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There’s a Place In Latin America Where Hundreds Of Stray Dogs Get To Roam Free

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.

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And, if you ever find yourself in Costa Rica, you can!

Si gente el cielo existe!!! #territoriodezaguates #Costarica

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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.

#territoriodezaguates #piggysiendocerda #lanuerarobandocámara hahaha

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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.

#territoriodezaguates #Adoptanocompres ❤️????? 700 perritos esperando un hogar ! No compres adopta

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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.

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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.

#territoriodezaguates #voluntariado ¡a COOOMEEEER! XD #ecosocialquercus

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“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

#territoriodezaguates #perro #perros #zaguate #zaguates #love #amor #canino #costarica

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BRB. Going to Costa Rica to adopt an adorable puppy.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Star Offers Reward To Find Who Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Star Offers Reward To Find Who Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’

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Just when we thought Trump supporters couldn’t disgust us more, one disfigured a manatee by etching “Trump” into its back.

Sadly, last week, a manatee was found in Florida’s Homosassa River with the name “Trump” scratched into its back. The discovery has prompted federal officials to open an investigation into the disfigurement of the threatened species.

A mutilated manatee was found over the weekend with the name Trump scratched into its back.

According to a report published by the Citrus County Chronicle, it is unclear when and how the manatee was mutilated. It is also unknown whether the current investigation has made any leads in regards to the perpetrators. Still, footage of the abused animal has sparked outrage online.

Douglas Nowacek, a professor of Conservation Technology at Duke University told Vice that the incident is “one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen done to a wild animal.” In a separate email, Ruth Carmichael, a Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama described the act a “horrific” to VICE saying “I have no words to express how deeply troubling, thoughtless, and potentially cruel this is.” 

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista has offered a $20,000 reward to anyone who finds the person who etched “Trump” into the Florida manatee’s back.

Bautista offered the reward on Twitter, writing “if there’s not already a reward for the arrest and conviction of the low life scummy MAGATs that did this I’ll throw in $20,000. And I promise there will be bonuses to that reward!”

Marine biologists say that it is unclear just how much harm the mammal endured.

“It’s a little hard to see the extent of damage from the video,” Carmichael explained. “It is harassment regardless. If the scrape penetrates the skin, then it likely caused some pain and stress. The animals have nerves and sensory hairs in the skin. Additionally, open wounds could become infected.” 

According to Graham Worthy, Department Chair and Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida who spoke to VICE the letters could mostly be shallow, and may mostly be algae scraped off the animal’s back making“ injury would be virtually non-existent.”

Still, physically hurt or not, the manatee in question was clearly harassed by a person. As such the perpetrator could face severe penalties if found. 

“Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act may result in fines of up to $100,000 and one year’s imprisonment for individuals and up to $200,000 for organizations,” Worthy told Vice. “It is illegal to approach and make contact with these animals let alone deface or injure them. It is illegal to feed or harass wild marine mammals including dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, sea lions, and manatees. You are not allowed to feed, swim with, or harass these marine animals… They should be observed from a distance of at least 50 yards.”

The mutilated manatee is a West Indian manatee and is a herbivorous mammal found in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Up until 2017, the species was considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, conservation status is listed as “threatened.”  

As many users of social media have noted, perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the images that humans already cause so much pain and suffering to innocent animals. When does it stop?

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Uplifting News: Mexican Man Used His Home to Shelter 300 Dogs From Hurricane Delta

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Uplifting News: Mexican Man Used His Home to Shelter 300 Dogs From Hurricane Delta

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In some uplifting news, a Mexican man has gone viral for housing stray dogs in need of shelter before Hurricane Delta hit the Yucatan peninsula in early October. Ricardo Pimentel of Cancun, Mexico, wrote on Facebook that he had boarded up his home’s windows and was currently housing 300 rescue dogs before the storm hit.

As background, Hurricane Delta touched down in Cozumel and Cancun and was reported to have winds up to 110 mph. The storm caused power outages, fallen trees, and the destruction of buildings and businesses. Luckily, Pimentel decided to get creative when it came to protecting his helpless four-legged friends from the ravages of the outdoors.

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Pimentel already owns an animal sanctuary called Tierra de Animales, but he decided to open up his home to the homeless dogs. Naturally, he need all the help he could get to take care of the canine creatures. He took to his Facebook page to ask for donations.

“If I lived alone or nothing else with about 10 or 20 dogs, I would not worry much,” wrote Pimentel on his Facebook page. “But here are hundreds of animals and we can not afford to not have enough food stored.” According to Pimentel, he was worried about there being food shortages at the grocery stores in the aftermath of the unpredictable storm.

The post was accompanied by a a jaw-dropping photo of Pimentel surrounded by a sea of dogs packed into his home. The call-to-action quickly took off and Pimentel was soon receiving thousands of dollars in donations.

At first, Pimentel was distracted by the storm and wasn’t initially aware of how deeply he touched people. When he finally saw how people had rallied to support him and his sanctuary, he was humbled.

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“Your support at this time has been invaluable, we deeply appreciate all your messages, calls, and shows of affection,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you on behalf of all the animals in the sanctuary!”

According to Pimentel, many of the dogs he’s rescued on his sanctuary have been saved from dog-fighting rings and abusive homes where they’ve been badly beaten. He founded Tierra de Animales around 20 years ago as a place where dogs and other animals (including cats, bunnies, and sheep) can be safe and live a good life.

He says that his animals have been adopted by homes in Mexico, Canada and the United States. He hopes that the attention that the rescue dogs got from his viral post will encourage people to adopt them.

“We would like to think that thanks to all this attention, somebody would like to be part of the story and say: ‘I adopted a dog saved from that famous Hurricane Delta,” he told The Associated Press.

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