Animal life in the Pacific coast area of Jacó turned around completely in 1998 with the arrival of Katja Bader. Spay and neuter campaigns, health checks, educational programs in the schools and highway signs urging drivers to go slow and brake for wildlife are a few of the things Bader has organized in the twenty years she has lived here.
Government agencies, animal rights groups and private companies will receive donations over the weekend to assist a large number of stranded animals currently at shelters and others that remain in evacuated areas after the passage of Hurricane Otto.
Toucan Rescue Ranch is a magnet for cuddly critters, and if you only came for the furry and feathery toddlers, you will leave well satisfied. But the place is more than a mere menagerie: True to its name, the ranch inherits scores of animals, nurses them back to health, and then releases fully recovered specimens back into the wild.
Thousands of people gathered Sunday in San José for the 7th National March Against Animal Abuse to demand an animal welfare reform law that President Luis Guillermo Solís has long promised to prioritize.