Meet The Heroes Rescuing Domestic Animals In Costa Rica


D.A.W.G. Rescue Animals Southern Costa Rica
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“The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
– Mahatma Gandhi


These sensible words from Gandhi lay bare the condition of a man’s heart, as it is true, that the way in which we treat animals is most often the way we treat the vulnerable. If we want to see a society advance, it is imperative to begin with animals. If one can develop a love and appreciation for animals, how much more will they respect fellow human beings.


Meet The Heroes Rescuing Domestic Animals In Costa Rica

Tirelessly working on behalf of the most defenseless creatures in Costa Rica, Domestic Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), stands to see this societal transformation take place, beginning with domesticated animals. Since DAWG’s onset in 2004, they have rescued over 600 animals and placed them into quality homes.


A Cruising Couple rescues Jack and Jill
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A Message From Domestic Animal Welfare Group


Our Vision

To see all domestic animals in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica thrive in a loving, caring home.


Who Are We?

We are a privately funded, non-profit, all-volunteer organization made up of individuals passionate about the welfare of domestic animals in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica.


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How Knowledgeable Are You On Community Service?

Take This Fun Quiz To Find Out:


Population Control

Here at DAWG, we conduct free spay and neuter clinics to those who cannot afford to, or would not otherwise sterilize their animals. In the last 3 ½ years, how many free sterilization operations has D.A.W.G. conducted?
a) 865
b) 275
c) 400


Rescue, Care, and Placement

We rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out animals that have been abused or abandoned. D.A.W.G. has rescued how many animals?
a) 250
b) 380
c) 120


Rescue Costs

We provide anti-parasite treatment, initial two vaccinations, and spay or neuter of every rescue. This costs D.A.W.G. a minimum of
a) $60
b) $40
c) $20


A Cruising Couple with rescued dogs
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Our Goals


We have a “Sharing the World with Animals” curriculum produced by the ASPCA in English and Spanish for grades 1-5 available to any interested school or children’s group. We hope to change the culture through educating the children on the proper care of domestic and wild animals.


We operate the D.A.W.G. Tales Lending Library in Uvita, on the second floor of the Centro Veterinario Costa Ballena building. We have one of the largest collections of English-language books in Costa Rica. There is no membership fee. We charge c1,000 (a little less than $2) for any book or DVD. Funds raised at the library help cover some of our rescue expenses, yet we still rely on financial donations to continue our work.


How You Can Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved with D.A.W.G. and we would love to talk with you more to see where you would best fit. One of the most pressing needs we have is finding quality foster homes for animals waiting to be adopted. We provide our foster homes with all of the medical care and food during the foster care period, but we need your help to provide care, socialization, and love to animals in need. Another constant need we have is funding. Are you passionate about fundraising for a cause? We would love for you to join forces with us in this area.


Thank you for helping us to help those who cannot help themselves.


Contact Us:

Phone: 011-506-8850-7477
Facebook: DAWG domestic animal welfare group
Paypal: (


Quiz Answers:

1) a 2) b 3) a


Gandhi Animal Quote
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