PVAC asks Rio Grande Valley residents to foster pups before transport

Palm Valley Animal Center is calling on Rio Grande Valley residents to foster puppies as part of their campaign to increase the number of animals transported out of the area.

In an interview with The Monitor earlier this month, PVAC interim executive director and director of operations Mike Bricker identified shipping more dogs north as a priority to help save lives.

“Right now, we’re just trying to save all our healthy, adaptable animals,” he said, as PVAC sometimes still must euthanize for space.

PVAC’s board announced their goal of achieving no-kill status long term in May, which requires achieving a live-release rate exceeding 90 percent.

The center set a goal of sending 800 puppies out of the Valley before Thanksgiving. The group recently hosted PVAC Foster Puppy Palooza, which served as a mass recruitment event. PVAC sent the first 68 puppies north last Monday, according to the organization.

With the help of national animal welfare nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, puppies leave the Valley after spending two weeks with a local foster.

For more information, visit pvaconline.com/foster.