The mission of Hearts and Tails Animal Alliance is to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals by
- providing rescue and re-homing assistance where the size of a stray population has exceeded a local community’s ability to control;
- providing post-disaster response assistance for displaced animals;
- promoting the prevention of cruelty to animals;
- and fostering the human-animal bond.
Satos (pronounced with a short A) are a type of dog rather than a breed. In Puerto Rico, the name is slang for “street dog,”. They are the homeless dogs, or urban free-ranging dogs, that live in all parts of Puerto Rico, from the streets of the cities, to the beaches and rain forests. They are different from regular strays in that they have limited territory, and many have consistent contact with humans.
The increasing number of stray dogs roaming the island is a culmination of the economic crisis, lack of spaying and neutering, and an absence of government help. Hurricane Maria, which was a Category 4 and the first of its kind Puerto Rico had seen in 85 years, hit the island in September of 2017, compounding this already formidable problem.