The Humane Society of the United States and Spayathon coalition partners regret to announce that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the upcoming round of SpayathonTM for Puerto Rico, scheduled for May 1-6, has been cancelled.
“We have made this very difficult decision to protect the well-being of our staff, volunteers and the thousands of people and animals that attend our MASH-style clinics each round,” said Tara Loller, senior director of strategic campaigns for companion animals at the Humane Society of the United States. We look forward to relaunching Spayathon for Puerto Rico in November. This is a lifesaving initiative that has improved the lives of over 52,000 animals at no cost to pet owners and guardians. We appreciate the steps being taken by Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced to protect the general public by recommending the cancellation of events that congregate large groups of people.”
The HSUS and coalition partners will continue spay/neuter and vaccination efforts aimed at stray animals during the spring and summer months. These clinics will be organized directly with rescue organizations and precautions will be taken to protect the health and well-being of those involved. These clinics are not open to the general public as they are directed at unowned animals.
There is no evidence at this point linking companion animals to the coronavirus pandemic and the public should rest assured that living with their beloved pets is not a threat to their health.