San Juan, Puerto Rico – The Government of Puerto Rico and the Humane Society of the United States are launching the fourth phase of the historic Spayathon for Puerto Rico, a no-cost, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter/vaccine initiative that has so far impacted over 25,000 dogs and cats in Puerto Rico-all free to the public.
The Junta Examinadora de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico and the Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico will also be participating in Round 4.
Round 4 launches May 3th – 9th in Vieques, Culebra, Moca, Manati, Cayey, Dorado, and Humacao and is estimated to bring impact of the program to over 32,000 animals.
The Governor and First Lady of Puerto Rico announced this past Saturday that they aim to hold an additional six Spayathon rounds, which will help over 60,000 more animals.
“The Spayathon is part of our important public health mission on the island,” said Gov. Rosselló. “We are thankful to the Humane Society of the United States for its vision and its unwavering commitment to being good stewards of the animals in Puerto Rico.”
First Lady Beatriz Rosselló added: “The Spayathon is beneficial to both people and animals. Long term, it will reduce the number of street animals, many of whom end up in shelters. These animal populations are at risk of contracting diseases such as rabies, which can also pose a threat to humans. With the help of the veterinary community, we are working to make Puerto Rico safer for everyone.”
This initiative also provides high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter training for Puerto Rico veterinarians to increase the number of veterinarians on the island who can implement the high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter. All of the surgical equipment and supplies purchased in connection with Spayathon will be donated to trained veterinarians, allowing Puerto Rico to establish its own spay/neuter infrastructure for the first time. Additionally, data collected from the pet owners and guardians served during Spayathon will contribute to the knowledge base of academicians and advocates worldwide.
Veterinary teams from the Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, 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/vaccine services in locations across the island. These teams are paired with Ground Teams from The Sato Project, Wild at Heart Foundation, The Puerto Rico Dog Fund, The Humane Society of Puerto Rico, Santuario de Animales San Francisco de Asis, Friends of Culebra Animals, and Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.