Because foster homes are often crowded, Lila has bounced around from home to home while awaiting her forever family.
But this is no country for mixed-breed dogs.
"Dogs like Lila have a very hard time being adopted because they're not purebred," Targowski explains. "If you have a nice Doberman or German shepherd, you're going to adopt him in no time.
"People in Costa Rica want large dogs. They want pure dogs. And dogs like Lila don't stand a chance."
Which is why Targowski, who lives in Canada, has been sharing Lila's story everywhere she could on social media - hoping to find her a real home outside Costa Rica.