About Us

Halfway Home serving tamarindo and the surrounding areas

From dogs and cats to monkeys and parrots, Halfway Home Animal Rescue does not discriminate.

What Started As A Hotel Is Now A Rescue

Halfway Home is a grassroots organization whose efforts are to contain the dog population in and around Tamarindo, Costa Rica. There were so many homeless and abused dogs people had brought in to the clinic that overcrowding grew to crisis levels, and something had to change.

Halfway Home Tamarindo was born out of the idea of Dr. Gilbreth Cavallini to shelter these unwanted dogs at The Dogs Hotel until forever homes could be found. The Dog’s Hotel had to be expanded and secured in order to have room for the adoptees.

Halfway Home Animal Shelter Is Focused On Making A Difference

Halfway Home Animal Shelter is a 100% volunteer-based organization that relies on the support of the community to operate. This means that every person who works at the shelter is a volunteer, dedicating their time and energy to help the animals in need.

The shelter is committed to providing the best care possible for the animals in its care, which is why all the dogs have been treated at the Clinic Veterinario Cavallini for neutering/spaying and vaccinations. This ensures that all the animals are healthy and ready for their new homes.

How Our Volunteers Help Us

Halfway Home Tamarindo is built off of volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to save dogs and cats without the help of people like you.

Animal Transport

Getting rescued animals to the shelter is a huge part of the recovery process.

Dog Walkers

Our dog-walking volunteers are at the rescue every day hitting their step goals.


We couldn’t do what we do without the generous contributions of our supporters.

Foster Care

Some dogs and cats need a little extra TLC to get them through their recovery.

Dog Walking Schedule

Looking to meet your daily steps goal while also spending time with a furry friend? We’re in need of dog walkers! Contact us and let us know your availability and we will get you on the schedule.

Every Donation Counts

Operating a shelter can be challenging, especially for a small community like Tamarindo. This is why the shelter relies on the support of the community to help manage the facility. Whether it’s through volunteering, donating money or supplies, or spreading the word about the shelter, every little bit helps.

The shelter and the community work together to provide a loving home for animals in need. We are a small community with big hearts, that wants to make a difference in the lives of the animals that come through our doors.

Sponsor A Dog In Need
Spay/ Neuter Campaign Donations
Donate Supplies & Food

Contribute or help save a pet

Halfway Home Animal Shelter is a vital part of the Tamarindo community, and we hope that you will consider supporting our efforts. Whether you are able to volunteer your time, donate money or supplies, or just spread the word about the shelter, every little bit helps. We need your help to continue providing a safe and loving home for animals in need.

Help our rescued animals by volunteering or donating to Halfway Home Animal Shelter