Dog lovers, REJOICE! Territorio de Zaguates (Land of Strays) is an amazing little puppy paradise tucked away in central Costa Rica. It is a place where stray dogs get to run free in a massive field while they wait to be adopted by loving humans who find their way there. Basically, we just found you your next vacation spot.
This is what you can expect at Territorio de Zaguates.
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Did you press play on the video? Look at that long line of dogs! Although there is a small volunteer staff that works to keep the animals fed and cared for, the pups are given free-range around the property to explore, run and play with each other.
Just imagine being able to play and run with those little angels all day.
And, if you ever find yourself in Costa Rica, you can!
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The puppy sanctuary is open to the public. People are welcomed to make their way to this canine paradise.
Founder Lya Battle told mitú that she and her husband, Alvaro Saumet, started saving dogs 12 years ago.
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“I was born with a love for animals that would compel me to save June bugs from drowning in pools, secretly deploy mousetraps, advocate for the protection and non vacuuming of spiderwebs in corners, guard anthills against fellow kindergarteners, and constantly bring bullfrogs home to our backyard,” Battle told mitú via email. “My parents were excellent that way. They taught me to respect and defend all lifeforms, no matter what.”
“We are a temporary home for hundreds of dogs who are looking for a second chance,” Territorio de Zaguates says on its official Facebook.
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“And we are also a permanent home for a lot of other dogs who might possibly never find the right family.” Like, for real though, where is my plane ticket to this paradise.
So why did Battle decide to start Territorio de Zaguates? She didn’t want the dogs she saw on the streets stay on the street or end up in shelters.
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“I would often come across dogs on the way home. Those that looked in need of help I would take home for as long as it took to nurse back to health, sterilize and find families for,” Battle told mitú. “Many were lucky but many adorable dogs were overlooked and turned down because they simply lacked desirable qualities. Too big, too old, to energetic, too lazy, missing a limb, missing an eye. I realized then and there that these wonderful animals had few chances in this world.”
Territorio de Zaguates is currently home to “well over 700 dogs,” according to Battle.
The Land of Stray Dogs, or #TerritoriodeZaguates in Costa Rica is considered one of the best places on the planet for a dog to live. This sprawling refuge allows all of its 900 citizens to range free during the day. They are given fresh flowing water intermittently over the whole property and are given a bed in a sheltered structure where volunteers go to feed and bathe the dogs. This free range sanctuary explores how a free range environment improves health and adoptability. It is a no kill shelter. Each dog is given a name and a unique breed name of their own. If you wish to adopt you can schedule a walking hike on their property, and if any of them choose you, you will be allowed to adopt them. Of course, anyone is welcome to just come for a free hike to hang out with the dogs 🙂 #nokill
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The sanctuary is on a farm that Battle had inherited from her grandmother. It was her husband’s idea to use it as a sanctuary for stray and unwanted dogs.
Territorio de Zaguates is not a government funded project, so it relies heavily on donations and volunteer work. Some people pay a monthly amount to sponsor some of the dogs, like this handsome boy.
This is Macho. A mixed breed handsome boy I'm sponsoring in Costa Rica. He only has one eye but with it he can now see a long, happy and healthy future ahead of him. You can become a sponsor too at www.treeseed.org/campaigns/a-que-patrocinas-un-zaguatito @territoriodezaguates #adopt #rescue #adoptarescuedog #dog #dogpicoftheday #territoriodezaguates
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They also offer the option of micro donating at about $1 a day.
A local dog food company helps feed the dogs housed at Territorio de Zaguates.
“A local company, Central Veterinaria, who produces “Super Perro” dog food, stepped up about 3 years ago when we were running out of resources and ideas of how to keep things going,” Battle wrote in her email to mitú. Battle continued: “We had already sacrificed many of our income generating properties on behalf of our puppies. Central Veterinaria promised to give us 1/2 the monthly rations of our dogs’ food. They have been there for us and made this dream possible.”
Look at all the fur babies that just want to love on someone. #Adorable
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BRB. Going to Costa Rica to adopt an adorable puppy.
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