Adopt a sato!

A little face has stolen your heart. The first thing to do is to email our adoption team at and let them know which dog you are interested in adopting. We then have a mandatory adoption application form which every potential adopter must complete. Once we have approved your application we can begin the logistics of getting your new family member to you. See below for answers to some frequently asked questions about our adoptions.


frequently asked questions

Q: What is your adoption fee?
A: Our adoption fee is $500.  All of our dogs are fully vetted to high standards of veterinary care, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped, and then flown to an airport in the NYC metro area. This fee represents only a portion of our overall costs to rescue each dog (our current expenses average $2,000 per dog, not including transport costs).

Q: I saw one of your dogs and fell in LOVE! What should I do?
A: The first thing any potential adopter must do is fill out our adoption application. 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. Our application review process includes calling two personal references, as well as veterinary and landlord references if applicable, as well as a brief home visit prior to approval. We do our best to do our initial review within 48 hours of receiving your application. Once your application is approved, we will work (fast!) to get your new friend to you!

Q: I haven’t found a particular dog I want to adopt yet, but I want to adopt one from you one day. Is it worth filling your application out now, or should I wait until I see the perfect dog?
A: Fill it out now! No need to wait. We will do all our background checks as soon as we can. That way, as soon as you see a dog you want to consider, things will move that much faster.

Q: Can you transport a dog to where I live?
A: Our current adoption area includes states from Maine south to Virginia. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to facilitate long-distance adoptions beyond this area. The Sato Project is based in Brooklyn, NY, and our team of staff, volunteers, fosters, and veterinary partners is concentrated in the tri-state area around New York City, where the majority of our adoptions take place. We are currently unable to consider long-distance adoptions beyond the states mentioned above, due to a number of logistical challenges and expenses. We encourage you to reach out to the local rescue groups in your area, as there are always many wonderful dogs in need of homes!

Q: Can you 'cat test' your dogs?
A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to see how every dog behaves with cats. However many of our foster homes do have cats, so we often have an idea of how they behave depending on the situation.

Q: Can you tell me about the personality of the dogs?
A: We can provide information on the 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 being fostered, we will have 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 put you in touch with dog trainers we work with. 

Q: I saw you had a lot of puppies from the same litters. I was wondering if it was possible to adopt siblings, or if they are too much work.
A: We often have siblings, as puppies are often left on the beach as litters. Adopting siblings can be a wonderful option. Lisa, who adopted sibling puppies Bobby and Bianca, put it this way:

“You need to tell people there is no more wonderful experience than getting two sibling dogs who have always been together.  They are no more trouble than just one and the enormous pleasure both you and the puppies get from having the two is incredible.  The puppies have a full-time playmate, companion, and security blanket, and the owners have a world of fun playing with and loving two very special soul mates."

Q: What is your policy about returning dogs/taking dogs back?
A: In our Adoption Contract it states that any dog adopted from The Sato Project MUST be returned to us and not placed with another family or shelter without prior consent from us. Our policy is to take puppies back within a six (6) month period after adoption and adult dogs, older than two (2) years for up to one (1) year after their adoption. Our Adoption Contract also states that any dog(s) adopted from The Sato Project must be kept up to date on annual vaccines, monthly heart worm preventative and flea/tick medications.