Wild at Heart Foundation have been working in Puerto Rico since May 2016 when we supported the rescue and rehabilitation of Canelo who was found deserted in the middle of a forest in 90 degree heat. We work closely with the Humane Society PR providing them with funding to open three sterilisation clinics a month for low income families including a pit-bull only clinic.
In September 2017 after Hurricane Maria ripped the island to pieces our team flew out to Puerto Rico to help the thousands of animals left abandoned on the island in dire conditions. Many animals were left without homes, adding to an already troubling stray animal overpopulation problem. In March 2018 we joined forces with with ViDAS is a group comprised of veterinarians, veterinary students, technicians, and animal–loving volunteers to hold our first mass sterilisation programme on the island. We successfully sterilised over 1,000 animals in just six days.
Since our March clinic Wild at Heart Foundation and ViDAS have partnered with the Humane Society US and a coalition of organisations to provide spay/neuter services to the pets of Puerto Rico. Over the next 18 months we will be offering free sterilization services to help the people of Puerto Rico keep their pets safe and prevent unwanted litters. Our aim is to neuter 20,000 animals by May 2019!