After the Jan. 8 Cinchona earthquake, dogs were running free, which caused problems. The Costa Rica Animal Shelter near San Rafael de Heredia rescued many and placed them in new homes.
The shelter also offers veterinary care and spay/neuter services and is run and operated by Dutch expat Lilian Schnog. The shelter also offers an adopt a pet dog, puppy or cat program, all is require is a small donation, a bigger one if you can afford it.
However, if you are without money for, care is not refused, but a donation is sometimes forced upon you. Which is Okay, the shelter operates on a shoe string budget and relies on donations from other animals rights organizations world-wide to help with the daily operation.
All animals that are set aside for adoption have been spayed or neutered. The dogs mostly are of mutt breed, and not the expensive purebred canines.
The shelter is “no kill policy” so many of the dogs and cats that are not adopted remain there for their natural life span. Only for humanitarian reasons are the animals killed, such as cancer and diabetics.
Sterilization clinics are also held around the country with Saturday visits to Aguas Zarcas, Playas del Coco, and Limón programmed for October.
The shelter does have fund raising events the next one is the “Cause for Paws” which is an auction that is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Escazu. It also has a sterilization programs that are held in clinics in Aguas Zarcas, Playas del Coco, and Limón sometime in October.
The shelter is a bit hard to find. The most common reference is the Castillo Country Club. It is above San Rafael de Heredia on the road to Los Angeles. The shelter is on the right about four kilometers above the intersection of the main square in San Rafael. If you are planing to go it it, and are unfamiliar with the area, get a map or asked for better directions. Most people that drive in Costa Rica know, the roads can be very confusing.
More information is available at 2267-7158 (English spoken). Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – private donations are greatly appreciated.