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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 2020, we have rescued over 4,500 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 also addressing the underlying causes of overpopulation via spay/neuter initiatives in underserved communities, and has serviced more than 6,000 companion animals since 2014. Additionally, since Hurricane Maria in 2017, the organization has distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food and humanitarian supplies to the island and reunited over 200 dogs with their families who were displaced by Puerto Rico’s multiple natural disasters.

Target demographics: some of the estimated 500,000 abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, and to build permanent change for animals across the island

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019 we rescued, rehabilitated, fully vetted and found homes for 600 dogs, or 'satos' as they're known in Puerto Rico, spayed/neutered and vaccinated 3,400 dogs and cats, and distributed thousands of pounds of emergency relief supplies.

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. In nine years, we have flown over 4,500 dogs off the island to new lives on the mainland. The Sato Project is also addressing the underlying causes of overpopulation and abandonment via spay/neuter and outreach initiatives in underserved communities.

Community Stories

178 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who works for a non-profit too - I know how hard it can be to get back to everyone in a timely matter. From Application to puppy in hand and even today the communication with the team is phenomenal. I also greatly appreciate the transparency in telling us how funds help.

Steph R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted 2 of our dogs from TSP and will continue to rescue from with each of our dogs. Fred the Bassett (our first sato) was so incredibly neglected and the volunteers/staff scooped him up. The day they posted his picture it was instant love. He sadly passed away in 2019 but we had 5 amazing years with him.

Our second sato is Joey. He was an earthquake pup who was dumped on the beach along with his siblings after one of the major earthquakes last year.

Our hearts are so incredibly full of love. TSP loves each sato they rescue like it’s their own. Words cannot describe why an amazing rescue they are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted two amazing satos from
This organization. And both dogs have honestly saved us. The work they do in Puerto Rico is so amazing and they have such a wonderful team that help them accomplish this!
You will never be sorry or regret adopting from this rescue!

Michele C.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful, beautiful Maya from them at the end of 2018, and she is such a treasure. We love her so much, and are so grateful that the Sato Project rescued her from "Dead Dog Beach" and flew her up here. There are so many precious dogs and cats who are in their forever homes and off the streets of Puerto Rico because of the wonderful work that the Sato Project does. They have my utmost respect and support! Michele Cole

Christine C.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

The organization is so well organized. I indicated Adoption and I think the process took about a week. Quick and efficient. The picking up process had so many volunteers to assist it go seamless. We are so happy with our new baby. We know that SATO makes sure that these babies go to approved homes. Our references were checked as well as our home that our new puppy would go to. It was a great way to adopt. If I need another fur baby this is the way I would go. So many caring folks. Gives you faith in humanity!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted our Poppy (Kimber) yesterday and she couldn’t be more perfect. Appreciate all the hard work and dedication of the Sato Project

Jennifer H.22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sato project did a remarkable job bringing us our beautiful boy Hunter ‍❤️ We are so grateful for all the planning and organization that went into place to have him fostered, trained and ready for adoption. Hunter is my first dog as I am normally a cat person…he is so good, sweet, kind and loving I couldn’t ask for a better dog. The first 1-3 weeks were a transition but we saw marked improvement after the first week as he got more comfortable and it was obvious that he was well cared for and even trained by the time we got him. The Sato project is the only place I would ever adopt a dog having experienced what an amazing job they did preparing him for his forever home. We are so grateful

Cassidy A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps stray satos and gatos in Puerto Rico! I would absolutely recommend them for anyone looking for the perfect pup or just wanting to help out.

James S.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love their mission and their work! We adopted our Rico from them a few years ago and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Susan Z.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Extraordinary organization that has rescued the lives of 1000s of dogs and 1000s of their adopters. My hope in humanity is restored every single day by the work that they do and I unhesitatingly recommend them whenever - and to whomever - I can. They empower the PR teams they work with as well and have built an impressive network of volunteers in the US who ensure the health and well-being of the their rescued pups. I am struck by one of Christie Beckles' (the founder) fight mantras (seen on her money raising-event boxing trunks ). "Never look away." The Sato Project never looks away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was interested to adopt a dog on the Sato website. They let me know that the dog I inquired about was a handful and suggested my Pepper instead. They rehabbed her, flew her to NY and drive her to my state to meet me. Still in love 4 years later.

Kavita K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a foster fur mom to Goliath and a foster failure to Lassie, almost 10 years ago I am still impressed with their passion and dedication to the mission of this rescue. I have seen them work thru every possible situation and handle it with grace and dignity. This by far is one of best rescues on the planet! Period! End of story!

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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!

Nicole G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Look at these happy little faces and you’ll know all you need to know. The Sato Project rescues thousands of abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico and brings them to the US, finds them homes via an extensive vetting process to make sure each dog has the perfect family, and gives these dogs a life they couldn’t have dreamed of. These 3 are sisters, all rescued in 2020, who met up for a reunion for their first birthday thanks to the adopter network the Sato Project has created. This non profit creates families and saves lives, and what could be better than that?

Laura Z.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TSP is THE best!! The undying, unwavering, courage, strength, determination and passion is immeasurable. The commitment to the Satos and PR goes well above and beyond. There r no forgotten ones- regardless of health, abuse, conditions, hurricanes- TSP volunteers persevere.

I can honestly tell you- after adopting one Sato 11 years ago as a young pup left to die on Dead Dog Beach, my heart desired another - this time a senior.

Rudolph is out most recent addition to our family. He lived on the streets of PR for 7 years - neglected, unsafe, unhealthy and unloved. Yet, TSP saw the same glimmer, a small spark they demonstrated this boy needed and wanted to be loved.

Back legs arthritic, scars from chronic long standing untreated skin infections and vision impaired- he didn’t have long to last. Yet, he was not left behind. TSP helps as many dogs (and even some cats) as possible. Their tenacity and compassion is extraordinary!

Please honor this rescue as truly THE tops!! Every dollar and every ounce of energy goes directly to the rescue efforts of each and every animal!

I will forever be grateful to TSP as well as suppose them- Laura ZR

Client Served

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization! Winnie was rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico. The Sato Project gave so much love and medical care to bring Winnie back to health. Volunteers took the time to match us with Winnie—a perfect dog for our family. We are forever thankful to be Winnie’s furrever family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across this great charity while looking to adopt a new pet. I’m amazed with the work they do and how efficiently it’s done. I was a nervous first time dog owner and they walked me through each and every step. The community they created continues to be there for me. They are truly doing gods work with the at risk dogs and cats of Puerto Rico. Caring for them and making sure they are not only healthy but will thrive with a family willing to take a chance on a pet they haven’t met The work they do with animals that are very ill or severely injured from either living on the streets or at the hands of humans is truly a blessing. Watching those animals heal because of the Sato Project is inspiring.

Joyce M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization—-my daughter has 2 wonderful pups through them that I love—-I had each of them with me and then took them to her in South Carolina—-I also adopted my Fred from them—-they are such a caring group of people

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing but great experiences with the people who run and volunteer for this organization. I adopted from them in 2014 and it's been a whirlwind tour ever since....from adoption (through a partner) to tracking his story to volunteering many times to visiting PR and volunteering there right down to receiving tremendous support when my boy jumped a fence and went missing for 24 hrs..OH and then I was able to volunteer to help our Puppy Bowl contenders, too...and to transport a few lovely pups and foster a few, too.....Honestly, it's been life changing and I support them whenever I can. Thanks so much to everyone for all YOU do to save all these pups (and cats) and to finding them forever homes!

kcsalek

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization that does so much for the dogs of Puerto Rico helping these dogs(and some cats too) enjoy lives that they deserve. Our Benny is the sweetest, smartest boy and we are so thankful that The Sato Project rescued him and we were lucky enough to adopt him. Their spay/neuter clinics and rescue flights have done so much for the animals of PR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our sweet Benny (Oreo) was rescued by The Sato Project just a few weeks before Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico. They were able to rescue over 200 dogs that trip and we are so thankful for them. They have all been adopted already! We hate to even think about what would have happened if not for The Sato Project.

Michelle S.28

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered the sato project after my parents adopted their playful loving sato and after reading their mission I knew I not only had to adopt my own sato but wanted to get involved with this organization. My family and I are dog lovers my self my husband and my daughter have never known life without a dog in it. After our beloved family pet died after 15 years we adopted a dog from a shelter close to home but quickly realized she needed a companion and during the pandemic we realized another 4 legged love in our lives is just what we needed too. I filled out an application knowing we had specific needs and wants based on our living situation etc. and we were matched fairly quickly and when I had questions about the dog we were matched with they were answered quickly and we just knew Zoe would be our perfect addition to the family. As We anxiously awaited her arrival this past February we corresponded with her foster mother and shared pics and videos. We fell in love before we even met her. The sato project truly welcomes you into their family, and when Zoe arrived scared and shaking we welcomed her with open arms. It took a few days for her and our Luna to get acclimated and now they are like PB and J. Zoe brings spunk and laughter and spice to our family she played in snow for the first time and loved it. she has since been to the beach on vacation, loves playing in the dog park and digging In sand. We couldn’t imagine life without her and the sato project is there to support their adopting families through it all. I am a proud donor and supporter of this organization and if I could adopt all the satos I would. The selfless work this organization does is tremendous and we are a proud sato family.

Anyatskar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! I adopted my first doggo from The Sato Project organization this year. The individuals working there couldn't have been more attentive, knowledgeable, or excited about their mission to care for the street dogs (satos) of Puerto Rico. They thoroughly vetted my partner and I (no pun intended) to ensure than their dog was going to a good home, as well as fully disclosed all her medical details (such as pre-existing health conditions and illnesses) for full transparency. They provided ample guidance for post-adoption concerns and have set up a social media group for adopters that’s extremely active daily. The work they do on the island of PR (such as providing veterinary medical care to those who cannot afford it or have otherwise not been able to partake in it) is as ambitious and needed as that which they do on the mainland. I couldn’t think of a better experience than that which I had with this non-profit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Couldn’t have imagined a better adoption process from start to finish. Communication was outstanding and our pup (and all others we saw) arrived from PR in exceptional health. Counting the days until we can adopt our second dog through the Sato Project!

Karen McGlynn R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project does great work for the homeless animals of Puerto Rico and the families they are placed with. They were very helpful and responsive throughout the adoption process and beyond into getting our new pup settled in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Sato, Benny through The Sato Project 3 years ago just before Hurricane Maria. I shudder to think what may have happened to him without the great work by this incredible team. Whether the Spayathons that they run, preventing thousands of unwanted pups or their incredible flights of freedom for these precious pups, no one does it better than The Sato Project. Their team is a well oiled machine that knows how to get a job done regardless of the incredibly hard work it takes!

2 Marie Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Gypsy one month ago. The Sato project rescued her and addressed all of her health issues. They are truly dedicated to finding the perfect homes for all their pups. I highly recommend this organization and will definitely adopt from them again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I begin? We adopted Lita in August of 2017 from the Sato Project. She came from Puerto Rico with more than 200 other adult and senior dogs. From having to fill out a lengthy, in-depth application, to a home visit before we were OK’d as adopters, to follow-up inquiries after Lita’s arrival, to all kinds of great advice while she was with us, the folks involved with the Sato Project are remarkable. From Chrissy Beckles (the founder) to the myriad volunteers who help make it all happen, there is love and respect shown to every rescued dog. We sadly lost Lita very recently, but I’ve since helped out with the most recent transport of dogs from PR and will continue to do so. I want to give back to the organization that gave me and my husband the most loving dog ever!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about The Sato Project and their entire team, both in Puerto Rico and here in the states. The work they do to rescue and care for these dogs along with their Spayathon (for the community in Puerto Rico) is absolutely amazing.

Every single person at the organization is passionate, kind and incredibly dedicated to saving the lives of these Satos and matching them with the perfect families. They honestly do not rest until every dog is safe and placed with the right home.

My Sato arrived in December 2019, and their process for adoption was thorough and seamless. The community they’ve built among the adopters and volunteers is also wonderful and let’s everyone connect to support one another, making the transition of having a new pup 10x easier.

Without them- my Sato, and countless others, wouldn’t have the chance at a safe and happy life.

2 Samantha K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are beyond impressed with The Sato Project. Like so many during the pandemic we decided it was time to adopt. In late March we had officially adopted our pup but the pandemic had other plans. Due to travel restrictions, we had to wait until July to bring her home. During that time, TSP routinely sent updates and photos so we didn't miss a beat. This organization really cares deeply about the pets that come their way and focuses on making them feel as loved as possible. I especially appreciate the check-in after her flight and the incredible online community of adopters we can keep in touch with. Thanks to TSP we have a new member of our family that we are so in love with!

2 Yelin Choi D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato project really cares for all the animals they rescue and the people who are interested in adopting them. They give a great care for the rescue animals until they find home. As a first time a dog owner with young children, I cannot thank The Sato Project for the perfect match of our Chance.

The process of applying was easy and they responded almost immediately. Chance came a little shy but everything that we dreamed of and more came true. He is so sweet with my kids, gentle, loves other dogs, potty and crate trained!!! I wish I can give more than 5 stars if there’s a place to indicate more more and more! I can recommend this organization to anyone who’s looking to adopt!

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

2 Maria E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Is this not the face of an angel. Max came to us in December of 2017, 3 months after Maria crippled Puerto Rico. This group of people is one hard work bunch, why because they believe in their cause that every Sato deserves a chance. They understand the word selflessness and for that we will be forever grateful. Our boy brings us so much joy and happiness, we can't imagine out lives any different these days.

3 Yoliara Marie R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the beginning The Sato Project was amazing at getting in contact with us and helping us find the perfect dog for our family. They kept in communication with us throughout the adoption process and continue to reach out if we need any help/advice as we get our new puppy adjusted. They are an amazing organization.

2 dreyfus925

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sato project works no stop to rescue and rehabilitate the homeless dogs in Puerto Rico. They also work hard to help the people in Puerto Rico care for their pets by providing food, medicine and support when ever it is needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sato project is making a huge difference in the lives of dogs and cats in Puerto Rico. Not only are they actively rescuing stray dogs they are also educating the people and helping to provide very low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for pets. I have fostered dogs for them and recently adopted a dog from them. All of the dogs they adopt out are fully vetted and you have a wonderful support system to help you with any training advice you may need while your new dog adjusts. Check out the pictures below of just one family they saved

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with the SATO Project has been amazing! I am so very impressed with the care and thoughtfulness they give to finding their rescues proper and loving homes. They are the first Rescue organization that checked my references, called my vet reference, and did a home inspection after interviewing me. That shows me that they care about the whole life of their dogs! They go to great lengths to rescue these poor, neglected creatures from death's door in Puerto Rico. The effort takes great care and preparation.. Our rescue through SATO, Clooney, is awesome and every time I think of the life he was saved from it brings tears to my eyes. Now he is safe and sound and living a full life with LOTS of love and attention thanks to the SATO Project!

2 Julie Barbatsuly E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project truly cares about each and every dog they rescue and place. They go out of there way to make sure each pup is placed with the correct family by asking questions on what type of dog each family is looking to adopt. There success rate is perfect. How do I know this you may ask. Because we adopted a pup almost three years ago and she is a perfect fit for our family and with her Sato brother we adopted 4 years ago.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is such an amazing organization. This small group just doesn’t place dogs with adopters but they are supportive every step of the way. My Emmy who I adopted right after Hurricane Maria had some developmental issues as she was found dumped on dead dog beach in Puerto Rico at 6 months old. The Sato Project stayed involved the entire time and almost 2 years later lives to hear updates on all of their pups. They are so caring about each pup they place. I’ve never experienced this with any other rescue group

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project does excellent work in helping to protect the dog population. Their passion and dedication is unparalleled. I know TSP as a volunteer (I've fostered around 20 dogs for them and helped with transports), I know TSP as a donor (they punch way above their weight when it comes to being able to make a big difference with a scrappy budget), and I know TSP as an adopter (my family adopted one of my fosters and I regularly convince my friends to adopt TSP dogs). In all the ways that I know TSP, I am impressed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sato Project does amazing work. My dog and I have been volunteering to foster dogs and these Satos are so loving and kind. TSP does a thorough job in ensuring the dogs are healthy, happy, and matched with their ideal home. Their passionate work for the desperate pups of Puerto Rico is inspiring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The empathy, intensity and love of what they do is palpable. Thanks to them, the sweetest Sata became part of our family. She was rescued, along with her siblings, in the back of an abandoned school.

1 Paul J A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Amos (l) and Chili (r) from The Sato Projct. There is no more committed rescue organization, one that is never afraid to take on the most difficult cases. Just ask Victor Amor. Just ask Champ. Just ask Charlize. Time after time, the Sato Project presents graphic evidence of what love can do. It is an honor to support this small, but mighty organization.

1 Janelle S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization! The care and passion that they put into their daily work to save helpless animals is truly inspiring. They helped me change the life of a dog and in turn, changed mine.

1 Lindsay K.H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is best in class for not only dog rescue in Puerto Rico, but also community investment measures to increase spaying and neutering of animals. They rescued our deaf husky mix that we adore, Jessica, that we adopted in 2017. Since then The Sato Project and the community they have built has become a wonderful resource for us. We support their future endeavors wholeheartedly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm forever grateful to The Sato Project for my sweet dog, Frankie, and their commitment to helping animals in need. Their dedication to saving animals from hunger and disease is beyond heroic!

1 rebeccatark

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is one of the best rescues I have worked with or known about! Their adoption process was friendly, smooth, personable and exciting. Trying to rescue a new family member especially during the quarantine was very frustrating and most rescue organizations were frazzled and difficult to apply to. The Sato Project made every step effortless and extremely organized. Once we were approved to adopt our little girl, they provided us with pictures, videos and as much communication as possible while we waited for her freedom flight. They added to our anticipation and on the day we brought her home it felt like a family was there cheering us on. They have even checked in on her progress as she settles in to her first month in her new home. We are so grateful to The Sato Project for bringing us our baby. She is the best part of our every day. Thank you Sato Project!

Samuel D. Prieto P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the last two spayathons done here in Puerto Rico and as a foster for rescued dogs. What Sato Project does for street cats and dogs (satos) is invaluable and deserves to have all the recognition and funds available to continue their mission.

Natalia Rivera A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I been a volunteer since early 2019 (foster and volunteer for the Spayathon in PR) and it has been the best experience ever. Working with them and the rescues and making a difference has been very fulfilling. The team is the hardest working ever through all the calamities here on the island.

2 Molly C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato project does SO many amazing things. They help dogs in so many different ways from the spayathon, to countless rescues and adoptions. They made the adoption process so easy and provided so much care and valuable info before hand to make sure the adoption process went smoothly. Our Sato is the light of our lives and we are forever grateful for the work The Sato Project does to rescue these animals and raise awareness for their cause!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We could not be more grateful for The Sato Project. Everyone on the team is incredible. Samantha was so helpful in finding us our perfect pup, when we told her the time frame we were able to adopt she worked with us to find the best fit. The vet care our dog received before arriving was exceptional, Lexi was in great heath ,spade and microchipped. The day we picked her up was so well organized, with 80 pups arriving that day we expected utter chaos but the volunteers did a great job! It’s amazing to see how hard the entire team in PR works consistently rescuing animals in need. They put so much care and energy into each and every dog!

1 Madelynn G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog, Sugar (Azucar), through the Sato Project in 2018. When I brought her to my family's vet, he was so impressed with the vetting Sugar had received in Puerto Rico before coming to the continental US. He said the Sato Project vetting was more extensive than some local shelters and she was up to date on all shots and medical procedures a puppy her age needed. The adoption process was very thorough and included a detailed application and a home visit. Since we rent, they also verified with our landlord that we are allowed to adopt a pet, a very important step since many pets become homeless because of lease restrictions. 2 years since Sugar's adoption and she is part of our family and we love her so much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sato Project volunteers work tirelessly to “leave no dog behind.” In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned and abused dogs, they provide free spay/neuter and vaccination opportunities several times a year for dogs who live with families. I adopted my dog from the Sato Project and they took their time to match me with a dog that would be the perfect fit for my family (I already had one dog). When she arrived my vet was impressed with the extensive vetting she received through the Sato Project and said some dogs from local shelters don’t receive that good of treatment.

1 Caitlin M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an animal from the SATO project a year and a half ago and could not be happier with my experience with the organization. The volunteers were amazing, and everything and everything about the adoption far exceeded any expectations I had. The best part was that I believe I have the most incredible, lovable, kind, sweet and smart dog I could ever imagine. I am proud to call Wally a SATO dog and would adopt another dog from them in the future in a heartbeat.

1 Chris D.3

Donor

Rating: 5

We got our rescue dog, Vector, via the Sato Project in 2013. Since then, we've had the privilege of witnessing (via social media and e-newsletters) the organization save thousands more canines from Puerto Rico's notorious Dead Dog Beach area.

I would stake my reputation that the Sato Project:

1) Deeply, deeply cares about its very worthwhile mission

2) Does not misuse or waste funds on frivolities

3) Will make you feel part of a community, and warm your heart with its updates and personal rescue stories - even when those stories end in tears.

These are amazing people doing God's work. My wife and I have donated thousands of dollars to the Sato Project over the years, and our only regret is that we couldn't give millions. Your gift to them is as good, if not better than, gold.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter adopted a Sato Project dog almost 3 years ago. I learned about The Sato project through her. This organization is non-stop in rescuing dogs in need from Puerto Rico. Without them, the fate of these abandoned dogs would be dismal. I, too, adopted a Sato pup three months ago. Zora is the most wonderful pet. The Sato group goes above and beyond in their efforts to rescue, foster and find adoptive homes for these dogs. In additions, they offer free medical care in vaccinating and neutering the pets of the people of Puerto Rico.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting my puppy from the Sato Project has been the best decision and an incredibly positive experience. All of the volunteers were helpful and kind, and we were even able to pick our pup up directly from the airport after she landed from PR. The work the Sato Project does is truly amazing.

Casandra W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project was amazing at helping us rescue our Cali girl. They were very thorough and yet got things done quickly. They were able to answer every question we had and they're response time was amazing. We communicated for a few weeks waiting on our baby girl and The Sato Project team constantly kept us up to date with pictures and videos. The work they do is amazing and our family felt very prideful knowing we were making the right decision to adopt with The Sato Project. We got our girl home and she was not only very healthy but also very happy. We can't thank them enough. Love, The whittaker's and Cali (fka) Alexia

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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.

3 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.

2 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

3 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.

3 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!

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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!!