Foster or Adopt from the City of Port Isabel Animal Shelter, Therapy For Both Owner And Pet

Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter

Socialization during the Covid-19 pandemic is just as important for four legged friends as it is for people. The Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter in Port Isabel is offering a foster program that can help both.

According to Lexus Martinez, Administrative Assistant at the Shelter, fostering a dog during these difficult times will bring “joy and happiness to your life” and will give you something positive to focus on. Applications for the Foster Program can be found on the Shelter’s Facebook page as well as information about the program and photos of the almost 30 dogs that are available through the program. The animals are also available for adoption if the matches between people and dogs are successful.

Martinez says that all animals will have up-to-date vaccinations and those older than six months will be spayed or neutered at no cost. Younger puppies or those who have not had the procedures yet will be scheduled with the Shelter’s veterinarian as soon as the facility reopens. Flea and tick medication, heartworm medication, and microchipping are also included.

“Socialization for animals is just as important as it is for humans”, says Martinez.  Recent staff reductions and loss of funding have necessarily limited the amount of time employees can spend with each animal. “I love these dogs just as much as I love my own dogs,” she said and expressed her hope that the foster program will uplift not just the dogs, but their foster parents as well. The animals can give unconditional love and the same level of emotional support you might hope for from your best friend.

To view the photos and stories of the animals available, please visit the shelter at An online application to foster an animal can be found by clicking the “Learn More” button at the top of the page. Once your application has been received, you may contact Martinez by messenger, email to, or by phone at (956) 346-4330 to schedule a personal appointment. Reach out today to help a friend in need and together, we will get through this.

Fred- Fred is a 6-month-old terrier mix. He was abandoned outside the shelter gates along with 5 of his siblings. They were left packed into a small crate where they barely had room to move around. All of Fred’s brothers and sisters have found their forever homes and little Fred is hoping to do the same. He is great with other dogs and is a total goof ball. He would be a great addition to any family. He is up to date on his vaccines and pending his neuter surgery.

Buddy- Buddy was brought into the shelter as an owner surrender. His previous family was relocating and could not take him with them. Buddy is a 1-year old Australian Cattle Dog mix who is full of energy and would love to have a nice yard to run around in. Buddy would do best in a home without cats and would do well with other dogs once he is introduced. He is up to date on his vaccines and pending his neuter surgery.

Jesse- Jesse is a 2-3-year-old Doberman mix who has been at the shelter for almost a year. Jesse is a very sweet girl and loves to spend her time at the shelter hanging out with her dog friends in our dog park. Jessie was brought into the shelter with her companion as an owner surrender in June of last year. Her partner was adopted not too long after he arrived, and Jessie has been waiting patiently for her chance to find her forever home. Jessie is up to date on vaccinations and is spayed.

Chippie- Chippie is a 5-6-month-old husky Labrador mix. He was turned into the shelter with 7 of his littermates earlier this year. Chippie is a fun puppy who loves attention. He gets along with other dogs and children. He is up to date on his vaccines and pending his neuter surgery.

Veteran’s Day, Feast of Sharing & Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser & More THIS Week!

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY! Port Isabel honors & appreciates our veterans! Thank you for your service! Please join us at 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Port Isabel for our Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony.


H. E. B. Feast of Sharing, Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Port Isabel High School (18001 Texas Highway 100)

6th Annual Holiday of Dinner... Serving Thanksgiving Memories One Plate At A Time! Please join us as we give thanks for all of life’s blessings. Our invitation is open to everyone, the dinner is free and the memories are truly everlasting.

Facebook Event:

The Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter invites you to our 4th Annual Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser PIRATE EDITION. The event will be held at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center November 15, 2014 from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door.


All you can drink! Silent & Live Auction! Finger Foods! Door Prizes! Announcement of Whiskey Barrel Winner! Tickets may be bought at the door for $10 per person or $15 per couple. All profits will go towards building a Dog Recreational Area for the Shelter Animals.
For more information call: 956/943-3888
Facebook event:

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market at Buelah Lee Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission! Dozens of dealers! For more information call, Gloria Bates 956/455-6798. Facebook Event:

beulah lee park, vendors, free admission, port isabel antique & flea market

Ay Chihuahua! Port Isabel Animal Shelter Fundraiser 8/10

Wednesday ~ August 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Garden in Lighthouse Square.

$20 per person for an evening of fun for an important community cause. Taco Bar, Oyster Bar, Margaritas, Beer & Wine! Silent Auction, Live Auction, Raffle & Music!

All proceeds to benefit the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter with new kennels and equipment.

Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, The Garden, Port Isabel Chamber and the Museums of Port Isabel. For more information call 956/943-0702.

Sponsored by The City of Port Isabel and Robert Collins, Attorney at Law.
Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter booklet>

The Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter is located at 262 Woody Lane in Port Isabel. If you are coming into Port Isabel from the West,take a right hand turn onto Port Road. If you are coming from the East turn left onto Port Road. Follow Port Road until you see the Boys & Girls Club, on the right. Turn right onto Woody Lane (there is an Animal Shelter sign at that turn). Follow that road which makes a left bend until you reach the shelter on the right side of the road (approximately 1/2 mile from the left bend). We have many wonderful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens just waiting to meet you.

Animal Shelter- To the Citizens of Port Isabel and residents of the Laguna Madre area:

To the Citizens of Port Isabel and residents of the Laguna Madre area:

The City of Port Isabel was granted the property where the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter is located by the Garcia Family in 1987. The City owns and operates the facility. For a number of years the City has allowed a non-profit corporation, the Laguna Madre Humane Society, to assist in operating the Animal Shelter under a lease and operating agreement with the City. The City has provided the facility, utilities costs and support throughout that time. That lease and agreement ended by its terms in 2008.

Over the past year the City has become increasingly concerned with operations and the condition of the Animal Shelter for a number of reasons including citizen complaints from past and present members, volunteers and staff of the Laguna Madre Humane Society, lack of regular feeding of animals, extreme overcrowding, animals being euthanized despite public claims that this is a \’No-Kill\’ facility, animals being refused if citizens did not \’pay\’ fees, inhumane animal treatment and conditions in areas that were not hown\’ to the public and failure to comply with sound and good practices.

Faced with this situation and the fact that this Shelter is also the facility used by Port Isabel Animal Control Officers in their enforcement of City Ordinances, the City has no choice but to take back control of the Animal Shelter. The City hoped that the Director of the LMHS would follow the directive of the LMHS Board of Directors, would recognize the legal right of the City to take control of its property, and would work with the City so the LMHS could continue to be involved in the operations and important work of the shelter as Volunteer Workers. When the Director refused and declared that the City would have to force her out of the Animal Shelter the City had no choice but to exercise its legal rights.

There have been several false rumors…

To set the record straight:

1. it is not true that \’the City intends to euthanize the animals\’;

2. it is not true that \’the LMHS had only three days notice of these issues and the City plan to take control of operations at the Animal Shelter\’;

3. it is not true that \’the City has no plan for operation of the Animal Shelter\’; and

4. it is not true that \’the City is throwing out all the volunteers who care about the animals\’.

The truth is that the City has a plan and staff to operate the shelter properly and humanely; the City will operate the shelter in an open and transparent manner, the City will evaluate the practices and costs of allowing other City to use Port Isabel for the place to take their stray animals, and the City will not allow overcrowding or sick animals to suffer. The City hopes to continue to work with the LMHS, or the volunteers who have made up the LMHS, and all citizens who are interested in assisting with operations at the Animal Shelter. At the same time the City insists that the Animal Shelter be operated properly, competently, humanely and in accordance with appropriate laws, ordinances and standards.

The City looks forward to working with interested citizens to solve the problems at the Animal Shelter and see that it is operated in a humane and proper manner and to encourage efforts for animal adoption, fostering, sanctuary placement and public education about spay/neuter programs.

Respectfully submitted,

Edward P. Meza
Port Isabel City Manager