Canopy San Lorenzo

Place that love animals, in the nature, family feeling, vegeterian, animal freandly zone, learn to treat animal differently.working with local workers and learn spanish.

We are 15 friends of many years, vegan and animal lovers who moved to Costa Rica in 2005. We established a non-profit, no-kill charitable organization founded on the belief that all animals deserve respectful and loving treatment and must be protected by humans as well as by law. Whenever we come across animals who are abused, abandoned, sick or injured, we take action to prevent further suffering and give them a safe and loving home. We have over 700 animals including cats, dogs, horses, geese, ducks, goats, sheep and hens as well as the local wildlife of the cloud forest where we are located. Most importantly, we need volunteers to help take care of our dogs and cats. Tasks include dog walking, washing dogs, special care for sick/disabled dogs, cleaning the catteries, changing their litter etc. You must not be afraid to pick up poop!


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Overall, my boyfriend and I enjoyed the experience!! The accommodation was basic but fine, minus the damp situation in the girls dorm. The days were long, starting at 7am and not finishing until 6:45 but within this there were long breaks and ultimately the work asked of us was walking dogs in 10 minute intervals, 4x a day basically. For that part alone I would give it 5 stars because being able to be surrounded by the dogs and help in some way was really amazing, but I am a big animal lover - so maybe without this fact, to some it might seem repetitive. The 3 meals a day we got were great!

hace 1 mes

República Checa


It’s nice what those people do for animals but treating volunteers is not their strongpoint. When you send your application, they text you through Whatsapp that they only receiving volunteers for 48 hours in a week (just one day off) and they offer you 3 meals a day and accommodation. It’s not 8 hours a day together but you work from 7am to 6:30pm with some breaks for food. Most of the days we had to wait for food at least one hour, but it was also over two hours sometimes because nobody cared about us. It was mostly about walking dogs, it was exhausting and I didn’t feel appreciated.

hace 4 meses



Danger! This host keeps the dogs in a species-appropriate way in cages that are far too small and without any space! if you feel like being around animals all day and you don't mind seeing dogs that are suffering, this is exactly your place. and if you are not with the animals then you can collect donations on the computer for the animals. Be careful, I don't think the donations will arrive. The owners drive expensive porsche ... if you're still interested, make your own picture of this place. other impressions would interest me very much!

hace 1 año

alon respondido

Thomas chose to see things in the 3 days that he stayed here without checking the facts and asking for the truth.

Our Shelter is located next to our hotel, it has been 15 years that all our local businesses (the hotel, activity center, and a tour operator) directly funded the shelter that has saved thousands of injured and abandoned sick dogs and cats over the years. In the shelter itself there are over 1000 dogs and cats and other animals.
For the last 15 years the place did not rely on donations and only in the last year, with the outbreak of the Covid-19 in the world and the collapse of the tourism economy in the country, we began to raise funds in order to survive.
The donations that we are raising, support the shelter’s activities and without them we could not continue to exist.
The dogs are receiving top of the line medical care, food, a warm and loving place, all of them are stray dogs that have survived a life of wandering on the roads of Costa Rica, diseases, accidents, injuries, abuse etc.
We thank every volunteer who comes here and helps us walk the dogs and allow them a good quality of life in spending time outside the cages. Most of the dogs home are large spaces that host families of dogs that leave together for a long time and all of them get to visit the yard during the day in addition to their walk outside twice a day.
We make every effort to find good homes for these dogs. But the options in Costa Rica are limited, so most of them will stay with us for the rest of their life
We will continue to dedicate our lives to rescue as many miserable animals as possible and we will continue to invest all our income in to it.
People who really care about animals are more than welcome to visit us and help to come to help us and give them better life.



La verdad es que no fue lo que esperaba, teníamos que pasear a los perros 14 km por día. El tiempo libre que teníamos, nos la pasábamos esperando a la comida que saliera de la cocina, que hasta podía demorar 1 hora de nuestro tiempo libre.
La casa de voluntarios un horror.
Es hermoso como los dueños ayudan a los amilanes y les dan un hogar.
Espero que puedan mejorar las condiciones para los voluntarios 🙃

hace más de 1 año



The work that the owners are doing here is simply incredible, putting the health of every animal before anything else ! While you work the animals you are taking care of will give you so much love.
The place is huge and leaves you a lot to discover from the Costa Rican biodiversity. And the food you eat, vegetarian or vegan, is really good !
If you have love and time to give, this place is made for you.
Thanks to all of the 15 owners for what I have learned and for the experience.

hace más de 1 año

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