Dear Sato Supporter,

For our small but mighty team, much of this month is being spent preparing for next month - when we plan to fly 200 lucky satos off the island all at once in advance of Puerto Rico’s hurricane season. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting mission. In the meantime, we still have over 100 dogs under our care in our clinics. Our veterinary team is hard at work making sure every dog completes our extensive veterinary protocols and is declared healthy enough, not only to fly, but ready to get placed with a 'forever family'. Our adoption team is also working very hard to find each dog's family before the flight takes off. Keep reading below to meet some of these adoptable satos or feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be looking to add a new member to their family this summer.

Many of you are likely keenly aware of the political unrest happening in Puerto Rico right now. Our work and commitment to the stray, abandoned and abused dogs of this island remains the same today as it has for the past 8 years; dedicated and unwavering. As always we remain #SatoStrong.

In gratitude,

-- Chrissy Beckles, President and Founder

Over 200 Satos Prepare for Their Freedom Flight
(including many who still need homes!)
These are just a handful of our current adoptable faces who are looking for their families. You can meet all of them and more by clicking here.
On June 1, hurricane season officially began in the Atlantic Ocean. For Puerto Rico, peak hurricane season starts the end of August. As that time gets closer and closer, The Sato Project team has been preparing for it the best way we know how: by gathering supplies like generators, crates, water, and dog food and getting ready to fly as many dogs as we can off the island in advance. That's why our team is in the midst of preparing for one of our largest Freedom Flights ever. Next month, over 200 lucky satos will be flying off the island all at once. Some will be going to our shelter partners along the east coat, others will be going to forever or foster families. But all of them will be sent somewhere warm, dry, and safe, far away from the path of a potential tropical storm. We look forward to sharing more with you soon about this important life-saving mission. 

Meanwhile, however, lots of these lucky satos are still in need of loving homes. Are you in the market for a new cuddly family member? Or know someone who is? Please visit us on Petfinder or click on the image above to see some of our many adoptable faces. Each one has a story of their own, like puppy Smudge and his mom Feliz who were rescued together on Dead Dog Beach, or Matt, a senior chiweenie with an overbite who was found in the middle of a street by our Spayathon volunteers from Barkbox. Would you like to add a sato to your story? We have puppies, seniors, big, small, scruffy, shiny, and everything in between. They are all ready to take their Freedom Flight next month. All they need now is a new family to call their own. If you see a face you like, you can learn more about our adoption process at thesatoproject.org/how-to-adopt.
Spayathon Success Stories:
Tiny and Gloria
Gloria came to Round 4 of The Spayathon in May, where her rescued sato Tiny was spayed and vaccinated for no cost.
Tiny was a dog who lived in Gloria’s community and was being fed by the neighborhood. Gloria already had multiple dogs that she had rescued herself, so she was not ready to fully adopt another one. However, she always kept an eye on little Tiny and helped make sure she was fed and taken care of. Then she noticed that she had unfortunately become pregnant and was worried about her having to give birth in the streets. No one in the neighborhood was willing to take her inside their home. Then warnings for Hurricane Irma started. Gloria decided she could not stand by and let her suffer in the storm, so she took her inside to safety a few days before the storm. Under Gloria’s care, she gave birth to two healthy puppies. Gloria found good homes for them both and Tiny became a permanent member of her family pack. Now this lucky sato never has to worry about living on the streets again. And Gloria was very grateful to be able to bring her to Round 4 of The Spayathon for Puerto Rico in May, so she never has to worry about getting pregnant again either! 

Thank you to our entire Sato Strong community for helping us change the lives of satos like Tiny through The Spayathon for Puerto Rico. You can learn more about this initiative on our website at www.thesatoproject.org/spayathon
by signing up for a monthly gift today.
Holly's Howling Success
This young sato mom now has two new kids to look after. She loves everything about this. Luckily, she also regularly gets to let loose with a best dog friend named Sprite who lives next door.
When Holly was first rescued back in December, she was so emaciated that we would never have guessed that she could be pregnant. It was not until she was at one of our veterinary offices, Clinica Veterinaria Mi Mascota, that Dr. Feliciano felt a ‘mass’ in her abdomen. X-rays revealed that she was pregnant! She gave birth to five beautiful puppies under our care and was an excellent mom. Her and her puppies took their Freedom Flight together on April 29th. All of her pups went to their adoptive families right away, but Holly didn’t have one lined up yet. Fortunately, she didn’t have to wait too long. 

Steve and Bronagh both grew up with dogs and always knew they wanted one. So when their kids started begging for one, they knew the time had come. They met with a few dogs at their local rescue but none of them seemed to be the perfect fit. Then Steve’s sister told him about The Sato Project. He saw Holly’s photo on our Petfinder page and knew right away that she was the one. The whole family piled into the car and drove up to her foster family’s place in Brooklyn to meet her. It was love at first sight for the entire family. 

Now this lucky sato gets to spend her days doing exactly what she deserves: snuggling with her kid siblings, running around with their neighbor’s dog, or going to the local cafe with her parents. They are all very excited to go on their first family vacation together this summer. Congratulations, sweet Holly, on all your sato dreams coming true. 
Holly's sister Abigail loves her so much that she created a special nook in her bedroom, just for the two of them to hang out in. It is even clearly marked as exclusively "Holly's Corner."
The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, where there are an estimated 500,000 stray dogs. With only nine shelters on the island with over a 90% euthanasia rate, we have rescued over 3,000 dogs, rehabilitated them with the highest standards of veterinary care, and found them loving homes on the mainland U.S.. We are also working to make permanent change on the island through community outreach and a Spay, Neuter, Vaccinate and Microchip Program.
"We fight so the dogs of Puerto Rico don't have to."