Animal shelters clearing out


HARLINGEN, Texas – With social distancing protocols in place, animal shelters across the country are implementing new methods to get our furry friends with a family to call their own.

Carmen Nanez, adoption specialist at the Palm Valley Animal Society says in the last few months their two Edinburg locations were experiencing overcrowding. But after implementing new programs that has changed.

“We still have a lot of people interested in adopting. We have a lot of people calling us,” she said.

Keeping both of their locations busy with calls from potential families looking to adopt a new member of the family in the midst of the pandemic.

“Yesterday was a good day for adoptions. It looked like a weekend it was very busy,” she added.

“We had over 500 animals but now we are at about 400. So its not a bad thing but we still got a lot of work to do to get them out.”

New programs implemented at the shelters include Foster to Adopt, Love is Blind, Curbside Adoption and even deliveries.

Seeing more furry friends out the door is not only happening in the upper valley but also in Harlingen, and its showing promising results.

Luis Quintanilla, Executive director at the Harlingen Humane Society says the results come with the added resources and programs at the shelter. That allows the public to get informed.

“For the first time the Humane Society in Harlingen reached a no kill month. We were at 94 percent for March, for the year overall we’re at 87 percent,” he said. “Its been really great the community has been responding positively.”

While it is still uncertain how long it will be until everything goes back to normal. The key to keeping shelters up and running smoothly is by getting homes for these furry friends.

For more information on adoptions and programs you can visit their websites at Humane Society of Harlingen and Palm Valley Animal Society.

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