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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

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Alessandra V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our second dog for The Sato project and they are so amazing!! Samantha answered every question we had and worked endlessly to find us the perfect pup to match our family! They rescues countless dogs around Puerto Rico and post such amazing stories about dogs they have saved

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this Rescue for a short time, but have followed it for a while. I have enjoyed getting to know the people and have a great respect for what they do and the tenacity in which they do it. They show their true emotions and work so tirelessly to save the dogs and cats of Puerto Rico

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato project is an amazing, caring and very responsible organization. I was very lucky to get my own Sato puppy from them 3 years ago. Their protocol is professional and thorough, making sure each dog goes to caring home.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’d never heard of the Sato Project before I saw a plea on Sophie Gamond’s Instagram regarding a special case. Trooper a lab/shepherd was found by the roadside as a pup, blind and with possible neurological issues. He had started to spin in circles due to anxiety. Because of his special needs he was hard to find home for and although he is very friendly other dogs often reacted badly to his spinning. He had been fostered by a lovely lady named Hope, but given the length of time it was taking to find suitable home it meant Hope wasn’t able to take in any more animals in need. And this is why TSP teamed up with Sophie! I saw her pictures of my goof ball and fell in love! I’d had a blind dog growing up so wasn’t worried about this. After many long conversations with Samantha the adoption coordinator, it was agreed my husband and I and our Jack Russell terrier would offer Trooper a home. All parties were cautiously excited. Because we are in Canada being further out of the usual adoption areas this meant no meet and greet or home visit. But TSP was willing to make an exception for this exceptional case. My husband drove up to Buffalo to pick up our new baby. It was a tough few weeks adjusting but we were in constant contact with TSP and the support from other adopters and volunteers especially Barbara, was fantastic. Trooper is such a sweet and loving dog he just wants to snuggle up. He and maggie love each other and we couldn’t imagine life without him. He certainly has bought a great deal of joy

1 Carla Isabel C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent. Have been supportive of all my needs following the adoption of my pup, Chloe. What an amazing community to be a part of!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Michelle M.15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the Sato Project they do an amazing job rescuing dogs from Dead Dog beach !! They do an amazing job , I have adopted a dog them and it was the best thing for my family

1 Meryl C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

awesome people, they work so hard to save these abandoned dogs , they rescued mine 6 years ago,cant imagine life without her,we thank the sato project every day !!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted three pups from The Sato Project. The vetting they do for their pups is like no other organization. They matched the perfect dog to our family three times and continued to support us following the adoptions!

3 Barbara R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about The Sato Project. They go above and beyond to be sure each and every dog gets exceptional veterinary services and the perfect forever home. We love them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project rescues dogs off of the streets in Puerto Rico. Sato is slang for street dog in PR. I have adopted 4 Satos from The Sato Project. They were taken in by The Sato Project when others looked upon them as vermin. Without Christina Beckles they each would have perished in a manner that I do not like to think about on a place called the dead dog beach. The Sato Project goes the extra mile for each and every dog in their care. No amount of money stops them from helping a dog in need.

1 Karen W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The SATO Project is a wonderful group who rescues unwanted dogs in any condition in Puerto Rico then nurses them back to heath, fully vets them and sends them to USA for adoption into loving homes. This group goes above and beyond to make sure no dog is left behind. This is one organization that is worthy of a great nonprofit award. Photo below is my dog, adopted from SATO Project. Belle is finally living the life she was supposed to live, surrounded by loving owners, thanks to the Sato project

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Donor

Rating: 5

With a motto of “no dog left behind” the Sato Project goes above and beyond to rescue the abandoned dogs of Pureto Rico. The dogs they have rescued are some times so bad off that you would think they can’t possibly make it. But the Sato Project pulls most thru and cares for them until they are adoptable. Thank goodness for the people of the Sato Project who fight every day to rescue these animals and find them homes. I am proud to donate monthly and only wish it could be more. Attached is photos of my Sato dog, Belle.

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2 Kobrien2483

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Charlotte would not be here without the amazing people The Sato Project. She was rescued off dead dog beach and has become the best dog ever. She is a 3 year old cancer survivor and in is becoming a therapy dog for children battling cancer. We would not be able to help with fight cancer without the people who rescued her!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw Sato volunteers in action at the recent Puerto Rico Spayathon Round 2. They are committed dedicated people taking care of the animals in Puerto Rico. I highly recommend supporting The Sato Project group.

Sarah - Volunteer with HPAB

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2 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!

2 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.

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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

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!

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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.

2 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.

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.

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!

2 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is one of the best organizations I have ever worked with. They do amazing work caring for and finding home for Satos, the stray dogs of Puerto Rico! They accomplish so much with so little money and they work so hard and with so much love! They found me my best friend and sidekick, Sassy the Sato!!!! She brings me so much joy everyday and I am so happy that she is no longer scared hungry and afraid like she must have been before the Sato Project rescued her!!! Kind compassionate and dedicated describes every single person associated with this organization!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization. It's founder, Chrissy Beckles, along with her staff and volunteers, work non-stop to help the street dogs of Puerto Rico. I have been donating monthy for the past few years. When the hurricane hit PR last fall, in addition to their own rescues, they helped reunite owners with their dogs back here in the states, when the commercial airlines failed to do it. Love this organization !!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making a small monthly donation to The Sato Project for 3 years now. I adopted a Sato ( Rosie) a few years before Chrissy started her organization so I have been on the radar of what's been happening in PR. The incredible clean up she has done on Dead Dog Beach and her neuter/ spay program have been incredible. She has made incredible strides, it's unfortunate that Hurricane Maria has brought such her organization such setbacks but she NEVER GIVES UP!!
She has an incredible team and is very transparent on what's going on....sometimes it's very painful but you need to see it to understand the kind of decisions she makes every day.

Gata1a

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sato Project has become the principal lifeline for the stray dogs of Puerto Rico. Now, especially with the crisis left behind by hurricane Maria, the Sato Project has proven the desperate need for its humane services in behalf of thousands of innocent dogs seriously affected for the long run.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Sato Project has accomplished wonderful rescue work, saving so many of our precious Satos.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mark, and I just received the most outstanding and caring help from the Satos Project Chrissy B. and her world of dog rescuers. We saved the sweetest pregnant girl, who was due with her liter any day. Then, 2 days later, we saved 2 puppies. All were taken directly to a Vetenarian or safe harbor at a caring animal shelter. All will be medically cared for about 30 days. As these rescue efforts are all happening in Puerto Rico, they will be taken by flight to the NY area and placed in foster homes for adoption. If you read this review, please check the Satos Project PR website. The situation is at a crisis level, I see 100's of starving puppies and adult dogs wandering the streets. I am not creating a number to receive attention. I see them eating tar off the streets if it has a scent of food. I travel the length of the Island weekly and carry a 50lb bag dry food at all times, and feed them wherever I can. Any donation is welcome and desperately needed. So, I will say to you Chrissy and all who you work with, there is definitely a place for you all in Doggy Heaven....❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

I went with Chrissy a few times to Puerto Rico when her work was just getting off the ground. Her dedication and hard work has earned my respect and admiration. You will not find anyone who works harder for a cause. These sweet animals are lucky to have her in their corner. This is a great nonprofit to be involved in on any level. It is a project from the heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal experience with this non-profit, other than to follow them on Facebook, but the passion, endless commitment, dedication, compassion displayed by Christina Beckles, and those she has surrounded herself with, especially because she's NOT a native, and the AMAZING spirit displayed after, she herself, lost her home during Maria, is nothing short of incomparable. For such a young organization she has accomplished the impossible and it's because of this I feel The Sato Project deserves this recognition.

Erika F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not express my love for Chrissy and her team of volunteers. We have 4 rescue dogs, 2 of which were rescued by the Sato Project, and we can't imagine our lives without them. Thanks to the rescuers, fosters, and vets out in Puerto Rico working all day for the health and safety of the dogs abandonded we were able to complete our family. I will ALWAYS support this cause because everyone and everything deserves the chance to live Sato Strong for life!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group is a team of angels sent from heaven... They are doing the impossible to save those helpless animals, even arrange flights out of the island, and they always find a loving home for these creatures.
I will keep donating whenever I can...

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jshep26 10/18/2017

Thank you for your kind words! We are very grateful for your support.

1 Ivette L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up in PR and grew up seeing so many hundred of dogs thru out my child hood , sick in the streets without food or water.
Sato Project is such an incredible organization that works so hard trying to find,catch, heal and find homes to this wonderful dogs that deserve a life of love! I am committed to donate every month and I want to nominate this incredible organization that started with just one strong wonderful woman!
Thank you. Ivett e Lugo

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not only does the Sato Project have a mission many people can connect with, but they have done amazing work with limited resources and created a broad community of support making the best use of the tools available to them.

When my husband and I were looking for a dog, we happened to find a listing for one of the Sato project dogs that appeared to fit into our family well. After filling out an application, we heard back very quickly, even though Sato had just faced a hurricane and was staring down another.

It is obvious that people at every level of the organization care deeply about its mission and making sure they are finding the best homes for each of the dogs they rescue.

In the midst of recovery from a devastating hurricane, where a significant portion of Puerto Rico's infra structure was destroyed, they managed to keep in touch with us about the status of our dog's evacuation, keep their base updated with regular video and Facebook posts, and care for dozens of animals. Despite the challenges, they were obviously very organized and experienced. Though the evacuation was rushed, they were quick to follow up with everything needed- records, certificates, and they even mailed us our new pup's next doses of preventive medicines. By far the most professional rescue organization I've ever worked with.

We are thrilled with our new family member and couldn't be more impressed with The Sato Project.

2 Susan D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have wanted to fly to Puerto Rico for a number of years now to help with the rescue of dogs from Dead Dog Beach. I was making plans to come in November, my birthday. Hurricane Maria hit and that will no longer be possible. Instead, I have created my own fundraiser for this wonderful organization. I make my own dog treats and now sell them with 100% of the proceeds going to this group. They do amazing work feeding and looking after the SATO dogs, rescuing them, transporting them. I wish I could do more.

Casey D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great job. fantastic charities, they do good stuff, yes they do. yes they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a wonderful job helping animals. They are very hardworking and have a lot of patience for these animals they rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing hands on organization, which goes above and beyond to make sure no dog is left behind. Chrissy Beckles’ along with volunteers have dedicated countless hours, for every single dog (and sometimes other animals) rescued on Dead Dog Beach. They’ve rescued dogs on the brink of death and rehabilitated them. Dogs that others would have euthanized because the cost to rehabilitate or take a chance was too great to even attempt. All dogs rescued are given the same care and attention regardless of their physical state. Our Satos are now almost 6 yrs old, they are our pride and joy. If it weren’t for the Sato Project: one of our pups would have died along with her brothers and sisters in a closed box left on the beach a few hours after birth, our other pup was abandoned at 2 months old on the beach by someone who cared for her initially but decided that dumping her on the beach was a better option than her finding another home. The Sato Project is deeply dedicated to ensuring no dog is left behind.

1 Shellie J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, my sweet boy was lost to old age, diabetes, and dementia. Thinking I might never find that kind of love again with another dog, I did apply to the Sato Project for an older female but was unable to adopt her due to her and her foster falling in love. I felt saddened by yet another loss but what can one do when love blossoms? Offered another pup...this one a younger girl...by the name of Foxy...I decided to take a chance and went with it! Esther, who shortly become one of my heroes, brought this little dog to my home and we finally met! My little Sato turned out to be more than just afraid of a new home...she was feral. Terrified of all humans, terrified of everything surrounding her, she found no comfort in my company and wanted nothing more than to hide away. My heart broke for her, knowing there was nothing that I could do to make her feel better! I researched and questioned and reached out to those who had worked with feral dogs before and learned everything I could to help this sweet girl. But long months passed and I finally gave up on myself...I knew there was a beautiful, special girl inside but somehow, I lacked what she needed and contacted the group to find her another foster home. I wanted nothing more than to be the one who could reach her but I didn't have what she needed! My heart broken once more...it had been eight long months...and I wasn't sure if I could ever chance my heart again. But then, somehow, the little brown dog now named Sessie, decided to trust me... just a little...just enough to allow me to put a harness on and take her outside. Finally! The sunshine, the grass...we were outside! Together! My joy suddenly knew no bounds as I watched her learn her new world...outside the confines of the four walls! She was beautiful as I have never seen, eyes sparkling in the light, rolling in the green grass...her happiness contagious! I had reached her! Finally, after eight long months of waiting, of reading to her, feeding her by hand, never looking directly into her eyes...all the tricks and techniques of feral rescue...she was there, she was mine! I still cry when I remember that time and each time I see her, the memory brings joy! It has been nearly two years and with a lot of time, effort, and patience, she has turned into a feisty, sweet, amazing little pup! Will she ever be normal? No...but I love her the same! I love her quirks and her funny ways. I comfort her fears and stand by her encouragingly! I did not think that I had the strength to reach this little soul and yet, she trusted me...taught me so very much about myself and my whole world! She didn't replace my previous love, merely added one more very special place in my heart that she will forever hold. Knowing where she came from, a mother of seven puppies, surviving for years on Dead Dog Beach...she will never know that life again! The Sato Project brought her out of that darkness and allowed me the chance to know her, to love her, to give her my love. I am forever grateful for the Sato Project and the amazing people who work for it. They are my inspiration...they have taught me so many life lessons... I am amazed and in awe of their dedication. They humble me! Thank you ...all of you at the Sato Project for trusting one of your own with me. Thank you!

1 Sarah324

Donor

Rating: 5

This team goes beyond to serve the animals of Puerto Rico - bless them!

1 PJ S.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

This has been the worst adoption experience of my life. I have had dozens of dogs over the last twenty-five years and have cared for all of them until their deaths. No dogs are perfect, and rescues often need extra care. I adopted a lovely Maltese/Shih Tzu mix who is very Mama attached. We were a bit disappointed that she wasn't more into the boys, but she fit into the family well. She has gotten more attached to me and bit my foster son today when he tried to pick her up to take her out. Yes, it would be great to call in a trainer or keep her separated from the children, but that is not a reality. I posted on the Sato adoption facebook page that, sadly, the dog I adopted a couple of months ago would have to be rehomed as I could not take that risk as a foster mother. The assault was swift, particularly from the founder. When the posts are not postive and upbeat, the ugly side of this organization comes raging out. I've never seen anything like it, and I so sorry I ever had anything to do with these people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I heard of Dead Dog Beach in PR and the SATO Project's work I knew my next dog would be from their organization. They are an amazing, tireless, passionate group of professional animal lovers and rescuers! Chrissy Beckles is my role model! The dogs they rescue are so grateful, it's like they know exactly where they came from and how good they have it on the other side. We got Robbie about a year and a half ago and as a family we took a day trip from Massachusetts to Brooklyn to pick him up. After only 2 weeks with his foster mom he did not want to leave her and go with us. We had to coax him gently down the stairs of her apartment building and into the car. On the 5 hour drive home he spent equal time snuggling up with both our son and daughter in turn in the back seat. When we got home, we took him down to our beach and he ran around doing "zoomies" and was ecstatic to be with us! He is the best dog for our family and I attribute the perfect fit to the amazing SATO Project. They make a point to make the right fit to ensure that all their dogs find the right forever family fit.

A big differentiator is that they insist on home visits. Anyone can look like a great dog owner on paper. They take the home visit very seriously and it helps them prove out what their application process is designed for. I know because I was so nervous about my home visit (for no good reason other than I'd already fallen in love with Robbie and wanted him so badly) and I performed a home visit for them in my area. I was SO excited to be able to help the organization in any way I could! As it happened the home I visited was less than a poor match for the adoptable SATO. I struggled very hard with my review. The person who's home I visited really wanted the dog, and she was very nice, but there were so many red flags. Samantha, the adoption coordinator, gave me great guidelines to go by which really helped. I was able to follow those and be honest and fair and in the end, I could not answer YES to one final question: would I leave my beloved SATO Robbie in this home? I was honest with Samantha and she was very grateful. It turns out she had reservations about this particular applicant and my review confirmed that it was not a fit for the special needs dog in question.

The SATO Project is an extraordinary group and I recommend them to anyone and everyone who will listen!

Donor

Rating: 5

Making such a difference in Puerto Rico especially now in these trying times.

Megan O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a truly terrific dog from The Sato Project. Everyone involved with this organization is fabulous and cares deeply for dogs. The adoption process was thorough and everyone was responsive to questions. No rescue dog arrives without any issues, although my girl Tibby arrived house trained and knowing several commands, so I lucked out. More importantly, The Sato Project does incredibly thorough vetting rescue dogs. In addition to arriving healthy and with all her vaccinations, her teeth had been cleaned. There is also a wonderful online community of adopters who share photos as well as provide support and advice to each other. I wholeheartedly recommend this fantastic dog rescue!

Reggie H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following The Sato Project for a few years now. I can sit here and write all night long about all the good they’ve done for the dogs of Puerto Rico. Instead I’ll say follow them yourself for a little while and you’ll see for yourself all the great work The Sato Project does for the dogs of Puerto Rico.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work in helping the street dogs of Puerto Rico.

Lisa W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We aren't able to adopt but have friends with satos. We have donated to The Sato Project and will do it again. They walk the walk believe me. Always going that one step further for their animals. Truly blessed to have been able to help them help the satos of Puerto Rico.

Elba A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always respond back! Love the work they are doing. Thank you for caring for all fur babies

Penelope F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sato Project is an amazing organization. They work very hard for the dogs of Puerto Rico by helping the strays plus helping various other organizations. They have helped me with various of my dogs. Wonderful people, wonderful Project!

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.

1 meredith m.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the loss of our beloved dog, I wasn't sure if I was ready to love another furry friend quite yet. One morning I was browsing PetFinder and stumbled across a listing from the Sato Project and fell in love immediately. Our sweet boy came home to live with us in February and it has been an honor to join the others who have adopted Sato treasures from this amazing organization. I have since had the chance to give back through volunteer opportunities (home visits, processing applications, etc) and it has been such a source of joy to help out the organization that gave us our much loved and very spoiled pup. I'm constantly amazed by Chrissy and the rest of the staff's tireless commitment to not only finding forever homes for these dogs but also their commitment to helping the people of Puerto Rico become more responsible and informed pet owners through their education programs. Thank you to The Sato Project for all that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I decided to look into adopting from Puerto Rico two years ago, I learned about the Sato Project and was taken with the dedication, love and determination of this non-profits mission and volunteers.Their application process and vetting protocols are the most thorough and thoughtful that I had ever encountered. There is care taken in every step of the way and wonderful people guiding you thru--finding the best fit for both doggies and adopters. Our Franco, is the most wonderful little beastie that my husband and I have ever had the privilege of being entrusted with. Beyond adoption, The Sato Project has become family as has the community of fellow adopters. We get to see the process from the beginning(the rescues, the flights, the fostering) to their happy conclusions----loving new homes and we share as a community in all of that. We all share any heartbreaks as a family, as well. We are forever grateful and in constant awe of what The Sato Project and their volunteers,( of which, I can proudly now say, I am one) do on a daily basis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found about about the sato project via Instagram while vacationing in PR. My boyfriend at the time and I were devastated by the amount of strays and always said when we went back we would volunteer with the sato project. Unfortunately he suddenly passed away in 2015. I asked friends and family to donated to the sato project in his name. This organization had never heard of me or alex yet they created the Alexander Dean Plaza critical care fund in his honor. All the money donated in his name goes to a special fund for critically ill or injured animals. Hearing this news was the first time I was able to smile in weeks. I then rescued the first dog recused with the criticle care fund, my Chandler Bing. I honestly can't express my gratitude to these amazing people. I'm speechless when it comes to everything they do and proud to volunteer with them. I mean they flew 200 pups at once for a chance at a new life! I will never rescue a pup from anywhere else but the Sato Project. The before and after pictures of chandler speaks for itself.

Susan Pavlis V.

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow The Sato Project on Facebook and have been a supporter and donor of this amazing organization. They are the real deal in terms of heart, soul and compassion for the homeless, abused, and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough how lucky we are that The Sato Project rescued our wonderful Mara and helped her find her way to us! Although she had a rough start in life, it is clear that Sato volunteers spent a ton of time and effort in training her and teaching her to live with people and other animals. She is a total love, and radiates joy in all of her interactions with people.

Katie Nave F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen firsthand the amazing work that Chrissy and her small team pull off on a regular basis. Every dollar goes towards helping rescue abused and abandoned dogs. The before and after stories are astounding. I'm so proud to support this org.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an awesome organization, I am happy to donate. You get updated on their progress from the actual rescues to the many happy endings. It makes my day to get the newsletters and know I am also making a difference for those who have no voice. Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Rescuing the most desperate, neglected dogs and finding forever homes for them. Happy to support them.

1 Nicole159

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is not your average animal rescue, The Sato Project is incredibly well run and making a huge impact on the lives of so many dogs. We adopted our Sato in May. She was found drowning in a bucket of water with her siblings, only a few weeks old. Thankfully, they were found by The Sato Project before it was too late. She is now the best dog our family could ask for, but there so many more that would benefit from being rescued too!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported the Sato Project for years and am very grateful for their efforts. Daily visits to dead dog beach, medical treatment, training, rehabilitation, adoption vetting, and more, they do it all with great success! The videos of their rescued dogs arriving in NY to meet their new families are a must see! It's so gratifying to see that my donations make a difference in the lives of these precious dogs. Without Chrissy and the Sato volunteers they would never have a chance to experience the life they deserve.