The Land of the Strays could be the title of a low-budget horror movie, but the reality could not be further from the truth. Otherwise known as Territorio de Zaguates, The Land of the Strays is in fact a paradise, at least for dogs and dog-lovers.
It’s a privately funded, volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter in Costa Rica. So far, so conventional. What makes this shelter unique however is it’s message. Territorio de Zaguates, whose advertising campaign carries the message “when you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed”, wants people to think differently about mix-breed dogs.
Mongrels are often deemed inferior to pure breeds, but the shelter believes that championing their mixed status is the key to helping them find homes. Each dog for example is given its own unique breed, so instead of being nondescript mutts, the animals become exotically-named rarities. Ever wanted an Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier? How about a Fire-Tailed Border Cocker or a Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer? If so then you know where to go!
You could be forgiven for thinking this place was paradise…
But it’s a real place in Costa Rica called The Land of the Strays
Best part? Anyone can come to the shelter to spend time with dogs and eventually adopt one!
Mixed-breeds are often considered inferior to pure breed dogs but this shelter wants people to think differently
Their ad campaign reads: “When you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed”
They can also take the dogs for walks around the scenic grounds of the shelter. Or maybe the dogs walk them?
There’s no better way to get acquainted with a dog you’re thinking of taking home with you!
The animals have access to a modern indoor facility with feeding stations and cozy bedding
They spend their days enjoying the sun but they’d much rather find a loving owner
All of the animals are up for adoption, so if you’re looking for a new companion, you know where to go!