Have you heard of "Dead Dog Beach?"
There an estimated 500,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico, a US Commonwealth about the size of Connecticut. The stray population keeps on growing and no humane solution has yet been found. Puerto Rican stray dogs are called “Satos” by locals. Although people own dogs as pets, they see Satos as vermin and these dogs live short lives of neglect and abuse.
Dead Dog Beach is located on the South-East coast of the island. A dumping ground, it is known for its stray dog population, and the abuse that has occurred on the isolated beach including gang rituals, target practice, and cars running over helpless dogs and puppies. Dogs are dumped here everyday.
On the beach, some of the dogs are very frightened or completely feral. Others have lived in homes and follow people around the beach, wagging their tails, looking for their owners, food, or a gentle hand. Some dogs are in a state of shock. Others, reconnecting with their deep wild nature, organize themselves into packs in their battle for survival.
Watch this video to get an idea: https://vimeo.com/14654773
There is an organization in the Upper Valley called Surfin' Sato that has been traveling to Rincon, PR with local students to help. Their objective is to provide animal welfare education through service learning and adventure. They accomplish this goal by providing opportunities for high-school aged students to participate in dog rescue operations in a hands on way, providing them with the skills and understanding they need to make a difference in what can be an overwhelming global problem.
Surfin' Sato travels to Puerto Rico with students to work with partner animal rescue organizations around the island to learn about the plight of stray animals and the socioeconomic issues that lead to animal abandonment. Participants work with local school students to gain an understanding of their culture and exactly what is needed to help the stray animals that are so prevalent on the landscape.
The next group of students from Hanover, Sharon and Woodstock High Schools will be traveling in the end of June for one week. Please consider supporting this mission by buying a shirt or attending the Satopalooza tomorrow after at the Engine Room in White River Junction, VT.
BUY Shirts here: https://www.bonfire.com/surfin-sato-2018-1/
Surfin' Sato is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.