These women joined Ellen Wisse, a transplant to Costa Rica from Europe, like Cappelluti, who has three rescue dogs, two rescue cats and a horse. Wisse has been running a local spay/neuter clinic for local people's pets, to help control the population of abandoned animals. "We have a really good network," Cappelluti said. "What we really use is Facebook and word of mouth."
The women named themselves Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue, after Charlie - a dog they found lying on a busy road who miraculously survived being hit by a car. Since then, the angels who saved Charlie's life have helped rescue dozens of others.
One of these miracles was Pinto, a dog discovered in one of the poorest neighborhoods, suffering from terrible infections.