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

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.