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Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico: An unprecedented collaboration to save lives

Learning Lab at Animal Care Expo 2019

Event Description

It began as a crazy dream—What would it take to spay/neuter nearly 25,000 animals in one year on a poverty-stricken island? —and came to fruition as the Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico. Learn how a handful of determined individuals entered into an unprecedented agreement with government officials, convinced 26 separate organizations to work together, and put in place the largest spay/neuter effort in the world to support the people and pets of Puerto Rico—and how you can do the same!


  • Inga Fricke, Director, Sheltering Initiatives and Engagement, Companion Animals, the Humane Society of the United States
  • Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP, Director, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida and Co-Founder, Million Cat Challenge
  • Tara Loller, Senior Director, Strategic Campaigns and Special Projects, Companion Animals, the Humane Society of the United States
  • Amy Mills, CEO, Emancipet
  • Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Head of Stray Animal Care - Southeast Asia FOUR PAWS International and Editor, “Field Manual for Small Animal Medicine”
  • Stella Ramirez, Vice President, Santuario de Animales San Francisco De Asís

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Event Location: New Orleans

Event Date: April 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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