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Find Your Local Animal Shelters

Cameron County Animal Shelter
26981 FM 510
San Benito, TX 78586
Animal Shelter Website
Office: (956) 407-9590

Palm Valley Animal Center
2501 W Trenton Rd.
Edinburg, TX 78539
Palm Valley Website
Office: (956) 686-1141

Human Society of Harlingen
1106 Markowsky Avenue
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Human Society Website
Office: (956) 425-7297

The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center
2451 N US Expressway 281
Edinburg Texas 78541
PAWS Center Website
Office: (956) 720-4563

Raymondville Animal Shelter
777 N 5th St
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Office: (956) 689-3534

Pets and Animals

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.

Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.

    Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
    Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
    Consider an out-of-town friend or relative

Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.

Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.

Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.

If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.

Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.

If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!

Tips for Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

    Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
    Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
    Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
    Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
    If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated.

Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.

Make sure your livestock has the following to help prevent cold-weather problems:

    Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds
    Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions
    Plenty of food and water