South Texas is a great place to lay down your roots. It has everything your family is looking for, including concerts, family-fun events, city/summer programs, restaurants, local clubs, museums and much more! What about adding a lovable pet to your family after building a home on your new property? If you love animals as much as we do, you’ll want to know the greatest places to adopt, pet-related events and how you can make your furry companions happier!
Palm Valley Animal Center
Founded in 1981 as the Upper Valley Humane Society, Palm Valley Animal Center (PVAC) has evolved into receiving countless animals a year. What started with 22 dog runs and 9 cat kennels has grown to more than 40,000 animals a year with 350 dog runs and 185 cat kennels. In 2007, Upper Valley Humane Society was given its current name. With their dedication to serving animals for over 30 years, PVAC cares for homeless companions and enhances their relationship with people through adoptions, education and community outreach. Looking to get involved? They have great volunteering programs here.
The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center
The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center opened its doors in 2016 and is a one-of-a-kind no-kill welfare facility in South Texas! The PVAC adoption program has relocated into this amazing 28,000+ square-foot facility with state-of-the-art kennels, public dog parks, pet trails, an in-house spay and neuter clinic, a pet memorial park and education classrooms. Find out what the new facility looks like here or take a trip to their location at 2451 N. U.S. Expressway 281 in Edinburg!
Programs with PVAC and the Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center
These two facilities have great opportunities to help the community understand and learn how to make a positive impact in any animal’s life through their educational programs. Not only do these programs help animals, they also provide educational lessons on how to care for them, warning signs, building personal character and more! Here are just some of the programs that PVAC and the Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center has in store for you:
- PAWS Care Cadet Camp
- PAWS Rescue Squad Camp
- Paws and Picasso Camp
- Paws for Tall Tails Reading Program
Not only do you have opportunities to learn about animals through different educational programs offered at PVAC and the Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center, there will also be great events that will benefit your pets! Be on the lookout for more local events later in the year benefiting your furry companions.
Dog and Cat Days of Summer
Celebrate your pets with a professional photo-shoot while helping other potential pets find a loving home! Take advantage of this great experience with a professional photographer, Ranson Photography, on Saturday, July 9th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at 4909 N. 10th St. in McAllen.
This is a glamorous and fun experience to have your pet be the center of attention. All it takes is a 40-50 pound bag of cat or dog food and a $25 session fee to receive your own furry photo session and a 5×7 photograph of your four-legged companion. Find more information here. All food donations will be given to the PVAC.
It’s Hip to Chip
The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center and PVAC are hosting a low-cost microchipping event in Edinburg on June 4th. Microchipping your pet helps reunite them with you if they ever get lost. It’s fast and easy. Microchips are $12 per pet, but the first 50 are FREE! This event is only from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, so get there early!
All for Your Pets
Aside from pet adoption and events, South Texas is filled with many options to spay, neuter or spoil your furry friends! From Petco to PetSmart, the RGV has a variety of local businesses to cater to your loved one:
- RGV Doggie Express Spa
- RGV Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic
- Bath Time Dog Salon
- Perfect Paws Resort
- Royalty Pet Grooming Salon
- Glamour Dogs
Land for Your Pets to Run Free
At Santa Cruz Properties, our team is made up of animal lovers. We love to spoil pets by making them happy with big yards to play in. That’s why we have lots of land for sale that will suit you, your family and your pets! From ½-acre lots to 10-acre lots, we have an assortment to choose from here.
“We make it easier for you to call the Rio Grande Valley Home. We want to make you, your family and your pets happy with the perfect piece of land.” – Irma Moreno, Santa Cruz Properties
We make it easier for you and your pet to run free on the land of your dreams. We don’t hassle you with credit checks or turn you away for not having a credit history. We believe people from all walks of life deserve to own land. You can reach us at 956.383.0868, or leave us a message online to get started!