Territorio de Zaguates

The Land of the Strays

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A doggy heaven!

Territorio de Zaguates or in English land of Stray Dogs. This is an amazing territory located in the mountains of Heredia. Directly north of San Jose, you will find a large farm full of stray dogs. This is ever animal lovers dream fields of dogs running free. It is full of almost 1000 stray dogs running and playing and being free. Truly an enjoyment to see animals having so much fun. 

The Shelter of Territorio de Zaguates

First things first when a dog arrives at the shelter he or she is Neutered and then vaccinated to get rid of parasites and other diseases. This ensures the health and longevity of the dogs. many of the dogs have come from the streets or abusive households. The facilities aren’t glamorous or fit for a king but are more than suited for a fluffy friend. The housing has soft beds, a feeding area, and washing stations to get rid of the fleas. The Zaguates always have fresh water to wet their mouths after a long run. 

Sometimes a dog might have special needs and is put into quarantine if necessary. The shelter is a non-profit and no-kill, This also means it can get very expensive to keep running. The dogs don’t feed themselves and they do need shots and surgeries to keep healthy so at the end of the month a health budget is needed. You can support the shelter by visiting during their large walk or by donating some money. 


Territorio de Zaguates

How to get there?

Getting to the doggy destination is not hard you will have to transverse a few roads but is in general vicinity of San Jose. 

It is approx 30 minutes from San Jose and even closer to the San Jose airport if you feel the need to go directly there from your flight 

Territorio de Zaguates

When should you Visit the Territorio de Zaguates?

Visiting hours are a little abnormal and you can’t trust what it says on the google profile instead it is best to call and find out the best possible time to come and visit. They sometimes reschedule events depending on conditions. Walks take place usually two to three times a month on weekends though you never know unless you confirm. If you show up unexpected you may find the gates closed and not able to enter. Also, if you want to visit make sure to stay for the whole event as getting out of parking can be a bit tight.

Dogs Video

Check out the Dogs

Because all these dogs are stray you won’t see many purebreds but that doesn’t mean anything here. Each and every dog is special in its own way. They have all different shape and size and sometimes fancy names depending on what they have for a bloodline. Watch as the herd of dog s runs about freely through out the farm, it really is such a cool thing to see. 

If you are looking to visit them or support this shelter definitely check out their facebook page here:

Other Contacts:

Alvaro, 8815-2514
Marcela, marscwedel@yahoo.com, 8883-9337
Lya, lyabattleb@gmail.com, 8387-5130

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