The Spayathon for Puerto Rico is a coalition of 26 organizations that have been brought together by the Humane Society of the United States to champion an island-wide spay and neuter campaign in Puerto Rico. As a collective group, we have already spayed and neutered 34,334 dogs and cats through four free, high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter clinics held between June 2018 and May 2019.
*UPDATE: The Spayathon for Puerto Rico has been extended! The Government of Puerto Rico has granted HSUS six additional Spayathon rounds which will extend this amazing initiative into the year 2021. Between all organizations involved, we hope to spay and neuter over 60,000 MORE cats and dogs across the island of Puerto Rico!
Round 1 – June 3-9, 2018 (5,594 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)
Round 2 – November 3-9, 2018 (8,088 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)
Round 3 – February 3-9, 2019 (8,513 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)
Round 4 – May 3-9, 2019 (8,568 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)
Round 5 – November 2-7, 2019
Our goal is to assist in reducing the number of dogs and cats living on the streets in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in November of 2017, pet overpopulation has become an increasing problem and there have been concerns that public health will decline with more dogs and cats contracting rabies on the island. There is a strong need for sterilization and vaccination of street animals all across Puerto Rico to prevent animal suffering and better public health overall. During The Spayathon, all spay and neuter surgeries will be provided for free and all animals sterilized will be provided free rabies vaccinations as well as free leptosporosis vaccinations for dogs and free FVRCP vaccinations for cats.
Another important goal of The Spayathon is to simultaneously provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter training for the veterinarians of Puerto Rico. Following the conclusion of the fourth and final clinic, the Humane Society of the United States will be donating all of the equipment used during the initiative to the local veterinary workforce. By providing comprehensive training, along with donation of high quality surgical and anesthetic equipment used during the clinics, we hope to promote a sustainable effort for continued animal welfare in Puerto Rico.
ViDAS could not be more proud to be a part of this phenomenal coalition in order to provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter for the dogs and cats of Puerto Rico. Rounds 1-4 of the Spayathon were very succesful! ViDAS has performed 12,154 spay and neuter surgeries in total between these four clinics! By the end of the first four rounds of The Spayathon, our goal was to safely perform over 10,000 spays and neuters on dogs and cats. We achieved that and even more!
Round 5 of The Spayathon is coming up in November of 2019! ViDAS will be announcing the location of our upcoming clinic soon! Please visit our Get Involved page to see how you can become a part of this amazing coalition.