Animal shelter calls on community to welcome pets displaced by eviction crisis
EDINBURGH, TX (ValleyCentral) – The Palm Valley Animal Society is bracing for a new wave of returned animals due to the end of the national moratorium on evictions, and is asking the public for help in caring for the excess animals.
For months, the Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) has been operating at full capacity and is now bracing for a new wave of pets as ending the nation’s moratorium on evictions could require tenants to return their animals.
Figures collected by Human Animal Support Services (HASS) estimate that 14,786 pets could enter the Palm Valley Animal Society within the next 30 to 90 days.
The website calculated that 65% of the 10,340 people at risk of eviction have an average of 2.2 animals in Hidalgo County.
In the United States, about 8 million animals could end up in shelters because of evictions. This also means that PVAS will not be able to transfer the animals to the shelters of their rescue partners, as they will also be at full capacity.
In the worst-case scenario where the majority of these animals are returned, PVAS is asking the public for help in caring for animals that do not need to enter the shelter.
PVAS Development Coordinator Julian Whitacre said there is a lot the public can do to help with the influx.
Welcoming an animal helps the shelter make room for other incoming animals that may need more attention. Supplies are provided to take care of the animal and you will not need time to look after the animal; You can keep it for as little as a week to a few months. To promote, register online here.
“If you are at risk of being deported, we ask that you visit our website,” Whitacre said. “We have so many resources out there that you can use to relocate your pet. ”
Hang on to the animal
If the animal does not need medical attention, it is best to keep it and not bring it to the shelter as there are already too many animals present and this may not be good for its health.
“We have so many animals in our care that the shelter is a stressful environment for them and we want them to have the best possible life,” said Whitacre.
Find the animal a home
You can ask your family or friends if someone can accommodate an animal or you can use the resources on the PVAS website to relocate the animal before considering taking it to the shelter.
“There are free services, like home-to-home, where you can post your pet on this website and find an owner, someone who is willing to take your pet there before bringing it to the shelter,” Whitacre said.
If accommodating an animal is not within your capabilities, you can also help the shelter by volunteering. Whitacre explained that the shelter is currently understaffed.
“We always need dog treats, dog toys, cat toys, cat treats, as well as beds, blankets and towels – even if they are used, as long as they are washed, you can bring them here at PVAS and it is extremely helpful to us.
Leave the animal alone
Another way to help when a shelter is at full capacity is to leave animals that look healthy and are not alone in immediate danger. When you find a stray animal on the street, it may be best to leave it there. Experts say removing an animal that has established its territory will only make way for another stray animal. Sometimes they can be used to living in this environment.