PATA Spay/Neuter Clinics

What's New?

PATA invites you to have a fun evening playing BINGO to raise funds for our sterilization clinic on March 2016. The event will take place at the Salagua Casino Ejidal, starting at 4pm on Monday February 29th. Drinks will be available for purchase. Join us and support PATA Manzanillo. For more info visit us on facebook.


"Dog Fashion" in March.


Sterilization Campaign from March 10th to March 14th.


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Three Types of Spay/Neuter Clinics

PATA Manzanillo's goal of no more homeless pets is an endeavor shared by all animal welfare groups. Achieving this goal requires community involvement and cooperation.

For our part, PATA sponsors three types of spay/neuter clinics to help our community get a handle on the over-population problem. All clinics are free to the community, and supported solely by donations and volunteers.

If you'd like to help sponsor a clinic, please drop us an email, or simply click on the donate button at the bottom of the page.

With an increasing demand from the community for clinics, PATA's need for supplies and volunteers has increased. Thanks to the commitment of individuals who've donated their time as well as their money, PATA has been able to increase the numbers of clinics offered.

The following graff shows the number of animals we have reached. It also shows how our efforts have multiplied over the years. Thank-you all for your support in making this possible.

Stats for Clinics

Volume Clinics

Spring 2006 saw PATA's first high-volume spay/neuter clinic. Services were provided to the community totally free of charge (and remain so). In the ensuing years, the annual clinic has consistently broken its own records on numbers of animals spayed and neutered.

PATA, local volunteer vets and foreign volunteers, as well, have brought vital veterinary services to communities who cannot afford them.

In 2008, PATA was fortunate to enlist the help of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (Rural Area Veterinary Services -- RAVS). Their troupe of volunteer medical professionals from the U.S. joined forces with ours for a 3-day training clinic, followed by a 5-day high-volume clinic. The outstanding cooperation among the professionals helped facilitate, and reinforce, our commitment to community service.

The annual high-volume clinics were so successful that a second one was added to the schedule in 2009. March and November are the new dates to plan for large-scale, high-volume spay/neuter clinics.

We can offer free surgeries only if we have the resources. Join us and help us help our neighbors.

Mobile Mini-Clinics

In the Spring of 2008, PATA's first mobile clinic hit the road. It was a huge success ... on so many levels: professionally, organizationally and locally.

  • The medical team found that we could set up a clinic and perform safe surgeries just about anywhere;
  • The organizers discovered that a little community involvement goes a long way, and that just about any garage or garden can become a clinic; and
  • The community learned that PATA is sincerely concerned about their welfare and the health of their pets.

From that first clinic, the word quickly spread. In the years following that first effort, the popularity of the mobile mini-clinics grew. More and more communities requested that we hold clinics in their areas.

Today, we have more requests than we have volunteers and funds. Obviously, that means we need additional help from donors. Our mini-clinic goal is to be able to set up a clinic in each and every barrio that requests one.

The following map, updated monthly, shows all the locations that PATA has served. It includes volume clinics as well as mobile mini-clinics.


View PATA Spay/Neuter Clinic Locations in a larger map

Locations of PATA Spay/Neuter Clinics, 2006 - 2010


If you would like PATA to schedule the mobile mini-clinic in your neighborhood, drop us an email and we'll contact you to work out the details. Setting up a clinic is surprisingly simple.

Why Spay or Neuter?

graph showing population explosion of cats and dogs

Over the course of six years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 66,088 more cats.

  • Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3
  • Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6

Over the course of six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 more dogs.

  • Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
  • Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-10

While these numbers are a mathematical exercise, not a biological reality, they are used to make a point. Even when taking into account average birth rates, survival rates and life expectancy of feral animals, the bottom line is the same. There are a lot of homeless animals out there, and without human intervention they are multiplying.

It's Better

These are just a few of the good reasons why pets should be sterilized.

  • Spayed and neutered animals live an average of two to three years longer than pets that are not.
  • Animals that are not sterilized are more likely to get hit by cars or to run away while searching for a mate.
  • Thousands of animals die each year at animal shelters and on the city streets. If your pet is having puppies or kittens, they are adding to the number of animals that die.
  • If your pet has puppies or kittens, and if you find your puppies or kittens good homes, they are taking a good home away from an animal that may have otherwise been adopted at the shelter.
  • Pets that are surgically sterilized tend to be better companions, they have less aggression and fewer behavior issues (such as spraying urine to mark territory).
--statistics courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States