The Spayathon for Puerto Rico

1 COALITION. 28 Organizations. 34,000 animals and Counting.  

What happens when 28 local, national, and international organizations band together in an unprecedented show of support for the people and pets of Puerto Rico? Lasting change and history is made.

The Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSNV) initiative spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The initiative was launched in the spring of 2018 with the goal of altering over 30,000 dogs and cats in underserved communities across the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in a single year. Through a series of four rounds of week-long free clinics throughout the island, every pet was treated to a spay/neuter surgery and given a round of essential vaccinations, such rabies and leptospirosis. All of these services were provided at no cost to the pet owner and every pet also went home with a new leash, collar, bag of food, and other supplies. At the conclusion of Round 4 in May 2019, the Spayathon Coalition treated 34,334 animals, far surpassing its original goal. The community demand for these services has been so high that the initiative has officially been extended for an additional six rounds of free clinics over the next two years. The initiative is also providing 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 services.

The Sato Project is incredibly proud to be a part of this historic first-of-its-kind coalition that is creating permanent change for the animals and people of Puerto Rico and setting a precedent for how to address a widespread stray animal crisis. The Sato Project is the Ground Team for the Southeast sector of the island. For our section, we are responsible for handling all community outreach and registration, organizing additional vet techs, volunteers, and handling all of the daily logistics for the HQHVSNV services. In the first year of the initiative, our team was responsible for facilitating the spaying/neutering and vaccinating of 4,138 dogs and cats.

None of this work would be possible without our supporters and partners. Would you like to join us in these historic efforts to affect systemic change for the animals in Puerto Rico? There are many ways to help: sponsor lunch for our Ground Team of staff and volunteers, buy a round of Gatorade for our Vet Techs to keep them hydrated, or make a donation to help us ensure that our efforts in this initiative are as successful as possible.

This historic mission is creating lasting change for the hundreds of thousands of homeless and abandoned animals suffering in the streets and on the beaches of the island. For every animal that is treated, thousands of more animals are prevented from being born in unwanted circumstances and suffering in the streets.

To meet some of the people and pets whose lives we were able to change through this initiative, see the links below for recaps of each Spayathon round:

Round 1: June 3-9, 2018 (5,608 animals treated)
Round 2: November 3-9, 2018 (9,964 animals treated)
Round 3: February 3-9, 2019 (8,513 animals treated)
Round 4: May 3-9, 2019 (8,568 animals treated)

The next round of Spayathon services will take place November 2-7, 2019 at new locations throughout the island. The Sato Project team will be managing a clinic in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we share daily updates on our progress made during each round.