”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

”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 primarily works in a place known as Dead Dog Beach on the southeastern coast of the island. 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 - they are dumped there. There is no food or fresh water on the beach. We are the dogs’ only source of food, fresh water, and most importantly, love, on a daily basis.

We take our rescue mission very seriously. Rescuing dogs means more than just pulling them off a beach or the streets. We are dedicated to each and every one of our dogs and we want to give them the greatest chance in life. After what they have been through, what they have witnessed, we never want them to suffer again.

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

1 -- BEACH COORDINATION

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. 

2 -- EMERGENCY VET CARE

Once a dog gets to our vet's 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.

Sadly, this was not the first nor the last dog we have cared for with bullet wounds.

Sadly, this was not the first nor the last dog we have cared for with bullet wounds.

3 -- PREVENTION

We spay and neuter. The average stay on our vet’s office for a ‘healthy’ dog is between four to six 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.

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4 --  ALL SYSTEMS GO

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 in Puerto Rico get the dogs ready and take them to the San Juan airport. (Learn how you can help drive dogs to and from the airports by contacting info@thesatoproject.com).

5 -- COST

At this point our costs have averaged $1,000 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).

 

 

 

6 -- VOLUNTEERS

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.

 

 

 

7 -- FOSTERING & ADOPTIONS

Our dogs average two to four 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, The Sato Project will take the dog back.