Fostering is the best gift you can give to our doggies and The Sato Project. By temporary welcoming one of our angel in your home, you give her/him a better chance at adoption and help us save more dogs.

Today Lucky melted my heart. He has always been sweet and let you pet and love him, but TODAY, today is the first time Lucky came and rested his head on my lap asking to be rubbed and loved. After just 10 days he has gained the self confidence to ask for what he deserves….love and affection. For those of you who don’t know Lucky was found on the street in Puerto Rico, emaciated, full of burrs and drenched. He made me a proud foster mom today ;) With love and trust everything is possible.
Stephanie, Lucky’s foster mom, May 27th 2012.

You get to help a Puerto Rican angel get ready for their forever home. Sometimes we have dogs that have been severely abused or neglected.  They are frightened and they need to learn that not all humans are bad.  Imagine being the change in a dog’s life.  It is incredible – you will be witness to the first time that they wag their tail, play with a toy or do not shake in fear when touched. It is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. You can help a dog become adoptable.

Download our Foster application (right click this link and save it on your computer) fill it out, then send it to Meryl, our foster coordinator ( Attention: you need to save the file before filling it out. Do not fill out online, your answers will not be save.

Testimonial from Disco’s foster parents. They got him the first week of December 2012:

So far we could not have had a better fostering experience. The coordination of the Sato Project team was incredible. We picked him up at Newark airport and we had all of the needed information from Sato in order to pick the dog up with absolutely no hassle. 

The information regarding the dog was completely accurate. No surprises. And the dog was obviously well cared for prior coming to us. He came right into our arms from the crate and appears to be very well adjusted.

Meryl, the foster/adoption coordinator was always available by phone or email to answer all of my questions as they came up over the first few days of fostering.

I have fostered dogs with various agencies in the past, and the only real anxiety it gave me was not having control over who adopted the dog. But the Sato Project gives its foster parents final approval over any potential adopter.  That made a big difference to me.

I cannot recommend fostering for the Sato Project highly enough.
Robbie Young

Disco grooming his foster brother Derby. Derby’s dog walker says he walks MUCH better with Disco by his side.

One of our fosters shared this wonderful poem with us. Open your heart and home to a foster dog!

– Author Unknown

There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you’d done all you could do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, “Sweetheart, you’re ready to go.
I’ve done all I can, and you’ve learned all I know.”
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and a kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I’ve moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I’ll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You’ll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you’ll always be mine.


Q: Can I talk to someone who fostered for you before making my decision?
A: Absolutely, we have a few people that would love to answer all your questions. Just contact us at and we’ll put you in touch with them.

Q: What if I fall in love with the dog I am fostering? Can I adopt him/her?
A: Although we don’t like losing a foster family, we sometimes have what we call “foster failures” when the foster family decides to adopt their foster dog. Some people actually start by fostering before making the commitment to adopt.

Q: What happens if I change my mind and decide I can’t foster the dog anymore?
A: Fostering is a big commitment, especially with puppies who take a lot of work (and give a lot of love in return!). We ask our foster families to really think before accepting such a responsibility. But if something comes up, we also understand and we will try to get a new foster family for the dog as soon as possible.

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