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Foster Homes Urgently Needed for Pets Displaced by Eviction Crisis

We are seeking community support for an unprecedented number of cats and dogs expected over the next 30-90 days

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Edinburg, TX – Palm Valley Animal Society urgently needs fosters to temporarily care for pets whose families have been displaced by eviction.

The coming eviction crisis will lead to as many as 14,786 pets entering Palm Valley Animal Society in the next 30-90 days calculated using the Human Animal Support Services (HASS). Humane Animal Support Services has developed a toolkit/calculation to help us identify how many pets could be at risk. The site says that in Hidalgo County 10,340 people are behind on rent and subject to eviction. Of those .65% have pets. households with pets average 2.2 pets per household which equals 14,786.2 pets who may become homeless as a result of evictions. Up to 8 million pets will go into animal shelters across the nation, due to evictions.

“The mass of coming evictions will be catastrophic for whole families, including pets. When people lose their homes, pets end up in the shelter. We need your help to care for them and keep them safe,” said Executive Director, Donna Casamento “We are asking those who have secure housing to please foster today.”

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This unprecedented surge of cats and dogs comes during what has already been a particularly brutal summer for Palm Valley Animal Society. The usual busy summer season has been compounded by slowing adoption rates and reduced rescue partner placements. 

Fostering a pet reduces shelter overcrowding, reduces the threat of shelter euthanasia for lack of space, and gives a cat or dog a less stressful environment in which to thrive. 

Palm Valley Animal Society will provide all food, supplies, and veterinary care to pets in foster care. Cats, dogs, senior pets, pets recovering from illness or injury, and pets who have been in the shelter for a long time, all need a foster lifeline—in addition to the pets whose families have been evicted.

“Fostering a pet is fun, easy, and anyone can do it. You can take home a pet the same day you sign up to foster and we have pets for every family and living situation,” said Executive Director, Donna Casamento. “Fostering saves the life of the animal in a foster home, and the animal who takes their place at the shelter.”

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You can see the pets available for foster on the shelter website at pvastx.org. Sign up to foster here at pvastx.org/foster. Adopters are also needed. If you want to help in this moment of crisis but cannot take a pet into your home, Palm Valley Animal Society is asking people to donate, volunteer, and help spread the word by sharing social media posts about fostering and adoptable pets. Visit pvastx.org to adopt, sign up as a foster or volunteer, or to donate today. 

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