Have you ever dreamed of a car full of puppies!? We can help make your dreams come true! Join ALR's volunteer transport team and help us get our animals to where they need to be. From airport pick ups at Newark to helping us drop dogs and cats off at their foster homes. If you have a car and a few hours to spare, this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We can always use help with getting our animals around the city so please consider signing up for this vital role.
We are Animal Lighthouse Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of satos (island dogs) through our no-kill partner shelter El Faro de los Animales in Puerto Rico and a team of volunteers in New York City. Our mission is to better the quality of life for abandoned satos in Puerto Rico by educating the local communities, helping establish humane treatment options, and placing them in loving homes here in NYC.
Sato is slang for stray dog in Puerto Rico. They are small to medium sized island dogs that are highly intelligent, healthy and quick to bond with those who give them affection. As with most mixed-breed dogs though, it’s difficult to describe the many different personalities and beautiful mixes that come from the combination of breeds on the island. We encourage you to take a look for yourself!
Satos are considered a problem throughout the island. With estimates of some 200,000+ dogs living on the streets, the locals don’t have a lot of patience for these "pests" and at best ignore them. If a sato happens to end up in one of the local shelters they aren’t there for very long. ** sad fact warning** Puerto Rico’s euthanasia rates are around 95% (vs only 15% in NYC) and unfortunately because of the excess of dogs everywhere there are almost no adoptions. Despite the conditions, the satos are remarkably happy and friendly dogs. They grow up in a variety of circumstance living amongst other dogs, cats, and children making them very easy-going.
Adopting a sato means, in the most basic way, saving its life.