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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 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

Donor

Rating: 5

Your Project is a fantastic why to help the needy dogs of PR.
Love it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two and a half years ago, while visiting Puerto Rico my dad mention the amazing a woman from Brooklyn was doing on the island. But he didn't know the name of the organization, just that she was saving the dogs of Puerto Rico. Fast forward a few months later, someone was telling me about an organization that was doing great work in Puerto Rico and I found the Sato project I followed them on Facebook and then in July there were four pups coming from Puerto Rico, the vet who had taken care of them and gotten them ready to travel named all four after Tranformers since that was one of her favorite movies. Long story short we fell in love and went to see them. Bumblebee pretty much runs things in my house. He is just the best family member. He runs with my husband in the morning, He helps me drop off and pick my children (his brothers) and is the best very best cuddle bug. We have continued to follow the Sato project my children and I volunteer when we can and donate when we can. There are not enough words to describe the work that the Sato project is doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Puertorican living in Florida, I am IMMENSELY grateful to Chrissy Beckles (who is not Puertorican) for the heavenly-but-so-difficult labor of love she is doing. Puerto Rico - my country - is not known for being kind, compassionate to animals. Sadly, indifference for their welfare prevails, and Chrissy has taken upon herself a task made more difficult in a country that cares little about animals, where sometimes you encounter a poor animal in distress and you feel impotent. A "Nobel Prize" for animal compassion for Chrissy, and my admiration and GRATITUDE.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing group is saving the lives of dogs in Puerto Rico. Heretofore, these poor animals were starving and suffering on a property named Dead Dog Beach ( for obvious reasons) and throughout the Island. A tragic situation has been turning around, both in saving dog's lives, but also in educating the
local population in standing as an example of humane treatment for dogs. There have been historic situations on the Island of thousands (yes, thousands) of dogs being "dumped" on this
sorrowfully named beach because there were no other alternatives to humane deaths. Founder Chrissey Eckles and her devoted team have worked tirelessly to turn this horrid situation around, found dozens of adopters, both on-Island and in air shipments of healthy dogs healed and shipped to Newark and JFK, where they are met with their new "families"!
This amazing group has been working non-stop to save lives and to show locals that they
could humanely manage end-of-life situations for their suffering dogs. Spay/Neuter is used to DRAMATICALLY reduce the numbers of stray dogs ("Satos" in Spanish) which would only have created thousands more starving dogs on the Island. I support this organization with much admiration and devotion to the lives of all creatures, especially those dogs entrapped within an Island, from which there is no escape from the constant numbers of dogs being born in the thousands, which would otherwise have never received help, nor their lives lived in healthful much lower numbers. I live in the North Eastern United States and am so grateful to know of this far away Island of Puerto Rico,
where thousands of US citizens travel each year to vacation. Now these visitors will no longer be shocked to see so many starving dogs suffering, but instead know that "Satos"
will be greatly reduced in numbers due to The Sato Project's great work in controlling the
high numbers of puppies being born into suffering; and that there is a totally humane way
now for dogs to live in healthy numbers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit does such important work and, in this time of so much hate, death, and misery, shows that there are good people still out there. We adopted our dog Sisa (formerly Maxine) from the Sato Project and she has changed our lives. It sounds cliche but no matter how bad your day or whatever else is going on in your life, you can't help but smile when you see Sisa's sweet face and wagging tail. She reminds us that the little moments are important and that we can't take each other for granted. And besides just Sisa, we have gained a new family in the Sato Project, a group that is always there to share in highs and lows of life, give advice, and offer support. The group works because we all recognize how important the work they do is, their dedication, and their love for doing something that is not easy but is right.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two Sato's in my life. If not for the Sato Project I would not have these beautiful pups. I have seen the love all the volunteers have for what they do and the untold sacrifice that must be made to allow these dogs to have the life they deserve. Thank you Sato Project!!

Donor

Rating: 5

What a terrific non-profit organization doing great work on behalf of the people (and dogs) of the US and Puerto Rico. I've worked in fundraising all of my career and I highly recommend this organization!

Tracey6

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I learned about the Sato Project. I had just returned from a trip to Puerto Rico, where I saw packs of stray dogs roaming the streets & roads, trying to survive. It broke my heart & I wanted to do something to help them (even though I live in San Francisco). I did research & found the Sato Project, and have been supporting their rescue, rehabilitation & rehoming efforts ever since. Chrissy Beckles and her team of volunteers have saved hundreds of dogs from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. They have set up spay/neuter clinics in PR, along with a veterinary clinic to address the needs that these dogs face. They are an outstanding organization & should be supported by animal lovers!!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sato Project has such devoted volunteers. They had to move suddenly from one HQ in Puerto Rico to a new one and so many of us chipped in to help to make sure this valuable resource kept thriving! They also run spay and neuter clinics to educate and to help Puerto Rican residents to start to eliminate the problem of dumping unwanted dogs. Chrissie Beckles, the founder, is a wonderful communicator, and keeps donors informed at all times.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't begin to tell you the care and support that this group has towards animals. Their dedication 365 days a year is second to none.

Donor

Rating: 5

My brother and sister in law adopted a Sato years ago, long before they were as well publicized and shared on social media as they are today, and their Sato is an absolute love of a dog.
My husband and I are considering another dog after losing our last one to old age and brain disease,, and we will absolutely be adopting through the Sato Project if and when we are ready, no question about that! I
I am brought to tears of both horror at the plight of these dogs dumped on Dead Dog Beach and tears of great great joy by the incredible dedication of the Sato Project staff as I follow their stories on Facebook and emails and the numerous videos and documentaries that have brought the plight of the dogs and the exposure of the rescue efforts of this organization to light. It is nothing short of amazing what they do, the dedication, passion, talent and endurance they all have as they pursue the project mission is deserving of the utmost recognition they can obtain in as many ways as possible in my opinion. The coordinations for rescues, vet care, and transports and foster care families that they have in place to achieve so much with so little funds and all the dedicated volunteers is just simply amazing to me!!!!
I donate what we can several times each year, it isn't much, but every bit helps and I am proud to help the wonderful satos find new forever loving homes.

There are no words fit to accurately desribe Christy Beckles, she is an absolute ANGEL of mercy and passion for the abandoned Satos , and her "fight" for them and the overarching project mission is second to NONE!!!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the wonderful work that Chrissy Beckles and her team do for the abused and abandoned dogs of Puerto Rico. The Sato Project was selected as our sponsored charity for our annual conference in Puerto Rico. In order to be the charity we select, we require participation all 4 days of our event. They were always there with plenty of time to spare, did a great job mingling with our clients, and really put a lot of effort into everything they did. Our clients absolutely adored them and I enjoyed working with Chrissy in the months leading up to the conference. She was really a delight to work with. I'm happy we were able to help their organization!

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jshep26 09/18/2015

Thank you, Amy, for connecting us with this wonderful opportunity, and for the extremely generous support!