COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Spayathon: High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter Services and Training
Commitment by The Humane Society Of The United States
In 2018, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their partners committed to expand their Spayathon program in Puerto Rico. Before Hurricane Maria, over a million stray animals roamed the island, presenting a risk of injury and disease transmission, as well as negatively impacting tourism. Post Maria the problem intensified, as the few existing veterinary clinics were damaged and the ratio of people to veterinarians grew to nearly 17,000 to one. The Spayathon program provides animals with free high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to address pet overpopulation and support the local veterinary workforce by providing training and equipment. Through this commitment, HSUS will expand their program to reach new, underserved communities, increase the capacity and accessibility of services, provide additional training and equipment to local veterinarians, and distribute human relief supplies at Spayathon sites. HSUS expects to serve 25,000 animals and their owners across 15 additional communities in Puerto Rico.