About us

Palm Valley Animal Center is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit animal welfare organization with over 14 municipal contracts.

PVAC, the only full service open admission animal intake facility in all of South Texas, provides services to Hidalgo County making us one of the largest single intake facilities in nation. This facility accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species and breed.

The goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes though adoptions, foster care or rescue partner groups. PVAC has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community and in your home.

Mission Statement

Palm Valley Animal Center cares for homeless companion animals and enhances the relationship between animals and people through adoptions, education and community outreach.


Palm Valley Animal Center was founded in 1974 as the Upper Valley Humane Society. The facility, then operated by, and located in, McAllen, was turned over to the Humane Society by the City of McAllen to carry out the full operation and functions of the municipal animal facility.

In 1981, the Upper Valley Humane Society received a donation of 2.5 acres of land located at 2501 W Trenton Rd in Edinburg. This encouraged the subsequent purchase of the adjacent 2.5 acres for a total of 5 acres. Contributions from the surrounding cities, as well as donations from local citizens ($50,000 from Bob Sobel and $100,000 from L.L. Rowan) secured construction on this land and the facility opened on October 31st 1983 with 56 dog runs and 60 cat kennels.

With much deliberation and consideration, our Board of Directors determined that it would be in the best interest of the organization to make significant changes. As a result of these changes, we changed our name from the Upper Valley Humane Society to Palm Valley Animal Center in 2007.

Since our inception we have grown from receiving several hundred animals a year, with 22 dog runs and 9 cat kennels, to receiving more than 40,000 animals a year with 350 dog runs and 185 cat kennels. Our staff has grown from a few volunteer helpers to over 50 trained professionals.

Serving the community for over 40 years, our commitment to animals has never wavered and we look forward to great things in our future and the future of the animals within our care.

Our Numbers

The Asilomar Accords are guidelines that facilitate the data collection process and assure consistent reporting across agencies. PVAC has been submitting data to Shelter Animals Count: The National Database since 2017.

Download PVAC’s Asilomar Animal Statistics below.

2017 Shelter Animals Count
2016 Shelter Animals Count
2015 Shelter Animals Count
2014 Shelter Animals Count
2013 Shelter Animals Count


For Shelter/Impoundment Inspection Reports

The State of Texas, Health and Safety Code Chapter 823.003 requires animal shelters  to be inspected annually by a licensed veterinarian for compliance with Chapter 823 and Chapter 829. Past Palm Valley Animal Center animal shelter inspections are listed below.

2017 PVAC Shelter 
2016 PVAC Shelter
2015 PVAC Shelter
2014 PVAC Shelter
2013 PVAC Shelter

For Quarantine Inspection Reports

In addition, the annual quarantine inspection for licensed rabies quarantine facilities is performed by the Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control personnel. Past Palm Valley Animal Center quarantine inspections are listed below.

2017 PVAC Quarantine
2016 PVAC Quarantine
2015.09 PVAC Quarantine
2015.01 PVAC Quarantine
2013 PVAC Quarantine

Financial Information

Form 990s

Palm Valley Animal Center – 2016 Form 990
Palm Valley Animal Center – 2015 Form 990

Financial Statements

Palm Valley Animal Center – 2016 Audited Financial Statement (pending)
Palm Valley Animal Center – 2015 Audited Financial Statement
Palm Valley Animal Center – 2014 Audited Financial Statement 
Palm Valley Animal Center – 2013 Audited Financial Statement

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