The Spayathon for Puerto Rico
1 COALITION. 26 Organizations. 30,000 animals.
What happens when 26 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 will be made.
The Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter 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. Each animal treated also received rabies, leptospirosis and other essential vaccinations. All of these services were provided at no cost to the pet owner. Additionally, every pet went home with a new leash, collar, bag of food, and other supplies for their animal.
Over the last year, the Spayathon has included four rounds of these services in multiple sectors across the island. 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 was asked to be 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. We are extremely proud and excited to be a part of this historic first-of-its-kind coalition. By the end of Round 4, our team was responsible for facilitating the spaying/neutering and vaccinating of 4,138 dogs and cats in a single year.
The Spayathon Initiative was originally set to conclude at the end of Round 4 in May 2019. But there has been such a high demand for these services that the initiative has officially been extended for an additional six rounds over the next two years.
This historic mission is creating permanent change for the hundreds of thousands of homeless and abandoned animals suffering in the streets and on the beaches of the island. Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we share daily updates on our progress made during each round.
Would you like to join us in these historic efforts to effect 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..