Center photo credit: Estefania Rodriguez

Center photo credit: Estefania Rodriguez

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) to alter over 30,000 dogs and cats in underserved communities across the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Each animal treated will also receive rabies, leptospirosis and other essential vaccinations. All of these services will be provided at no cost to the pet owner. Additionally, every pet owner will go home with a new leash, collar, and bag of food for their animal.

Over the next 12 months, the Spayathon will include four rounds of these services in multiple sectors across the island.  This initiative will also provide 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. At the conclusion of the initiative in May 2019, The HSUS will donate equipment locally to help further the animal welfare efforts in Puerto Rico.

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. The target goal is to treat to 30,000 animals by the end of the 4th round of services. This goal is huge. And we aim to take it even higher. This historic mission will be the beginning of 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. 

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