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The Sato Project, Inc.

We fight for the dogs of Puerto Rico so they don't have to.

aka The Sato Project

Brooklyn, NY

Mission

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. We are also working towards long-term change for animals on the island through community outreach and spay/neuter/vaccination programs.

Ruling Year

2012

President & Founder

Christina Beckles

Main Address

130 Water Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

Keywords

Dog rescue, Puerto Rico, Sato, Dead Dog Beach, spay/neuter,

EIN

45-3743534

 Number

5881745377

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Abandoned and abused street dogs are a sad reality of life in Puerto Rico. The Sato Project is working to address both the individual suffering of hundreds of animals through rescuing, veterinary care, and rehoming dogs, as well as addressing the underlying problems leading to animal overpopulation and abuse on the island. A combination of economic hardship and limited spay/neuter practice and lack of animal shelters leads to a never-ending population of strays. Since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit in September 2017, the stray problem on the island has multiplied. Families have been forced to abandon homes and many have also abandoned their pets. The Sato Project has responded to this crisis by expanding our geographic reach to help the many animals left behind in the storms' aftermaths. In addition, we are working to address the underlying causes of abandonment, overpopulation, and abuse through our ongoing community outreach and Spay, Neuter, Vaccine and Microchip Program.

Our programs

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Rescue and Adoption

Spay, Neuter, Vaccine, and Microchip Campaign

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The Sato Project aims to make permanent change in Puerto Rico through a threefold mission: 1. rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and abused dogs, and 2. addressing the underlying causes of overpopulation, abandonment, and abuse through community outreach and a low-cost spay, neuter, vaccine and microchip Program. 3. bringing national attention to the problem of abandoned and abused dogs in Puerto Rico.
There are over 300,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico. We know we cannot rescue them all. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for as many dogs as possible. Every single dog we take in gets individualized care. Those undergoing treatments stay as long as it takes to get them healthy, free of communicable disease and ready to travel to new homes in the continental United States to vetted adopters. Those who cannot get healthy enough to travel will have the best hospice care possible. Each and every dog is socialized, handled and gets plenty of love every day.
Our education and outreach initiatives aim to address two of the underlying issues that cause Puerto Rico's stray problem---overpopulation and disease. Through the sterilization of owned animals, we will begin to see reductions in abandoned animals. Vaccination will reduce the circulation of diseases that endanger the health and well being of the animal and human populations of the island.
By drawing the public's attention to this crisis, we aim to change policies and perceptions. We dream of a day when there is adequate funding and political will to address the crisis across the island.

The Sato Project aims to make permanent change in Puerto Rico through a threefold mission: 1. rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and abused dogs, and 2. addressing the underlying causes of overpopulation, abandonment, and abuse through community outreach and a low-cost spay, neuter, vaccine and microchip Program. 3. bringing national attention to the problem of abandoned and abused dogs in Puerto Rico.
There are over 300,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico. We know we cannot rescue them all. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for as many dogs as possible. Every single dog we take in gets individualized care. Those undergoing treatments stay as long as it takes to get them healthy, free of communicable disease and ready to travel to new homes in the continental United States to vetted adopters. Those who cannot get healthy enough to travel will have the best hospice care possible. Each and every dog is socialized, handled and gets plenty of love every day.
Our education and outreach initiatives aim to address two of the underlying issues that cause Puerto Rico's stray problem---overpopulation and disease. Through the sterilization of owned animals, we will begin to see reductions in abandoned animals. Vaccination will reduce the circulation of diseases that endanger the health and well being of the animal and human populations of the island.
By drawing the public's attention to this crisis, we aim to change policies and perceptions. We dream of a day when there is adequate funding and political will to address the crisis across the island.

Our rescue team on the island personally rescues dogs from the beaches, streets and shelters of Puerto Rico. The team is made up of well-connected local residents who know when and where to find a dog in need. A relationship with vet clinics in Puerto Rico allows us to quickly rehabilitate the dogs in a local setting to the highest veterinary standards. They also make us a trusted emissary for our outreach initiatives.
Our foster network and shelter partners in the greater New York area allow us to find all of our dogs loving homes in the mainland U.S. And a support staff and incredible volunteer corps in New York coordinate fundraising, media outreach, adoptions, and transports.
Throughout the years, word of mouth has led to partnerships with U.S. organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, Bark box, Kuranda dog beds and Wings of Rescue that have helped us with additional resources and rescue efforts.

Rescue Program: The goal of our rescue program is to rescue dogs whom otherwise would be left to suffer on the streets or beaches or be euthanized in the municipal shelters of the island. We measure or progress in this program by the number of dogs we are able to rescue every year. We are committed to providing exemplary veterinary care, but also to finding ways to maximize the number of dogs we are able to help with our vetting program. Spay/Neuter & Community Outreach:

In its six years of existence The Sato Project has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed almost 2,500 dogs. We have spayed or neutered over 750 owned dogs in Yabucoa since launching our community voucher program in 2016. Our next big initiatives include a project to rescue at least 500 dogs from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma by January 2018, and to provide even more access to affordable spay, neutering and vaccination campaigns. Before and after hurricane Maria, and through many high-profile media pieces, including major coverage by the New York Times, NPR, CBS, Animal Planet and more, The Sato Project has raised awareness for the plight of abandoned and abused animals in Puerto Rico.

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Financials

The Sato Project, Inc.

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No