction for the no-kill facility is expected to begin early next year.

If you'd like to donate to the RGV PAWS project or want to volunteer with PVAC, visit


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