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Historic initiative launched to spay/neuter over 20,000 dogs and cats in Puerto Rico

Media Contact: Thaisi Da Silva: 202-578-6767, tdasilva@humanesociety.org

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce Spayathon for Puerto Rico, a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter initiative to alter over 20,000 dogs and cats in underserved communities across the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Each animal treated will also receive rabies, leptospirosis and other essential vaccinations.

The HSUS’ Humane State Puerto Rico program worked closely with coalition partners Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, the Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association and the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to sign a memorandum of understanding to implement the initiative over an 18-month period in 2018 and 2019.

“This is the first time our government has participated in such an ambitious and comprehensive sterilization mission,” said Gov. Rosselló. “We are thankful to The Humane Society of the United States for its vision and its unwavering commitment to helping the animals of our island.”

First Lady Beatriz Rosselló added: "This is an initiative of the utmost importance that will allow us to work towards this administration’s goal of improving animal welfare and reducing the number of stray animals on the streets of Puerto Rico. We are excited to work alongside The Humane Society of the United States, the Puerto Rico Veterinary Association and the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Examiners to make this vision a reality."

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. At the conclusion of the 18-month memorandum of understanding, The HSUS will donate equipment locally to help further the animal welfare efforts in Puerto Rico.

“This initiative is a remarkable example of what can happen when government agencies, nonprofits and veterinary medical professionals come together for one cause,” said Kitty Block, Acting President and CEO of The HSUS. “This collaboration will make a difference and improve the welfare of Puerto Rico’s animals.”

Maddie’s Fund®PetSmart CharitiesPetco FoundationGreaterGood.org and The 20/22 Act Society, are providing the financial support necessary to carry out this initiative. Banfield FoundationBest Friends Animal Society and Rescue Bank are providing critical supplies, such as vaccines, pet food and crates.

Veterinary teams from EmancipetViDASVeterinarians for Puerto RicoMaddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell Universitand Helping Paws Across Borders will provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services in locations across the island.

Ground support is being provided by Puerto Rico-based groups, including The Humane Society of Puerto RicoThe Sato ProjectThe Government of Puerto RicoJunta Examinadora de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico,  Colegio de Médicos Veterinarios de Puerto RicoThe Puerto Rico Dog FundFriends of Culebra AnimalsWild at Heart Foundation and Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.

The no-cost spay/neuter clinics will take place throughout the following dates:
Round 1: June 3-9, 2018 - Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 2: November 3-9, 2018 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 3: February 3-9, 2019 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 4: May 3-9, 2019 - Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce and Vieques

The Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association and the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will be participating in Rounds 1 through 3. The selected municipalities will announce specific clinic location and details.

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