Located in one of the poorest areas of Puerto Rico, “Dead Dog Beach” is the final resting place for many unwanted dogs. Sadly, dogs do not arrive at this beach on their own - the beach is at the end of a long road with no residences. Dogs are abandoned here with no access to food or fresh water. It is not unusual to find dogs chewing rocks because they are so hungry. But thanks to the efforts of The Sato Project, there is new hope for these unwanted dogs.
Established in 2011, The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from the poorest areas of Puerto Rico. Sato is a Puerto Rican slang term for “street dog” and refers to a type of dog rather than a breed. Satos are typically small mixed-breed dogs. Most are part terrier and tend to be quite intelligent and quick to learn. The term “Sato” is was adopted by The Sato Project because the name is instantly recognized in Puerto Rico, and a primary goal of the project is to permanently change the public’s perception of these dogs.