Since Lisette Santiago He found out, through social networks, that the Municipality of San Juantogether with several organizations in favor of the well-being of animalswould carry out an activity to sterilize dogs and cats – free of charge – he knew that he would attend and that he would get up early to take his pets.
This Saturday, Santiago arrived at 6:00 am and “there was already a very long line.” “Imagine, there were people since yesterday (Friday), at 7:30 at night, (on shift)”said the woman, who works in a factory Humacaofrom the “SPAY 100 x 35” event.
The activity, in which the Social Movement for Animal Welfare (MOSPBA), the College of Veterinary Doctors and Veterinarians for Puerto Ricoamong other entities, took place at the Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseito, in San Juan, and continues tomorrow, Sunday.
“I brought my three cats and a cat. They already said that the shifts are over, but they are going to see if they give the male (cats) access,” said Santiago, while sheltering from the sun under an umbrella, sitting in a portable chair that she brought to appease the wait.
Grezia Rivera Torres18, also traveled from Humacao to neuter his cat Miel.
“I brought him so he wouldn’t get pregnant (other cats) and, also, because they told me that, if he wasn’t sterilized, he could have testicular cancer (in the future),” said the Psychology student at the University. University of Puerto Ricowho left his house at 4:00 am to do a “good shift.”
“I am a rescuer and I have sterilized all the cats on my street out of my pocket, but (each one) costs $80 to $90.”he said, for his part, Yolanda Romanof Bayamonwho has 21 cats, two of which live inside his home and the other 19, on his terrace.
Jay Galan, also from Bayamon, was standing in line with her cat Cleo and her dog Harley. “Every time the cat goes into heat, she goes crazy,” she commented on one of the reasons why she had them spayed.
Thomas Gonzalez, administrator of the Animal Protection and Adoption Center of the Municipality of San Juan, pointed out that the activity began on Friday, when 390 pets from rescuers and non-profit organizations were sterilized. The goal is to sterilize an additional 1,000 to 1,200 between this Saturday and tomorrow, he said.
The mayor of San Juan, Miguel Romeroreported, meanwhile, that This activity gives visibility to the problem of animal overpopulation on the country’s streets, in addition to promoting responsible pet ownership..
“Where there is the most overpopulation of animals is in San Juan. Urban areas usually have this challenge,” said Romero, highlighting that the Hurricane Mariain 2017, exacerbated this situation.
According to the doctor Willie Bidotpresident of Veterinarians for Puerto Rico, it is estimated that there are more than three million cats on the island. realengos.
“We must continue sterilizing and educating to make pet owners aware of the overpopulation of animals, which is out of control”commented, for his part, Jorge Mercadopresident of MOSPBA.
Among the more than 200 volunteers who participated in the event, was the veterinarian and “influencer” Adriana Lunawho called for the union of the different voices on the island that advocate for the welfare of animals, as well as the organization of more similar activities.
“The money is there. In Puerto Rico, there are about 200 veterinarians, but we need more, we can’t keep up.”said Luna.
The Tourism Company and the Advisory Group for the Protection and Safety of Animals also sponsored the event.