In 2003 Costa Rica banned the euthanasia of stray dogs and instead turned to spaying, neutering, and sanctuaries. At the Territorio de Zaguates sanctuary, the dogs — more than 700 — are free to roam the countryside during the day and have access to ample food, fresh water, activities, and vet care. At night they get safe, comfy beds in one of several buildings on the grounds. All are available for adoption.
Territorio de Zaguates, or Land of the Strays, is located in the Costa Rican town of Carrizal de Alajuela. It is privately funded and staffed by volunteers.
Makes you wonder if some of these dogs ran away from home just to gain admission to this canine paradise.
(See photo essay at The Week.)