December 13th 2006 6:09 am
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Hi everyone! Amber, Morgan and I are all from Save A Sato in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
They just put up a super special Christmas Tree on the SAS website, and I wanted to share it with all of you!
Mayb e you can help light the lights.
Gypsy Simone, Sato Ambassador
November 12th 2006 1:39 pm
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San Juan Star - 11/11/06
Gloria Marti: Puerto Rico ’s Lifetime Dog Protector
By Peggy Ann Bliss
Gloria Martí, an unsung heroine in Puerto Rico’s animal protection movement, has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Henry Bergh & Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to one of 13 finalists Sunday at a banquet in New York .
On Friday, the ASPCA announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Adele Douglass, a New Yorker who promoted the Certified Humane program for farm animals. The Henry Bergh Award went to Ruth Steinberger, who promoted a spay/neuter service for pets of low-income families in Olkahoma.
Though Martí didn’t win, Puerto Rico couldn’t be prouder of their Lifetime Dog Protector.
Save-a Sato Foundation president Chantal Robles, who has worked for Martí for 15 years,caller her “a selfless woman of great energy and enthusiasm.
“The winners of this prestigious award have done wonderful things for animals, and for that we are grateful,”she said. “But here in Puerto Rico , Gloria Martí is our Lifetime Award Winner, and she will be duly recognized as such with a plaque from the board in the near future.”
The word ITAL sato ITAL in Puerto Rico means a mixed-breed cat or dog. Although they are often strays, or ITAL realengos ITAL, they are also lost, abandoned or kicked out dogs, who make loving pets when rehabilitated. In the states, these rejects have become a status symbol and an object of intense devotion by their new owners. Many, like Donna Lenz, of Bethel , Conn. , have taken an interest in the animal rescue movement on the island.
“It’s pretty amazing; she was picked out of 600 nominations,” said Lenz, in a telephone interview with Best Friends.
“Gloria works 365 days a year in the shelter and cleans 85 dog kennels a day,” said Lenz, who nominated Martí, a licensed paralegal. “Volunteers come, but they don’t stay very long, because who wants to clean dog poop?”
Lenz, who visited the Save-a-Sato program here for a week, has two Puerto Rican ITAL satos Gypsy and Ambar ITAL and a cat named Morgan born with diabetes. She and her husband Erich also provide homes for a variety of abandoned small pets like prairie dogs, rats and ferrets.
Lenz’s letter of nomination, edited and condensed, follows:
“In 1994, Gloria Martí and three other women were drawn together by their sadness at the treatment of animals in their native Puerto Rico . Along with Karen Fehrenback, Chantal Robles and Leilani Belendez, Gloria Martí began rescuing dogs from horrendous conditions and curing their severe mange, open wounds, acid burns and broken bones. Using their own funds, these women paid the vet bills and found good homes for the animals.
“In 1996 the group incorporated Save A Sato as a non profit organization, and opened a small animal shelter with Gloria Martí as shelter director. The animals stay there until they are ready to go to several shelters in the Northeast which accept ITAL satos ITAL when they have the space. At the stateside shelters, the dogs are spayed and neutered, and offered in adoption to deserving families. From the adoption fees, the shelters send a small donation to Save A Sato for medical and transportation costs.
“For 10 years, Gloria Martí has worked tirelessly 365 days a year. She arrives every morning at 7, to clean cages and feed the residents. Some dogs need medication or mange dips. Puppies may need bottle feeding. Each dog gets play time and love and kisses. Vet runs are often interrupted when Gloria spots a needy dog on the side of the road.
On days when the ITAL satos ITAL fly to the states, Gloria gets to the shelter at 5 AM to set up kennels for 30 dogs. Each Sato has been matched with a dog friend for the flight to their forever home. Before they are loaded in the car for the trip to the airport, each dog gets a final exam, a hug and kiss goodbye. Gloria has watched them rehabilitate, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, and she bids them good by with tears of sadness mixed with joy.
“My husband and I adopted our first sato four years ago. While surfing the Net, we found Gypsy’s picture and fell in love. The next day when the shelter opened we were there for an adoption that changed our lives. This is Gypsy’s story: One night about 9 on Simón Madera Street , Gloria spotted a tiny Chihuahua mix. For about 10 minutes she followed the disoriented dog down the dark street, to a demolished building site. Gypsy came right to Gloria, who took her back to the shelter, gave her a good dinner and a toy, and put her to bed. After that, Sato Magic took over.
“The rescue of Rubio seemed even more unlikely. When Gloria found Rubio, he was in pain and barely alive, completely hairless, his skin peeling off from horrendous burns. The veterinarian suggested euthanasia.
“But Gloria took Rubio to the shelter, and went home and cried. She didn’t sleep all night. The next day when she arrived, the big guy was waiting at the front of his kennel wagging his tail, an act which saved his life.
“She got special skin creams and pain killers from the vet, every day as she nursed him back to health, he would give her kisses. When he was strong enough and his hair had grown back, he flew to Massachusetts where he was adopted by a family who calls him Buddy.
“Another success story is Kojak, who had been hung with wires from a tree and tortured. Again, Gloria soothed his pain and cured his wounds, and he now lives the life of luxury in the Bronx .
“Gloria is a true heroine. She radiates a love for animals which the ITAL satos ITAL are immediately drawn to. It’s wonderful to see the abused, sad victims of street life immediately relax in her presence.”
June 24th 2006 8:59 am
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When they said I was going to be flown to Bethel, CT I knew you would be waiting for me.
Muffie's spirit had arrived and she told me the whole plan. It was going to be Deja Vu for you and Dad. You were to find my picture at the shelter that you always passed to take Muffie & the creatures to. It was planned that you would find me 3 weeks after you moved the new house, just like Muffie found you at the old house.
I guess the plans worked out pretty good. I knew within a few weeks that you were also going to want to know more about Save A Sato. I would get you more and more involved, and it would change your life for the better.
Thank you for adopting Amber for me, and for helping all my cousins from Save A Sato get awesome furever homes.
I wasn't looking for another dog. I had never looked at the shelter website, or been inside.
Yet that one day - I looked! When your Dad and I came to meet you, we were early. You know I'm never early - just on time. You ran to us like the wind was pushing you! Showered us with kisses, then off to play with your friends.
Did you know 3 other people wanted you while we were filling out the application? I guess you did.
Do you know how much I treasure the memories of you cuddling with Barney, and alerting me to his boo boo paw? You gave him a lot of love and happiness his last months on earth.
When he died you were so heartbroken. You and I shared our sadness and tears together. But again as fate would have it, our lives would change again.
You needed a friend, and you knew Amber was coming. I laughed when you hated every single Sato that you met. When Kathleen brought in Amber - you two were like long lost sisters and you've been glued to each other ever since.
You've been a wonderful big sister to the cats, the ferrets, the ground squirrels. You and that happy moon dog howl.
You have enriched our lives so much! You've connected me to the most incredible people in both other Sato owners, and the rescuers from Save A Sato. Gloria, Leilani, Edi, Tracy, Marcia, Marsha, Amy, Leigh, Suneva...
Thanks to you I have some amazing friends, and I've even gone to Puerto Rico and saved some Satos and a Gato myself.
You've taught so many people about Satos, and you just love going to an event in your trademark pink SAS bandana to be the Sato spokespup.
I love you Gypsy Simone, you are true magic!
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