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In less than one month, 23 organizations from around the world will come together for one goal —to help the people and animals of Puerto Rico.

The initiative, Spayathon for Puerto Rico, aims to spay/neuter 20,000 animals in underserved communities across the Commonwealth by 2019. With the support of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, the Humane Society of the United States formed a coalition of partners to carry out this historic endeavor.

Nonprofits such as  Maddie’s Fund®PetSmart CharitiesPetco FoundationGreaterGood.org and The 20/22 Act Society provided financial support.

Veterinary teams from EmancipetViDASVeterinarians for Puerto Rico, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, Helping Paws Across Borders , Puerto Rico Veterinary Association and Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Examiners will provide veterinarians who are trained in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter.

Banfield FoundationBest Friends Animal Society and Rescue Bank provided critical supplies, such as vaccines, pet food and crates.

Ground support provided by The Humane Society of Puerto RicoThe Sato ProjectThe Puerto Rico Dog FundFriends of Culebra AnimalsWild at Heart Foundation and Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.

ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance will also provide training for Puerto Rico veterinarians to increase the number of veterinarians on the island who can implement the high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter. At the conclusion of the campaign, the HSUS will also donate equipment locally to help further the animal welfare efforts in Puerto Rico.


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