Join ISAR in Commemorating the 27th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® on Saturday, August 18 and Raise Much Needed Awareness About Pet Overpopulation
In conjunction with ISAR’s educational efforts to spread the companion animal overpopulation message and spay/neuter solution, ISAR will consider grant requests to not-for-profit organizations participating in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day which incorporate a spay/neuter component.
Since 1992 ISAR has used the third Saturday of August as a platform for animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses — throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and abroad — to come together in solidarity to enlighten the public about a tragedy that affects all communities: Dog and cat overpopulation and the urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs.
Twenty-seven years since its inception, International Homeless Animals’ Day continues to grow, helping pave the way to bring pet overpopulation to public attention.
In 2018, IHAD will be observed on Saturday, August 18. Already, we have events scheduled throughout the United States and in AUSTRALIA, CANADA, FRANCE, HONDURAS, INDONESIA, LITHUANIA, MALAYSIA, PANAMA, PERU, SOUTH AFRICA, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM, VENEZUELA and VIETNAM.
We invite you to join a worldwide movement focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and the urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs by participating in IHAD. There are a variety of ways you and/or your organization can participate:
Organizations participating in IHAD can receive free promotional publicity materials upon request and your organization’s event, website and pet adoption pages will be advertised to thousands of people on ISAR’s website, as well as our online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.
Please contact us to receive additional information, grant application, or to register your event.
In ISAR’s Spring 2018 Newsletter we announced the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. We stated that in furtherance of the vision of ISAR’s founder, the late Helen Jones, and ISAR’s dedication to seek justice for companion animals by attacking the overpopulation scourge, we are proud to offer this full-tuition LL.M. scholarship that offers a foreign attorney the opportunity to earn the world’s only advanced degree in animal law.
ISAR is now pleased to announce that the scholarship has been awarded to Attorney Tess Vickery. Ms. Vickery is a very accomplished woman, and ideal candidate for Lewis & Clark Law School’s LL.M. degree in Animal Law. Her CV can be viewed on ISAR’s website at isaronline.org.
Seeds of Animal Law Continue to Flourish
As “the first animal rights lawyer,” in the United States some forty years ago, ISAR’s long-time chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer first articulated his vision of using the law on behalf of animals at the “First National Conference on Animal Rights Law,” organized and sponsored by ISAR and Professor Holzer in 1981.
As a direct result of the conference, the attending lawyers formed a loose network and identified the tools necessary to create an entirely new, discrete field of law—one which would take its deserved place among other long-recognized practice areas such as corporate law, property law, criminal law and many others.
Over the past three decades, Professor Holzer’s vision has been almost fully realized.
The seeds that ISAR and Professor Henry Mark Holzer planted have grown.
For example, recently, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law hosted a Global Animal Law Conference which included lawyers from 17 countries, representing over 20 universities, to learn how the different legal systems of the world are dealing with animal issues in their respective countries. The conference provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and information to support future legal developments which will enhance the status of animals around the world.
The South Texas College of Law Houston launched Texas’ first and only Animal Law Clinic that serves as a resource for students, professors, attorneys, organizations, media, and individual clients on animal rights law and advocacy.
ISAR is proud of how its seeds have flourished. From time to time we let our supporters know what new flowers have sprouted in today’s jurisprudentially recognized field of Animal Law. Please visit our website often to read more about the flourishing seeds of animal law.
Please Join ISAR In Making International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) 2018
A Huge Success!
Beginning in 1992, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has been the first and only worldwide event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs.
Be a part of something special and join ISAR for our 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day, which will be commemorated on Saturday, August 18. We encourage animal advocates from around the globe to join together with us to shed light on the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.
On International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR and others — animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses — throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and abroad send the spay/neuter and adoption message.
For the past quarter-century ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has continued to gain momentum in the fight against dog and cat overpopulation with events in all 50 American states and the District of Columbia, and in over 50 countries on 6 continents.
ISAR can proudly claim that as a direct result of each annual International Homeless Animals’ Day, for the last 26-years…………..
• Thousands of dogs and cats have been spayed and neutered, thus preventing the birth of hundreds of thousands (or even more) of unwanted companion animals.
• Thousands of dollars have been raised to fund low-cost spay/neuter programs, consequently reducing the number of animals entering shelters.
• Countless shelter animals once homeless, have found permanent loving homes, thus reducing shelter euthanasia rates.
• ISAR’s proclamations urging citizens to spay and neuter their pets have been adopted and signed by U.S. Governors and Mayors, thereby acknowledging the companion animal overpopulation crisis and the pressing need for low-cost spay/neuter programs.
• Media coverage from newspapers, radio and television stations, along with numerous online resources has enlightened the public to the simple solution to the pet overpopulation crisis: spay/neuter.
There are a variety of ways individuals and/or their organizations can participate: Pet adoptions; educational events; candlelight vigils; blessing of the animals’ ceremonies; spay/neuter, microchip/vaccination clinics; award ceremonies; marches; speeches by public officials, celebrities, local veterinarians and humane workers.
ISAR offers a free IHAD planning packet to anyone who wishes to coordinate an event, whether a large gathering or a modest observance. Our packet includes suggestions for site selection, reaching target audiences, speakers, press releases, colorful posters, ISAR’s proclamations and much more! Interest parties may request a free IHAD planning packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email.
All confirmed 2018 IHAD events will be promoted to thousands of people on ISAR’s website: www.isaronline.org as well as promotion on ISAR’s online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.
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Join people around the globe and help spread the word about ISAR’s important work on behalf of animals. We encourage everyone who’s interested in animals and their welfare to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram simply by clicking on the appropriate icons found at the bottom of ISAR’s Homepage, www.isaronline.org.
As the seeds of animal rights continue to sprout all over the world, with your support, ISAR will remain steadfast in our mission to be an international force for animals, knowing that our efforts have a profound impact on the lives and welfare of animals worldwide.
As our supporters know, ISAR’s founder, the late Helen Jones, was a Twentieth Century visionary and relentless warrior in the moral crusade for animal rights in the United States and abroad.
Early in her career, one of Helen Jones’s most profound insights was that an essential strategy for securing rights for animals was through public education, legislation, and the legal system—a strategy that ISAR has employed for decades. Helen recognized the role of law and lawyers in the fight for Animal Rights.
In furtherance of her and ISAR’s dedication to seek justice for companion animals by attacking the overpopulation scourge, ISAR is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. This full-tuition LL.M. scholarship will offer a foreign attorney the opportunity to earn the world’s only advanced degree in animal law.
The Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship is targeted at students who desire and agree to return to their home country to engage in full-time animal law-related work for at least one year. The scholarship will be awarded to a foreign attorney who demonstrates “a sincere commitment to addressing companion animal overpopulation, and the many issues that flow from overpopulation.”
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, an annual event observed each year on the third Saturday of August, will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 for the 27th consecutive year. ISAR conceived and commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day in 1992 to shed light on the pet overpopulation crisis and the spay/neuter solution. Now, twenty-six years later, observances have already been celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries and on 6 continents.
On International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR and others—animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses—throughout the United States and abroad send the spay/neuter and adoption message.
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has been the first and only universal event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs.
For IHAD 2018, ISAR is actively recruiting volunteer representatives from every country to engage in public education about the worldwide problem of companion animal (dog and cat) overpopulation, which in its resultant cruelty has severe and unacceptable impact on the world’s economy, health, safety, welfare, and environment.
ISAR’s IHAD-2018 representatives’ will organize events, and encourage the participation of local animal protection organizations, businesses, veterinarians, political leaders, local celebrities, teacher associations, school students, and others.
Recently, ISAR was pleased to speak with the Honorable Minister Maneka Gandhi, who has graciously agreed to be ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day volunteer representative for all of India.
Already, we have selected representatives for IHAD-2018: INDIA, PANAMA, SWITZERLAND, UKRAINE, and VENEZUELA. We are in contact with potential volunteer representatives from AZERBAIJAN, CAMBODIA, CROATIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GHANA, GUATEMALA, IRAQ, LIBERIA, MOROCCO, NEPAL, NIGERIA, NICARAGUA, TUNISIA, UZBEKISTAN and other countries.
It has been said that “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” (mis-attributed to the French writer Victor Hugo). The worldwide movement against dog and cat overpopulation is surely an “idea whose time has come.”
ISAR extends an invitation to all our veteran event coordinators from throughout the United States and abroad, as well as to a host of new ones. Join us on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in commemorating ISAR’s 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day.
There are a variety of ways you and/or your organization can participate: Pet adoptions; educational events; candlelight vigils; blessing of the animals’ ceremonies; spay/neuter, microchip/vaccination clinics; award ceremonies; marches; speeches by public officials, celebrities, local veterinarians and humane workers.
Your participation in International Homeless Animals’ Day 2018 will underscore the impact your organization’s solution-focused efforts can have on saving the lives of homeless animals.
ISAR offers a free IHAD planning packet to all who are interested in coordinating an IHAD event, whether it be a large gathering or a modest observance. Our newly updated packet includes suggestions for site selection, reaching target audiences, speakers, press releases, colorful posters, ISAR’s proclamations, and much more! Interested parties may request a free IHAD planning packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email.
ISAR’s 17th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD®) virtual vigil will be held once again on our website, www.isaronline.org. ISAR’s online vigil provides an option for those who cannot attend an IHAD observance in person to participate. ISAR’s computer-generated vigil allows visitors to light virtual candles online in memory of victims of pet overpopulation, thus further driving home the importance of spay/neuter. ISAR’s online vigil also presents visitors with the option to personalize their virtual candle with photos of their pets.
One of ISAR’s major tools in our effort to educate the public about the moral and other reasons for spaying/neutering companion animals is our billboard campaign.
Billboards certainly get out the message. That’s why ISAR conceived and implemented our Billboard Program years ago, emphasizing the spay/neuter education component of our anti-overpopulation mission.
As our supporters know, in 2017, ISAR enhanced our efforts to reduce dog and cat overpopulation by enlarging our existing outdoor advertising program and budget by creating and then installing in selected venues throughout the United States custom-designed, eye-catching Spanish language billboards carrying ISAR’s companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter solution messages, as well as prominently displaying ISAR’s phone number. ISAR was able to offer information about local low-cost spay/neuter information to those that saw our billboards and contacted us.
In 2018, ISAR has again expanded our billboard campaign to reach out to pet owners in low income areas to help them find low-cost spay/neuter services in close proximity to where they reside.
I’m pleased to report that in just the last few months, ISAR’s spay/neuter billboards have been posted in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
We know through experience that ISAR’s billboards have raised public awareness of dog and cat overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution, because of the volume of phone calls we receive seeking local low-cost spay/neuter information.
ISAR will continue to post our powerful spay/neuter billboards throughout the country to spread the spay/neuter message and prevent countless puppies and kittens from being born, thus saving countless numbers from a life of disease, pain, hunger, abuse, cruelty and, ultimately for many of them, a terrible death.
ISAR is most grateful to you, our supporters and friends for making our work on behalf of animals possible. With your future support, we shall continue to advance the rights of animals through law, legislation, and education.
ISAR would like to call your attention to one of our major programs: International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD).
Conceived and commemorated originally in 1992, ISAR’s IHAD is the first and only worldwide event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for affordable spay/neuter and adoption programs.
On IHAD, ISAR along with animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses from throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and abroad, join together to send our spay/neuter and adoption message.
Since its inception, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has continued to grow and gain momentum in the war against dog and cat overpopulation. To date, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day observances have been held in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries, on 6 continents.
For IHAD 2018, IHAD will be held on August 18. We are now selecting at least one International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) volunteer representative for every country where we don’t have one already.
Our representatives will encourage local animal protection organizations, businesses, veterinarians, political leaders, local celebrities, teacher associations, school students, and scouting groups to organize an observance in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day.
IHAD activities vary, including educational events, candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, spay/neuter clinics, adoptions, shelter open houses, microchip clinics, award ceremonies, marches, speeches by public figures, celebrities, local veterinarians, humane workers, and many more.
IHAD’s representatives can apply for an International Homeless Animals’ Day grant to support free or low-cost spay/neuter and adoption programs. (Grants are restricted to applications from registered, not-for-profit organizations, and for spay/neuter and adoption services.)
Please feel free to share International Homeless Animals’ Day 2018 with your Facebook and Twitter followers.
For additional information, please contact International Society for Animal Rights.
ISAR is supporting a powerful new tool in the fight for one of our most important goals: ending the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. We are always searching for new ways to shed light on the overpopulation tragedy and the spay/neuter solution. We have found this in The Cat Rescuers (catrescuersfilm.com), a film documentary–in– progress that spotlights the epidemic of literally countless abandoned and feral cats on New York City’s streets, and the heroic efforts of four activists who hit the streets in Brooklyn to fight overpopulation.
ISAR recently had the opportunity to view the trailer of The Cat Rescuers. Believing it can help raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals not only in Brooklyn, but everywhere, ISAR provided a sizeable contribution through Kickstarter to put the funding for the documentary over the top.
The film’s producers told thousands of its social media supporters, “We made our Kickstarter goal, thanks to The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR), one of the oldest animal rights organizations in the U.S. They came in with a sizable contribution, putting us over the top! Thank you, ISAR!”
Stay tuned to hear more about this moving and motivating film and how rescue groups can screen it in their communities.
We are pleased to inform ISAR’s supporters that the Animal Rights Law Reporter– founded and edited by Professor Henry Mark Holzer, and published by International Society for Animal Rights – is now part of the online collection of the Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University College of Law. Read all about it here.
Professor Holzer, chairman of ISAR, conceived the area of Animal Law as a distinct legal practice in the U.S. Animal Law did not exist as a separate legal specialty until 1973 when Professor Holzer filed the landmark lawsuit Jones v. Butz, which advocated for animals’ rights by challenging an exception under the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Act of 1958.
Professor Holzer’s lawsuit served as the opening salvo in what is still the emerging field of Animal Law. Since then, the interest in animal law of lawyers, law schools, the legal profession, the public, and the media has burgeoned.
Tucson, Arizona, immediately across from Nogales, Mexico, is the site of one of ISAR’s most recent Spanish language spay/neuter billboards.
Since January, ISAR spay/neuter billboards in Spanish have spread across the U.S. in cities with sizable Spanish-speaking populations: Fort Myers, FL; Fresno and Los Angeles, CA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA (English); Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Allentown and Easton, PA; Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, TX; Albuquerque and Anthony, NM; Chicago, IL; Springfield, MA; Providence, RI; Las Vegas, NV; Milwaukee, WI; and the above billboard in Tucson, AZ, which borders Nogales, Mexico.
In August, ISAR supporters in Patterson, NJ, and the New York metropolitan area saw a new Spanish language billboard in the neighborhood.
These billboards have caught drivers’ eyes, prompting numerous calls to ISAR requesting information on local low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Animals – powerless and voiceless – have two committed and compassionate advocates in ISAR and Animals Today Radio. Since 2009, ISAR has been a major sponsor of the “Animals Today” radio program/podcast (animalstodayradio.com), an influential national voice that addresses a variety of contemporary animal-related topics with warmth, knowledge and a fierce love of all animals.
Hosted by Dr. Lori Kirshner, founder and President of Advancing the Interest of Animals (AIA), “Animals Today,” a project of (AIA), features news about animals, interviews with veterinarians and other experts, as well as discussions on the important issues affecting animals in the United States and around the world today.
Dr. Kirshner and Dr. Peter Spiegel, the other founding member of AIA, promote respect and compassion for wild and domesticated animals while educating listeners with an appealing mixture of wisdom and warmth. For example, the September 23 show featured Laura Beven, Southern Regional Director for the Humane Society of the United States, who provided a firsthand account of the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and how animal welfare groups, government agencies and individuals are working to protect and rescue animals affected by the disasters. On the October 7 show, Lori discussed the origins of the field of Animal Law, sharing the recently published International Society for Animal Rights Special Report, Seeds, that describes how Animal Law began and what it has become. Lori express her appreciation to ISAR’s chairman Professor Henry Mark Holzer saying, “We’ve come a long way! Congratulations to Professor Holzer and our most sincere thanks.”
A previous show introduced listeners to Meera Gajjar, an attorney with the Wildlife Whistleblower Program of the National Whistleblower Center. She discussed how animal lovers and advocates can confidentially report if illegal wildlife trafficking, logging, fishing and other wildlife laws are being violated. She stressed that whistleblowers who disclose original information concerning wildlife crimes that result in a successful enforcement action may receive monetary rewards.
Pet owners always tune in to hear Lori and Peter share tips on pet care, such as how to protect pets in hot weather (think ice cubes in water dishes that are placed out of the sun and portable water bowls when you leave home). Before walking your dog in hot weather, do you “test” asphalt by putting your hand on it? You should!
Anyone with an interest in animals – wild or domestic – and their welfare should tune in to Animals Today Radio: Live shows air and stream on Saturday, at 1 p.m.; check your local market for the station. Podcasts of shows are posted on www.animalstodayradio.com within 24 hours of airing and the page features archived shows.
So please, for some serious talk about animals and to hear what actions listeners can take to help animals locally, nationally, and around the world, listen to, learn from, and support Animals Today Radio!
Across the world, Saturday, August 19 marked the 26th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®). In more than 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and more than 25 countries spanning six continents, hundreds of animal protection organizations celebrated International Homeless Animals’ Day. Every year, more and more organizations and animal lovers come together on the third Saturday of August to raise awareness of the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.
In Stowe, Vermont, the North Country Animal League Mutt Strutt attracted 60 people and their dogs of all shapes and sizes to Stowe Village for a parade through town followed by a festival on the events field in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day.
The Mutt Strutt event raised more than $6,000 for North Country Animal League to support its mission to promote 3 4 responsible and compassionate relationships between humans and animals through adoption, humane education, and spay/neuter initiatives. At least 10 of the dogs at the event had found forever homes through NCAL.
Tri-County Animal Rescue in Clarion, Pennsylvania, hosted its fifth annual IHAD event in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Every year, the event draws more people for a day of fun and fostering love for animals and pet adoptions.
Festivities included a pet parade, pet blessing, animal advocate award presentation, and raffles to help raise money for the shelter.
Throughout the day, speakers from the Humane Pennsylvania Political Action Committee, Safe Haven Small Breed Rescue and Happily Ever After Rescue spoke on a variety of topics including the importance of spaying/neutering and banning puppy mills.
Participants ended the day by lighting luminaries (left) whose glow memorialized homeless animals’ suffering and brought the day to a close.
It was a day of hope and remembrance as Tails of Hope, which runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Hermitage, observed IHAD with events that included a candlelight vigil, led by the Rev. Joe Yurka, (bottom left) to pay homage to the millions of dogs and cats annually put to death in shelters.
“What we want to do is end this senseless killing,” said Tails of Hope board member Maleia James, who is president of Cat Landers. With Tails of Hope, “There’s no excuse now not to spay and neuter animals,” she said.
The city of Hermitage commissioners signed an IHAD proclamation, State Representative Mark Longetti and candidates for local office attended the event.
A beautiful evening and musical entertainment set the scene for those attending the 20th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil sponsored by Defenders of Animals.
The Rhode Island-based non-profit has endorsed pro-animal legislation on the national, state, and local levels since 1978, and many of its accomplishments were highlighted during the vigil.
“We have always believed in this credo: ‘The smaller the victim, the bigger the crime,’” said Dennis Tabella, director of Defenders of Animals, seen speaking at left. “I have always taken the side of the underdog, and there is no greater underdog than the dogs and cats that are waiting for homes at our shelters or those poor souls that walk the streets and throughout our neighborhoods without the love and security from a human being.”
“The International Homeless Animals’ Day/Candlelight Vigil was held in conjunction with the International Society for Animal Rights campaign and serves as an opportunity for animal advocates from around Rhode Island to band together on a special day and jumpstart new spay/neuter/adoption campaigns,” said Tabella.
Defenders of Animals is dedicated to keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public. It’s crucial that Rhode Islanders have their cats and dogs spayed/neutered and support local organizations that work toward keeping the pet population down so that municipal and private shelters do not have to euthanize animal due to over population issues.
“Something good happens every time we hold this annual event – another cat or dog finds a home, another member helps to foster a dog or cat, or someone new volunteers to help out at an event,” said Tabella.
SOS Chats, held its 12th annual IHAD observance on the Place Pury in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Several guests came to show solidarity for animals abused and killed throughout the world, including a delegation from Kiev, Ukraine, journalists, politicians and celebrities. Each year, SOS Chats utilizes IHAD as a platform for gathering many signatures for their ongoing petition campaigns to protect the animals in Switzerland.
AnimaNaturalis Colombia, Humanitarian Management of Fauna Callejera, Donatón por los Animales, and The Spoon Revolution made the Donate for Animals 2017 IHAD event a day to remember at the Blue Pavilion of Plaza Mayor in Medellín. Music and fun set the tone but there was also a serious side as representatives of animal protection and adoption groups spoke about the need for spaying/neutering and laws protecting animals.
Using the power of social media and the internet, Red de Apoyo Canino observed International Homeless Animals’ Day with an E-Adoption (virtual adoption fair) on its social media channels, followed by a Google Hangout, where the organization provided information on adoption, fostering and spay/neuter campaigns.
Thanks to a generous grant from ISAR, Red de Apoyo Canino organized a three-day spay and neuter program in Sucre State, Venezuela (right), where 125 dogs and cats, many of them homeless, were sterilized, improving their quality of life and slowing the cycle of more unanted animals.
A matching grant from ISAR helped SpayPanama mark IHAD in the best way possible – with volunteers helping vets sterilize 200 mostly feral cats and 70 dogs (right) in the city of Parque Lefevre, Panama where many homeless animals live desperate lives. Said Patricia Chan, director and founder of SpayPanama, “Thank you ISAR for being our guiding light.”
SPCA Penang, Malaysia, alerted city residents to International Homeless Animals’ Day 2017 by sponsoring the SPCA Fun Photo Contest, themed “My Pet, My Best Friend.” City residents were invited to visit the SPCA Shelter to meet new animal friends available for adoption, learn how vital spaying/neutering is and considering volunteering.
The photo contest, winners and their best friends, (right), spurred interest in SPCA Penang, which houses 50 animals. Prizes of pet food were donated by a pet food company and a photo studio donated photo frames.
SPCA Penang added neutering vouchers prizes for each winner. SPCA administrator Leng Lily, was pleased with the turnout and press coverage by the Penang Star and Chinese media. “Events like our IHAD Open House encourage people to adopt pets instead of buying them.”
International Homeless Animals’ Day was observed at the Plaza María Luisa Bombal, Calle Villanelo, in Viña del mar, Chile, with a Venezuela Panama Malaysia Chile 7 responsible ownership pet fair. Mayor Virginia Reginato, participated in the open fair urging animal guardians to spay and neuter their companion animals.
Graduates of the local veterinary medicine college performed free veterinary check-ups for pets and provided information about caring for dogs and cats. Nonprofit associations related to the protection and defense of homeless animals also participated in the fair and provided information on responsible pet ownership and adoption of dogs and cats.
Calling for the protection of “our smaller brothers,” the Group for the Protection of Animals in Tver, a city 90 minutes northwest of Moscow, observed IHAD in Russia. Joined by several other animal rights organizations and with the support of the Gorky Library, a cultural mainstay in this city on the Volga River, the Protection of Animals’ supporters organized a successful pet food and medical supplies drive for animal shelters. Volunteers collected donated supplies at a booth featuring photos of animals for adoption in front of the Library and talked about the importance of spaying/neutering.
Recognition by local and state officials of the importance of each year’s International Homeless Animals’ Day is a vital part of keeping the issue of animal rights before the public and progressing proanimal laws through legislative bodies. Several animal protection organizations were presented with signed proclamations declaring August 19, 2017, as International Homeless Animals’ Day.
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp proclaimed Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals’ Day in the Virgin Islands, consistent with the observance by the International Society for Animal Rights. He called attention to the suffering of abandoned and homeless animals and the issue of pet overpopulation awareness. Mapp’s proclamation noted that millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized at U.S. animal shelters each year because homes cannot be found for them.
Michigan State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy promoted House Resolution 126, which declared International Homeless Animals Day throughout the state.
Sadly, Michigan is contributing to this troubling problem. According to a 2014 Michigan Shelter survey, nearly one out of every four animals that enter a shelter in the state are eventually euthanized.
“These are eye-opening statistics,” said Rep. Howrylak. “Unfortunately, many of these animals were loving companions who were ready to be adopted. Due to limited space at local shelters, these animals simply ran out of time to find a new home.”
The August 8 Washington Post featured an article on IHAD and quoted ISAR President Susan Dapsis: “Children can participate in IHAD by walking shelter dogs, grooming shelter animals and spending time with them. This will bring much happiness to the animals and prepare them for their journey to a new home.”
The article highlighted the work of the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand, where many of its 500 dogs are socialized and transported to North America for adoption.
ISAR is continually grateful to all those who help ISAR promote our annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observances and the important spay/neuter message. Many advertising outlets assist ISAR each year to shed light on pet overpopulation. We greatly appreciate every radio and television interview, newspaper article, letter-to-the-editor, blogs, YouTube videos, websites, and social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, all of which have helped ISAR to enlighten the public to the tragedy of pet overpopulation and its self-evident spay/neuter solution.
Please join us in commemorating ISAR’s 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day!
ISAR extends a warm invitation to all our veteran event coordinators, as well as to a host of new ones, to join us on Saturday, August 18, 2018 for International Homeless Animals’ Day. Please contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax, or email to receive an IHAD 2018 planning packet.
Together we will continue to be a voice for the animals and continue to demand an end to the suffering and exploitation inflicted on animals each day.
“Thanks to ISAR we were able to change the lives of 126 animals directly and of thousands indirectly that will not have to endure abandonment and mistreat.”
Red de Apoyo Canino
September 10, 2017
We would like to start by thanking you for granting our organization USD 1,000 to continue with our spay and neutering programs in Venezuela. Considering the severe crisis our country is undergoing, we need today more than ever all the help we can receive to continue supporting animals in extreme conditions in our country.
As a result of your generous grant, we were able to organize a 3-day spay and neutering campaign during August 19, 20 and 21 in Sucre State, a location where we have been working regularly and trying to organize monthly campaigns for the past year with very satisfactory results.
Because of the distances and travel arrangements, it is becoming more and more complicated for our NGO to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation on top of providing subsidized and free spay/neuter for animals which is why this grant was so important for us.
Thanks to ISAR’s grant, the following results were accomplished by our NGO in this location:
We are attaching pictures of some of the animals that were taken to this campaign as well as some others of the diagnosis we had made previously to the trip, so you can assess the impact and need of our work in this region.
Thanks to you help, we were able to change the lives of 126 animals directly and of thousands indirectly that will not have to endure abandonment and mistreat. We hope to continue working together with your organization and for this one to be the first out of many more joint initiatives to come.
Red de Apoyo Canino
…Patricia Chan, Director and Founder Spay Panama
The IHAD began on August 16, 2017, thanks to a matching grant from ISAR to spay/neuter 200 cats from the West Side of Panama City; this is crossing the bridge over the Panama Canal. The need is great and we aimed at 300 sterilizations, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and it rained the four days. Most of the cats were feral.
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On August 17, 2017, three volunteers visit the nearest school to the IHAD spay event location to talk about responsible pet ownership and the importance to spay/neuter.
On August 20, 2017, the team of vets and volunteers mobilized to the community of Parque Lefevre.
On Saturday, August 19, animal lovers around the world will mark International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®). The International Society for Animal Rights launched the event in 1992 to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. For 26 years, on the third Saturday of August, rescue organizations, animal protection organizations and concerned individuals have joined ISAR in a day of hearts and hands, help and hope.
Last year, thousands of people – often accompanied by their pets – held candlelight vigils and rallies, marched through the streets of their towns and held adoption and microchip and spay/neuter events in two dozen U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and countries in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. From Rhode Island, where a Defenders of Animals gathering paid tribute to humane heroes, including members of RI Canine Search and Rescue Team and Warwick Animal Hospital, to the Dominican Republic where Cat Lovers RD launched a humane education program with an emphasis on proper pet care that will be taught in schools, animal lovers joined hands and raised their voices on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves.
The first and only worldwide event that addresses the need for accessible and affordable spay/neuter programs, IHAD has garnered more supporters each year. This year promises to be the biggest commemoration of all with events in numerous countries.
To see how the momentum is building, follow ISAR on Twitter, is_ar (@is_ar) or our Facebook: 2017 IHAD Event Page and see how almost every day brings a new commitment: In Penang, Malaysia, the SPCA will distribute subsidized neutering vouches to pet owners; in Fitchburg, West Virginia, Brown Paws Rescue will sponsor an adoption fair; a Pawlooza adoption event is taking place in London, Ontario, Canada; SOS Chats is spreading the word on spaying and neutering in Neuchatel, Switzerland; and Spay Panama is spaying/neutering 300 stray animals. And that’s just a sample of what IHAD 2017 will offer.
Please use your energy and empathy to mark International Homeless Animals’ Day with an event in your city for town. To learn more about the Day and how you can hold an event, please visit us at International Homeless Animals’ Day. You can also contact us by email at Contact@isaronline.org or call 570-586-2200.
Since ISAR’s founding in 1959 it has not wavered in our commitment to improving the lives of animals through legal, legislative and educational efforts. The latter, public education about animal rights, both theoretical and practical, has long been a primary activity of ISAR, and will continue to be an important part of our programs. For instance:
Joining ISAR’s other efforts against dog and cat overpopulation is our new “Spanish Language Spay/Neuter Program.” Through it—and partnering with our friends at Advancing the Interests of Animals— ISAR expects to reach the countless individuals and families throughout the United States who are custodians of intact dogs and cats. At present, our program consists of four elements.
First, we will be enlarging our existing outdoor advertising program by designing and then installing in selected venues throughout the United States custom-designed, eye-catching Spanish language billboards carrying ISAR’s companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter solution messages. Our billboard placements will emphasize installation in population centers where there are considerable numbers of Spanish- speaking men and women living and working.
Second, again in partnership with Advancing the Interests of Animals, we are broadening our current Public Service Announcement program, which in the past has been supported by celebrities such as the late Steve Allen and the animals’ long-time champion Bob Barker, to reach listeners of Spanish-speaking radio stations in such states as Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Our scripts are being rewritten, and will be distributed as Public Service Announcements to hundreds of radio stations with a predominantly Spanish- speaking audience.
Third, sometime in 2017 we will be expanding our new Spanish Language Outreach Program outside our borders to the many nations throughout the world where that language is spoken.
Fourth, ISAR is translating all of its model spay/neuter and related statutes into Spanish, and will make them available to animal protection individuals and organizations in Spanish-speaking venues with request that they be enacted into law.
With our new program, we hope to spread the message here and abroad that companion animal overpopulation is a curse, and that a powerful weapon against it is spay/neuter.
As part of ISAR’s initiative to increase our audience and raise awareness about the perils of pet overpopulation and its spay/neuter solution, ISAR has been diligently working with outdoor marketing companies around the globe to expand our spay/neuter educational reach.
Using one of the most efficient means of advertising, this year alone close to 100 of ISAR’s brightly-colored spay/neuter billboards have been installed along busy highways
and roadways, and on the sides of buildings, throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, ISAR has posted our striking billboards in locations throughout Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee,Oklahoma, California, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Rhode Island, Michigan, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, Nevada, across the border in Canada, and overseas in Ireland. Photos of ISAR’s billboards that have been installed can be found on our website, www.isaronline.org, under the “gallery” tab.
In ISAR’s Summer 2016 Newsletter we mentioned that ISAR’s billboards have received a positive response from people who have encountered them. Most recently, Linda C., Montana, thanked ISAR for our public service campaign. She went on to say, “Thank you for posting spay/neuter banners in our area. Life Savers Animal Rescue has an aggressive spay/neuter program and appreciates any and all support.” We are happy to help!
ISAR’s billboards are a great way to advertise shelter events, spay/neuter clinics, or for simply sponsoring the spay/neuter message. If you or your organization are interested in participating in ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboard Campaign, email ISAR at email@example.com today!
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) 2016 was commemorated for the twenty-fifth consecutive year on August 20th in more than 22 U.S. states, Canada, and numerous foreign locations including several places throughout Africa and South Africa, Dominican Republic, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Since 1992, on the third Saturday of August, ISAR has commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day in an effort to shed light on the pet overpopulation epidemic that affects people and communities on a global scale. Spay/neuter, the theme of the Day, is a proven solution that greatly reduces the numbers of unwanted cats, dogs, puppies and kittens running rampant in the streets and clogging shelter systems, ultimately resulting in mass killings simply because there are not enough good homes for those animals.
Dedicated rescues, animal protection organizations, and concerned individuals band together with ISAR on the third Saturday of August each year to raise a collective voice for the animals. Time and again, poignant vigils light the night in solidarity, such as the Defenders of Animals International Homeless Animals’ Day observance in Rhode Island this year. The young and old gathered to pay homage to individuals and organizations whose service to animals often times goes unnoticed.
A ceremony of gratitude at Defenders of Animals 2016 event paid tribute to humane heroes, including members of RI Canine Search and Rescue Team, Warwick Animal Hospital, a news anchor of NBC 10 in Providence, a local rescue, and others, were handed personalized plaques honoring their tireless efforts. During an interview with The Cranston Herald, Dennis Tabella, Director of Defenders of Animals, was quoted as saying, “We have always believed in this credo: The smaller the victim, the bigger the crime. I have always taken the side of the underdog, and there is no greater underdog than the dogs and cats that are waiting for homes at our shelters or those poor souls that walk the streets and throughout our neighborhoods without the love and security from a human being.” Defenders of Animals commemorated their 20th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observance in 2016.
ISAR’s IHAD is often utilized as a perfect time to launch new spay/neuter-related programs and campaigns to bring about positive change for animals. Asociación Nacional Protectora de Animales Costa Rica and Cat Lovers RD launched a Spanish language humane education program with a basis on proper pet care to be installed in various schools throughout nearby Samaná in the Dominican Republic on International Homeless Animals’ Day.
Excited and hopeful about this new humane education program, Isabel Gorski-Grobe, associated with Cat Lovers RD proclaimed, “Teaching local people wherever they are that the love for animals does a lot to prevent homeless animals and cuts down the need to re-home outside the country.” During the week leading up to IHAD, Cat Lovers RD along with the Association for Aid and Support of the Creole Dogs, performed more than 190 spay surgeries, preventing untold thousands of unwanted animals from being born.
Rainy weather didn’t put a damper on SOS Chats 11th annual IHAD observance in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. With more than 300 people in attendance, including local politicians, members of animal rescue groups, artists, musicians, and others, SOS Chats hosted an information stall promoting spay/neuter. Each year, SOS Chats utilizes IHAD as a platform for gathering many signatures for their ongoing petition campaign supporting an amendment to a current law that would prohibit the practice of hunting feral cats as a means of “population control” in Switzerland. To date, SOS Chats has collected thousands of signatures.
Uber (a taxi-hailing application that connects riders to drivers via smartphones) and street dog rescue, Embark, took an unconventional approach in commemorating IHAD this year in Sri Lanka. People in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, were offered the opportunity to choose UberPUPPIES, a selection within the app that offered participants a 15-minute visit with an adoptable puppy accompanied by an Embark representative. People from various businesses and homes took part in this initiative while learning about the need for pet adoption and to volunteer at local rescues. As a result, several puppies were adopted into loving new homes.
ISAR sincerely thanks all humane-minded elected officials who have taken the opportunity to encourage their citizens to act responsibly by having their pets spay/neutered. ISAR is especially grateful to the Virgin Islands Governor, Kenneth Mapp, for proclaiming Saturday, August 20, 2016, as International Homeless Animals’ Day. ISAR would also like to send a heartfelt thank-you to Mayor John A. Miller of Fernandina Beach, Florida, for presenting Cats Angels Inc. SPCA with a signed proclamation not only declaring August 20th as International Homeless Animals’ Day, but all of August 2016 as International Homeless Animals’ Month. In California, several animal protection organizations were presented with signed proclamations from Mayor William R. Bailey and Councilmember Mike Gardner declaring August 20, 2016, as International Homeless Animals’ Day in Riverside County. We ask our dedicated IHAD event planners to encourage elected officials who have not yet acknowledged the problem of pet overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter, to take a stand alongside ISAR and sign our proclamation!
Thank you to all news media, tv and radio personalities, bloggers, and concerned individuals who provided a great service to animals in honor of IHAD 2016 by promoting the adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, candlelight vigils, and other events taking place all around the globe. ISAR is grateful to all of you who took to social media supporting ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day campaign, including actress, producer, and animal advocate, Katherine Heigl, whose post about International Homeless Animals’ Day garnered more than 32,000 likes and shares over several online platforms. International Homeless Animals’ Day would not have the global outreach it needs to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of companion animals if it weren’t for our dedicated and driven coordinators and supporters.
Please join us in commemorating ISAR’s 26th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day!
ISAR extends a warm invitation to all of our veteran event coordinators, as well as to a host of new ones, to join us on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in commemorating ISAR’s 26th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day. Please contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax, or email to receive an IHAD 2017 planning packet.
Together we will continue to be a voice for the animals and continue to demand an end to the suffering and exploitation inflicted on animals each day.
August 20, 2016 marks ISAR’s 25th annual commemoration of International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®).
Humane societies, animal protection organizations, rescues, pet-friendly businesses, and concerned individuals are banding together on Saturday, August 20th to shed light on a global tragedy: pet overpopulation and its spay/neuter solution.
Since 1992, ISAR has reserved the third Saturday in August to enlighten communities on a global scale about the unnecessary killing of millions of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that takes place in shelters each year because there are not enough good homes for all of them. The power to change the fates for many of these healthy and loving companion animals begins with a simple solution: spay/neuter. As a result of IHAD, thousands upon thousands of shelter animals have been adopted into loving new homes and countless more have been spayed/neutered.
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day is commemorated in many ways while promoting spay/neuter and adoption practices. Most often candlelight vigils, low-cost spay/neuter and microchip clinics, adopt-a-thons, pet walks, and heartfelt speeches comprise an IHAD event. In 2016, Defenders of Animals (Rhode Island) will be honoring Humane Heroes, those who work tirelessly helping animals on a daily basis, during their observance on August 20th including members of their local Canine Search and Rescue services. Participants of the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare (United Kingdom) IHAD event will be ascending a 170-foot high structure to reach the top of the iconic 02 Dome in London to raise awareness about pet overpopulation.
ISAR has compiled on its website, a list of Domestic and International events that have been confirmed with us for IHAD 2016. Please visit our website to find an event in your area. We encourage you to visit your local animal shelter to volunteer your services, donate food, or shelter wishlist items if you find there is not an observance local to you. We would also like to invite you to light an online candle in ISAR’s 15th annual virtual vigil.
By coming together on International Homeless Animals’ Day you can support ISAR in letting the world know we will not tolerate the senseless killing claiming millions of companion animal lives.
Together, we will continue to be a voice for the animals, and continue to demand an end to the suffering these animals face each day.