The Spayathon for Puerto Rico

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 were able to spay and neuter over 45,400 dogs and cats through six free, high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter clinics held between June 2018 and February 2020.

*UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, Spayathon for Puerto Rico has been put on hold for the time being. 

Round 1 – June 3-9, 2018 (5,294 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 2 – November 3-9, 2018 (7,722 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 3 – February 3-9, 2019 (8,248 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 4 – May 3-9, 2019 (8,644 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 5 – November 2-7, 2019 (7,194 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

Round 6 – February 21-26, 2020 (8,298 animals safely spayed/neutered and vaccinated)

**Our May 2020 (Round 7) clinic was unfortunately canceled due to health concerns related to COVID-19**

Our goal has been 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 have been provided for free and all animals sterilized are provided free rabies vaccinations as well as free leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs and free FVRCP vaccinations for cats.

Another important goal of The Spayathon has been to simultaneously provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter training for the veterinarians of Puerto Rico. Following the conclusion of the 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 donations 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 have been 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 1-6 of the Spayathon were very successful! ViDAS has performed 19,182 spay and neuter surgeries in total between these six 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!



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