HARLINGEN — They were wagging their tails, panting and barking.

Baxter, Babs, Bear and Chess were just some of the 50 dogs who left the Valley yesterday in search of new homes in Denver.

“All the dogs here leave adoption-ready,” said Chrissy Dijkman, Laguna Madre Humane Society vice president. “And they go straight to a Petco adoption event.”

They are scheduled to arrive in Denver at 1 p.m. today just in time for the adoption fair.

Dijkman was tagging the dogs yesterday in Harlingen one-by-one while Linda Smith from Smith Ranch Kennels organized cages and stacked them three high in the large travel van.

Laguna Madre Humane Society has been driving dogs saved from the Valley streets and from being put down since 2014.

Dijkman said the organization also transports dogs to Colorado every two weeks.

She said the effort is all donation-based.

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Laguna Madre Humane Society Fundraiser: Meow, mutts & margaritas

At Casa Mariposa at South Padre Island

Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 or $40 per couple and can be purchased at the door.

Event proceeds from the fundraiser are for spaying

and neutering,

heartworm treatment,

rehabilitation, adoptions

and transport.


Laguna Humane Society has transported about 1,500 dogs to Colorado since 2015.

Laguna Madre Humane Society saves about 100 dogs a month from being euthanized.

100 dogs have been adopted in the past year.

The organization also transports to Florida and Kentucky

Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg euthanizes approximately 3,000 animals a month.

Harlingen and Brownsville Humane Society euthanizes 800 to 1,000 animals a month.

Cameron County euthanizes about 1,000 a month.

3,000 or more dogs lose their lives each year in the Valley via euthanasia in other locations.

Source Laguna Madre Humane Society