City of McAllen Urges Community to Think Before They Gift

by Office of Communications | Dec 14, 2023

The City of McAllen would like to remind the community that if anyone is contemplating the idea of giving a pet as a gift for a birthday or special holiday, it's important to approach this decision with careful consideration. While the idea may seem appealing in the moment, it involves a substantial commitment that spans 10 to 15 years, encompassing aspects such as food, water, medicine, and regular cleanings. 

Animals deserve the best lives possible, but many times being given as a gift can result in neglectful treatment, such as being left outdoors tied up or bound inside a cage. Owning a pet involves a significant responsibility that extends even to holidays and vacations.

If there is uncertainty about someone's readiness for this long-term commitment, an alternative worth exploring is fostering. Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS) offers a range of fostering options, allowing individuals to provide temporary care for pets, whether it be for a day, a weekend, or an extended time.

To explore the various fostering options available and determine the best fit for one’s circumstances, residents are encouraged to reach out to PVAS at (956) 686-1141. They can provide valuable information to assist in making an informed decision that aligns with anyone’s lifestyle and level of commitment.