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Animals, particularly dogs and cats, are of concern to many members of the English-speaking community. This section is for anything and everything related to animals/pets.  Some examples are ads selling animals, ads seeking homes for animals, information about animal-related events such as spay/neuter clinics and fundraising events for animal rescue organizations, ads selling equipment for animals, recommendations of veterinarians, ads by veterinarians, etc.

Luna needs a Forever Home!

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Little Luna is currently in Cajon Centro. She was hit by a car over the holidays, and neighbor Yolanda took her in. She had no broken bones, has recovered from her limp, and was spayed in the process. She has been dewormed, but the status of her vaccinations is unknown. She is about 6-8 months old, very sweet and playful. Not too large, around 8 kg. (20 lbs.). But Yolanda already has 4 dogs! And so Luna needs someone to take her to a forever home.

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This is your opportunity to rescue a precious little soul! Please contact Diane at for English queries, or call/message Yolanda at 6360-0305 (Spanish).





Zaguates Rosario

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Judith Bliss, who some of you may be familiar with as the singer for The Unusual Suspects (the rock/blues band that has played at Vista del Valle), has a website for the animals that she is helping in her small community of Rosario, which is near Sarchi and Naranjo. She started by helping feed some of the dogs and cats in her neighborhood, and helping some of the residents by taking their animals to the vet who could not afford it themselves. Judith is very committed to helping animals in need, having moved here from New York City where she volunteered at the Animal Care and Control in East Harlem every weekend. Here she does everything from weekly food deliveries to adoption/placement, vet visits for those in need, and works spay/neuter clinics with Castraciones Grecia.
The website was created about a month ago in the hopes that people who care might help out with donations for the food, medications, vet visits and spaying and neutering. (Judith is on a fixed income like most expats here and her expenses are skyrocketing - the word is out!) ANYTHING you can give would be appreciated, and she will respond and let you know how your donation has helped the "zaguates" (street dogs) of Rosario! Judy's website is:
Donations can be made via Paypal to

Got a neighbor with dog issues?

Offer to help them STOP LITTERING! Many people would be happy to have their dogs spayed/neutered but cannot get their pets to a clinic or pay for the procedure.

Be part of the solution - offer to help a neighbor!

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Veterinarian Resources

Pet Customs and Immigration Services

Dr. Cesar Seco, veterinarian, formerly practicing and recommended in Grecia. Now specializing in pet customs and immigration. Located at Juan Santamaria Airport freight center. Phone: 8830-9312.


See listing under Resources

Very high marks for Hospital Veterinario Agromedica in Escazu

This from the July 20, 2019 blog entry at

Hospital Veterinario Agromédicain Escazu has a 24-hour emergency, full-service veterinary hospital and that is part of MediSmart’s “PetSmart” plan. (Read about MediSmart on our Medical page – in short, you can add your pet to your MediSmart package for $2/month).

Bloggers Paul and Gloria Yeatman “can’t say enough positive things about the vets and staff at Hospital Veterinario Agromédica. They were wonderful, caring, and more-than-willing to confer with our friend, the emergency vet from the States [concerning their very ill cat – Ed.]. That gave us a sense of trust in the diagnosis, as difficult as it was [terminal]. Their lab is in-house and much more accurate for animal care than a “human lab.” Plus, they could perform other tests like the ultrasound and, if needed, surgeries.

2289-4101 or 7131-2343

Veterinarian and Pet Hotel La Isla

Located in Santa Gertrudis Norte, we've heard nothing but GREAT things about this place!

Full consulting services

Surgery, X ray, Onsite lab.

Hotel offers large fenced grassy and secure area, plus pet training.

Open 365 days a year!

Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 8-5
Sunday 9-5

Plus 24/7 Emergency Vet Services

Located in the countryside, find more info and directions through their Facebook page.





Moralva Clínica Veterinaria
by Dawna & Lou Winegrad

Shortly after moving to Costa Rica we learned of two golden retrievers in who were in urgent need of a home. Thus began our relationship with Drs. Alonso Mora and Daniel Quesada and the staff at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria (, located on Calle 7 heading out of Grecia towards Coope Victoria.

We say relationship because the entire staff has become like family to us. Not just because of the frequency of our visits, of which there have been many, but because of the genuine care, compassion, and professionalism they have consistently shown with all of our pets as well as various rescues and neighbors’ pets we’ve entrusted to their care.

Ehrlichiosis, dog fight wounds, neutering, ear infections, parasites and their treatments have all been thoroughly explained in English. Medical records are computerized for permanent reference and lab tests are performed in the office during your visit.

We were heartbroken when we learned that Mike, our 8 year old golden, was diagnosed with a particularly malignant tumor. Dr. Alonso was out sick the day of the diagnosis so it was arranged for us to return with Mike the next day so that Dr. Alonso could further evaluate the situation. That night we spent hours online researching the type of tumor and all available information indicated that it was almost always inoperable and highly fatal. The next morning we loaded Mike into the car, along with a shovel, as we fully expected that Mike would need to be put to sleep. Dr. Alonso did a comprehensive examination, including an ultrasound, during which he thoroughly explained Mike’s situation. He then told us how he had performed surgeries twice before on dogs with this form of tumor and that both were still alive and thriving. He even pulled out his iPad to show us photos of both dogs’ surgeries to make sure we completely understood what was involved. With his sincere assurances that he would not allow our dog to suffer under any circumstances, we opted to give surgery a try and scheduled it for the following day. The surgery went perfectly; Mike was up and walking around later that same day, and almost a year later Mike is the picture of health.

Back in the States we would go to great lengths to ensure that our pets received the best care available. We would unequivocally assert that never have our pets received the level of care that we’ve found at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria.  

Moralva Veterinario
by Leane Hepburn

I had a wonderful experience at Clínica Veterinaria Moralva two weeks ago (May 2017) and again today. Dr. Daniel Quesada speaks beautiful English and was so good to my two dogs and me yesterday. He and his whole office staff was kind and priced reasonably. 
  My dogs each received thorough exams and blood tests with results given within 10 minutes. The doctor explained the results very clearly and had an excellent manner with my nervous dogs. He even showed me pictures and evidence in a medical journal. 
    I would highly recommend this establishment! Morales Clinica Veterinaria is located 200 mts norte Escuela Eulogia Ruiz in Grecia. They are open Mon-Sat. 8:30-12 and 2:00-8:00 (6:00pm on Saturdays).  Their numbers are 2494-7777 or 2494-7771 and cell number is 8351-8715.

posted 5/27/2017

Spay/Neuter Clinics

These clinics are ongoing and scheduled regularly in our area. All of the organizations that have the clinics have Facebook pages.

Adopciones Grecia
Castraciones Grecia
A Poner la Pata

There are also veterinarians in Grecia that do weekly clinics.

You don't have to wait for a monthly clinic to help knock down the problem of pet overpopulation!  Most vets offer the service starting at 10 mil ($20US).

A recent clinic in San Isidro serviced over 80 animals. The people of the community responded enthusiastically to the opportunity. Don't assume Tico's don't care! This is often a matter of them either not having the money to afford spay/neuter, or not having the ability to get their animal to a clinic if they do not have access to transportation. Offer to help - be the change you want to see in the world!

doggi divinoPet Grooming - Escazu

Doggi Divino Grooming Salon established in Escazu, Costa Rica, 2006.

English, Spanish and Dog all spoken!

Private, cage free salon is in a country setting, not a pet shop or a vet.

Only your dog is in the salon with me during a private appointment enabling your pet to be more relaxed and as stress free as possible. All modern equipment, techniques, professional grooming products, de-shed treatments, Clipper Vac, aromatherapy, treats and LOVE supplied at all times!

Free bandana, bow or feathers to finish! Add a touch of easy to 'wash away' non permanent color also!

Directions, pricing, referrals upon request.

Visit Doggi Divino Grooming Salon on Facebook to see many photos.

Open Monday - Saturday, by appointment, please plan ahead.

Only the BEST for your pet! WOOF! 2289-2162 doggidivino@  

General Dog Information:

A nice site that offers lots of info: focuses on dog
training and the characteristics of different dog breeds.

joray adHouse/Pet Sitting

We have lived in Atenas Costa Rica for over 11 years and will be happy to provide references. We have operated an animal rescue shelter for over 50 years so we are familiar with the care of animals of all types. We have been featured in many Costa Rican and US magazines and newspapers. We consider animals to be members of our family and, therefore, treat them with the love and respect they deserve.

Frances and Bruce do the boarding. If your pet/s get along with other pets and is spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines then they will live in our home with us just like our own pets while you are away. We do not cage or kennel animals. We want them to enjoy their stay with us. We can provide excellent references and would be happy to speak with you anytime about boarding your pet or house/pet sitting while you are away. We'll even send you photos of your furkids, while they are with us, by email.

You are welcome to come visit our facility and meet all of us. Just give us a call. Our numbers are 8886-4502 or 2446-0434. Our email is  

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