Adopt a sato!

A little face has stolen your heart. The first step is to fill out a mandatory adoption application form which every potential adopter must complete. The questions and reference checks are designed to ensure our dogs go to truly forever homes, and also so that you find a dog that will be the best match for you. If you have specific questions, please email our adoption team at Our application review process includes calling personal references, veterinary and landlord references if applicable, as well as a brief home visit. Once your application is approved, we will schedule a meet-and-greet with your hopeful new family member. 

Don’t have a particular dog in mind? That’s ok - fill in an application anyway and we will play matchmaker. Many of our dogs are matched to new families before they are ever posted publicly.

Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions about our adoptions.


frequently asked questions

Q: Where can I view your adoptable dogs?
A: You can see them all on our Petfinder page by clicking here. Please note that we do NOT have a physical shelter that allows visitors or volunteers. In Puerto Rico, our dogs are housed at veterinary clinics. Once flown to the Northeast, our dogs stay in private foster homes. Before meeting any of our adoptable dogs, all potential adopters must complete a mandatory adoption application form.

Q: What is your adoption fee?
A: Our adoption fee is $500.  All of our dogs are fully vetted to the highest standards of veterinary care, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped, then flown to an airport in NJ. This fee represents a small fraction of our overall costs to rescue each dog (our current expenses average $2,000 per dog, not including transport costs). 

 Q: Can you transport a dog to where I live?
A: Our dogs are in foster homes throughout the Northeast, primarily NYC, NJ, and MA. Our current adoption area spans from ME to VA, however approved adopters must be able to drive to meet the dog they are interested in. Unfortunately, we are a small team and cannot transport dogs from their foster homes, nor facilitate long-distance adoptions due to a number of logistical challenges and expenses. We encourage you to visit local shelters, as there are many wonderful dogs across the US in need of homes!

 Q: Can you test your dogs with other dogs, cats, and children?
A: All our dogs are tested with other dogs. If you have cats or children, we are often able to test them on a case by case basis. We would never place a dog in a home with cats or children that were not tested with them and deemed safe by our professional trainer in PR.

Q: Can you tell me about the personality of the dogs?
A: We can provide information on a dog's personality as we know it at the current time. However once they arrive from Puerto Rico, personalities can change once they are in a different environment, and most dogs go through an adjustment period. If they are in foster homes in the Northeast, we can glean more information from the foster family. The Sato Project cannot make any guarantees about how the dog will behave once they arrive in their new home, and we recommend that all adopters be prepared with a patient attitude and be ready to work with your dog. To help you transition your dog into your home, we are happy to recommend dog trainers. 

Q: What is your policy about returning dogs/taking dogs back?
A: Our legally binding Adoption Contract states that any dog adopted from The Sato Project MUST be returned to us and not rehomed or surrendered to a shelter without prior consent from us. Our policy is to accept returns of puppies for up to six (6) months after adoption, and adult dogs for up to one (1) year after adoption. Adoption is a commitment and adopters must be prepared to care for the dog for its lifetime. If your dog has behavioral issues, we can recommend dog trainers. Our Adoption Contract also states that any dog(s) adopted from The Sato Project must be kept up to date on exams, vaccines, and preventives by a licensed veterinarian.