A block of land in the mostly vacant area of west Laredo was purchased by the sisters and the two devoted animal lovers began their dedication to take care of all the unwanted abandoned animals of Laredo. Erineo Barboza was one of the first to be hired to help, he would begin the day answering phone calls to pick up strays during the day and return to the shelter to feed the new guest. Meat markets would donate scraps, which would be cooked in large cauldrons.
Yearly “vacuñas” (city-wide vaccination campaign) kept the growing city rabies free. Local veterinarians, health department employees and APS volunteers participated.
By the 1970’s a rabies outbreak forced Laredo to face the fact that a leash law was needed. The city of Laredo and Webb County contracted with what was then called the Laredo Animal Protective Society, to manage the impound facility.
The City of Laredo and The Laredo Animal Protective Society has worked together side by side trying to find homes for all the abandoned animals of Laredo, but by the year 2009 yet again the City of Laredo faces a pet overpopulation growing. The City Pound was overpowering the small once back yard of two animal advocates. A decision was made early 2012 that The Laredo Animal Protective Society must part from the role of the City Pound.