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To: Rio Grande Valley elected officials

Valley Unites for 90

Para leer y firmar nuestra petición en español, visite: https://bestfriends.controlshift.app/petitions/el-valle-unido-para-90

Each day, 1,000 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters. Nearly 40 healthy and treatable pets are killed each day in the RGV alone. Together, we can create powerful and lasting change for our community and save lives.

Our culture in the Valley is special: we are hardworking, close-knit, resilient, and we love our pets like family. We, the people of the Valley, deserve access to resources to create a happier and healthier community for our residents and their pets. Our elected officials need to understand that this is a priority for us— we want to end the unnecessary killing of dogs and cats due to lack of resources or space; we want to become a no-kill community.

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Your voice is an important part of this effort! Sign here to join a growing group of fellow community members who support becoming a no-kill community. Join us in creating an RGV where we have access to resources, our pets are healthy and safe, and animals in our shelters have a fighting chance.
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Why is this important?

Telling our representatives that we care is the first step in making a no-kill valley possible. Being no-kill simply means we are a community that acts on the belief that every healthy, treatable dog and cat should be saved. We can do this by saving as many lives as possible through pet adoption, trap-neuter-return, supported foster care programs, raising awareness, and other community support programs. Saving 90 percent or more of the animals who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill. Together, our cities can create a better future for our animals — we can become united for 90.

The number of no-kill shelters in the U.S. (i.e., animal shelters saving at least 90% of the dogs and cats that enter) has more than doubled in the past seven years, from 24% in 2016 to 57% in 2022. We know this is possible in the Valley too!

Our community deserves access to modern lifesaving policies and programming. As part of our families, our pets are part of the community, too. We should include and prioritize animal services and access to care as part of our city planning.

Supporting our community includes local shelters and programs that focus on providing safe and positive solutions for cats and dogs entering those shelters. It is crucial our representatives know that saving cats and dogs is important to us.

By advocating for these programs and continued collaboration with your local animal shelter, you can be part of creating a healthier community for pets and people. Show your support by signing and sharing this petition today! 

Reference and facts:

https://www.nokillfacts.com
Texas, USA

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Updates

2024-07-10 19:04:21 -0500

100 signatures reached

2024-05-24 01:00:46 -0500

50 signatures reached

2024-04-25 12:24:38 -0500

25 signatures reached

2024-03-04 10:26:12 -0600

10 signatures reached