The Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of 22 organizations launch Spayathon for Puerto Rico, June 3 to 9, 2018.
This ground-breaking initiative aims to spay and neuter at least 20,000 cats and dogs at no cost to pet owners across the Commonwealth by May of 2019, providing much needed assistance to the people and animals of Puerto Rico. The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida will analyze the effort’s outcome in order to understand pet healthcare and the roots of pet overpopulation on the island.
Spayathon enjoys the support of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, and in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Examiners and the Puerto Rico Veterinary Association.
“Beatriz and I are very excited to be here today, participating on such an important initiative not only for animal health but for community health as well. Our gratitude to all the medical professionals and volunteers that have come here to help pets in Puerto Rico on such a turning point of recovery and restoration of the Island.” said Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
First Lady Beatriz Rosselló stated, “This event is one of the most important steps in fulfilling my commitment to the welfare of our pets. I would like to express my gratitude to all the organizations and volunteers who joined our initiative, to all the doctors who work intensely for our cause and to all the pet guardians who respond to our call”.
“This is the first time such a broad coalition of organizations has come together to not only to intensively reduce the population of animals across an island, but also provide the resources and support necessary to continue that work long term.” said Tara Loller, Senior Director, Strategic Campaigns and Initiatives. “We could not make this historic event happen without the generous participation of each and every coalition member.”
Maddie’s Fund®, PetSmart Charities, Petco Foundation, GreaterGood.org and The 20/22 Act Society, are providing the financial support necessary to carry out this initiative. Banfield Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society and Rescue Bank are providing critical supplies, such as vaccines, pet food and crates.
Veterinary teams from Emancipet, ViDAS, Veterinarians for Puerto Rico, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University and Helping Paws Across Borders will provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services in locations across the island.
Ground support is being provided by Puerto Rico-based groups, including The Humane Society of Puerto Rico, The Sato Project, The Government of Puerto Rico, Junta Examinadora de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, The Puerto Rico Dog Fund, Friends of Culebra Animals, Wild at Heart Foundation and Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.
In addition to altering thousands of animals, the Spayathon for Puerto Rico campaign also aims to create lasting change for the island by ensuring that dozens of veterinary professionals will receive high quality, high volume spay and neuter training through ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. At the conclusion of the campaign, all of the surgical equipment, supplies and other assets leftover will be donated locally to help establish a lasting high quality, high volume spay/neuter infrastructure on the island.
The no-cost spay/neuter clinics will take place on the following dates:
- Round 1: June 3–9, 2018 - Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
- Round 2: November 3–9, 2018 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
- Round 3: February 3–9, 2019 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
- Round 4: May 3–9, 2019 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce and Vieques
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