Land of the Strays is Doggie Heaven on Earth!
There is a land far, far away where dogs happily run with their four-legged besties, their fur dancing in the wind and tails wagging all day long. If that doesn’t sound like paradise, I don’t know what does! Better yet, this paradise exists in Costa Rica’s Territorio de Zaguates, which translates into Land of the Strays.
Land of the Strays is a privately funded organization that is completely dependent on volunteers to help it run. Every dog here is given a name as well as assigned their own quirky “breed” based on unique characteristics. As you can imagine, the breeds given may not be accurate (take the Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier as an example), as most of these stray dogs can’t exactly prove their heritage through paperwork.
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All of these dogs are adoptable, but between finding their loving home, they can rest assured that they won’t be kept in tiny cages. Instead, they’ll be having a blast with their mutt comrades while they frolic in Costa Rica’s beautiful greenery.
The adoption process is also one-of-a-kind here in the Land of Strays. Rather than looking through thousands of online photos, potential adopters are welcome to come to the property and meet the dogs in person. Choosing one of them is, however, easier said then done – look how adorable all of them are!
To make sure all the dogs have daily exercise, volunteers lead scene hikes and invite potential pet parents to come along. What better way to find out what dog fits your personality than going on a barrier-free walk with dozens of pooches?!
When these dogs aren’t going on off-leash walks, they’re lapping water out of the facility’s troughs, which stream fresh flowing water, or cozying up for the night inside the shelter’s indoor facilities. Best of all? This is a no-kill shelter. Every dog is taken in and accepted as a part of their ever-growing family and is well taken care of until they find their forever home. Someone get me a one-way ticket, PRONTO!
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