The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project kicked off June 2014 to chronicle the road to recovery of an animal who has been the victim of severe animal abuse, physical and/or through neglect, and the dramatic impact a foster family can have on a pet everyone else has given up on.



The Phoenix Project was created following the intake of a female six month old German Shepherd that was almost completely  hairless, underweight, and very fearful after being surrendered to PVAC by her owner. She was named Phoenix when the PVAC Foster Staff realized that with a whole lot of love and TLC this “unwanted” dog could blossom into an amazing,  beautiful, and very well adjusted family pet. Phoenix made a complete recovery and was adopted by her Foster Family who continues to love and care for her.

View her story here, Phoenix.


Hercules was chosen by the PVAC Foster Program Staff to prove again that no pet is unsalvageable.  Hercules, a two year old Dachshund-Beagle, arrived at PVAC with swollen cracked bleeding skin, staph and respiratory infections. Like so many pets that are abandoned or surrendered, Hercules was fearful and malnourished. Hercules’ mental and medical recovery is thanks to the dedication shown by the PVAC Foster Staff and the love from his Foster Family.

View his story here, Hercules.

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Phoenix and Hercules represent the thousands of pets that are surrendered, abandoned, and neglected whom our community gives up on, but find a second and often only chance thanks to the dedication of the PVAC Foster Program and the love from a Foster Family. 

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Schrock
956-686-1141 Ext. 24

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