”Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing”.
- Muhammad Ali -

Our Mission

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

What We Do

The Sato Project is currently primarily working on a place known as Dead Dog Beach. As it's 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.  There is no food or fresh water on the beach.  We are the dogs’ ONLY source of food, fresh clean 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 ever want them to suffer again. 

The Sato Project is making permanent change in Puerto Rico. We encourage you to join us.



Our Beach Coordinator, Ivette goes to the beach EVERY DAY – rain or shine even during hurricanes and storms. A log is kept of every dog on the beach and medications given. Each and every dog is named. As funds and space allow we rescue and take them to our vet. Very young, injured and sick dogs take priority. 


Once a dog gets to our vets office they are tested immediately for parvovirus, parasites, heartworm and distemper. Their skin is scraped and tested for mange and they are de-wormed. They are then quarantined until distemper results are received. If a dog tests positive for any of these infections or diseases then we begin a treatment regime immediately. Dogs that are deemed ready by our Veterinarian begin a vaccination schedule of 7-way DHLPPC vaccines.



We spay and neuter. The average stay on our vet’s office for a ‘healthy’ dog is between 4-6 weeks. Those undergoing treatments stay as long as it takes to get them healthy, free of communicable disease and ready to travel. Our vet, Bianca is incredible. Bianca and her team go above and beyond for all of our dogs. They make sure each and every dog is socialized, handled and gets plenty of love every day. Bianca and her vet techs foster some of our more ‘special’ cases. We could not ask for better care of our dogs.


When a dog is ready to travel they receive a final check up and ‘physical’ from Bianca and travel and health certificates are issued. The dogs are booked onto a flight to either JFK or Newark. Volunteers get our dogs ready and take them to San Juan airport (learn how you can help with driving dogs to and from the airports).



At this point we have averaged $1000 per dog. Those that require longer treatment can cost thousands. Then we have to pay for their flight (price depends on many parameters, and costs an average of $250 per dog).


When the dogs reach JFK or Newark volunteers meet them and drive them to their foster home, forever home or to one of our sanctuary partners.


Our dogs average 2-4 weeks in foster care before going to their forever home.  We commit to every dog we rescue for LIFE.  At any time and for any reason if the dog’s adoptive family cannot keep them then The Sato Project will take them back.