We moved to Costa Rica 17 years ago, with the anticipation of having no responsibilities and being free to travel!  This lasted 6 weeks.  

During the process of building, we realized there was  a huge need to help the abandoned and homeless animals.  It seemed the concept of spaying and neutering had not found its way to our area.   Luckily, we also met other people who came to the same conclusion, and thus we started a program of volunteers.  We would set up a “clinic  monthly with a teaching Veterinarian & his students from San Jose. The clinic  worked under whatever conditions necessary to fix as many animals as possible.   Temperatures were taken, weights noted, spays performed, and animals passed to the workers in the recovery area who then; cleaned ears, picked off numerous ticks, applied medications. Tough work, but more than rewarding.  

It takes a village.   Many tireless hours with many people throughout our community...too many to mention. ...... bathing dogs in the back of our trucks, teaching families to love their animals, and helping them get food and meds for their beloved pet. Before Covid we were able to host an annual  fundraiser to help us cover the cost of spaying and traumas.  Now we rely on our Go FUND ME Page .

We need your financial support. Our Sacrosanct Sancturay is beyond capacity. We were never meant to be a sanctuary but my husband & I ended up being the, go to people, when help was needed.  We now have in excess of 87 cats, 14 dogs and 14 kittens and growing! 

 So much for having no pets! and being free to travel...It remains a Labor of Love but unsupportable. With full retirement and some medical issues (which thankfully seem under control) carrying on without support is overwhelming.  Sancrosant Sancturay is a large farm but was... never meant to be a Sancturay.  What we need is folks who feel the same as us for the broken and helpless street pet population and can afford to support our efforts. In partnership with CARE (Coco Animal Rescue &Education) a chartable organization we are very lucky to work with Dr. Jessica and her amazing aid Natalia and ask that you volunteer your time or if you can donate to our cause.  Our monthly cost run about $2000 dollars US.

Anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica, and might be interested in seeing first hand what we do, we will be happy to show you around.  

As long as you don’t mind lots of loving kisses from pups, and the occasional kitten in your lap for a cuddle.

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Sandra Bateman 
Saint Catharines, ON
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