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Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The 12th day of the 12 satos of Dogmas!




We hope you have enjoyed meeting some of the dogs available and waiting to be adopted. There are more dogs on our PetFinder page so be sure to check them out if you are interested in adopting a dog in Puerto Rico.


Here is the 12th day shelter dog and volunteer dog, and some additional volunteer helpers!


Shelter Dog - Meet Laura


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Laura

Description:
2.5 year old, 30lb. spayed German Shepherd Mix



Personality:
Very sweet, likes other dogs, lap dog.


Holiday Wish: A cozy lap to curl up in after a long day at play.

Laura is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org

Volunteer Dog meet Nina




Name: Nina

Rescued from: Plaza Las Américas in 2006

Likes/Traits: herding cats, doing tricks and greeting people. Nina is the spoksdog for Save a Sato and attends the education events that we do in schools on the island, and is also a certified therapy dog.

Lives with: Save a Sato Secretary Ursula, sato siblings Flecha and Ceviche and the gatos.

About Ursula: If there is one person that is the all around volunteer it is Ursula. In addition to her board position Ursula can often be found at the shelter bathing, playing with and photographing the satos. We don’t know what we would do without you Ursula, thank for making our work easy!





 

 

 

 

 

Bonus photo - Sato Aquiles lives with volunteer Cybelle

 










 

Bonus photo - Gato Puppy lives with volunteer Ursula

 









Bonus photo - Gato Niko lives with volunteer Marybel

 










Bonus photo - Gato Morgan lives with volunteer Donna

 











Bonus photo - Gato Willow lives with volunteer Donna


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Eleven




Shelter Dog - Meet Paco

Name: Paco

Description: 2 year old, 40lb. male Golden Retriever Mix

Personality: Gets along with all dogs and people. Loves to play.



Holiday Wish: A person that will toss a tennis ball for him.

Paco is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org



Volunteer Dog - Meet Cookies & Cream


Name - Cookies & Cream (Cookies)

Rescued from: Dead Dog Beach, Yabucoa PR in 2009

Likes/Traits - All toys, all dogs, all people; wrestling with her big sister Maruja; boxing with her big brother Homer.

Lives with - Our volunteer Mari and Juan, big brother Bulldog Homer and big sister Maruja

About Mari and Juan: Mari has been instrumental in helping us translate our documentation, education materials, flyers and brochures. She and her husband Juan are in the process of filming a documentary on the satos. You can read more about the documentary at www.100000movie.com. Thank you Mari and Juan for being the voice for so many satos – in both English and Spanish!

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Ten





Name: Issy

Description: 1 year old, 25lb. spayed Terrier Mix

Personality:
very social and charming, cuddler, loves attention.

Holiday Wish: A family that will pet and cuddle her.
Issy is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org







Name: MacKenzie
Adopted from: Northeast Animal Shelter in 2005
About Kenzie:  She is a deaf sato that knows sign language and her favorite toy is a tennis ball.
Lives with:  Save A Sato PR and Outreach Coordinator and Webmistress Tracey and sato brother Baxter.

Monday, December 21, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Nine




Shelter Dog - Meet Pilar


Name: Pilar

Description: 2 year old, 30lb. Female Terrier mix

Personality: Quiet, loves other dogs.

Holiday Wish: A new family with another dog to pal around with.

Pilar is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org


Volunteer Dog - Meet Amber


Name: Amber

Adopted from
: Danbury Animal Welfare – DAWS in 2003

About Amber: Amber was adopted by Gypsy after her best friend Barney died at 17 1/2.  Amber's job is to teach men that little dogs are cute, feisty and heart stealers.

Lives with: Save A Sato Passenger/Shelter Coordinator Donna, sato sister Gypsy, Gato siblings Morgan the Pirate Gato and Willow and a host of other creatures.

About Donna: Donna has been volunteering for SAS for many years, and is currently in charge of flying all the lucky satos to our partner shelters. When she is not busy helping the satos she finds time to help the gatos on the island and all over the United States. Thank you Donna for helping in so many ways.

 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New SAS Banner links for your website






New banners available - if you have a website, blog, Myspace or other social media site please consider a link to the Save a Sato website to share our mission with your visitors. Banners are available in English and Spanish and in several different sizes. If you need a specific size please feel free to let me know!

Visit http://saveasato.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=596&Itemid=101 to download the banners.


Thank you for helping us spread the word about the plight of the satos.

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Eight




Shelter Dog - Meet Mecha


Name: Mecha

Description: 2 year old, 30lb. female Dalmatian Mix


Personality: Very active, loves to play and run, a little shy at first.


Holiday Wish: A person that will keep up with her energy and take her for a run.

Mecha is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org

Volunteer Dog - Meet Flecha





















Name: Flecha

Rescued from: A Machine Shop in Juncos in 2007

Likes/Traits: Loves to run in circle and bark, loves to sleep in bed inside the sheets and make fictional holes in bed for hours.

Lives with: Save a Sato Secretary Ursula, sato siblings Nina and Ceviche and the gatos.

About Ursula: If there is one person that is the all around volunteer it is Ursula. In addition to her board position Ursula can often be found at the shelter bathing, playing with and photographing the satos. We don’t know what we would do without you Ursula, thank for making our work easy!

 

 



Saturday, December 19, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Seven




Shelter Dog - Meet Carolina






Name: Carolina

Description:
2 year old, 30lb. spayed Pointer Mix

Personality:
Very charming and funny, loves attention.
Holiday Wish: A family that will take her for long walks.
Carolina is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoptionsaveasato.org


Volunteer Dog - Meet Frida


Name: Frida
Rescued from: Puerto Rico in 2006
About Frida:  Regal Frida helps with fostering dogs and cats and teaching them how great it is to live in a home!
Lives with: Save A Sato Volunteer Coordinator Cybelle and sato brother Aquiles.
About Cybelle: Cybelle is another of our all around volunteers on any given day you could find her answering E-mail, photographing the dogs or her favorite - giving baths! She also helps get all the new volunteers in Puerto Rico acclimated as they begin volunteering. Thank you Cybelle for always being there when we need help with anything!

 

Friday, December 18, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Six




We are at the half way mark of the 12 Satos of Dogmas and today we have -


Shelter Dog - Meet Billibong





Name: Billibong

Description: 3 year old, 30lb. neutered Terrier Mix

Personality
: Very social, tranquil, very gentle and friendly
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Holiday Wish: A family that will love him even with his skin condition.



Billibong is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org





Volunteer Dog - Meet Gypsy 


Name: Gypsy

Adopted from
: Danbury Animal Welfare – DAWS in 2001


About Gypsy: Gypsy is the CT Sato spokes pup, and has done events with the Girl Scouts, DAWS, and even at IBM to teach people about the Satos in Puerto Rico.


About Donna: Donna has been volunteering for SAS for many years, and is currently in charge of flying all the lucky satos to our partner shelters. When she is not busy helping the satos she finds time to help the gatos on the island and all over the United States. Thank you Donna for helping the satos fly the friendly skies!

 


Thursday, December 17, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Five




Shelter Dog - Meet Paolo


Name: Paolo

Description: 2 year old, 25lb. Border Collie mix

Personality: Social and intelligent.

Holiday Wish: A new family that will take him to training classes.

Paolo is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org 


Volunteer Dog - Meet Tico


Name: Tico

Rescued from: Puerto Rico in 2007

Likes/Traits: Loves to play, run, jump and sleep with his parents...and even hunt big iguanas!!!!

Lives with: Our volunteer Marybel and Pedro, his human brother Edrick and Niko the gato.
About Marybel: Marybel is a new volunteer that helps at the airport and shelter, and is always willing to help with locating a dog on the island we have been notified of that needs help. She recently rescued a sweet dog named Galilea that has gone on to a partner shelter for adoption. Thank you for always offering to help when we need it most!

 



 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Four




Today I bring you volunteer favorite Raul...he has grown up in the shelter and really deserves his own family.

Shelter Dog - Meet Raul





Name: Raul

Description: 7 month old, 30lb. male Shepard/Hound mix



Personality: Very playful, active, and affectionate.



Holiday Wish: An owner that will toss a stick for him, which is his favorite toy.



Raul is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org

Volunteer Dog - Meet Ceviche


Name:Ceviche


Rescued from: The streets in Guaynabo in 2008


Likes/Traits: loves to smile when he is happy, loves to retrieve ANYTHING and falls asleep with his is toys in his mouth and upside down.


Lives with: Save a Sato Secretary Ursula, sato siblings Nina and Flecha and the gatos.

About Ursula: If there is one person that is the all around volunteer it is Ursula. In addition to her board position Ursula can often be found at the shelter bathing, playing with and photographing the satos. We don’t know what we would do without you Ursula, thank for making our work easy!

 

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Three




Shelter Dog - Meet Libertad


Name: Libertad

Description:
2 year old, 20lb. female Terrier Mix

Personality: Very quiet, loves treats, very kind and obedient.




Holiday Wish: A family that will provide love and a few treats.

Libertad is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org


Volunteer Dog - Meet Baxter



Name: Baxter


Adopted from: PetPals Northeast in 2002

About Baxter: He is a special needs sato that does not let his disability get in the way. Baxter’s greatest joy is to be out and about participating in community event aboard “his” fire engine. He also helps his Mom write this blog! 


Lives with: Save A Sato PR and Outreach Coordinator and Webmistress Tracey and sato sister MacKenzie.


Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day Two




Shelter Dog - Meet Choco


Name: Choco

Description: 2 year old, 25lb. Terrier mix

Personality: Very gentle and affectionate, tender, loves to be petted.

Holiday Wish: A family to play with and that will pet her.

Choco is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org

Volunteer Dog - Meet Maruja 


Name: Maruja


Adopted from: Save a Sato in 2009


Likes/Traits: Loves resting in her comfy bed or on her parents' lap. Also loves hiding her brother's and sister's toys under her blankets; and wrestling with her new sister, Cookies.


Lives with: Volunteer Mari and Juan, brother Bulldog Homer and little sister, sato Cookies
About Mari and Juan: Mari has been instrumental in helping us translate our documentation in both English and Spanish. She and her husband Juan are in the process of filming a documentary on the satos. You can read more about the documentary at www.100000movie.com

 


Lucinda Update

Last week I introduced you to Lucinda, the little dog found by our mailman. I am happy to report she has been released fom the vet and is healing nicely. She arrived at the shelter this weekend and is resting comfortably and is trying to stand on her own now.

Here is Lucinda with a nice new haircut!



And here she is resting in her comfy kennel -




This is what a little love and care can do - a complete sato transformation!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 Satos of Dogmas - Day One




Who are the 12 satos of Dogmas?


Actually, there will be 24!


We will highlight a new shelter dog each day as we count down the days before the holiday, and hope that we can find the perfect family for each of them.


We will also introduce you to one of our volunteers and their sato, without them we would not be able to continue or work.


Shelter Dog - Meet Aniluz


Name: Aniluz

Description: 2 year old, 30lb. spayed Shar Pei mix

Personality: Independent, intelligent, graceful and energetic.

Holiday Wish: A yard to run and play in with a new family of her own.

Aniluz is ready to be adopted in Puerto Rico - if you are interested please contact us at adoption@saveasato.org

Volunteer Dog - Carla 




Name: Carla

Adopted from: Sterling Animal Shelter in 2002


Likes/Dislikes: There is little that Carla doesn't like. She's such a happy-go-lucky girl. However, tennis balls hypnotize her every time.

Lives with: Volunteer Tamara, and her feline sister and brother Enzo and Oscar.

About Tamara: Tamara is responsible for our PetFinder pages. Her wonderful writing bring life to the satos pages and she keeps everything updated. Thank you Tamara for helping to find the satos their forever homes.

 


100,000



100,000

I am sure you can agree, that is a big number.

If I were to offer 100,000 dollars, any person would be glad to receive such a large amount of money, thinking of all it could buy. If I offered a child 100,000 M&M's, their eyes would grow wide as a smile lit their face. If I told a performer they would have an audience of 100,000 people, they would be thrilled that their talent could reach so many.

For us, 100,000 does not evoke thoughts of happiness like the examples above. It represents the estimated number of stray dogs living on the streets of Puerto Rico in the worst of conditions. An estimated 3.9 million people live on the 100 mile x 35 mile island and face the stray animal situation daily as they go about life. No area of the island is without strays, but yet many can walk right past the suffering on the streets.

100,000 dogs - looking for nothing more than food, shelter and a little love.

The dogs are getting a new voice, as production starts on a film called '100,000' - The documentary will explore different alternatives available so that Puerto Rico can take action to eliminate this problem. Topics discussed include myths about sterilization, the law against animal abuse, the cultural problem of abandonment of animals, adoption of animals and education on how to properly care for a pet.

The '100,000' team visited the Save a Sato shelter this weekend. It looked a little like Hollywood as the filming took place at our humble shelter - 




The documentary will be available in June/July 2010 but you can follow the progress at http://100000movie.com/.

Thank you Juan Agustín Márquez, Gerardo Rodríguez and Mari Rodriguez for being the voice for the 100,000 satos of Puerto Rico and for your continued support of our organization.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society visit our Shelter




One of the many programs we have is an educational presentation that volunteers offer to schools in Puerto Rico. We want to reach as many kids as we can to help them learn about the joys of owning a pet, humane treatment of animals and the benefits of spay/neuter and vet care. We believe that we can positively influence the next generation to help care for the animals on the island and make changes to the situation.

Many schools on the island require students to participate in community service projects, and recently I got an E-mail from a mom to let me know her daughter and friends had chosen to do a fundraiser for Save a Sato.

These 4 girls are members of the National Junior Honor Society at their school in Dorado, and are required to have an Individual Service Project consisting of at least 5 hours of community service every semester.  For their project the girls decided to have a Bake Sale at the school. Working together, they raised over $350.00 in three afternoons of their Bake Sale and donated half of their donations to Save a Sato.

The girls visited our shelter on December 12th and presented the check to Gloria and visited with the dogs. Here are photos of their visit, the smiles on the girls faces tell it all -



We are so grateful to the girls for their hard work on behalf of the satos and enjoyed meeting them!

If you are interested in our educational program and are located in Puerto Rico you can contact Lita at ursula@saveasato.org to find out more about our program.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

iPhone App Benefits Save a Sato




Thanks to our friends at Puerto Rico Indie, Save a Sato is benefiting from the sale of their new iPhone Application! The app features 17 Indie bands from Puerto Rico - you can download the app for $1.99 at the iTunes store by clicking here.


The 17 songs contained in the app include a wide array of musical acts including:  the jazz fusion of Mobius Collective, singer/songwriter Mima, hardcore punk veterans Tropiezo, the 8-bit sounds of Go Organ!, and NPR's Second Stage featured artists Suturee and Fantasmes.  Puerto Rico's blooming independent music scene and its disparate genres (folk, experimental rock, ambient noise and power pop, just to name a few) are well represented in the compilation.  The app also includes music from Hábitat, Cougar City, Odradek, Scores, Los Niños Estelares, Vliot,Cautela, Dead Hands on a Piano, Juventud Crasa, and Drain the Ocean.

Special thanks to Puerto Rico Indie and the bands for this wonderful opportunity!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Animal Control Officer/ Cruelty Investigator Certification Course in Puerto Rico




For the first time, an Animal Control Officer/ Cruelty Investigator Certification Course will be offered in Puerto Rico by Amigos de los Animales and Career Development Institute which has trained and certified many thousands of Animal Control Officers and Animal Cruelty Investigators in the US. The course will take place at the Universidad Metropolitana in Cupey, PR from January 25th-29th, 2010 and has been designed to meet the particular needs of Puerto Rico in addressing the issues of animal control, animal cruelty and animal welfare in general. Advanced registration is required.

Who should attend? Municipal employees and officials, Animal Control Officers, Emergency Management Personnel, Animal rescuers, Police, Vet Techs, Veterinarians, Prosecutors, anyone interested in animal welfare and animal welfare law enforcement.

For information:
Spanish: 787-313-5653 - amigosdelosanimalespr@gmail.com
English: 609-577-3538 - jsaccenti@cditraining.org

Click here for further information and registration forms.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Where do the dogs come from?


This is a question that was asked of me recently, so I thought I would share with you an interesting rescue story from just this week. Her name is Lucinda, our newest sato rescue.

It was just another day at the shelter, Gloria bustling around doing her chores, when the mailman arrived to deliver more than just the typical junk mail. He informed Gloria that he had walked past a little dog lying in the street on his delivery route, she was hit by a car and left there, he thought she was still alive.

Gloria had the mailman immediately bring her to the spot were the dog was lying. She was in terrible shape, Gloria careful bundled her broken body and got her to the vets office. Lucinda has a broken pelvis, but with the help of a special angel that is sponsoring her care she is expected to make a full recovery.

Lucinda is pictured below, shortly after arriving at the vet - This is her before picture, after her recovery and a good grooming she will look like a totally different dog!



So where do the satos at our shelter come from? Many people from all walks of life who take a moment of their time to stop and help an animal - tourists, police officers, local residents, business employees, restaurant owners, security guards and even the mailman contact us to help a dog in need. We thanks those that have the compassion to stop and help, they pave the way for these lucky dogs to find their forever homes.


Friday, November 27, 2009




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Friday, October 30, 2009

From Salem, MA to San Juan, PR a special visitor arrives!


What a fun day at the shelter today, as Marianna from Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA came for a visit! Marianna visits the island a few times a year and always makes sure to stop in to meet the dogs at Save a Sato.

The dogs were more than happy to show off their personalities as they played, gave kisses and were most happy to be lap dogs!


Socorro and Marianna


Sonia and Marianna


Lita giving kisses to Marianna


Varita with Marianna


Marianna and Gloria during sato playtime

We would not be able to continue our work without the support of our partner shelters in the states. We are so grateful to Marianna and Northeast for all their support of our program, they have been working with us since 1995!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Trip of a Lifetime - San Juan Airport


Tails were wagging as the kennels were prepared at our shelter, Albergue de los Milagros in preparation for Quely, Pablo, Perla, Tuky, Selia, Gisela and Galilea to begin their journey to our partner shelter in Massachusetts and then on to thier forever homes.

Thanks to our volunteers - Gloria, Raquel, Marybel, Tanya and Lita for prepared the kennels and pups for their trip - here are scenes from the airport, the first step in each of these dogs journey to find the family they deserve.


Perla ready to fly!



Quely and Pablo smiling


Where are we going?

 
Arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

 
On our way!



Patiently waiting



Each kennel gets checked by TSA



Galilea saying goodbye to her rescuers (Her story here)



Gloria saying goodbye to Quely



And away they go!

Transports like this are only possible with passenger escorts, please share our passenger escort program with anyone you may know traveling from San Juan to MA, CT, NY or NJ. It is easy to be an escort and costs nothing for the passengers. Click here for the brochure in English or in Spanish.

All of these dogs will be available for adoption at our partner shelter - Worcester Animal Rescue League in Worcester, MA - http://www.worcester-arl.org/

Wishing all the best to these little satos!