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One-Eared Dog Leads Rescue of 110 Strays He Left Behind

One-Eared Dog Leads Rescue of 110 Strays He Left Behind


The crisis facing dogs in Puerto Rico is a dark legend.  Thousands are in deep crisis as they scamper across moonlit roads, crowded parking lots and hot sandy beaches in search of food and water.  They are often chased off by residents and left for dead when struck by cars.  Females give birth under porches and behind dumpsters and then begin the almost impossible task of raising a family of homeless puppies.  Yet there is a group of women on the island who is saving these dogs hand-over-fist.  They fly under the banner of All Sato Rescue (sato means street dog in Spanish) and a dog named Vincent recently became their mascot extraordinaire in a race to get help for his fellow strays.

He Showed Extraordinary Resilience & Forgiveness

It all began when All Sato Rescue President Edilia Vasquez got a call about a dog who had been badly hurt in a fight with some stronger dogs. The victim was a lanky white shepherd who had lost so much blood that he was too weak to stand.  His legs and ears were seriously damaged, and after working on him for quite some time, the veterinary team ultimately had no choice but to remove the remainder of his left ear.

“Truthfully, we all expected poor Vincent to withdraw when he woke up,” explains Edilia.  “We anticipated a long struggle not just in his physical recovery, but most importantly, in his emotional rebound.  And that is why we were all shocked by what Vincent did next.

“In a matter of a couple of days, it was as if nothing had happened,” Edilia continues.  ”Just like the painter, Vincent lost his ear, but not his love for life.”


Vincent Hatches Plan to Save 110 Other Strays!

And while Vincent waits for his forever home, he has become the focal point in a massive rescue operation for the strays he left behind. Vincent is leading a race to save 110 dogs, one for every mile across the island from East to West.

“Today we are taking a leap of faith and hope there are enough caring people out there to help us undertake an island-wide rescue of 110 dogs.   It’s not going to be easy.  So many of them need significant veterinary care and trapping a frightened dog is always difficult, but this is what we do.  If a one eared dog who almost lost his life in a street attack could become a grateful, gentle giant in a couple of days, just imagine what is possible for the others.”

To support the island-wide rescue of another 110 dogs, you may make a donation today through the Harmony Fund. Funding will also support All Sato Rescue’s work in educating people about spay/neuter programs, responsible pet ownership and plans to potentially launch a series of low cost sterilization clinics.  All charitable gifts that come in during the next few days will be earmarked exclusively for the dogs of Puerto Rico.   If you wish to help us bring comfort and care to 110 homeless dogs in the month ahead, please click here.

If you live in the Maryland area and would like to find out about adopting Vincent, click here.


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7:29AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

I've been to Puerto Rico and they're not kidding when they say there is a HUGE problem with strays there. I was crying half my trip, the other half of my trip was spent finding food for packs of dogs on the beach and roads. There would be a dead dog on the side of the road and other dogs eating it because they're starving! The people told me not to touch them because they have diseases...I didn't listen, they were so thankful for some water and chicken, I spent most of my money on them. I was so upset when I left after my 10 days I couldn't stop thinking about them and the huge amount of strays, puppies having to fin for themselves, ugh, it was so depressing. People there just don't care, they still have cock fights there, so backwards. A million thanks to these two angels for setting up this recuse group. That poor island needs help! Mucho garcias amigas!

6:37AM PST on Nov 13, 2014


6:30AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

✿¸¸.•*´¯`✿ ✿´¯`*•.¸¸✿A beautiful story✿¸¸.•*´¯`✿ ✿´¯`*•.¸¸✿

♥(✿◠‿◠✿)♥*♥˚☻Love & Peace☻go with☻you all.☻˚♥*♥(✿◠‿◠✿)♥

1:38AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing this lovelly story I hope they all get good and loving homes especially Vincent

7:42AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Thanks for the story. He saved others, what a hero.

6:12AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014


9:41PM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

Thanks Vincent!! Woof. You make me want to live in Maryland, just to adopt you :)

Thanks for sharing this heart warming story. I hope all these beautiful pups find their forever homes.

4:00PM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Animals never fail to amaze me how they can adapt to whatever their situation is so much more quickly than humans can. And we thing WE'RE smarter! With hundreds of thousands of satos running around the island, 110 isn't a huge number, but I certainly hope it happens, because to each one saved, it's a huge deal.

7:14PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Thankfully there are compassionate people who help & rescue these wonderful animals. Thank you to each and everyone of you for all you do.

4:58AM PDT on Oct 26, 2014

Good Job, Sato Team. If I could I would send you a bunch of my Green Star Credits from Care2. How about it Care2? Will you send me a reply?

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