NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—The Humane Society of the United States is honored to present a Leadership in Action award to Puerto Rico First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, for her leadership, collaboration and incredible support of Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico. The award will be presented on April 16 at the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo, which boasts an audience of more than 2,500 animal welfare professionals.

Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a coalition of 26 national and international groups who are working to spay, neuter and vaccinate at least 85,000 dogs and cats during multiple trips to Puerto Rico. The Humane Society of the United States launched the project, which brings free spay/neuter and vaccine services to communities across Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria.

“The governor and first lady have shown exemplary leadership to make Spayathon for Puerto Rico a reality and success,” said Tara Loller, senior director of strategic campaigns at the Humane Society of the United States. “They have been true partners in this work and all of us at the Humane Society of the United States are forever grateful. First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, has earned the Leadership in Action award for this reason.”

Spayathon surgical and ground team leads, and medical directors are also being honored at Animal Care Expo for their commitment and dedication to Spayathon for Puerto Rico.

Three rounds of Spayathon have concluded. Round 4 launches in May 2019. In March 2019, the governor and first lady announced that they aim to hold an additional six Spayathon rounds, which will help more than 60,000 additional animals. The historic endeavor has already spayed/neutered and vaccinated more than 25,000 animals, preventing the suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals by preventing unwanted litters.

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