Over 900 Rescued Dogs Roam Freely on Costa Rica's "Land of the Strays"

If you consider yourself a dog lover, then add Costa Rica's Territorio de Zaguates to your travel bucket list. Translated, it means “Land of the Strays,” and it's a place that over 900 rescued dogs call home. This massive group is part of a volunteer-run canine refuge located in the mountains of Santa Brbara in Costa Rica's Heredia province. During the day, the pups roam freely throughout the expansive rolling hills and, at night, they're provided a bed and shelter by the staff.

Land of the Strays is more than a sanctuary for homeless dogs–it's also an active adoption program with a unique tradition: each mutt is named as a new “breed” based on the lineage of the dogs the organization saves. With these new labels, it helps fight the stigma that the word “mutt” often carries.

The mountainous locale is open to the public and welcomes visitors for a fun-filled day of playtime with the excited pups. Hiking is also an option, and the rescue will even schedule you a walk with a herd of dogs. Although there is no pressure to take one home, we imagine it'd be hard to resist adopting a new furry friend.

Above photo credit: Andrew George

Photo credit: Andrew George

Territorio de Zaguates: Facebook
via [The Huffington Post]

All images credited to Territorio de Zaguates unless otherwise stated.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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