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Sato Heart Rescue, Milford, NH

Giving dogs a second chance!

Sato Heart Rescue of NH


The Sato Heart Rescue, of Milford, NH, is a small group of dedicated individuals in the Hillsborough County area who work exclusively with the Second Chance Animal Rescue, in Villalba, Puerto Rico, to find homes for Satos.  “Sato” (pronounced “saw-toe”) is Puerto Rican slang for street/stray dogs.

Satos come in all sizes, but they are mostly small to medium size dogs.  Upon arrival, many are initially shy.  However, once they realize that they are no longer in jeopardy, their true personalities surface as they settle-in and begin to relax.

We are a shelterless “foster home” rescue, so all dogs in our care are living with families in the area. This gives us an opportunity to understand their personality within a home environment, allowing us to best match them with the proper family.

Once a dog reaches our rescue, our foster home families and Director of Adoptions begin the search for a perfect match – a family who will give the pet a wonderful home.

While waiting for their forever home, our dogs receive the best of care.  Upon arrival in New Hampshire, all dogs are quarantined for 48 hours, after which time they are seen by a licensed veterinarian for a State of New Hampshire Health Certificate.  The dogs are then placed with a foster family as they await their forever home.


The happiest ending possible for these two siblings!


Rex and Red started their life along with their sister Rose beneath a Maytag washing machine at the dump in Puerto Rico. They were fortunately found at a couple of months old as their mother had likely been killed. They spent some time growing and getting healthy with Bonnie at Second Chance  and then made their way to the States to us. Rose was adopted into a wonderful home in Wilton and Rex and Red went into foster care.

These two had a deep connection, Red being the more shy and Rex protecting her always. They improved while in foster care but were never more than a heartbeat away from each other. They had spent months in their foster home and though heartbreaking, we knew that they needed to be separated in order to each become a “whole” dog. Rex stayed in the foster home and Red was placed with another foster family. She continued to improve there and was soon spotted by the foster mom’s neighbor. They made quite a connection and she adopted Red, now Penny!

Rex next went to stay with that same foster mom and after a few days there we were told that they had fallen in love with him and his never ending tail wagging and they were adopting him! Rex’s new name would be Buddy.

That sweet connection between Penny and Buddy will be there forever, they now live next door and see each other almost daily for walks and play dates!

A very special thanks to foster mom, Barb, this wouldn’t have been possible without you!