Finding Your Best Four Legged Friend in Costa Rica

By: Hellen Dunn Frame

zaguates“You don’t have to buy a dog in Costa Rica,” Expatriates will tell you “because so many strays roam the byways“.

On Sunday, October 9, 2011 Costa Rica celebrated World Animal Day in San Jose, and honored all forms of animal life. The celebration included a march against animal abuse. The event began in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day because it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  .

Another objective of the march was to collect signatures for Ley 7451 that would punish animal abuse. According to organizers they needed 152.000 signatures for the project to be presented before the Legislature to criminalize animal abuse. It all worked out because after almost 5 years, the aforementioned law was approved in July 2016.

The Coco Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) in Guanacaste works with the McKee Foundation, founded in Arizona but operating since 2003 in the Central Pacific in the communities of Costa Rica surrounding Jacó.  McKee Jacó opened its own veterinarian clinic, the Asociacion Pro Bienestar Animal Jacó Clinica Veterinaria, where they offer a full array of services including emergency care. It works with the Costa Rican Veterinary Licensing Board & Association.

C.A.R.E commits to helping sick and abandoned animals by conducting Spay/Neuter Clinics and education programs at the local schools about the health and proper care of pets.  The small group of likeminded volunteers tries to make a difference for the dogs and cats in Playas del Coco and surrounding communities.

Spay/neuter clinics are held the second Sat. of every month with a goal of treating, at least 30 animals. The Vet that holds the clinics comes from San Jose on Friday and brings his own team with him. CARE pays him $18 per surgery and charges the pet owner $10. If an animal has no owner CARE pays the full amount.  If the owner truly cannot afford to pay then the group picks up the tab also. It helps sick and injured street dogs, transports them to the Vet when needed, and provide medications and treatment for them. CARE also tries to find homes for homeless puppies and kittens and to help owners find homes for their pets by advertising them on their website and by word of mouth.

To obtain a pure breed, link to the Costa Rica Asociacion Canofila Costarricense Spanish website http://www.costarica-acc.com/

One company in Costa Rica that is supper pet friendly and they consider themselves dog lovers is Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties, located in Playas del Coco, it has real estate professionals to assist you in buying properties or obtaining short or long-term rentals of Costa Rica condos, houses and villas.

Linda Gray, Owner/Broker, can assist with purchasing Guanacaste oceanfront homes or condos, or villas and buildable lots.  Contact her by cell 8347-4704 or email linda@coldwellbankercr.com. Plus, save time searching for a reputable and well-priced rental car company by utilizing the company’s concierge services that have access to all rental car companies in the area. The US toll free number for Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties is 1 877 589 0539.

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