Puppy Bowl Includes Rescues from Puerto Rico's Dead Dog Beach


Puppy Bowl Newest Players

Julia Roberts, Biscuit and Butterscotch have all been adopted.

People looking to adopt from the Sato Project go through a rigorous application process that includes a five-page application, personal and professional references and a home check.

"These dogs have been through so much already. I'm not putting them in anything less than a perfect home," Beckles said.

The project spends an average of $600-$800 in veterinary services for each dog before putting it on a plane. Some have had health costs up to $10,000.

"I will never make a decision about a dog's health based on money," Beckles said. "I figure, that's what American Express is for."

The British-born Beckles has two of her own dogs, including a Puerto Rican rescue named Boom Boom, which is also her nickname in her second career as a competitive boxer. The Sato Project's office is in the famed boxing gym Gleason's in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Beckles knows she gave up a comfortable New York job for a passion that comes with both triumph and heartbreak, but knows she made the right decision.

"You're only here once, as far as I know, and nothing makes me happier than doing this," she said. "Some of the things I see break me, but I'll always bo back for the next dog and when I see dogs like Butterscotch and Biscuit and I know what their life could have been like or how it is now, it inspires me that every dog should be given that chance."

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