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The Sato Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico.

Results: As of 2017, we have rescued over 1,800 dogs. The Sato Project primarily works in a place known as Dead Dog Beach on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. As its name states, it is usually a last resting place for dogs, and it is not a happy one. No dog walks to Dead Dog Beach - it is at the end of a long road with no residences - dogs are dumped there. We are the dogs’ only source of food, fresh water, and most importantly, love, on a daily basis. We take our rescue mission very seriously. Rescuing dogs means more than just pulling them off a beach or the streets. We are dedicated to each and every one of our dogs and we want to give them the greatest chance in life. After what they have been through, what they have witnessed, we never want them to suffer again. The Sato Project is making permanent change in Puerto Rico. We encourage you to join us.

Target demographics: some of the estimated 300,000 abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, and to work towards making Yabucoa the first animal-friendly community in Puerto Rico.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Rescue, rehabilitate, fully vet and find homes for over 400 dogs, or 'satos' as they're known in Puerto Rico.

Geographic areas served: Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, at a place unfortunately known as Dead Dog Beach.

Programs: Rescuing, rehabilitating, fully vetting, transporting, and finding homes for abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. We have rescued over 1,500 dogs as of 2016. In 2016 we also launched an ambitious Spay, Neuter, Vaccine and Microchip campaign to address the underlying causes of overpopulation and abandonment on the island.

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karina C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year I adopted a pup from Sato Project. They were kind and professional. Sato made sure my home and I were properly vetted for the adoptive pup. The process was easy and after our adoption; there was follow up support. We now have a new addition to our family. I'm thankful for all the wonderful work the people at Sato do to help rescue dogs in great need each year. If you are thinking about adopting; the Sato Project is a wonderful organization!

Lauren Smithers B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sato Project continues to do the most amazing work to rescue the dogs of Puerto Rico, their tireless work to save the hundreds of dogs in the afternoon of Hurricane Maria is not only inspirational but heroic. The Sato Project brought us our most precious family member, Tilly, and we are inspired and grateful to them everyday.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I began to follow the Sato organization in FB. They had touching and loving stories. In January 2016 they published a story about 10 pups abandoned in a bucket with water. It really touched my heart and inquired about the surviving pups. I was lucky to adopt one of them, Guacho, aka as Torch. The whole adoption process was very thorough and professional. They even do a home visit to interview the family. All the people involved in the organization really care about the dogs they rescue. They deserve all the help and recognition.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with The Sato Project for almost 2 years now. Their tireless work to help the dogs of Puerto Rico is truly outstanding. Not only are they making incredible progress in the care and treatment of the dogs of PR, they also are heavily invested in matching dogs into great fitting homes, reducing the stray population through spay/neuter campaigns and insuring healthcare for dogs in desperate need.

I even made my parents adopt one of my foster dogs!
#SatoStrong

Holly Srebnick L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great fortune to volunteer for the Sato Project as a foster parent as well as doing home visits when needed. I also have adopted a pup from The Sato Project. The Sato project is an amazing group of people. They care so much for the well being of every pup and each and every person involved! They work tirelessly to make sure every placement is the right fit! Hats off to The Sato Project!!

Lindsey N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago, we adopted the most precious pup from the Sato Project, and I was so impressed by how organized and dedicated they were, even though the team was so small at that time.

Fast forward 5 years, and that pup is now an awesome doggo, and my husband and I have fostered 5 dogs with the Sato Project and remain active volunteers. Their passion and dedication to helping the dogs of Puerto Rico is phenomenal, and extends beyond just adoptions to reuniting pets with their families after natural disasters and hosting spay and neuter clinics to stop the cycle of homeless animals.

So grateful for the Sato Project team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who grew up in Puerto Rico, I am in awe at the geneosity and dedication from the Sato Project towards the Sato population in P.R., especially after the aftermath from Hurricane Maria. Thanks to this incredible orgabization, I, as as many amazing families in the U S. have been blessed with a loving Sato dog from P.R.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Franco wandered off the streets of Puerto Rico into a high school classroom where he made himself at home. I don't think it was any coincidence that the classroom he wandered into was being taught by a rescue volunteer coordinator for The Sato Project. He knew a good thing when he saw it and because of the dedication, care and love of this amazing organization, we now live with the sweetest most loving creature imaginable. The Sato Project and fellow adopters are now family to us. We are constantly moved and overwhelmed by their Herculean efforts to leave no dog behind thru tragedy, heartbreak and truly unbearable conditions. If you need them, they are there. If you have questions, they are there. Always. I can't say enough good things about The Sato Project, their adoption process, their staff and the joy that being associated with them brings. Because of TSP, we now get to share the sunshine that is Franco who has gone back to school as a therapy dog working with special needs kids as well as doing reading programs at libraries and going wherever he is called to give out kisses. I recommend The Sato Project one thousand per cent.

1 Jonathan H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about The Sato Project. They work very hard to rescue as many of the abandoned/stray dogs in Puerto Rico as they can, of which there are many. They rehabilitate them, neuter/spay them, microchip them and foster them until they can find the perfect forever home for each dog. We saw a photo online of one of their rescues and fell in love. He has now been a part of our household for almost two years now and he has brought us more joy than we could have imagined. We are so grateful to TSP for pairing us with the perfect dog for us. Once our application was approved, they worked with us to make the adoption as easy as possible for us. We’d definitely adopt through them again if we ever wanted to get another dog.

1 Kobrien2483

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people who goes above and beyond to save the lives of innocent animals in Puerto Rico everyday! I would not have the love of my life pup without them! So dedicated to everything they do and never say no to an animal in need no matter what the sacrifice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our happy little girl Charlotte form The Sato Project almost two year ago. They are amazing organizations and one of the most organized and hard working rescues I have ever seen. They pour their hearts and souls into everything they do and they never stop working to help all of the Sato's. We are so proud of them and so grateful to have Charlotte in our lives! Thanks again to The Sato Project and every member of their team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about my adoption through The Sato Project. Their mission is to ensure they match an owner with the right dog. The Sato Project rescues dogs from Puerto Rico. I saw a picture of "Mila" (now Rosie) and knew right away she was the dog for me. She was rescued from the streets a few weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was suffering severe injuries after being attacked by a pack of dogs. I filled out a form and was contacted that day with a few questions about what I was looking for in a dog and questions about my schedule, who lives in my home and other questions you would expect to be asked. I then had a phone call with Luanne who asked a few more questions and said it sounded like we would be a great match. I had a home visit and then was approved! The people at The Sato Project truly care about the welfare of their dogs and do all they can up front in the process to ensure both the adopter and the dog will be happy. They have a Facebook group for adopters for questions, posting pictures, announcing get togethers and sharing tips It is a very active and friendly group. I love, love, love my Sato dog, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a puppy or older dog.

Darlene Bianco S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend of mine adopted a Sato a few years back but had been sharing posts and stories even before that I have been following. For some reason, this group really touched my heart.

I am a firm believer in “adopt, don’t shop” and in the fact that every dog rescued actually saves at least 2 by making room for another.

I had wanted a second dog for a long time. I always scroll through rescue sites and dreamed of another dog but it’s all in timing and perseverance. One day scrolling through Facebook and seeing the Sato Project post of Bear totally got me in the feels and I just knew that he was the one and immediately fell in love. I did everything in my power to make our home his forever home.

As I sit here watching him sprawled out on his back with belly up (totally comfortable and trusting) next to our other rescue dog on our bed, I know we somehow found each other and made it happen. He is a love (he even has a heart on his head as proof) and I thank the Sato Project for seeing the good in bad situations and starting these pups on the right path to forever happy homes.

They are such a deserving group.

Sammy Emily A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

they were so amazing in helping us to get our wonderful dog. so grateful to them for all that they do

Cindy Harding J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my foster dog after Hurricane Maria through the Sato Project. I now volunteer with this amazing organization. The dedication and truly selfless work done by The Sato Project in some of the most dire conditions is truly an inspiration.

Hallie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my dogs come from the sato project. There are no words to really express how much my pups mean to me. They are amazing, wonderful, loving and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. The sato project does hard work, taking these sick, injured, left behind dogs and turning them into stars in each family. My dogs mean everything to me, the sato project found, protected and cared for my babies. There will never be enough thank yous to appreciate all the sato project did in taking in my dogs and then in turn how much my dogs love and care for me.

Susan Paulik A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most professional and caring group of people I have worked with. Their love and concerned for these street dogs is genuine. These lucky dogs are given a chance to thrive under their watchful care. I thank them every day for rescuing this little princess from a horrific fate.

1 piperbrown2442

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 large German shepherds Benicio & Snoopy. They have brought so much love to our family. Before we adopted them the Sato’s project description of their demeanor was 100 percent accurate. Our cats & other dogs adore them. Everyone in our pack is calm & well behaved. Benicio & Snoopy are so gentle with our children. There are not enough words to express how wonderful the Sato Project is — l would highly recommend adopting a dog from them

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the Sato Project! Right after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico I saw 2 bonded German Shepherd brothers who needed a forever home. I had heard from a friend just how difficult it was for the dogs of Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria. After Hurricane Maria I looked at the Sato's Project Facebook page & it was heartwrenching to see what they are up against. My first thought was the Sato Project is wonderful to help all those dogs who really need it. I read the description of these two bonded German Shepherds & it was 100 percent accurate. They are very very dog & child friendly. They are the sweetest dogs . My 13 year old German Shepherd loves them as does every dog, adult & child who meets them. The Sato Project is absolutely wonderful . They worked so hard to fly dogs to freedom in the US where they could have a chance to have a stable loving home. We are so happy we adopted these 2 -- The Sato Project is the best!

1 Carla Isabel C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with them was seamless, professional, and overall a delight.

1 Lisa Reinke R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that rescued my two pups and thousands of others from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. They are an amazing group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization made up of amazing individuals. I didn’t know much about them when we started looking for a rescue pup for our family. And once we learned more about their mission to solve the issues PR is facing we were not only inspired but also excited to be a part of their community. Especially as first time pet owners. Not a day has gone by in these last two years we don’t feel as if we were the luckiest adopters. It only for our little guy Mak who is the sweetest, but also because we know we have the ongoing support of the sato Project family along for the journey.