Harlingen Humane Society Building

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where does the money come from to support HSH?

HSH receives a monthly stipend from the City of Harlingen which equals about one- third of our operating costs. The remaining two thirds comes from adoptions, bequeaths, claim fees, private donations, and memorials.

Do you put animals to sleep?

Because people are not taking responsibility for their pets, we are forced to put thousands of animals to sleep each year.

HSH receives about 10,000 animals each year; there simply aren’t enough homes to go around. As a public shelter we accept all animals regardless of their condition. Because we are a public shelter, we will never be able to be a true “No Kill” shelter, but we are trying to end the euthanizing of adoptable animals. In 2010 of all the animals we had to euthanize only 36% of them were adoptable, compared to 59% in 2009.

Is HSH affiliated with any other animal welfare agencies?

No, we are an independent organization. There are no national organizations that financially support local shelters. We do however work with local rescue groups to help place adoptable animals.

Does HSH pick up loose, stray or deceased animals?

No, that is the responsibility of Animal Control.

What animals do you have available for adoption?

HSH has cats and dogs of all ages. The animals vary in breed, color, disposition, gender, and size. We have big ones, small ones, old ones, young ones, black ones, blue ones, we have them all. When you’re ready to adopt, it’s a lot like the expression, “A kid in a candy shop.”

What are the procedures for adoption?

Once you decide on which animal you want to adopt an adoption application must be completed. During this process HSH will ask questions such as: Can you have pets where you live? For the large breed dogs: Do you have a fenced in backyard? After reviewing your application and it is approved, you are welcome to adopt.

How often do animals need their vaccinations?

In their first year puppies and kittens require a series of very important booster vaccinations to protect them from common but life threatening diseases. After the first year an animal is considered an adult and needs vaccinations annually to help prevent disease.

How do I keep my pet parasite free?

In the valley, it is not an option to not treat your pets for both internal and external parasites such as fleas, intestinal worms, ticks and the very serious heart worm disease. These parasites are endemic to the area and will limit your pet’s lifespan when not addressed. You must, without exception, use monthly flea, tick, and heart worm preventatives, on your cats and dogs. Flea and tick preventatives are both available over the counter, or for more effective treatment, from your vet. Heart worm preventatives must be purchased from your vet and costs about $5 a month. All of these preventatives will pay for themselves in the long run with reduced health care bills and increased pet longevity.

Does HSH perform animal cruelty investigations?

No, that is the responsibility of the City of Harlingen’s Animal Control Department.

If you have any further questions you may contact us at: 956-425-7297.


PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS and help reduce euthanasia numbers in shelters!
Any questions? Please call us at: 956-425-SNIP(7647) or email us at: Harlingenhumanesociety@yahoo.com