UPDATE: MISSION COMPLETE! Thank you to all who helped us exceed our fundraising goal, and send these 205 dogs on to wonderful lives. Please see updates below on how the mission unfolded. If you wish to support The Sato Project's rescue and spay/neuter programs in Puerto Rico, you can find out more and donate on our website, www.thesatoproject.org.Thank you!
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The Sato Project needs your help with one of the biggest life-saving missions we have ever undertaken as an organization- and it's all about SENIOR DOGS.
On August 23, The Sato Project will send 200 dogs on a "Freedom Flight" to a new life. A few weeks ago, we were offered an opportunity by our friends at the Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue to help them fill a large plane with senior and adult dogs
. We often rally in the summer to get a big transport of dogs on one plane (our Mission Possibles
!), because it is hard to fly dogs on commercial flights due to the heat. But never have we had anything close to this opportunity--we will now be able to send not just 130 dogs on one plane as we had originally planned, we will be sending a total of 200 dogs on two planes!
So we are dubbing this transport Mission Possible 8!
The shelters in Puerto Rico are inundated and have euthanasia rates of over 90%. The focus of this transport is on senior or adult dogs who were slated to be euthanized in the nine municipal shelters of Puerto Rico. These are dogs who have been dumped after a lifetime of loyalty and often neglect.Due to their age or other health issues like heart worm, these dogs were deemed un-adoptable and added to the euthanasia list before we pulled them into the safety of our program.
In preparation for the flight, The Sato Project has taken in over 110 dogs in the past several weeks alone - half of which are seniors. Dogs like Grandma, Red and Pauline, pictured in our gallery above, elderly girls who have spent their lives having litters of puppies, perhaps never knowing true human kindness. But we know we can give these gentle satos a second chance at living incredible lives with loving families who will welcome them into their hearts and homes.
Now that our vet clinic is full to the brim with over 110 dogs in our care, we are all in. But I will be totally honest – I am genuinely worried about our funds right now. The expenses associated with rescuing this many dogs (many with heartworm and other diseases requiring expensive treatment) are astronomical.Right now we are spending $872 per day just in boarding fees alone - not to mention the quality veterinary care these dogs are receiving. We quite literally do not have the money in our account to cover these expenses.
We know we have a great community in our corner, and when we ask for your help, your support is always incredible. Your gift will have a tremendous impact in the lives of these special dogs, who have endured so much.
Just as an example of some of the ways your gifts will support this huge effort:
$1,200 - Rental fee for transport vans
$500 - Average veterinary costs per dog
$250 -Cost of one round of heartworm treatment
$100 - Large transport crate
$60 - Set of vaccines + microchip
$35 - Small transport crate
Mission Possible 8. Together. Let’s give these deserving older dogs the chance the each deserve!