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The Humane Society of Harlingen contracts with the City of Harlingen and the City of Palm Valley for animal services, taking in approximately 6,000 animals each year, and we serve the Rio Grande Valley through various community initiatives like a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic, and a Pet Food Pantry.

HSH accepts stray and surrendered companion animals from the municipalities who contract our services regardless of age, health, or breed, making us the largest open-intake facility in Cameron County, and one of the largest in the Rio Grande Valley.


Shelter Animals Count is a nationwide collaborative project undertaken by the ASPCAMaddie’s FundBest Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and PetSmart Charities representing an effort to establish standardized data collection and reporting for animal shelters across the US including intake, adoptions, return-to-owner, transfers, euthanasia and shelter deaths. The Humane Society of Harlingen is a proud participant in this effort along with more than 5,500 other organizations. Review and explore all HSH Shelter Animals Count data here: Shelter Animals Count: Explore the Data. Choose “Detailed View,” “Texas,” and “Humane Society of Harlingen” to review our historical and current data.

A national benchmark to be considered a no-kill shelter in the United States requires organizations to have a save rate of over 90%, but being a no-kill shelter isn't just about a number. It's about making decisions on a daily basis that positively impact the lives of pets and their people, saving lives and keeping families together.

The data set to the right shows save rates from the Humane Society of Harlingen in 2020. These rates are calculated by subtracting the number of non-live outcomes (number of animals who died in care, were lost/escaped while in care, or were euthanized) by the number of live intakes and then dividing that number by the number of live intakes. These rates show the number of lives saved each month at HSH.

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We are so thankful to our incredible community who has made it possible for HSH to not only attain, but maintain, no-kill status. Although we’re proud of the progress we’ve made together with the communities we serve and our lifesaving partners, so long as there are still lost and homeless pets, our work is not finished. We hope you’ll join us in working together to help the communities of the Rio Grande Valley set a new national standard for progressive lifesaving.

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