Diane and Paula are very passionate about The Sato Project. The Sato Project is a dog rescue, rehab and adoption organization. It is made up of loving caring people that save the lives of abused and discarded dogs, left on the infamous beach known as Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. A portion of The Papered Orbs & Artful Things show proceeds are sent to assist these selfless people in their never ending, 24/7 quest to save the innocent neglected dogs of Puerto Rico. The Sato Project has saved over 1,600 dogs since 2011.
The Sato Project provides emergency vet care for all dogs in need. As soon as dogs are brought into their care they are tested for parasites, blood diseases, mange, and worms. If they test positive then treatment will begin immediately. Once Dogs are deemed ready they will begin vaccinating them. Each dog receives specialized care to ensure they are healthy and free of communicable diseases in order to travel.
In addition to emergency care this organization also provides preventative care. They spay and neuter all incoming dogs. In 2016 they began an ambitious effort to microchip each dog. They also recently launched an education program with the island to bring systemic change to Puerto Rico. Their education efforts are especially important because currently in Puerto Rico dog shelters have a 99% kill rate and there are little legal efforts made against abusing and abandoning dogs.
Once a dog is healthy and ready to find their forever home they are flown from Puerto Rico to JFK where volunteers wait to pick them up. Then the dogs are driven to a foster home. On average dogs stay in foster care for two to four weeks before arriving at their forever home. The Sato Project is committed to every dog they rescue and if at any time the adoptive family cannot keep them the organization will take them back.
Currently, costs average around $1,000 per dog. In addition to vet costs this organizations also pay for the dogs flights from Puerto Rico to JFK which is usually $250 per dog. The Sato Project depends entirely on charitable donations to rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for abused and abandoned dogs. Due to the extremely low overhead cost of this organization your donations go directly to rescuing dogs. If you would like to donate or find out other ways you can help you can go to their website here.
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