We are Caribbean Sato Rescue, P.R.
A 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue
CSR was founded in the fall of 2015 & the two of us absolutely love the work that we do for these amazing animals! The most rewarding thing is to see where our pups end up & how far they have come after finding their furever homes & leaving this island that gave them no hope; but rescue work is definitely one of the hardest things either of us has ever done! We are very small but do everything that we can with our amazing little network of fosters, friends & fellow rescuers!
WHY DO YOU RESCUE?
Puerto Rico is home to more than 400,000 homeless pets & for a 3,500 square-mile island, that’s A LOT & it’s only getting worse. The homeless pet crisis here is horrific & the situations these animals are subjected to are incredibly heartbreaking. If we didn’t rescue, then these dogs would have no chance at a beautiful, normal life that a dog should inside of a loving home with a fluffy bed & full belly, or worse, they would lose their lives to the diseases that plague them, the cars that don’t stop for them & the starvation & dehydration they endure everyday.
WHAT IS A SATO?
Sato is Puerto Rican slang for ‘stray’ or ‘street dog’. A Sato is usually marked by their large, adorable ears & mixed breed. Many of them are mixed with some sort of terrier which in turn, makes them quite smart & quick to learn.
WHY/HOW DO YOU SHIP THEM OFF THE ISLAND?
9 times out of 10 when a dog is adopted (or even purchased) in Puerto Rico, they are returned to a shelter or streets within 2 weeks as the adoption rate here in Puerto Rico is less than 3%. The Puerto Rican government has it’s hands full with other issues of the island so to enforce spaying/neutering & otherwise keeping the dogs off of the streets, that’s bottom of the list. We much rather these animals leave altogether if they can & have a much better chance of surviving & staying with their furever families FOREVER! We work with fellow rescue friends here who help us fly them off the island with rescue discounts on United & American Airlines.
DO YOU HAVE AN ADOPTION FEE? WHAT’S THE PROCESS?
Yes, our adoption donation fee is $120 + the cost of the flight (which depends on their weight) & we will provide the crate. Our fee for local adoptions is $220 & all dogs are microchipped. These fees ensure that our rescues are going to good & invested homes. Your adoption donation is used to pay off your rescue’s vet bills, food, supplies, or other future vet bills for another pup. We will require you to submit an application & if that is approved then we will require that you sign a contract, ensuring that you will care for & love this animal for the entirety of its life.