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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 -

Wishing all the best to these little satos!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

No Animals Left Behind - Refinery Emergency Evacuation Information

Below is some information for temporary shelter of pets for people having to evacuate their homes due to the Gulf Refinery fires -

The School of Veterinary Doctors reminded authorities and residents required to evacuate their homes to include their animals in their plans of evacuation. In a press release, the School noted that no animal should be left in the middle of this dangerous emergency caused by the explosions of the gasoline tanks in the Gulf refinery in Cataño.

Suggestions for alternate shelter for animals include -

* Local Shelters
* Local Veterinary Clinics
* Friend or Relatives home

Prepare the basic necessities for the animal such as food, medicine, identification, contact information of the owners and certificate of vaccinations. Where space is available, veterinary doctors in the area will shelter the animals in their clinics.

For information and to coordinate the shelter of an animal at one of the veterinary clinics please contact the College of Veterinarians at 787-283-0565 or to 787-283-2840.

The Center Animal Control of the Municipality of Carolina is also providing animal shelter for those affected by the explosion at the refinery. Tel 787-752-7272 or 787-752-7273

Español -

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the explosion and fires.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Helping Rescued Dogs Find Their Way Into A Loving Home

Helping Rescued Dogs Find Their Way Into A Loving Home

Thanks to our friends at for helping us find escorts for the satos! Check out, Puerto Rico's premier video guide for tons of information on Puerto Rico.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

And the Winner is.......

Patience of Michigan!!! Congratulations Patience! We can't wait to see your Iconic Dog portrait!

There was quite a bit of excitement leading up to the raffle drawing in San Juan today, and I first want to thank all of the people that purchased tickets - we are so grateful for your contributions to Save a Sato!

Of course, none of this would have been possible without Gwen Rosewater of Iconic Dog, she is a talented artist that has a big place in her heart for street dogs all over the world. Thank you Gwen for your generous donation of the portrait to Save a Sato!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteer Ursula, who had to cut out 579 raffle tickets - with a little help from Puppy the gato!

Ursula and Puppy (yes, Puppy is a cat!) hard at work

And here is the raffle drawing in action - thanks again to our photographer Ursula!


Gloria getting ready to choose the winner....

...and the winner!!! Congratulations Patience!

The video of Gloria choosing the number can be seen here! She had such fun with this!

Thank you to all that participated! If you did not win and are interested in ordering a portrait from Gwen you can do so by visiting her website - She will donate 25% of the proceeds from your commissioned portrait to Save a Sato! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York Fundraiser Postponed

The hosts of the fundraiser I posted about the on October 6th have decided to postpone the event for now. I will post the new date, which will be in the Spring of 2010 as soon as it is chosen. We want to thank all that were planning on attending, your continued support means the world to the volunteers and dogs of Save a Sato.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Last Chance for Raffle Tickets

We will be ending the raffle for the custom oil painting on Wednesday, October 14th at midnight - Gloria will be choosing the winner on Thursday at the shelter in San Juan. Get your last minute tickets by going to our homepage - and purchasing them through the PayPal link - tickets are only $2.00 each, and all proceeds go directly to Save a Sato to continue caring for the satos. Thanks to all that have purchased tickets!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New York, New York

If you live in New York, friends of Save a Sato are hosting a wonderful benefit for us on October 21st from 6pm - 8pm at The Hill - $45.00 Open Bar and Hors D'oeuvres!

Click here for directions - click here to visit The Hill's website.

Many thanks to Kathleen and Pamela for hosting this event!

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Kennels have arrived!

Thanks to the generous contributors to our Kennel Fund, 4 new kennels arrived at the shelter this week - we have been able to replace 19 kennels so far!

New kennels

Socorro happy in her new kennel

To participate in our Kennel Fund please visit our website and see the amazing before and after photos! Any amount you can contribute is appreciated! For donations in the amount of $100 or more (the cost of one kennel) - a special cage card will be placed on the kennel with your name as the sponsor - please include a note with the name you would like on the card - this is a great way to honor a friend or family member!

We already have sponsorships for kennels from these wonderful donors-

In Memory of Rico from New Mexico
In Memory of Waggie from Pennsylvania
In Honor of Doug, Dottie and Pirate in Massachusetts
From Iris in New Jersey
From Victoria in Maryland
From the members of
From Sydney and Sato Muffin in Massachusetts
From Kathleen in New York

Thank you to our wonderful donors for helping make our shelter make over a reality!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Subscribe to Modern Dog Magazine and help Save a Sato!

I have been a subscriber of Modern Dog for quite some time, and am so happy they have developed an affiliate program! Modern Dog is a quarterly magazine packed with all the latest happenings for dogs and their people! Here is how Modern Dog describes their magazine -

"Modern Dog: giving you something to bark about!

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To subscribe to this wonderful magazine and help Save a Sato, please download the order form below and mail it in to start receiving your magazine today!

Right click image to print!Simply fax or mail the form to the phone/address on the form and look forward to receiving your first magazine in 6-8 weeks!