Cities Helping Animal Shelter Deal with Overcrowding
EDINBURG - Interest is growing in the Palm Valley Animal Center. But, it's not for the reasons Rebecca Villanueva would like.
"Often times people ask us, 'do you have room? do you have room? And the reality is that we're constantly at capacity. At any given day we have over 700 animals on site," said Villanueva, director of development at Palm Valley Animal Center. She says the organization can barely keep up with the current intake of animals. "These are 700 animals that need to be fed, that need water, that need shelter, that need medical attention, and often times we don't have enough homes to place them in, and we don't have enough resources to care for them."
PVAC Executive Director Tim Ousley says they're looking for help with additional funding from cities that take animals to their facility.
"What we're doing is to have all of the cities to be on the same contract that the county is on. If they bring us a thousand animals, they pay the same amount each month. If they bring us two thousand, it's still the same amount," said Ousley.
The City of Pharr has already stepped up to help. The city is the third largest area that benefits from PVAC.
Pharr Public Works Director Roy Garcia says the city used to pay for every animal they took to the shelter.
"Anywhere between 4,000 to 3,000 animals a year that we take in, so that averages anywhere between $200,000 to $300,000 in fees that we need to take in as well," said Garcia.
Ousley says the lock-in rate helps PVAC know exactly how much money will be in the center's budget for the year per city. Cities will also know exactly how much they'll spend on animal control.