RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Receives $90,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Spay/Neuter and Reduce Pet Overpopulation

 McAllen, TX-October 7, 2008 The RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic received a $90,000 grant last month which will be used to start the first stationary low cost spay/ neuter clinic in the Rio Grande Valley.  The organization’s soon to be established pet sterilization program will set a goal of altering more than 6,000 animals per year on average to proactively fight the area’s dire pet overpopulation problem.

The program offers reduced cost spay/neuter services for pets residing in the Rio Grande Valley and Deep South Texas and will be located in McAllen on Pecan and 23rd  Street, just south of the Salvation Army.   Once operational, the goal of the RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic will be to reduce the pet overpopulation and the resulting euthanasia of unwanted pets in Hidalgo and surrounding counties by 25 percent over the next 5 years.  In 2007, over 32,000 cats and dogs entered Palm Valley Animal Center, the only animal center in Hidalgo County.   More than 27,000 or 95% were euthanized due to overcrowding and/or unadoptability.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this necessary and much needed service to all the citizens of the Valley.” said Victoria Villanueva, President of the RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.  “We hope our spay/neuter program will soon improve the lives of the pets in our community and become a model for other agencies across the valley and state.”

The RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic was founded in 2007 to help end pet overpopulation in the region.    For more information about the Clinic email at clinic@rgvlowcostspayneuterclinic.org  Donations are tax deductible and are always welcomed and appreciated and can be mailed to:  RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, PO Box 5968,  McAllen, TX 78502-5968.


“The RGV Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is a great example of taking the initiative to improve the local community,” said Susana Della Maddalena, Executive Director of PetSmart Charities. “Targeted programs like these are the key to successful, low-cost spay/neuter in local communities. Cumulatively, they are making a huge impact on pet overpopulation nationwide.”

 ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES, INC

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.4 million pets.  To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

TEXAS FEDERATION OF ANIMAL CARE SERVICES

 

February 1, 2009
To whom it may concern,
I wish I had more information to give you at this time regarding how your generous donation is being put to use.  However, the Texas legislature sometimes moves at a slow pace.
As originally presented to you we have three bills in the 2009 session.
Protective Order (HB853)
  1. Hearing held and testimony given
  2. There were only affirmations for the bill during the hearing
  3. Due to lengthy testimony on another bill at the same hearing we were asked to limit testimony and we did
  4. Our lobbyist told me this week that the bill is scheduled to come out of committee
  5. When it is received in calendars it will go to both houses to be voted upon and we see no problems there
 Spay/Neuter Bills  (SB1845, HB4277)
  1. Has been assigned to the State Affairs Committee where you can find their names, Eddie Lucio III is on that committee
  2. No hearing date has been set but the Vice Chair of the comm. is the House sponsor
  3. Leticia van de Putte is the Senate sponsor on the bill and she and her staff are 100% behind it BUT RPOA is mounting a big challenge and having breeders contact legislators

Please call your state Senator to support SB1845 and your state Representative to PLEASE support HB 4277. We need to let them know we care about solving pet overpopulation.
Both of these bills relate to the sterilization of dogs and cats; providing a penalty.” (This bill would require all animals, over, six months of age, leaving animal shelters to be sterilized and would also give the owners who wished to keep an intact animal the opportunity to purchase an intact permit from their local animal control authority.)
To find your legislator go to: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

Anti-tethering bills (HB2001/SB634)

  1. HB2001 has been assigned to the County Affairs Committee where you can find their names
  2. Senator Seliger has requested a hearing on these bills but no date has been set.
    With your donation we have been able to move forward on these bills that will make Texas a better and kinder place for animals as well as reducing the costs for municipalities and providing protection for children who might be killed or maimed by a chained dog as was just the case in Luling, Texas.

I sincerely thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
Patt Nordyke
Executive Director

4702 Pinehurst Drive South, Austin, Texas 78747

512-826-8605  email pnordyke@austin.rr.com