The Territorio de Zaguates shelter in Costa Rica is a paradise for stray dogs. The name means “Land of the strays”. The now-famous animal shelter has a no-kill policy and you can work here as a volunteer.

Every day the (castrated) dogs are allowed to roam a large field, and you can join them. For a walk or a play. Instead of doing volunteer work, a visit is also worthwhile as your money is used to maintain the shelter and taking good care of the dogs.

How do I get here?

The shelter is located in the hills of Santa Barbara, Heredia, Costa Rica which is not far from the capital San José. It is advisable to get in touch with the shelter before you go, so you know what activities are planned and they are expecting you.

See for yourself:

Strays at Territorio de Zaguates shelter
Strays at Territorio de Zaguates shelter.
The daily walk the dogs
The daily walk the dogs at the animal shelter.
Playing with the dogs at the shelter
Playing with the dogs at the shelter.
The playing field of the shelter
The playing field of the shelter
Walking the dogs
Walking the dogs.
Roaming the fields
Roaming the fields.
The daily walk
The daily walk.
Volunteers walking the stray dogs
Volunteers walking the stray dogs.
Territorio de Zaguates' stray dogs
Territorio de Zaguates’ stray dogs
A volunteer cuddling dogs
A volunteer cuddling dogs.
Puppies at the Territorio de Zaguates shelter
Puppies at the Territorio de Zaguates shelter.

More information: www.facebook.com/territoriodezaguates