International Society for Animal Rights

ISAR Newsletter Autumn 2017

i Nov 15th

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

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.

Animal Rights Law Reporter

 

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.

Spanish Language Billboard Update

 

Tucson, Arizona, immediately across from Nogales, Mexico, is the site of one of ISAR’s most recent Spanish language spay/neuter billboards.

Spanish language spay/neuter billboards.

ISAR’s most recent Spanish language spay/neuter billboard.

 

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.

Advocating for Animals: ISAR and Animals Today Radio

 

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!

International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2017: A Quarter-Century of Caring Continues

 

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.

 

Vermont

Vermont

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.

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

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.

Rev. Joe Yurka

Rev. Joe Yurka

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.

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

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.

Switzerland

Switzerland

“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.

Colombia

Colombia

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.

 

Venezuela

Venezuela

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.

Panama

Panama

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.”



Malaysia

Malaysia

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.”

Chile

Chile

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.

Russia

Russia

 

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.

IHAD 2017 Proclamations

 

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.

IHAD – August 18, 2018

 

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.

Sincerely,


Susan Dapsis
ISAR President

International Homeless Animals Day in Venezuela

i Oct 15th

“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

Dear​ ​​ISAR,

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:

  • A total of 126 animals were spayed/neutered, out of which 84 were done completely for free while 42 animals were spayed/neutered at a subsidized rate, which in most cases was a merely representative contribution and not the​ ​full​ ​subsidized​ ​rate​ ​our​ ​NGO​ ​usually​ charges.

Payment Chart from International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

  • In total, 54 of the spayed/neutered animals were dogs while 72 were cats, most​ ​of​ ​which​ ​are​ ​feral​ ​and​ ​wild​ ​cats.

Species Chart from International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

  • The vast majority of the animals were female dogs and cats (109 in total), exponentially impacting the results of our work, while also exposing a cultural problem (​machismo ​or male chauvinism) we deal with in terms of educating the​ ​population.

Gender Chart from International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

  • Most importantly, the majority of the animals live on the streets which will see an​ ​immediate​ ​positive​ ​effect​ ​on​ ​their​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​life.

Status Chart from International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

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.

Sincerely,

Red​ ​de​ ​Apoyo​ ​Canino

 

People participating in International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

Dogs participating in International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

Cats participating in International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

Children participating in International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) in Venezuela, 2017

“Thank You ISAR for Being Our Guiding Light”

i Sep 15th

…Patricia Chan, Director and Founder Spay Panama

 

International Homeless Animals’ Day in the Republic of 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.

C A T S
Female Male Total
16-Aug 16 12 28
17-Aug 26 11 37
18-Aug 25 21 46
19-Aug 50 30 80
191

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.

Un guardian responsable

On August 20, 2017, the team of vets and volunteers mobilized to the community of Parque Lefevre.

Doctors and volunteers set up the equipment at the gym

Doctors and volunteers set up the equipment at the gym

Guardians and rescuers form the line with their animals. It was raining cats and dogs

Guardians and rescuers form the line with their animals. It was raining cats and dogs

Awareness that together we can make a difference is growing. We had Civil Defense, personnel from Banco Nacional and students from the Universidad Interamericana as volunteers

Awareness that together we can make a difference is growing. We had
Civil Defense, personnel from Banco Nacional and students from the Universidad Interamericana as volunteers

115 cats and 70 dogs were sterilized.

115 cats and 70 dogs were sterilized. Which means that we have prevented hundreds of unwanted litters.

 

Spay Panama

 

International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2017: Help, Hope & Loving Hearts

i Jun 15th

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.

Amigos Pro Animal AC

2016: In Mexico, Amigos Pro Animal AC held its annual International Homeless Animals’ Day walk and vigil to shed light on pet overpopulation.

 

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.

ISAR Autumn 2016 Newsletter

i Nov 11th

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

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:

ISAR’s New Spanish Language Outreach Program

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.

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards Are Drawing Attention!

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.

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards Are Drawing Attention!

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 contact@isaronline.org today!

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day®

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.

A moving candlelight vigil shed light on pet overpopulation at Defenders of Animals 20th annual IHAD event. Photo courtesy of The Cranston Herald.

A moving candlelight vigil shed light on pet overpopulation at Defenders of Animals 20th annual IHAD event. Photo courtesy of The Cranston Herald.

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.

Members of Cat Lovers RD proudly display their banner during their first IHAD event in the Dominican Republic. 

Members of Cat Lovers RD proudly display their banner during their first IHAD event in
the Dominican Republic.


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.

Special Thanks

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.

IHAD® – August 19, 2017

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.

Sincerely,
Susan Dapsis
ISAR President

Download the Autumn 2016 Newsletter as a .PDF

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day set to shed light on pet overpopulation epidemic

i Aug 17th

August 20, 2016 mIHAD Logoarks 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.

 

ISAR Autumn 2015 Newsletter

i Oct 23rd

Dear Friends,

As ISAR’s supporters know, we engage in extensive public education, including the creation and dissemination of monographs and other material dealing with animal rights: Newsletters, interviews, billboards, observances, seminars, blogs, websites, speeches, courses, articles, reports, memoranda, radio shows, and public service announcements.

This summer, in furtherance of ISAR’s mission to use law and legislation to protect and advance animal rights, ISAR filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief in the Supreme Court of the United States urging that body to accept a First Amendment case whose outcome will affect the wellbeing of animals.

A Texas statute suppresses the pure speech of veterinarians, and thus constitutes a grave danger to animals.

You can read the entire brief submitted by ISAR to the Supreme Court of the United States on our website.

For further information regarding this particular case, our friends at Animals Today Radio conducted an interview with Institute for Justice lawyer, Rob Peccola. To listen to this interview please visit the Animals Today Radio website, www.animalstodayradio.com. (See August 22, 2015 session “Adventures in cruelty free shopping. Will a Texas radio Veterinarian get shut down? Dog and cat vaccinations – all you need to know.” Interview with Attorney Peccola begins at the 15:00 mark.)

A Parked Car Could Kill Your Dog

Hot Car Billboard Sponsored_edited-2In ISAR’s Summer 2015 report, we informed our supporters of the dangers of leaving pets, most often dogs, in a parked car especially during the warmer months. To raise public awareness, ISAR created an eye-catching billboard with the slogan, A Parked Car Could Kill Your Dog. During the summer months, be kind to your dog. Leave him at home. ISAR’s striking new billboards were posted near busy shopping districts in Pennsylvania during the months of June and July to educate people against this dangerous practice.

ISAR received several requests for our “A Parked Car Could Kill Your Dog” information cards. One such request came from Officer Bryant of the Montgomery Humane Society Humane Officer Division in Alabama who planned to distribute the cards to Deputy Humane Officers and circulate them throughout their community. In his letter to ISAR, Officer Bryant said, “We serve a population of approximately 300,000 citizens and each year we have hundreds of reports of dogs being locked in cars. Your consideration in this matter is greatly appreciated and we thank you for offering these cards to shelters.” ISAR gladly sent hundreds of cards for distribution. Anyone who wants more should contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email.

International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2015

International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) 2015 was commemorated for the twenty-fourth consecutive year on August 15th with observances in more than 35 U.S. states, Canada and involvement in numerous foreign locations including Australia, Belize, Cuba, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, and Switzerland. 

Since 1992, ISAR has reserved the third Saturday of August as a platform for thousands of dedicated, humane-minded people to come together in solidarity to enlighten the public about a tragedy that affects all communities, cat and dog overpopulation and its simple solution: spay/neuter. IHAD is often marked with candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, spay/neuter clinics, adopt-a-thons, animal shelter open houses, microchip clinics, marches, speeches given by veterinarians, humane officers, and shelter personnel, and much more.

Twenty-four years since its inception, International Homeless Animals’ Day continues to grow and has helped pave the way bringing pet overpopulation to the forefront while opening doors for others who promote spay/neuter days, clearing shelters of adoptable animals into loving new homes, and remembering companion animals who are placed in shelters or left to fend for themselves on the streets through no fault of their own.

Citing a new trend, more humane organizations are taking International Homeless Animals’ Day to the next level by not only commemorating the Day itself, but coincide their spay/neuter/adoption outreach all month long.

Last year, ISAR highlighted an IHAD event hosted by Spay/Panama in our Autumn 2014 newsletter. We reported nearly 500 cats and dogs were spayed/neutered in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day in Panama City. This year, ISAR is proud to inform our readers that Spay/Panama has since expanded their IHAD spay/neuter efforts and significantly increased their dog and cat sterilizations to 2,125.

Here, verbatim, is the report submitted by Patricia Chan, Founder of Spay/Panama of what happened there in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day 2015:

Panama, like many other Latin-American country has an enormous problem with homeless animals.  We dedicated the whole month of August to bring awareness to the plight of Homeless Animals.  For 2015 IHAD, we joined forces with the Mayor’s Office of Panama District, Fundacion Rayos de Fe y Esperanza, with the local authorities and schools in Burunga and Alcalde Diaz, the residents of several communities, Spay/Mexico and Dr. Marvin Mackie, creator of the Quick Spay Method to:

  • spay/neuter a total of 2,125 animals (1,196 dogs and 929 cats). 
  • hold several radio/TV interviews on animal welfare. 
  • give a conference on No More Animals Suffering in the Streets at the auditorium of the Mayor’s Office of Panama.
  • meet with the veterinarians in the Chitre area.
  • give a presentation about the Quick Spay Method to the Veterinary School of the University of Panama, including two surgeries in front of them.
  • visit two schools, Escuela Union Panamericana in Alcalde Diaz and Escuela Lucas Barcenas in Burunga to talk about humane animal treatment.

All these activities touched the lives of countless guardians, rescuers, students, professionals, and animals.  The people reached through the radio and tv interviews cannot be measured and over 100 people attended the conference on No More Animals Suffering in the Streets. The major spay events had a great impact on two communities, Alcalde Diaz and Burunga.  The people that live in these two communities are low-income and cannot afford to spay/neuter their animals in a veterinary clinic, yet they are aware of the life changing benefits of sterilizing their pets.  They formed long lines before we set up and in these two communities we treated 1,348 animals.

Panama Mayor Jose Blandon attended the No More Animals Suffering in the Streets conference hosted by Spay/Panama.

Panama Mayor Jose Blandon attended the No More Animals Suffering in the Streets conference hosted by Spay/Panama.

We were pleasantly surprised that the Mayor Jose Blandon attended the conference No More Animals Suffering in the Streets and gave the welcome note.  More so with the local authority Jose Gonzalez Medina from Burunga that understood the need for low-cost massive spay events and is already asking for another spay campaign. This would be unheard of, sometime ago.

At the Escuela Union Panamericana in Alcalde Diaz and Escuela Lucas Barcenas in Burunga, the children were attentive to the talks of humane treatment of animals and were the ones responsible for making their families take their pets to the spay campaigns. 

Because we met with the veterinarians in the Chitre area, we will begin training two vets on September 20.At the Escuela Union Panamericana in Alcalde Diaz and Escuela Lucas Barcenas in Burunga, the children were attentive to the talks of humane treatment of animals and were the ones responsible for making their families take their pets to the spay campaigns. 

50 senior veterinarian students watched the Quick Spay Method created by Dr. Marvin Mackie as part of Spay/Panama's IHAD observances.

50 senior veterinarian students watched the Quick Spay Method created by Dr. Marvin Mackie as part of Spay/Panama’s IHAD observances.

The 50 senior vet students that watched the two surgeries using the Quick Spay Method were eager and focused to learn. 

Hundreds of dogs were outfitted with new collars and leashes, vaccinated, de-wormed, and flea-treated during Animal Allies International Homeless Animals’ Day observance. Many of the dogs and cats who attended are in the process of being spayed and neutered as a result of this event.

Hundreds of dogs were outfitted with new collars and leashes, vaccinated, de-wormed, and flea-treated during Animal Allies International Homeless Animals’ Day observance. Many of the dogs and cats who attended are in the process of being spayed and neutered as a result of this event.

This year, IHAD received participation from many new organizations including several in South Africa. For instance, Animal Allies in Johannesburg held an IHAD Vaccination Day, Spay/Neuter Clinic and Spay/Neuter Educational Campaign vaccinating, de-worming, and flea-treating more than 200 cats and dogs. When asked about their IHAD experience, Karen Chitongo, Manager of Animal Allies, had this to say, “We had a hectic but wonderful day where we saw 200 dogs and about 15 cats. We made a list of all those animals that were not sterilized. To date we have sterilized all the cats and each week did 10 dogs, which comes to 42 so far. We will continue with the sterilizations. The community had a positive reaction towards the day. They do not have means of transport and were very happy that we were helping them at no cost to them. We explained that having their pets sterilized reduces the overpopulation of so many unwanted puppies and kittens. We also explained that fighting amongst unsterilized males is also reduced as well as infections and disease. The animal guardians understood and agreed to have their animals sterilized.”

Thanks to the Edenglen Primary School in Edenvale, South Africa, funds were raised while food and supplies were collected in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day for Paws R Us. Speeches from a local K9 Conservation Unit and several members from Paws R Us educated hundreds of students about the importance their work plays in helping animals. Excited for the opportunity to talk the students about animal issues, Ms. Chantelle Murray, Paws R Us Director, said, “Informing the children of today is beneficial because they are our future society.” We couldn’t agree more!

Even with a modest budget, The Placencia Humane Society, Belize joined ISAR for International Homeless Animals’ Day and offered a free spay/neuter clinic, fixing multiple dogs and cats as a result.

ISAR can attest that International Homeless Animals’ Day events are making a positive difference in the lives of animals as well as people!

Special Thanks

ISAR is extremely grateful to all elected officials who have taken initiative to recognize International Homeless Animals’ Day 2015. Special thanks to Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf and Fernandina Beach (FL) Mayor, Ed Boner for shedding light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution by signing International Homeless Animals’ Day Proclamations.

Cat’s Angels Director Pat Glassbrenner (L) accepts a Proclamation in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day/Month, highlighting pet overpopulation and animal homelessness, from Mayor Ed Boner. Photo courtesy of Suanne Thamm and Fernandina Observer.

Cat’s Angels Director Pat Glassbrenner (L) accepts a Proclamation in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day/Month, highlighting pet overpopulation and animal homelessness, from Mayor Ed Boner. Photo courtesy of Suanne Thamm and Fernandina Observer.

ISAR would like to sincerely thank all media and individuals who helped ISAR promote its 24th annual IHAD observances through the many advertising outlets including radio and television interviews, newspaper articles, blogs, social networking, YouTube, websites, and much more! ISAR is extremely grateful to all vigil coordinators who generously donate their time, efforts and resources each year bringing awareness of the horrific results of dog and cat overpopulation to the forefront by promoting its important and simple solution: spay/neuter. ISAR strives to one day eliminate the pet overpopulation epidemic but we cannot succeed without the great efforts of our vigil coordinators. Thank you!

Because ISAR is the only national organization dedicated solely to working for the day when every dog and cat born will have a permanent loving home – and when our companion animals will be “companions,” not disposable objects left along roadways or abandoned to shelters – it is imperative that we continue our relentless pursuit to educate people of all nations to the pet overpopulation crisis and the spay/neuter solution.

Sincerely,
Susan Dapsis, President

ISAR’s 24th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) To Unleash Pet Overpopulation Awareness Campaigns Worldwide on August 15, 2015.

i Aug 13th

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On Saturday, August 15, 2015, ISAR will join forces with humane societies, animal protection organizations, animal-friendly businesses and concerned individuals to shed light on dog and cat overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter. 

Since 1992, ISAR has reserved the third Saturday of August as a platform for thousands of dedicated, humane-minded people to come together in solidarity to enlighten communities about a tragedy that affects all communities: cat and dog overpopulation and its simple solution: spay/neuter. IHAD is often marked with candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, spay/neuter clinics, adopt-a-thons, animal shelter open houses, microchip clinics, marches, speeches given by veterinarians, humane officers, and shelter personnel, and much more.

Twenty-four years since its inception, International Homeless Animals’ Day continues to grow and has helped pave the way bringing pet overpopulation to the forefront while opening doors for others who promote spay/neuter days, clearing shelters of adoptable animals into loving new homes, and remembering companion animals who are placed in shelters or left to fend for themselves on the streets through no fault of their own.

In 2015, organizations throughout the United States and worldwide will orchestrate events on International Homeless Animals’ Day resulting in many companion animal adoptions and spay/neuter surgeries being performed. Together, we make a difference!

ISAR has made available, on its website, www.isaronline.org, a list of confirmed events taking place in the United States and abroad in honor of IHAD. ISAR encourages the public to share the IHAD events from ISAR’s website with friends and family, and on social media networks. Spreading the word about International Homeless Animals’ Day will help animal shelters, rescues and others to promote their adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, candlelight vigils, and more. Please use hashtags #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay and #IHAD when sharing on social media.

ISAR once again offers a virtual vigil on its website for the 14th straight year where viewers can light a candle online in honor or in memory of a beloved companion animal.

For those who live in an area without a confirmed International Homeless Animals’ Day event, ISAR encourages individuals to visit their local animal shelter/humane society and inquire about adoption and volunteer opportunities.

Please join us on International Homeless Animals’ Day! There is never a better time than the present to create positive change for unwanted animals.

Advertise your International Homeless Animals’ Day Event with a Free IHAD Billboard!

i Jun 12th

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In recognition of ISAR’s 24th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) events taking place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, ISAR is offering free 10’5″ x 22’8″ standard sized outdoor billboards to help promote your confirmed IHAD 2015 observance. Participants may choose either the cat or dog Shed Light on Pet Overpopulation design (one billboard per IHAD coordinator/event.) ISAR will include your organization’s name and contact information or your IHAD event details on our billboard.

Here is what we will need from you!

Participants must:

  • Be affiliated with a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization within the continental United States. Please send us your IRS 501 (c)(3) Tax Determination letter via mail, email or fax.
  • Submit your confirmed International Homeless Animals’ Day 2015 observance details including location, time, and event information prior to ordering your billboard with us.
  • Provide ISAR with the contact person, phone number, shipping address and billboard posting date of the Outdoor Advertising Agency you have contacted and secured a billboard location with.

ISAR will order your personalized billboard from our vendor and have it shipped directly to the outdoor advertising company in the area you’ve selected. Please have your required information and orders in by June 26, 2015.

Contact ISAR today to receive a billboard order form!

Please note: your outdoor advertising company’s charge for installation labor and space rental is separate and may vary per company. Most outdoor advertising companies have a reduced rate for 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations.

ISAR is not responsible for Outdoor Advertising Agency’s selection of locations and availability.

 

International Society for Animal Rights
Phone: 570-586-2200 · Fax: 570-586-9580
Email: Contact@isaronline.org · Website: www.isaronline.org

 

Google Doodle for IHAD?

i May 13th

Anyone who has used the Google search engine over the years, surely must have noticed a “Google Doodle,” (a creative Google logo that changes to reflect holidays, pioneers, or celebrations).

According to Google’s information page about doodles, their creative team has produced more than 2,000, spotlighting anniversaries, special events, and people who have had an impact on our society.

With Google now processing on average over 40,000 search queries every second, or more than 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide (according to http://www.internetlivestats.com/ google-search-statistics/), one thing is for sure: There are a lot of people who visit Google on a regular basis.

ISAR is seeking support from our supporters and friends to request that Google create a doodle for International Homeless Animals’ Day 2015 to help promote spay/neuter and adoption practices. Simply email Google at proposals@google.com or tweet to them @GoogleDoodles on Twitter before Saturday, August 15, 2015 that you would like to see a doodle for International Homeless Animals’ Day.