Cuale Spay & Neuter Clinics

The Cuale Spay and Neuter Clinic was established in 2016 in Puerto Vallarta as a monthly sterilization clinic for cats and dogs.  Early clinics performed around 60 sterilizations per month with that number rising to over 100 sterilizations per month, with a maximum of 137.  To date the clinic has provided close to 9,000 sterilizations.  

Steve & Glenda Bland at a Cuale Spay & Neuter Clinic

From the outset the clinic has accepted animals from both owners and rescuers however more recently the organizers decided to switch the focus to mainly rescue animals. The decision to change was driven by the needs within the community, the relationships that developed with rescuers over the eight years, and the fact that such animals were not well served by existing clinics.

Vallarta’s streets and local shelters are overflowing with litters of unwanted cats and dogs. People fill Facebook daily with postings of photos of animals they have rescued but can’t possibly keep. There is no end to the number of animals left on the streets to fend for themselves and abandoned animals pose several problems for everyone. They are a direct result of unplanned litters that could have been avoided by spaying or neutering.

Following COVID restrictions being lifted, more and more rescuers contacted the clinic to ask to bring as many as 15 to 20 animals to one clinic. The organizers accepted as many as possible while accommodating the regular appointment schedule. Accepting rescues in addition to appointments meant numbers became too large and the organizers had to find a way to keep numbers down. A decision was made to work more closely with local rescue groups because this directly addresses the core problem of managing the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Vallarta.

The set-up and check-in team (Left to Right – Steve, Russ, Andrea, Joyce, Brenda, Angela, Cielo and Glenda)

Cuale Spay and Neuter Clinic needs donations now more than ever. The clinic totally relies on donations to continue its work. There is a team of licensed veterinarians and vet techs to provide the surgery services, and dedicated volunteers provide the after-care essential to ensure the cat or dog is recovering safely. Please help Cuale Clinic to continue to support the spay and neutering efforts in Vallarta by donating here.