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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible. They are working to address the dog overpopulation problem in Puerto Rico on all fronts; spay/neuter clinics, on-island shelter with Vet-services and adoption placement. Please help recognize their hard work.

2 mbrinkman23

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted two Satos in the past three years, they are the best dogs. They have changed our family for the better. We can’t imagine life without them. My daughter is obsessed w Mia - Mia is so patient and loving with her.

They came to us with all their medical records up to date! Our vet couldn’t believe how up to date they were on everything.

I attached a few photos of Zora and Mia! The before pictures of Zora are hard to look at, but her after pictures make up for it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the Sato Project! Mia is seriously the best dog. Everyone that meets Mia, falls in love with her. Our vet was very impressed with Mia's records - the Sato project took great care of her before she became ours :) She was super healthy, just needed loving family. If we get another dog/friend for Mia, it will 100% be through the Sato Project. We can't thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Faced with overwhelming odds, this organization, with a tiny ground zero team of four, rescues, rehabs, transports and adopts out, thousands of desperate dogs off an island that just keeps producing more with no end in sight. This team always puts the dogs first, no matter the weather, the hurricane, the heat, the conditions or the obstacles be they people or unpredictable complications. The stateside support of volunteers coordinated by a dedicated and tireless skeleton staff makes this one of the best non-profit dog rescue organizations to donate to. The path from street to forever home is well paved and guarded to ensure a happy ending for the lucky sato and the lucky family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project rescued out sweet dog Candy and allowed her to join our family one year ago. While there were a number of steps required before we could adopt Candy - including a home visit - the extra care demonstrated the commitment to finding caring, responsible and appropriate homes for their dogs.

Candy had some issues common to rescues - she was very fearful and had an aversion to men. The staff prepared us well with details of the behaviors we could expect and also put us in contact with other SATO families who could offer support and advice.

I follow the Sato Project and their work online and am impressed with the energy they bring to rescuing the many stray and abandoned dogs that inhabit the island of Puerto Rico. Tales of rescues of dogs found on "Dead Dog Beach" are nothing less than heroic. The many people associated with Sato that are involved in "Spaya-athons" and with the several freedom flights a year bringing rescued dogs to the US deserve tremendous gratitude. They are true heroes .

I am grateful to the Sato Project for all of the thousands of abandoned and stray dogs that they help every year and am most especially grateful for my own Candy.

2 Donna R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization founded by an amazing woman, Christina Beckles. Whoever said one woman’s efforts would not make a difference, was totally W-R-O-N-G! Chrissy started the Sato Project with a shoestring budget. The Sato Project rescues abandoned dogs from the streets and beaches of Puerto Rico. Not only does she rescue them, but each dog is fully vetted and fostered until each one can take their “Freedom Flight” to the Mainland where they are adopted by their Forever Families, never to be abandoned again. It takes thousands of dollars for each dog from initial rescue to Freedom Flight, but these Sato Dogs are the best dogs! In addition, Chrissy has worked with the Puerto Rican government and has set up a Spay and Neuter program both providing education and the medical procedure to reduce, and hopefully prevent, the abandoned dog problem in the first place. Please support this wonderful organization.

1 Camila C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is such an amazing organization, they saved our Luna shortly after Hurricane Maria ravished Puerto Rico and safely brought her to New York where we quickly fell in love with her and our lives have been filled with so much love ever since!

They are beyond professional, understanding, and accommodating

1 Phil S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

They are doing amazing things saving abandoned & stray dogs in Puerto Rico, where there are 10's of thousands of them on the streets & beaches throughout the Island! They rehabilitate as many as they can and find them homes throughout the U.S. and other countries. My wife & I have adopted one of their puppies, and we would encourage other's to do the same, as well as donate any amount you are able to.

1 Elba C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say about an organization that rescues unwanted puppies from dead dog beach and other dreadful situations?, plays a huge part in Puerto Rico’s historically massive spay/ neuter of cats and dogs (Spayathon for PR), reunites mascots with their families that were left behind due to hurricane Maria. Takes an active role in changing legislation for the betterment of animals in PR, clears shelters in addition to rehabilitating them for other animals? Nothing short of amazing!!! The Sato Project helped me rescue my current puppy and for that I remain forever grateful. I called them and explained that I had found dog on the beach that I wanted to rescue but did not have enough vacation time left on the island to do so, they took her in. Luna Loiza was in their care for 10 weeks, as a result of her having contacted Ehrlichia while she was abandoned. They flew her to Newark, NJ where I formally adopted her 3 years ago. Today Luna Loiza is a beautiful healthy and loved Emotional Support Dog. I personally volunteer for this organization because I believe in what they do and how they go about achieving their goals and commitments.

2 Karen G.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every email I’ve sent has been quickly and thoughtfully answered. When I made my initial request for adoption I was told that a great dog had been selected for me, and then the phone interview and home visit were conducted by sensitive and intelligent volunteers. The details of her arrival several weeks later were set, and I was updated about her behavior and health regularly in the interim. I ended up adopting the PERFECT dog for our family, because the Sato Project runs efficiently and with an amazing team of staff and volunteers. Their post adoption support is fabulous, and I can’t recommend how great they are at what they do enough!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is a wonderful organization! We just adopted our 4 yr old Clooney. I have adopted pets from other organizations and I have to say that I am most impressed with TSP! They are thorough and careful regarding finding the best forever home for each animal. They check/speak with vet & personal references, conduct home visits, and provide guidance and support throughout, and following, the adoption process. They have fostered a caring, compassionate and loving community of TSP adopters through their facebook page. The Sato Project saved Clooney - and many other desperate animals - so that they could have the chance to flourish, love and be loved!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization approaches dog rescue and adoption with the most compassionate, comprehensive, caring approach. They are wonderfully attentive to detail and thoroughly dedicated to their mission of helping the sato dogs of Puerto Rico. The entire process of rescuing, vetting, application reviews, fostering, transporting, adoption, and follow up support is done with warmth, careful consideration, attention to detail, and with tremendous respect for the strength and dignity of all involved parties - and always first and foremost for the satos. We recently adopted a dog through this org and could not be more impressed by the people, the process, or the fantastic pups themselves. Highly recommended!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The amazing folks at The Sato Project rescued the momma of my little pup Sunshine in Puerto Rico. They cared for her momma, delivered her puppies, and brought them all of the US to be adopted into their forever homes. We couldn't be happier with our little sato Sunshine!

1 Lauren W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog through The Sato Project and we couldn’t possibly be any happier! We love our boy so much, and we are so grateful to everyone at TSP for their hard work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from this organization and he was given to us in the the best condition! Our vet said they were shocked with how much care our dog had received and how thorough the adoption agency was with treatment.

1 Holly Srebnick L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

3 years ago we started fostering pups for the Sato project. From the first contact we could tell this was a great group to work with. They are clearly 200 percent invested in every rescue. We adopted our own kooky Sato (foster failure ) over 2 years ago and love her to pieces. We still foster and love each and every experience. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this amazing organization!

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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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to SATO, my adoption of Phoebe has so enhanced my life! Can’t thank them enough for what they do!

1 justicelcv

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project, Chrissy and her team are Amazing and fighters for the pups who can’t fight for themselves. I adopted 2 of her pups Jack and Maggy. And they are a blessing to me. Thank you Sato Project you are amazing. I also have two doggie siblings who love Jack and Maggy and would be lost without them

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Christina Beckles and her crew of rescuers are amazing. The work they do and the care they show to the pups who don’t have a voice is amazing. I thank them every day for my two Sato pups.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are efficient and effective. When we were going through our adoption process, they were quick to respond to us and easy to work with. It is wonderful knowing that proceeds (adoption fees) aren't being wasted, but being put to real use. Just before we adopted from them, I was down in PR for work and I got to see, first hand, the spay and neuter drive that was happening, all from proceeds that they got from their adoptions. This isn't a group that pockets money, no they do it for the right reasons and they work tirelessly on behalf of the animals, the foster families and the owners.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to The Sato Project we had the opportunity to adopt our beloved Sato daughter, Riley. We commend The Sato Project for their commitment to save the lifes of all stray Satos in Puerto Rico, while at the same time bringing joy to many families in the U.S., who have opened their hearts and doors to these defenseless Satos.

1 Kavita K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no other rescue like the Sato Project!! None! What these guys do for there hopeless dogs is insane! They save no cost even when they know the dog who they are trying to help will not make it. Yet they offer dignity to them in the very last moments of the poor souls life. Holding and hugging them till they are no more just so they don’t die alone. Every one of our dogs has had a horrible beginning but the best life after! The Sato Project just doesn’t rescue dogs, the rescue people in the bargain. There is no rescue out there like them!