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Land of the Strays

Hundreds of stray dogs are roaming the countryside in Costa Rica.

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

And, believe it or not, this is actually a happy headline.

You see, these strays are at home in a spacious sanctuary called Territorio de Zaguates (Land of the Strays). This privately funded sanctuary, run by volunteers, turns no stray away.

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

Multitudes of mutts at Territorio de Zaguates roam grassy fields, lounge on cozy beds and mattresses,

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

nibble from troughs of kibble,

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

and generally play their days away while they await adoption.

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

For some, that day never comes, but they still have a comfortable, loving place to retire.

Photo courtesy of the Territorio de Zaguates Oficial via Facebook

In addition to providing a haven for homeless dogs and actively seeking potential pooch parents for their residents, the clever Territorio staff created a campaign to make mutts more appealing to the masses. Take a look:

If you would like to help Territorio de Zaguates continue caring and finding homes for dogs, you can donate directly through Paypal at territorio.de.zaguates.oficial@gmail.com or contribute to the sanctuary’s ongoing campaign at GoFundMe.com/costarica-dogs.

Keep up with the Costa Rican canine capers on the Land of the Strays’ Facebook page.

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Bus Lady

Behold the beauty of Houston’s Bus Lady, Janis Scott, who may singlehandedly boost public transportation with her bountiful enthusiasm for the humble city bus …

Houston was in the midst of a big effort to redesign their bus system from scratch when Janis Scott appeared, as if by magic. It turns out she had been there, boosting bus morale behind the scenes, for years. Documentary filmmakers, out to make a movie about the rebirth of the city’s public transportation, decided to give Janis her own 4 minutes of fame in the flick above.

Her smile and simply wonderful wisdom are arguably more persuasive than an entire city’s propaganda.

“There’s all types of reasons to ride the bus,” Janis encourages. “Make new friends, learn about things … you want to get people out of their cars and mix, mix, mix. That’s true in any city. Try it, you’ll like it!”