As you may be aware, the passing of Hurricane Maria in late September 2017 devastated Puerto Rico. Not only humans were affected but animals were too. So many animals were abandoned, injured, and even drowned as areas flooded. The importance of animal health was highlighted due to an increase of human cases of leptospirosis, which is a disease that can be transmitted by domestic animals. As veterinarians on the mainland, we could not sit idly by, and Veterinarians for Puerto Rico was born.
Veterinarians for Puerto Rico is a registered (501c3) non-profit organization founded by Puertorrican veterinarians with the main purpose of providing veterinary services to communities that were severely affected by the hurricane season or underserved when it comes to veterinary care.
All donations made to Veterinarians for Puerto Rico are distributed to local veterinarians offering services free of charge or at low cost to rescue organizations, or individuals who are unable to seek veterinary care. During 2018 we have focused on spay and neuter programs to decrease the alarming stray animal population in the island.