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Palm Valley Animal Center is a private, non-profit animal rescue organization serving the pets and people of McAllen, TX and the surrounding Hidalgo County. As the only open admission, full-service shelter in the county, the Center receives nearly 40,000 animals every year. Palm Valley Animal Center is one of the largest individual animal intake facilities in the nation! Their mission as a shelter is to care for the area's homeless companion animals and enhance the connection between people and animals through pet adoptions, community outreach, and education. 

Originally founded in 1974 as the Upper Valley Humane Society, the Palm Valley Animal Center serves as the municipal animal facility for the city of McAllen and has since grown significantly in both size and capacity to serve. Today, the Center cares for almost 40,000 animals annually with 350 dog runs and 185 cat kennels. The staff has grown from a few volunteers to more than 50 trained professionals who are dedicated to serving the local community. The nonprofit offers local pet owners a plethora of resources including a lost pet program, animal adoptions, a mobile adoption unit, humane education programs, a dog park, and several community-building events and initiatives. Serving Hidalgo County for more than 40 years, Palm Valley Animal Center has an unwavering commitment to the area's homeless animals. 

Cinderella Pet Rescue, another animal welfare nonprofit serving McAllen, is a partner rescue of the Palm Valley Animal Center. The organization was established in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for a no-kill shelter to save more of the abandoned animals of South Texas. 

The shelter is operated on an entirely volunteer basis and is a safe haven for abandoned, mistreated, neglected, and relinquished dogs, cats, horses, and donkeys. In everything that they do, Cinderella Pet Rescue ensures that all the animals in their care receive the love, enrichment, exercise, and medical attention they need to lead happy healthy lives. Relying on the help of community volunteers, the rescue is able to carry out daily shelter maintenance and animal care while offering services for pets and people including adoptions, a foster program, and pet ownership education. By partnering with other rescue organization, Cinderella Pet Rescue is able to give animals in critical condition the care they require and save more of the area's animals in need.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Mcallen

  • Admission $25.00
    Month October
    Duration 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    #1 Howl-o-Ween

    Calling all costumed canines! Howl-o-Ween is a dog-friendly, fun-filled celebration of the spookiest holiday of all! Taking place at the LPA PAWS Dog Park, the event features a dog costume contest, a raffle, pet portraits, and a Yappy Hour station with doggie delicacies and hand-crafted cocktails! Entry fee for the contest and Halloween paw-ty includes a goodie bag, a Yappy Hour token, and a Howl-o-Ween t-shirt. The costume contest awards prizes for the top dogs in the following categories: small dog, large dog, human/dog combo, and team. The Yappy Hour station for you and your four-legged friend consists of a treat table with several cocktail drink options, tasty treats, toys, and other pawsome surprises!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month March
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #2 Hogs for Dogs

    Every March, the Thunderhorse Hog Chapter and the Ladies of Harley at Desperado Harley-Davidson gets together with the Palm Valley Animal Center to host their annual Hogs for Dogs event benefitting the homeless and abandoned animals of the local community. This fun-filled, pet-friendly party boasts live music, a raffle, free food with the purchase of a raffle ticket, a pooch photo booth, a Yappy Hour for the animal attendees, and sweet treats at the Hogs Bake Sale. You are encouraged to bring along some spare change for the Pennies for Paws coin drive to benefit the Center's fundraising efforts. Leashed pets are welcome to come along for a tail-waggin', butt-snffin' good time! Come move your paws here for a cause and support the homeless animals of the Rio Grande Valley.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 6:00 am - 11:00 pm

    #3 McAllen Dog Park

    As McAllen's first and only dog park, this place is a canine haven! The enormous park (the size of an entire block) features fully-fenced, grassy expanses with shade trees, separate areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of space for your pooch to stretch their legs! There are even benches for humans to hunker down while watching their pups play and fountains for both pets and their people. You won't find many fenced and secure dog parks this huge, so be sure you to make the trip! McAllen Dog Park is clean and well-maintained, so please pick up after your pup! Waste receptacles are available on site.
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  • Admission $25.00
    Month July
    Duration 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    #4 Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer

    Come create a lasting memory of your pampered pooch at the annual Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer event benefitting the homeless and abandoned animals in the care of the Palm Valley Animal Center. The event offers an all-inclusive photo session for your furry friend at Ranson Photography. For just a $25 session fee and a 40-50 lb bag of dog or cat food, you will receive a professional pet photo session with an experienced photographer and a printed 5x7 picture of your animal companion! Get out to support a great cause and invite all of your two and four-legged friends along with you! Just be sure to book your time slot ahead of time because the day will fill up quickly!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Monday-Saturday 1...

    #5 Mama's Pizzeria

    Looking for a delicious dining experience with your dog in tow? Mama's Pizzeria is the perfect place for you! Not only do they offer killer Italian food and other menu variety, but their patio area is pup-friendly and they will welcome your dog with open arms! Enjoy amazing entrees varying from pasta and pizza to gyros and Chicago-style hot dogs while your pooch is well cared for with fresh water and treats. The staff at Mama's Pizzeria go above and beyond to make sure you and your canine companion feel comfortable here. Stop in for a slice and perhaps even a hot dog for your well-mannered mutt!
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