Valley Humane Society Preparing to Close their Doors
HARLINGEN - For more than 20 years, the Harlingen Humane Society, a non-profit organization, opened their doors to the forgotten animals in the community. The shelter provides adoption services, health care and maintenance for pets.
Kim Warunek, the director of the Harlingen Humane Society, said, "We've been funding a lot of programs, and that's something we had to cut back on. We were doing a lot voucher programs for our spay neuter (program) for the surrounding communities. We've been doing a lot of transport, which has come at our expense."
She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS these services used to be free, and now they are charging $20 per animal. Vaccinations can cost up to $15 per animal. "Everything coming in has to be vaccinated," said Warunek.
This week, the city of Harlingen granted emergency funds to keep the Harlingen Humane Society open a little longer. If they cannot find the money to continue, they will have to close. Warunek said they will be applying for state grants. She added she hopes the community steps in and helps keep them open.