Costa Rica’s incredible “Territorio de Zaguates,” or Land of the Stray Dogs, is an outdoor sanctuary home to nearly 1000 stray dogs. We first covered this sanctuary last year, updated it thanks to new coverage from National Geographic, and are sharing it again because this incredible documentary has recently been released.
New documentary about the Land of the Stray Dogs
The Land of the Stray Dogs should be on every dog person’s bucket list!
Founded by Lya Battle and privately funded, the Territorio is a popular destination hosted on Battle’s mother’s sprawling family farm in the mountains of central Costa Rica. They’ve nearly reached official nonprofit status in their home country, and continue to work to raise awareness.
How to Support
All of the dogs are given fresh water and beds in a sheltered structure. Employees and volunteers help to feed and bathe them. It takes thirteen 66-pound bags of dog food every day to feed the resident pups.
You can donate directly here. If you happen to be in the country, they need supplies, medicines, and volunteers.
The sanctuary is open to the public; visitors can hike, play, and interact with the dogs in the beautiful natural setting. To visit, you’ll have to go to Costa Rica, then drive about an hour outside of San Jose. It’s a good idea to call ahead.
The folks at Territorio de Zaguates could use your help. Visit them on social media or in person, and spread the word.
And hey—most of the dogs there are available for adoption!
Total dream vacation destination.
Images via Territorio de Zaguates Facebook page.