Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic was gifted some land by a very generous donor near the town of Luperon to be used for the benefit of the animals of the island. This land also contained a couple of basic buildings, solar panels, a cistern, battery backup and inverter, as well as a generator. After a lot of discussion on the best use for the land, DCDR decided that we would create a first of its kind animal sanctuary on the land. The hope is to create a model that can be duplicated on other parts of the island and even throughout the Caribbean.
Animals at the sanctuary will not be kept isolated in small cages or small runs, but rather will live in family units in expansive areas that provide lots of room for running, playing, and interacting. Experience has shown us that the best therapy for many dogs is being with other dogs. Although this is intended to be a place to temporarily home animals until they can find their furever homes, Coconut Hound Haven will also be used to allow some animals that are not adoptable to live out their lives with comfort and companionship.
Initial plans are being developed to create an overall picture of what Coconut Hound Haven will look like. During this planning, we have decided that the first project should be a building to house dogs that will include areas for food storage, washing, exams, and grooming. A local architect has graciously offered his services to DCDR and has come up with the initial plans for the project (pictured below). We now begin the process of turning this dream into reality through grant requests and fundraising.
We are all so excited about all the Coconut Hounds and Coconut Cats we will be able to help with this new facility and invite your help in bringing this project to fruition.