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Ended Apr 4, 2014
Sato is a Puerto Rican slang term referring to the feral dogs that inhabit its major cities. They are also known as 'Puerto Rican Found Dogs' in the United States. In Puerto Rico's metropolitan areas, satos can be found living in alleyways, under ...
Sato is a Puerto Rican slang term referring to the feral dogs that inhabit its major cities. They are also known as 'Puerto Rican Found Dogs' in the United States. In Puerto Rico's metropolitan areas, satos can be found living in alleyways, under cars, and between refuse cans. Because of satos' out-of-control numbers and people's view of them as a public menace and health hazard, they are sometimes the victims of abuse such as burning and drowning. It's very sad.

On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, my first stop was at the supermarket to pick up a few cases of dog food because I knew I was sure to come across many satos during my week stay.

One day, I was driving up 187 to take the scenic shoreline route to Luqillo and I came across a pair of frolicking pups on a public beach. I pulled over and gave them some food. They turned their noses up at the milkbones but gobbled up the canned dog food without a second glance. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed another pup in between parked cars that seemed a bit shy but definitely wanted some food. When he came into clearer view, I noticed he was a pure-bred boxer, tail cropped. He must have been someone's pet at one point. He walked out even further and I noticed that he was extremely emaciated and had severe mange. He tried to come close but the other two dogs nipped at him and wouldn't let him near. I walked down the beach a bit with the boxer and fed him a couple cans of food. He had the most sincere, thankful eyes I've ever seen. I knew he wasn't cut out to be on the street and the loneliness was getting the better of him. I reluctantly left him on the beach with a lot of dog treats and went back to the hotel to do some research on animal shelters/rescues in Puerto Rico.

I contacted Second Chance Animal Rescue. www.scarpr.org I explained the situation to a kind woman named Bonnie and she told me that even though she was at capacity, she would make room for this poor, little guy if I could bring him to her sanctuary. I instantly agreed and the next day went back to the beach to look for this pup--who I named Buster at this point. When I pulled into the parking lot, I immediately saw the pair of dogs that were picking on Buster, but no Buster. I spent about an hour searching the beach area and just when I was about to give up, I turned around, and there he was, looking up at me with sand all over his face. Two hours later we arrived at the sanctuary and Bonnie took him in.

I've decided to start this fundraiser to assist Second Chance with medical/food/shelter costs for Buster. He definitely deserves it.
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