These policies, plus the knowledge and support of sheltering experts, will transform Weslaco, just like they have transformed other communities in the RGV.
What is even more powerful is that with these changes, the animals in the local cities that contract with Weslaco for animal services will also enjoy better outcomes, find homes, and avoid unnecessary killing.
We just need our Mayor and City Commission to embrace this path forward and we can stop the killing. Together we are the solution.
Nearly 5,000 healthy, adoptable pets are killed every year in the Weslaco shelter.
Only 25% of the animals that enter the Weslaco Animal Care Services facility make it out alive. The Texas average is 80%.
More than 7 out of 10 animals that enter the Weslaco shelter are ultimately killed.
Weslaco is the highest killing shelter in the entire state of Texas.
Weslaco kills 58% more healthy, adoptable pets than the next highest killing shelter in Texas.
A staggering 97.5% of all cats that enter the Weslaco shelter are killed.
Weslaco kills more than 65% of the dogs that enter the shelter.
1,000 more dogs per year are killed in the Weslaco shelter than the next highest killing shelter in Texas.
* Data based on actual sheltering data locally and from across the state.
77% of residents in Weslaco and neighboring communities own a pet and 83% of residents believe that pet ownership is important with 67% indicating that they think it is very important.
52% do not believe their local government is doing a good job in investing resources to address homeless and stray pet issues.
78% of residents agree that it should be the goal of the local shelter to decrease the number of animals killed. 56% of residents strongly agreed.
Over half of Weslaco and neighboring community residents said it was unacceptable to have a 2.5% “save” rate for cats and to have the distinction of being the highest killing shelter in Texas.
Access to affordable veterinarian care was listed as the third most important issue (behind only crime and infrastructure) for residents of Weslaco surveyed.
* Findings based on scientifically valid quantitative survey conducted on registered voters in Weslaco and neighboring communities.