DAWG (Domestic Animal Welfare Group) is a non-profit organization focused on the rescue, care, and placement of abandoned animals in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica.

Our mission is to eliminate the abuse and abandonment of domestic animals in the Costa Ballena region. Our vision is to ensure that all domestic animals in Costa Ballena are in a loving and caring home.

Our Organization

We are a non-profit organization of individuals concerned with the welfare of domestic animals in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica. Founded in 2007, we initially focused our efforts on low-cost spay and neuter clinics and now do over 300 operations per year. We then expanded our efforts to include rescue and have placed over 1100 animals in good homes. Unfortunately, there are few animal protection laws here and they are ineffectual. Even more alarming is the ignorance of the proper care of domestic animals and the horrible abuse. We strive to change this through our work.

Vision Statement

All domestic animals in Costa Ballena are in a loving, caring home.

What We Do

We focus on population control through spay and neuter clinics as well as the rescue, care, and placement of animals in new, loving homes.

Population Control

We provide low-cost spay and neuter services in clinics that we conduct in areas where veterinary care is not available or where the population cannot afford these services.

Rescue, Care, and Placement

We respond to reports of abandoned, abused, and injured animals by rescuing them and working with a veterinarian to treat and rehabilitate them. They often need extensive medical care as many are emaciated and have mange caused by stress and a compromised immune system. Many have been tied up and starved; many have just been thrown away. Those who can be cared for outside of the veterinarian clinic are placed in foster care in the homes of volunteers. Our funding directly provides for their food and medications. All animals are treated for parasites, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered at the appropriate age.

Donations

For more information about how to donate, see our How to Help page!
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