Volunteering in Puerto Viejo: The Jaguar Rescue Experience

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A baby howler monkey atop a shoulder

My vacation in Puerto Viejo took me on many adventures, but on June 22nd, I embraced my true passion and saw months of work brought to life. Prior to leaving for Costa Rica, I engaged in a multi month collection of veterinary supplies for the Jaguar Rescue in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. My organization was highly successful; over seven hundred dollars worth of supplies was gathered thanks to the generous contributions of three companies. 1-800 Pet Meds was one of the kind donors who graciously supplied the majority of veterinary care, I highly suggest you check them out here for great prices and wonderful service for all your pet needs!

A Baby Sloth Climbing Around With A Blanket

A Baby Sloth Climbing Around With A Blanket

My family and I took a cab ride to the refuge and arrived on time for the 11:30 tour. Due to power outages and other communication hindrances, the private showing did not work out. In order to keep the facility up and running, a fifteen dollar donation I requested to see the work they are doing. While paying our donation, I dropped off the bags of supplies behind the desk and the lady promised to find the owners for me to meet and speak to.

Our tour was with a lovely woman named Daniela; she was thorough, kind, intelligent, informative, and interesting. We were shown the various facilities and informed of the methods used to take care of the animals. Also, we were told the story of each animal at the refuge. All of the stories were equally touching and I could spend hours recounting the touching anecdotes. What sets the refuge apart from similar concept facilities is their reintroduction effort. Most of the animal refuges keep the animals for life after taking them in. At the Jaguar Rescue, the utmost effort is taken to try and reintroduce the animals to their natural habitat. The work done at this center is incredible and inspiring.

As we were nearing the end of our tour, I was given the opportunity to meet the owners. They are such kind hearted people and very sweet. I got a picture taken with them and an adorable monkey, then we finished the tour. The jaguar rescue was an incredible experience and I very much enjoyed the trip. I suggest trying to visit the refuge and see the incredible work yourself. I want to thank all of the donors again for their contributions, because this project couldn’t have been done without them.

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A photo of Encar and I

Final Preparation

As the days trickle down, my house has become more and more hectic. Scrambling around, packing, and tying up loose knots are all occurring in these final hours. Just today, I’ve created forms to use for a school project and I am running around trying to find a perfect camera to use and document my trip. Hopefully, I’ll be able to create a video with some Costa Rican scenes.

I’ve been in contact with the refuge, but the exact date I will be visiting hasn’t been determined. I will most likely give them a call on the hotel’s one phone and organize the date then.

While this trip certainly has humanitarian purposes, there will also be some vacation time as well. We will go hiking, surfing, shopping, eating, and to a chocolate factory! Oh boy!

With all of the final donations together, it is time for me to pack them into two concise bags (check and carry on). I have much left to do, but I wanted to check in just to share the final details before I leave.

I won’t be able to post anything before I leave or while I am gone, but once I am home I will post pictures and stories galore! Stay helpful!

(And if perhaps you’d like something to do while I am gone, check out my etsy store etsy.com/shop/littleknownhelpzone )

**While on the topic of etsy, I will be picking up some handmade goods from locals down in Costa Rica that will be listed on my etsy page!

Meyenberg Goat’s Milk

Tower of Donated Cans

Tower of Donated Cans

Hello! Right now, I am in the final preparation mode for my trip to Costa Rica. To my pleasant surprise, I received a phone call a few days ago about an incoming package. On Thursday, the ackage came and it was a donation from Meyenberg! I was so excited and shocked, as Meyenberg Goat’s Milk was the first and most important item on my list.

I received 6 cans of milk, which will provide great relief for the refuge. These cans will go far in helping the animals. Also, I received a cute little note and some reading material, also recipes to try with goat’s milk.

These six cans will be accompanying me on my trip and will be donated to the Jaguar Rescue Center. The milk is used to prepare the orphans bottles of milk since they no longer can receive milk from their mothers. It is very expensive and difficult to purchase directly in Costa Rica, so the refuge relies on the donations. I am overwhelmed by Meyenberg’s kindness and generosity. They are a wonderful company to work with and I thoroughly suggest checking out their website! http://meyenberg.com/

 

 

 

A Little About the Refuge

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A baby toe toed sloth at the refuge.

I am just about ready to leave for the refuge, but I figured I would make a post about the organization I have chosen to aid.

The Jaguar Rescue is located in Playa Chiquita in the southern Caribbean portion of Costa Rica. They rehabilitate injured or mistreated animals and then reintroduce them to their natural environment. It was born in 2008 and is not considered a zoo, instead a rehabilitation center. They are also trying to develop a proper wild animal education that is beneficial to everyone’s future. They use a hands on approach which has been very successful with the animals. Over 400 animals have been returned to the jungle. Animal guests include birds, monkeys, jaguars, and other mammals/reptiles. The name originated from the baby jaguar they received in 2007 which unfortunately, the preserve and their work stands in her honor.

The Jaguar Rescue is a touching organization with great roots and a great mission. As soon as I stumbled upon this organization, I knew it was the one I wanted to help. I am highly looking forward to aiding the organization and visiting these great people. I suggest checking out the Jaguar Rescue and possibly donating or finding your way to help.

Visit them at jaguarrescue.com

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A young ocelot at the refuge.

Over $500 Worth of Donations from 1-800-Petmeds

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I am here with great news about my Costa Rican Animal Refuge project. The supplies collection has reached a beautiful point and all that is left is to pack and organize the donations for when I leave in mid-June.

1-800-Petmeds was kind enough to mail a box of samples and products that can be used for my supplies collection. I received a plethora of supplies that will be extremely helpful for the trip to the Animal Refuge. There was over $500 dollars worth of supplies, some highlights include the 9 boxes of frontline and the other various medications that are hard to come by in Costa Rica.

I would like to express my extreme gratitude to the people of Petmeds, their generosity was more than appreciated. The animal refuge will certainly be grateful for the supplies as well. I am very happy that there are companies which care about humanitarian causes and events like this truly push me to continue working on making a change, I couldn’t have done this without them.

So if you are in the market for any needed animal supplies, I highly suggest checking out 1-800-petmeds.com for your order. Their prices are hard to beat and they are a great company with a humanitarian.

Stay tuned for more information about the Jaguar Refuge and the final steps before I leave for Costa Rica!

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Pet Meds

One vital part of the Costa Rican refuge project is medications. The Jaguar Refuge is in need of many vital medications and other animal lifestyle supplies to maintain health and cleanliness. Out of many places to turn, I contacted 1-800-PetMeds because of my knowledge on their trustworthy service and excellent history as a company. PetMeds has been kind enough to make a donation to Little Known Help Zone of a sample box including a variety of medications, toys, and other great items for the shelter! The supplies will be delivered by me in june over my 16th birthday to the refuge. We thank 1-800-PetMeds for their kindness and generosity and will keep you updated on the latest of the project.

A little about Pet Meds. They are a licensed pet pharmacy, an award winning company, and make customers happy every day. We suggest checking them out at below!

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Donation from Northeast Fleece

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you for your generosity!

Little Known Help Zone’s most recent project involves the Costa Rican Jaguar Rescue Center, an animal refuge centered in Puerto Viejo that takes care of injured and orphaned animals and makes effort to rehabilitate them back into the wild . For my 16th birthday, I will be visiting Costa Rica and volunteering at the refuge for a portion of my trip. The reserve is in need of some supplies, so Little Known Help Zone has made it their goal to collect this supplies to deliver on the trip. Needs include fleece blankets, electric blankets, powdered  goats milk, and medications.

After minimal success with attempts to collect donations, a wonderful surprise came in the mail. Northeast Fleece, a fleece  company based in Massachusetts, sent a package of 6 fleece blankets after I sent an email to their headquarters. These blankets are needed for the young animals of the refuge who have the potential of getting hypothermia since they no longer have the warmth of their mothers. The fleece blankets provide warmth and comfort. This donation will make all the difference for the refuge.

Little Known Help Zone would like to send a big thanks to Northeast Fleece for their generosity.

Stay tuned for continued information about the preliminary supplies collection and the trip itself.

Visit Northeast Fleece here northeastfleece.com/

See the refuge here jaguarrescue.com/