Sato's shelter in Dedham, as well as one near New York City, has plenty of space and care for the dogs, but they don't stay there long. Most of the dogs are adopted within two weeks of their arrival in the states -- because there's always another batch coming. Although the number of dogs on Dead Dog Beach has gone down dramatically since Beckles began her rescue efforts in 2006, there are still nearly a dozen dogs on the shore each day.
Beckles makes trips to Puerto Rico every three weeks to fly more strays to the Northeast and provide them with loving homes, often bringing volunteers with her. Jill Greblick, who manages Sato's sanctuary in Massachusetts, recently went on one of the rescue missions for the first time, and it made the organization's mission all the more clear. "It was very eye-opening to see what they all go through before they come here," Greblick told the Globe. "I have a different appreciation for what the dogs go through for sure. This is like Nirvana for them."