One Non-Profit’s Plight To Save The Dogs Of Puerto Rico; Before & After The Hurricane

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A compassionate group of animal advocates is helping the desperate dogs in Puerto Rico. Not only now, in the midst of the dire conditions left in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but for the last six years!

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, the exact location of Dead Dog Beach where The Sato Project, a non-profit animal welfare organization that is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico year-round has focused its rescue efforts for the past six years.

In Puerto Rico, satos are poor, unwanted, often abused dogs that have been dumped on this desolate stretch of beach.

The devastating hurricane brought 155 mph winds, huge storm surges, and torrential rain and flooding that have pummeled the island into submission.

Upon hearing this, The Sato Project immediately mobilized to provide supplies and support its team with boots on the ground, as well as to transport as many dogs as they can to safety in the coming days and weeks.

Yabucoa, which is on the southeastern coast of the island, has been rated the poorest of all 78 Puerto Rican municipalities. The median household income is well below the national average and over half of its population lives below the federal poverty line.

Yabucoa is also where Dead Dog Beach is located.

As per The Sato Project’s website, as the name states, Dead Dog beach is usually the last resting place for dogs, and it is not a happy one. No dog walks to Dead Dog Beach, they are dumped there. There is no food or fresh water on the beach. The heroes of The Sato project are the dogs’ only source of food, fresh water, and most importantly, love, on a daily basis.

Aside from the poverty, Puerto Rico suffers from tremendous crime including drugs, gangs, and firearms. This further demotes animal abuse as a priority.  While Puerto Rico has very strict laws regarding animal cruelty and abuse, unfortunately, it is rarely applied.

“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,” the organization states on its website. “After what they have been through, what they have witnessed, we never want them to suffer again.”

Founded by champion Amateur Boxer, Chrissy Beckles, since its inception in 2011, The Sato Project has rescued over 1,600 dogs, rehabilitated them to the highest veterinary standard possible, and found them loving homes.

In 2016, the organization also launched an ambitious Spay, Neuter, Vaccine, and Microchip program and is working to bring systemic change to Puerto Rico through education and partnerships on the Island.

Please consider donating to The Sato Project to help ensure that countless animals in Puerto Rico are not left behind to suffer on their own during the long road to recovery ahead, HERE! 

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