• A dog shelter in Costa Rica has transcended the simple home for strays motif, becoming a full-fledged doggy wonderland. What's more? It's open for the public! (Facebook)
A dog shelter in Costa Rica has transcended the simple home for strays motif, becoming a full-fledged doggy wonderland. What's more? It's open for the public!
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

1 Apr 2016 - 9:45 AM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2016 - 9:45 AM

Imagine adorable, cuddly dogs. Everywhere. Out in the lush green hills of Costa Rica...

THIS IS THE DREAM.

And now this dream has come true. Territorio de Zaguates or Land of the Strays is a private volunteer-run dog shelter in Costa Rica that houses over 900 beautiful mixed-breed canines upon a stretch of idyllic grassy plains.

What makes this shelter even more special is how each dog is given its very own bespoke breed name, like "Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer” and “Fire-Tailed Border Cocker”, based on their individual traits.

(Territorio de Zaguates / Facebook)

The names are to change the mindset that purebred dogs are more valuable, and give the dogs a better chance at finding an adoptive home.

The dogs also have access to indoor faculties with feeding and bathing stations, as well as comfy beds. Many troughs of water are also poised all over the property to keep these pooches hydrated.

The shelter is open for free public visits. People can even accompany the dogs on their routine activities which include roaming the hills and hiking through the rich Costa Rican terrain.

Fortunately, unlike other shelters, visitors also have no pressure to adopt these dogs, since the shelter's policy is to not put dogs down if they can't find them a home.

This doggy wonderland garnered public attention after an artist who drew these uniquely named breeds was featured on a popular Costa Rican television show.  The artist's rendition of the Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier in particular became a viral sensation.

Well that's that. We're moving to Costa Rica!