Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center

Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Costa Rican wildlife.

The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that gives animals a second chance at life. Our dedicated staff and selfless volunteers work tirelessly to help these animals heal, keep them safe, rehabilitate them, and eventually re-release them into their natural habitat in the Costa Rican rainforest.

Volunteer Testimonials from TripAdvisor!

Sometimes we get extra amazing volunteers who help share the love of animals by supoorting the rescue center online by writing a review in TripAdvisor!

PuraVidaTravel7 Reviewed on  21 October 2017 a 5/5 !

They really make a difference!

''The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center is the perfect place for animal and nature lovers. The facilities are basic and quite open so perfect for a "real jungle" experience, also you don´t have to be afraid of poisining animals, I did not saw any during my stay.

The work with the animals is so rewarding and was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I never got so close to wildlife. I learned a lot, not only from each species but in addition about the still existing problems of animals abusement (especially in the tourism sector!) and illegal pet trade. This really changed my view and attitude during my further travels in central america. Furthermore I had the honor to experience the releases of two rehabilitated two-toed sloths and one Tucan back into the wild. I will never forget the feeling I had, watching these little creatures experience their new freedom. 

The people at the Rescue Center, the owner (Bernal and Marielos) as well as the coordinator (Sarita) and other workers are very kind, helpful and big hearted. As you work with animals, you might should not bring the fanciest clothes and be prepared to get a little dirty. During rainy season a light rainjacket and rubber boots are suggested. Volunteering means work for at least a few hours a day, don´t expect a luxuary vacation rather than cold showers, shared bathrooms and tipical local food. 

To sum up: if you are looking forward to an authentic Costa Rican experience, are open minded and passionated about animal rescue and wildlife conservation, this place is PERFECT for you! 

In fact I highly recommend this place for people who want to be more than a tourist and make a difference! '' 


Thank you so much PuraVidaTravel7!! <3

CRARC Fundraising page is up and running!

Hello all!

Thank you all for you support recently, both digitally and economically, and our Spider Monkey enclosure is near completion!

We know many of our amazing volunteers and many more of you want to be able to fundraise and donate to the center- so we wanted to make it as easy for you as possible to do so! 
We have made a whole page dedicated just to just Fundraising and it is filled with tips and ideas and past successes of previous volunteers, and even offers guidance and help how to start fundraising. 

Recent examples of excellent fundraisers are Chase from our previous blog entry, a group of teenage girls from Country Day School in Alajuela Costa Rica who organized a bottle flip challenge on Fair Day at their school, and Jennifer Leach who is a volunteer who visited us in the summer of 2016 who now runs a beautiful childrens clothing shop online to help raise money for the center called Little Bear Wardrobe

It is thanks to amazing volunteers such as these that we are able to keep going as a rescue center! 
Thank you so much everyone and please do check out our Fundraising webpage and share with anyone you know who is keen to fundraise for the Animals at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center! 

Love from
Victoria and the gang at the Rescue Center

Fundraising to Volunteer at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center!

With the upcoming Fundraising page on the website (keep a look out!) it was perfect timing to have Chase Butler, who came to us two weeks ago from the UK for a month, write a post about what she did and how it was to Fundraise for the center!

Chase writes:

''My fundraising began just over one month prior to my arrival here at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center! This didn't give me much time to prepare but after reading the story of the rescue centre on the website, I knew that I wanted to offer my time as a volunteer here as soon as possible and that it would make the perfect start to my gap year before studying Animal Biology at uni.

My goal was to raise a total of £1,500 to pay for flights and cover my four week stay here.

The first thing I did was set up a fundraising page on and this became my main fundraising source. After sharing the page to my social media accounts I was overwhelmed by the extremely positive response I received! People were able to read more about the history of the rescue centre, the work that they do here, and why I wanted to help. The post was shared numerous times and I received a number of very generous donations from friends and family over the following weeks.

Additional fundraising activities included selling homemade protein bars at my local gym from which I raised a total of £102, and a food hamper raffle organised by my work colleagues in the pub I work at; this raised an amazing £223.87. I also held an online auction where people bid on a genuine signed Star Wars photo kindly donated by my auntie. The photo went to the highest bidder, who bid a very generous £200!

By the end of the four weeks when my fundraising page had expired, I had managed to exceed my target, reaching a total of £1,650!

With the extra money raised I was able to go to 'Pets at Home' and buy some enrichment toys and veterinary equipment for the animals here.

I have now been at the centre for a week and a half and have already been involved in so much! In this time I have fed fruit popsicles to the capuchin monkeys, helped to move and rebuild two enclosures, gave a bath to Spike the hedgehog, watched the progression of Violetto the sloth as he learns to climb with one arm, fed the baby opossums their milk, cleaned the howler monkey enclosure, witnessed a new arrival to the centre (Mary the three toed sloth), made an enrichment toy for the capuchins, allocated branches to the different enclosures, prepared food for the animals, spoke with the parrots, helped to 'babysit' Feluco the howler monkey, and so much more...!

It has been amazing to experience the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of these animals by the centre first hand and I can't wait to see what the next two weeks have in store!'' 

We are so impressed and grateful for Chase and all she has done, and of course her kind doners!

We love you all! 

New Blog Concept- Volunteer travel writers!

So being the tiny center we are with few staff and many many lovely volunteers, we had the idea to let the volunteers help us write the blog posts- and the volunteers seemed more than happy to help! 
So we have collected 2 blog posts from the last two weeks from Sam and Tammy (both from the UK) who took the time to write out some words for us!
Tentative start, and look out for more- we hope you like the idea and see it grow!


SAM from the UK 

Sam writes: ''My second week at the centre has been great especially getting to see the teen sloths in their new sloth garden enclosure which allows the sloths to roam throughout several trees that have been set up with feeding platforms. Allowing then to feed naturally high up in the tree canopy.
One Tuesday evening five of us decided to take a walk down to the stream that is accessible towards the bottom of the animal rescue centre. I found my self surrounded by butterflies, bats and even a river otter that jumped into the fast flowing stream. It was an amazing chance to see some of the local wildlife that lives on the land of the rescuecentre. The new spider monkey enclosure is coming along quickly and it will be brilliant to see them in there newly built enclosure before the end of the year.
Anyone lucky enough to visit the rescue centre will be lucky enough to make new human friends and animal friends.''

Sam was a fantastic volunteer here at the center, taking lots if initiative and even took it upon himself and Danny to dig and plant a whole garden! Sam and Danny grasped the animal welfare concepts of the center quickly and were more than helpful regarding the animals rehabilitation processes. Good luck with your Masters degree in the future Sam!



Photo credit: Patrik SKöld

Photo credit: Patrik SKöld

Tammy writes:

''Excitement exploded within camp this week as the air filled with calls of “sloth baby, sloth baby!”. Whilst our youngest sloth may have been a surprise to most, it was certainly a most welcome one, bringing us up to a grand total of twenty six sloths. Mumma sloth is doing a sterling job carrying our tiny new arrival around on her stomach at all times, which is imperative to the little fella’s survival. A vote is currently underway between all the volunteers to choose a name for her newborn.

In other news, a bedraggled young toucan made its way to our front door after children showered it with stones. He has gone home with our founders for the meanwhile to ensure all his needs (not least the feedings every two hours) are met.

A mother hen decided, quite rightly, that our center would be a fabulous place to build her nest, gracing us with six fluff-ball chicks.

Last but by no means least, we have had a successful week within the domestic animals. The three kittens have all been adopted out to happy homes. Additionally, our much loved pooch Nova has finally found her forever home. She now resides right next door to the pizzeria, the volunteers favourite haunt! Although there were many teary eyes on her departure, we are all so glad that she will be going to a permanent home.

Keep tuned to find out what our baby sloth will be named. Will it be; Burbuja (Spanish for ‘bubbles’), Marshmallow, Freckles, Cupcake, Frodo or Pépé?  ''

Update: We named the baby ''Pepe''! 
Tammy took to the center like she had always been here and was even helping give tours and teaching new volunteers within 2 days of arrival! Thanks for helping us Tammy and good luck with your travels!