Not that anybody should need a reason to visit the wonderful Wonder Bar in Asbury Park (NJ), but here’s one nonetheless. This just in:
On Saturday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m., the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and local animal welfare and rescue organizations will host a Sato Rescue Reunion, a celebration to raise awareness about the unbreakable spirit of Puerto Rico’s homeless street dogs. Dog owners from across the United States, including a large population of households on the Jersey Shore have fallen in love with the gentle, sweet Satos. Survival statistics for dogs in Puerto Rico’s shelters are grim – an astounding 97% are killed.
Thanks to a successful partnership that includes the life-saving efforts of a passionate team of individuals from local non-profits, Project Animal Worldwide and Wag on Inn Rescue, as well as Puerto Rico’s Amigos de los Animales, the Sato is gaining popularity in our area. It truly is a wonderful life for over 100 dogs who have found their forever homes on the Jersey Shore. Their new lives are a far cry from their time roaming Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico where people deliberately hurt or kill thousands of abandoned dogs each year.
“To visit a place like Dead Dog Beach is soul-shattering and a reminder to us at Project Animal Worldwide that our work is needed and important. Every dog is worth saving whether on our local streets, or on the beaches of Puerto Rico where there is a desperate need for humane education and resources,” said Ellen La Torre of Project Animal Worldwide.
“Wag On Inn Rescue understands the animal welfare crisis in Puerto Rico and knows that without our help there is very little hope for re-homing these gentle creatures. With a 3% adoption rate, the dogs depend on our help to find them loving forever homes,” said Kathy Miles of Wag on Inn Rescue.
At the Wonder Bar’s Yappy Hour, a weekly event started by bar proprietor and animal advocate Debbie DeLisa, where owners and their dogs are invited to enjoy a cocktail and barkin’ good conversation, Satos will be reunited with their saving grace, Adrienne Galler Lastra of Amigos de los Animales.
There is a “suggested” $5 donation at the door, 50/50 raffle, and a gift auction to benefit Project Animal Worldwide. Homemade dog treats will be given out and food and drink will also be available for purchase. Satos will receive a special appreciation bandana to memorialize the occasion. Adoptable Satos looking for a new best friend will also join the party.
The Wonder Bar is located at 1213 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, NJ. For more information about the event, contact Ellen La Torre, Sato Reunion Organizer, at 732-979-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A $250 donation to Project Animal Worldwide will sponsor a Sato and includes spay/neuter, transport, shots, micro-chip, and leash and collar. Other donation options include $200 for transport; $50 spay /neuter, shots, chip, and leash and collar; and $25 to spay/neuter.
Individuals at the event may also fill out applications for the special opportunity to foster and/or adopt a Sato from Wag On Inn. Dogs coming up for adoption will be available on their website at www.wagoninn.rescuegroups.org.