Tourist information

Sato to saveWhen you are visiting Puerto Rico and see an animal on the street that you would like to help, good on you! We gladly give you the resources to do so. There are an estimated 1 million stray dogs and 2 million stray cats on the streets and beaches of Puerto Rico who need our help!

Amigos de los Animales often works with tourists interested in taking stray animals home. We go the extra mile to assist those who want to help our street dogs (in Puerto Rican slang called ‘sato’). Because Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States, animal travel from Puerto Rico to the continental U.S. is considered State to State travel. All that is needed is a travel certificate in order to fly your newfound sato home! And even if you are flying outside the U.S. we will go out of our way to give you assistance to take home your new best friend forever.

Below some information about veterinarians, shelters and animal surrender that can help you in saving an animal.

Veterinarians

The following are veterinarians accustomed to working with tourists:

San Juan
  • Dr. Juan Ellin of Campo Rico Veterinary Hospital
    Phone (787) 768-6099
    Ave. Campo Rico #921San Juan, PR  00924
  • Dr. José A. Díaz Umpierre of Clínica Veterinaria Diaz Umpierre
    Phone (787)763-2584
    Carr. 177 Km. 4 Rio Piedras, PR  00936 (detrás Universidad Interamericana)
  • Dr. Jose Cruz of Mobile Vet Service
    (787) 449- 3192 / cruzveterinaryservices@gmail.com
  • Dr. Rafael Ramos Montanez
    619 Avenida de Diego
    Puerto Nuevo, P.R. 00920
    (787) 781-5187 Emergencies: (787) 765-1112/1109
  • Dr. Ernesto R. Casta
    Avenida General de Valle #1003
    Rio Piedras, P.R. 00924
    (787) 767-5398
Aguadilla
  • Dr. Gwen Davis
    Call Box #605-703 Ste. 432
    Aguadilla, PR 00605
    (787) 872-0204
Shelters

If you are unable to take an animal home with you, we have some information that may help. Contact one of the following rescue groups to see if they can help you and your sato in need:

San Juan

Herra

  • Humane Society of Puerto Rico
    (787) 720-6038
  • Central de Control de San Juan
    (787) 480-3435
  • Central de Control de Carolina
    (787) 752-7274
  • Villa Michelle Mayaguez
    (787) 834-4510 / villamichelle@live.com
  • Rescue Connection (787) 661-2229
  • Alliance for Animal Adoption 1 (888) 823-6782
  • Satitopr (787) 784-3632
  • Condado Strays (787) 724-2422
Aguadilla / Isabela
  • P.A.W.S.
    (787) 872-0204
Cabo Rojo
  • APAC/Cabo Rojo
    (787) 367-7944
Culebra
  • Society for the Protection of Animals of Culebra
    (787) 742-3575
  • Culebra Humane Society & Animal Rescue
    (787) 742-0933 / 0308
Humacao
  • El Faro/Humacao
    (787) 914-3999
Ponce
  • Ponce Humane Society
    (787) 844-3488
Rincon
  • ARF of Rincon
    (787) 823-7167
Salinas
  • Salinas Satos (787) 824-6005
Vieques
  • Vieques Humane Society & Animal Rescue
    (787) 741-0209
    (787) 717-7610/7611 (emergency)
Villalba
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue
    HC-01 Box 3547
    Villalba, PR 00766
    (787) 847-5222
Animal surrender

Some circumstances may require an animal to be surrendered in order for the animal to be humanely euthanized if a veterinarian is not available or the cost is prohibitive. The following are municipal and private shelters where animals can be surrendered.

San Juan
  • The Humane Society of Puerto Rico
    PO Box 2387
    Guaynabo, PR 00971
    (787) 720-6038
  • San Juan Municipal Shelter
    Call Box 70179
    San Juan, PR 00936
    (787) 792-6856 / 6833
Carolina
  • Animal Control Center of Carolina                                                         Apartado 8 Carolina, PR 00986-0008 (787) 752-7273
Humacao
  • Humacao Animal Shelter
    Carr. 914 Km 3.4 en Humacao
    Humacao, PR 00791
    (787) 285-0805
Mayaguez
  • Villa Michelle/APAYPA
    Calle Las Marias No. 10
    Balboa – Mayaguez, PR 00681
    (787) 834-4510
Ponce
  • Animal Control & Protection of Ponce
    3821 Baramaya Street
    Ponce, PR 00731
    (787) 844-6020 / (787) 844-6015

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