Mission Possible 8

For: The Sato Project
Puerto Rico
Organizer: The Sato Project
Mission Possible 8 (The Sato Project)
of $65,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 829 donors

The Story

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 inBut 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!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 25, 2017


Posted on August 25, 2017

Mission Complete! 2 planes, 205 dogs, and a 24hr journey - Mission Possible 8 was a huge success. In the early hours of yesterday morning the final 70 dogs arrived at the Monmouth County SPCA and were greeted with cheers and tears from an incredible group of staff and volunteers from The Sato Project, Monmouth County SPCA, Animal Haven, and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. It had been an very long journey for these dogs but they were wonderfully cared for at every step of the transport. We want to give a special thank you to Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team who drove these pups very carefully in their wonderful van, from Raleigh NC up to MCSPCA, and they all arrived in great spirits.

We owe a HUGE thanks to YOU, our incredible supporters who donated and shared and helped us exceed our fundraising goal to make this mission such a tremendous success. And of course to our incredible partners at the Humane Society of the Untied States and Wings of Rescue, our shelter partners, and to everyone who volunteered and worked tirelessly to make this miracle mission happen.

As I write this, many of the dogs who just underwent this incredible journey are experiencing for the first time in their lives (and the others will very soon) what it's like to lay on a cozy soft bed in someone's living room. To sleep in the peace and quiet of a home. To lay in the grass in a safe backyard. These are all dogs who would otherwise have been euthanized weeks ago due to the lack of space in the overwhelmed shelters in Puerto Rico. But thanks to you, they have a wonderful future ahead of them.

Please check out our website at www.thesatoproject.org/mpv8 for a slideshow of more great photos from the dogs' arrival at the Monmouth County SPCA, and keep following us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the dogs as they settle in with their new families.

Again from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your compassion for these animals.

Chrissy Beckles
Founder & President, The Sato Project

Posted on August 20, 2017


Posted on August 20, 2017

Hi Everyone! This is Chrissy on the ground in PR. Our small but mighty team are sleep deprived, overwhelmed and scared. However we are also feeling excited and determined to see this mission through! 
We are now in full count down mode - we have to plan for two planes going to two differing destinations. That means color coding every single crate by shelter partner (there is literally no spray paint left in PR!) and then preparing each individual dog's paperwork and also color coding.
Dogs are being bathed and groomed in anticipation of their freedom flight.

Every single one has a name.
Every single one is treasured.
Every single one WILL get a home.

Two planes. Over two hundred dogs.

It's the Mission of a lifetime.

We are doing it thanks to you!

Please stay tuned to our social media channels for more updates as we get nearer to take off.

Thank you for your continued support,

Chrissy Beckles

Posted on August 10, 2017


Posted on August 10, 2017

I have been in Puerto Rico for the past two weeks preparing for Mission Possible 8, checking on the over 130 senior and adult dogs we’ve rescued, and handling a dizzying number of logistics to prepare for their epic Freedom Flight on August 23. One critical task has been determining exactly how we will crate and load the dogs onto the plane being provided by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Wings of Rescue.

After spending two days working on what amounted to a giant Tetris puzzle, I realized that, for once, we were truly trying to do the impossible: there was no way we were going to get all 130 dogs on this flight without putting many in crates smaller than they should be traveling in. I’m certainly not about to save these dogs from the euthanasia list only to put their lives at risk again.    

When I explained the situation to HSUS and Wings of Rescue, they came back with incredible news: They will provide not just one, but TWO PLANES on August 23, which means there is room for another 70 senior dogs to fly on the 23rd!   

So, Mission Possible 8 has now almost DOUBLED in its ambition. We are now hustling to find an additional 70 lucky senior pups who are slated for euthanasia in Puerto Rico’s shelters, bringing our total number of lives saved to 200

This will be the biggest single transport of rescued satos ever from Puerto Rico – it’s a mission of epic and historic proportions, and we are going to need all the help we can get to make this happen!

If you have already made a donation in support of this incredible rescue mission of senior satos, then THANK YOU! Thanks to your support, we are well over halfway towards our original fundraising goal of $40,000.

However, if you haven’t given yet, now is the time: the mission has gotten even bigger, and so has its cost: We have increased our fundraising goal from $40,000 to $65,000 in order to keep up with our rapidly escalating veterinary expenses.  

The more I’ve gotten to know these dogs, the more I feel the special weight of this mission. These are gentle, sweet, dogs who have been dumped after a lifetime of loyalty and often neglect. They deserve better, and we can give it to them. Please join us and help support this mission to give these grey muzzles a second chance.

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