If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Territorio de Zaguates: the amazing “Land of the Strays” in Costa Rica. Lya Battle and husband Alvaro Saumet Martinez are living every dog lover’s ultimate dream – to rescue every dog in need that they see! iHeartDogs has featured their sanctuary before, and we are big fans of the work they do!
The 375 acre farm is home to over 1,000 dogs, and looks like paradise. Who wouldn’t want to live surrounded by dogs, playing and caring for these sweet creatures who were once strays?
But paradise isn’t pain-free. Lya and Alvaro have taken in dogs who have been hurt and thought to be beyond recovery – but that has never stopped them from opening their hearts to any pup. In a short film from Rook Hill Productions that was recently chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, we get a deeper look at the Land of the Strays. In just a few short minutes, we see the passion and selfless dedication Lya and Alvaro have for these dogs, and learn how much heartbreak is involved in giving these dogs heaven.
You can visit Territorio de Zaguates on Facebook, and even arrange to visit in person! Click here to donate to help Lya and Alvaro continue to fight pet homelessness in Costa Rica. Visit Rook Hill Productions online.
Featured Photo: Screenshot via Rook Hill Productions/Vimeo
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