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The PURA VIDA FOUNDATION is more than just a nonprofit. It's a symbol of hope, compassion, and love for all living beings on this planet. It's a movement that aims to amplify the interconnection between animal welfare, environmental protection, and the human experience. And it's a testament to the power of community and collaboration in creating a better world for all.

At the core of the Pura Vida Foundation is the belief that we all have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet, it's ecosystems, and its inhabitants. Whether we are humans, animals, or plants, we are all part of the same interconnected web of life, and we must work together to ensure that this web remains intact for future generations.

Through its education and awareness programs, the Pura Vida Foundation is helping to build a more sustainable future for all. By promoting sustainable lifestyle and consumer choices, the Foundation is empowering individuals and communities to make a positive impact on the world around them. Whether it's through recycling, reducing waste, conserving energy, or supporting environmentally friendly businesses, every action we take can make a difference.

But the Pura Vida Foundation's impact goes far beyond individual actions. Through its corporate partnerships, behavior change campaigns, and policy advocacy, the Foundation is working to create systemic change that will benefit people, animals, and the planet. By working with businesses, governments, and other organizations, the Foundation is able to leverage its resources and expertise to create scalable solutions that can make a real difference in the world.

At the heart of the Pura Vida Foundation are its people - the dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters who work tirelessly to make a difference. Their passion, commitment, and love for all living beings are truly inspiring, and it's thanks to their efforts that the Foundation is able to create meaningful change in the world.

If you're looking for a way to make a positive impact on the world, I encourage you to get involved with the Pura Vida Foundation. Whether it's through volunteering your time, making a donation, or simply spreading the word about the Foundation's work, every action you take can help make the world a better place. Together, we can create a future that is sustainable, compassionate, and full of love for all living beings.


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Animals are not only our friends - they are our protectors, our healers and our partners in the world we share. So, if you’re looking for a place to connect with other like-minded animal lovers and if you’re someone who values our planet’s biodiversity and natural resources, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll also keep you in the know about volunteer opportunities, and animal welfare and conservation experiences and field trips. If you’re not sure how humans, animals and the environment are connected and want to learn more, we encourage you to reach out to us for useful information about this special human-animal-planet bond.


The less fortunate, those with next to no opportunity, those in need.

Our “Helping Hands” programs are all about helping people in need. We are committed to developing creative community and and economical solutions to a wide range of social problems in Costa Rica. The Pura Vida Foundation provides opportunities to exchange friendship, goods, services, and financial resources for critical needs among different cultures, socio-economic classes, and language groups.

Our vision is to create a better quality of life for all those we work with, supporting at-risk and special needs populations so they may have more choices for their future and fostering greater sensitivity in populations providing services.



The world is changing. We all know the scary facts. Animal species are disappearing. The Amazons are being decimated again. There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. It’s sad, it’s upsetting – but our view is that every single one of us can make a difference so that our planet will be here and be healthy for future generations.

We are all doing our best, but we aren’t working together. Environmentalists are struggling to stop plastics from overwhelming our oceans. Animal advocates are fighting to preserve fish species from going extinct. Many of us are making changes to our lifestyle but we aren’t talking to each other.

The PURA VIDA FOUNDATION is a next generation revolution that elevates and unites animal welfare, environmental protection and human experience together in a synergistic movement.

We believe everything is connected so we foster empathy. We educate. We focus on solutions because we envision a kind, thriving, safe world for all beings.

We celebrate the connection and interdependence between all living beings and habitats on the planet where we all co-exist. We place our trust in collaboration and transparency and believe that together we can make incremental positive impact on the one world we share.

Each year we choose several critical campaigns and use our platform to raise funding and awareness for our causes and campaigns. We work hand in hand with our partners to create holistic approaches to tackle tough issues with a comprehensive, problem-solving mindset. In addition to our efforts and program funding, we offer our partners connections and networking with other thought leaders, experts and innovators in the space. Our campaigns are all connected and together they build on each other.

No donation is too big or too small. Every little bit helps and everyone’s contribution counts, even if it’s simply making small changes to your daily lifestyle.

Our Sponsors

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Our team is a passionate, creative, dedicated and determined group of individuals fully committed to the Pura Vida Foundation mission.

Joe Liebke


Serial business entrepreneur; world-traveller, ocean-loving surfer, and musician with a great love for animals, people and the planet.


Lois Solano

Executive Director

Artist, writer and activist with deep respect and love for all living beings and the environment.


Tyler Hanson

Project Manager

Project planning, management and organization; avid musician and producer, loves to surf, skate and travel.


Chris Chavez

Field Manager

Adventurer, traveler, vegetarian and animal lover. Eternal student, eager to learn and discover the world.

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