In April 2017, I got to check something off my bucket list I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. Being a huge dog lover, I planned a trip for us to go to San Jose to attend one of the public walks at Territorio de Zaguates in Costa Rica, the largest no kill shelter in the world.
The Land of Strays shelter sits outside of Heredia, in the mountains and the couple that owns it, takes care of anywhere between 700-1000 dogs at a time. Since they have such a large property, these dogs get to run free in the forest and hills while waiting for their forever home.
Many of these dogs were either abandoned or were born street dogs and are at the shelter to be nursed back to health and put up for adoption. In Spanish, zaguate means street dog or stray dog which sadly, Costa Rica has a big problem with. You will see stray dogs everywhere, especially in rural areas. Many locals still see dogs as just guard animals or they don’t believe in castration which leads to a huge overpopulation of…