EDINBURG, Texas – Following a boom in puppies born this month in the Rio Grande Valley a big push has begun to save our four-legged friends.
A local shelter is waiving adoption fees this weekend to save their lives.
The Laurie P. Andrews Paws Center in Edinburg has received over 25 furry families in just a lapse of two days and now these furry friends need your help finding a forever home.
“These past two weeks have been a huge increase. We’ve seen a huge increase in nursing moms and orphan babies. People call all the time if we have puppies, the answer is yes we have puppies and we have puppies of all sizes, color, breeds,” said Rebecca Villanueva, Paws Director of Development.
For years the Paws and Palm Valley Animal Centers have housed thousands of cats and dogs and continuously work to clear the shelter for more pets to come in.
“It’s like taking a newborn baby and putting it on the floor of an ER. We want to prevent these puppies from suffering from being in a kennel or growing up in a kennel. Puppies are in a perfect time to get used to people and this is the perfect time for them to go into homes,” continued Villanueva.
According to the shelter the life-saving rate has doubled from 33 to 70 percent since 2017, adding a big contribution to that number comes from their foster program.
“A shelter setting is no place for a nursing mom or puppies and the best place for them to be is in a home whether it be in a foster home or an adoptive home,” Villanueva continued.
The intake of puppies is expected to increase as the shelter currently has more moms soon to give birth and due to that influx, the shelter is offering free adoptions.
“Now you will still have to pay a $25 spay and neuter deposit but that is 100% refundable. You just have to keep your appointment. Most of these babies are too young to be spayed and neutered and so we have to wait until they’re old enough,” concluded Villanueva.
The free adoptions kicked off Friday morning and will last through to Sunday at the Paws Center and PVAC.
The shelter is also offering $5 vaccines tomorrow for your furry friends at home.
The community clinic will take place from 8 to 11 in the morning at the Paws Shelter on 2451 North Expressway 281 in Edinburg.