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.