EDINBURG, Texas – The Palm Valley Animal Center and the Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center are in need of a little help. Over the past year the shelters have dealt with a distemper issue and say they have done everything to manage it. Nearing the end of their battle national experts from the University of Florida have come in to help.
Mike Bricker, PVAC Executive Director, “What they are recommending is a two week break. No intake of dogs coming into the facility so that way we can manage the population here to see how many animals here in our care have distemper.”
Distemper presents the same symptoms as a common cold and testing can be costly taking days for results. With the assistance from the university and Maddie’s Fund the testing is free for the shelters. However the shelters need help fostering dogs which have been tested and cleared.
Bricker says, “We just need to get them out. Especially over at our PAWS location. We have a bunch of animals, they are fixed, they are ready we’re waiving adoption fees. You can either come and find your forever friend and take them home or just for a couple of nights.”
On Saturday, August 17th, the shelters along with KVEO and Telemundo 40 will be hosting the Clear the Shelters event which last year saw nearly 500 pets find their forever homes.
“we really need the communities help you know we need them today so as soon as they see this please come in and foster or adopt a dog we make it really really easy it’ll be a quick process and you will be saving a life.” adds Bricker
The shelter says it is looking for foster homes for 100 dogs for the next 10 days until the Clear the Shelters event.