The Humane Society of the United States announces the dates and locations of the fifth round of SpayathonTM for Puerto Rico, a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter initiative to alter over 85,000 dogs and cats in underserved communities across the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by May of 2021. The events will take place November 2-7 at MASH-style clinics in Cataño, San Sebastián, Vieques, Ponce, Guayama, Cidra and Culebra. Each animal treated will also receive rabies, leptospirosis and other essential vaccinations.
For many years, the pet overpopulation problem in Puerto Rico seemed insurmountable and prior to 2017, the euthanasia rate at many municipal shelters was over 90 percent. Many animals are considered community pets and roam free during the day, comingling with strays and other owned animals and contributing to pet overpopulation. Zoonotic diseases like leptospirosis were also spreading, threatening both human and animal populations.
The HSUS’ Humane State Puerto Rico program worked closely with the Government of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association and the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to sign a memorandum of understanding to implement Spayathon.
A coalition of 26 organizations lead by HSUS has come together for the initiative, and thanks to the Government of Puerto Rico, veterinarians from outside of Puerto Rico have been allowed to perform spay/neuter surgeries in Puerto Rico for the first time.
Heading into the fifth round of Spayathon the number of animals spayed or neutered is already over 35,000, and total investment is expected to reach $14 million.
Veterinary professionals in Puerto Rico receive training in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, and after the completion of the initiative, all medical equipment will be donated to support Puerto Rico’s first ever high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics.
“Spayathon not only addresses Puerto Rico’s chronic problem of animal overpopulation, but also trains local vets in high-quality/high volume spay/neuter so that sustainability is created,” says Tara Loller, senior director for companion animal’s strategic campaigns at the Humane Society of the United States. “The program’s success in Puerto Rico serves as a model for many other communities across the United States and around the world.”
Spayathon prevents the births of hundreds of thousands of animals who, if born, would have very likely ended up in the street or in shelters. At the end of the next series of events in November of 2019, more than 44,000 animals will have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. In the first year alone, this will prevent an estimated 250,000 dog and cat births.
The no-cost spay/neuter clinics will take place throughout the following dates and locations:
Round 5: Nov 2-7, 2019
- Cataño Nov 2-4: Centro de Convenciones 36 Av. Las Nereidas
- Ponce Nov 2-7: Coliseo Salvador Dijois, Av. Hostos
- San Sebastián Nov 2-7: Coliseo Luis Aymat Cardona, PR 111
- Guayama Nov 2-7: Coliseo Dr. Roque Nido Stella, Calle Principal Sur
- Cidra Nov 2-7: Hacienda Sabanera
- Culebra Nov 16-17: Cancha Julian Ayala, Barriada Clark
- Vieques Oct 26-28: OBFCR