International Society for Animal Rights

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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IHAD-ISAR-Puppy

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.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Publicizes Pet Overpopulation on a Global Scale

i Aug 14th

Each year since 1992, on the third Saturday of August, ISAR’s conceived and annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® observances have proven a useful weapon in reducing suffering in the lives of homeless companion animals. As a result of International Homeless Animals’ Day events, 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 campaign serves as an opportunity for animal advocates from around the globe to band together on a special day and jump start new spay/neuter/adoption campaigns while rekindling existing programs in their communities that raise awareness about pet overpopulation.

Humane societies, animal protection organizations, and concerned individuals mark the Day with candlelight vigils, spay/neuter and microchip clinics, adopt-a-thons, pet walks, information stalls, and often host guest speakers; including elected officials, veterinarians, shelter personnel, media personalities, local celebrities, and many more.

For instance, this year participants at Defenders of Animals 20th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil in Rhode Island will honor local police and fire personnel, city council members and State Sen. Dominick J.Ruggerio, for their commendable work protecting animals. Advancing the Interests of Animals in Southern California will feature special guest speakers: former LA animal cruelty prosecutor and humane education specialist, Bob Ferber, and Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz representing the City’s historic Fifth District.

Pawlooza, Canada, is gearing up once again to welcome more than 25,000 people and over 6,000 canines to their “ultimate dog party,” while hosting dozens of animal rescue groups featuring companion animals available for adoption.

Taking place on International Homeless Animals’ Day this year, Empty the Shelter Day will be the largest adoption event held across North Texas with an unprecedented number of municipal and non-profit animal shelters joining forces to offer free adoptions on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

ISAR’s new website, www.homelessanimalsday.org, is now publicizing these and many other events taking place on International Homeless Animals’ Day 2014. If you find there is not an International Homeless Animals’ Day event in your area, ISAR invites you to light a candle in its 13th annual virtual online vigil. ISAR also encourages the public to visit their local animal shelters, become a volunteer, donate much needed supplies, sponsor a spay or neuter surgery, and/or promote ISAR’s website, www.isaronline.org, to enlighten others about the pet overpopulation epidemic and its spay/neuter solution.

There has never been a more important time than now to make a positive difference in the lives of companion animals!

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® Raises Much Needed Awareness About Pet Overpopulation Epidemic

i Jun 24th
The Warwick Valley Humane Society, NY, held a  candlelight vigil 
to shed light on pet overpopulation on International Homeless Animals’ Day 2013.

 

Since modest beginnings in 1992, ISAR’s conceived and commemorated International Homeless Animals’  Day has consistently grown in size and content annually thanks to the worldwide participation of other organizations that provide a wide variety of activities to educate communities, legislators and the media of the urgent need for companion animal sterilization. In 2013, more than 25 U.S. states and 25 foreign venues commemorated ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day.

ISAR extends a heartfelt invitation to all veteran International Homeless Animals’ Day event coordinators, as well to new ones, to join together on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in commemorating ISAR’s 23rd annual International Homeless Animals’ Day. ISAR encourages you to be part of something special and band together in solidarity to raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals.

International Homeless Animals’ Day observances provide an important opportunity to:

* Enlighten your community about the services you offer to the public.

* Raise much-needed funds to support your spay/neuter programs.

* Increase adoptions by showcasing your adoptable pets.

* Educate your community about the importance of spaying/neutering to alleviate pet overpopulation.

ISAR offers free International Homeless Animals’ Day packets to all who are interested in coordinating an event, whether it is a small modest event or a large public gathering.

ISAR’s informational materials will assist you in organizing an effective observance with suggestions for site selection, reaching target audiences, speakers, sample press releases, ISAR’s proclamations, and much more.

Please contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email to receive your International Homeless Animals’ Day 2014 packet.

There is never a better time than the present to create positive change for unwanted animals.

International Homeless Animals’ Day Impact: Florida, Mexico, Panama

i Oct 22nd

As ISAR’s friends and supporters know, for the past 22 years ISAR has been organizing and facilitating INTERNATIONAL HOMELESS ANIMALS’ DAY. Over the years, uncountable individuals and organizations have participated in spreading the spay/neuter message throughout the United States and, in recent years, to other countries around the world. For example, in 2013 dedicated animal protection groups and concerned individuals in Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, and Venezuela joined forces with ISAR in the United States to shed light on the pet overpopulation epidemic.

Following each year’s observances we have sought and received feedback about how successful they were–and we continue to want that information, including photos when possible.

Now we are asking something more: We want to know the impact on your communities that International Homeless Animals’ Day may have had. It is well and good for International Homeless Animals’ Day to be observed throughout the world, but the impact of those observances needs to be known–both as recognition of the organizers of those events, and as a spur to convince others that positive results for animals can be achieved by observance of International Homeless Animals’ Day.

From time to time we’ve published accounts from ISAR/IHAD supporters reporting on their events. What we haven’t done, until now, is publish not only information about their events but reveal the impact of International Homeless Animals Day in their communities.

Here are three impact statements, in the authors’ own words:

Florida. 2013

Our walk & vigil was very successful this year. The mayor of Fernandina Beach attended this year! She truly is an animal advocate; while she was reading the proclamation to a packed council meeting she started to break up and then when she attended our vigil and we were reading the prayers and readings you sent us, she said to me afterwards “every time we meet, I am shedding tears”! I really think our vigil had an impact on her…. Thank you for being there for us and being the voice of those who cannot speak! Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA is so proud to be a part of ISAR!! Beth. Founder of Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA

Mexico. 2013

For APA, the International Homeless Animal´s Day was a great opportunity to spread the word about how does the animals have to be protect, was an excellent moment to tell all the pet-owners about how to take care of their pets. With the pets-walking that we organized, we get a bigger target and more people knew about the movement and about International Homeless Animal´s Day. People of our community definitely loved the movement, they ask about another special day to celebrate with their pets. We also create awareness about the importance of the sterilization. I want to tell you that we really succeed with our 3 events, the one in Aguascalientes, the other in Matehuala and the one in Calvillo. We gather 350 people and 400 animals in three cities. Thanks for letting us being part of this important event. Saludos!!! Felipe. Amigos Pro Animal, A.C.

Panama. 2013
Spay/Panama’s motto is that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What one person can do may seem insignificant but if we all work together we can make a positive social impact on the communities. It is very interesting how ISAR has brought together so many organizations from so many countries together. The spay/neuter event held for the International Homeless Animals’ Day in Panama City can have a domino effect and eventually, it may even turn our entire country. We held a vigil, and fixed 175 animals, both cats and dogs. Patricia. Founder of Spay/Panama

Impact of ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day

i Oct 8th

MEMORANDUM From: Susan Dapsis, President ISAR

To: International Homeless Animals Day sponsors and participants

Subject: Impact of ISAR’S INTERNATIONAL HOMELESS ANIMALS’ DAY®

Dear Friends of ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day: At first glance it might appear that an animal control officer somewhere in the United States is feeding a collarless, and thus apparently homeless, mixed-breed dog.

But if you look closely at the cap of the man, you’ll see the letters “LICIA.”

This touching event occurred not in the United States, but in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The man is not an animal control officer, but a member of the local police force.

Let me explain:

For the past 22 years ISAR has been organizing and facilitating INTERNATIONAL HOMELESS ANIMALS’ DAY. Over the years, uncountable individuals and organizations have participated in spreading the spay/neuter message throughout the United States and, in recent years, to other countries around the world. For example, this year dedicated animal protection groups and concerned individuals in Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, and Venezuela joined forces with ISAR in the United States to shed light on the pet overpopulation epidemic.

Following each year’s observances we have sought and received feedback about how successful they were–and we continue to want that information, including photos when possible.

Now we are asking something more: We want to know–factually, and in your opinion–the impact on your communities that International Homeless Animals’ Day may have had. It is well and good for International Homeless Animals’ Day to be observed throughout the world, but the impact of those observances needs to be known–both as recognition of the organizers of those events, and as a spur to convince others that positive results for animals can be achieved by observance of International Homeless Animals’ Day.

Which brings me back to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Here, verbatim, is the report of what happened there on International Homeless Animals’ Day 2013:

From: Ahpra Honduras [mailto:ofigueroa.ahpra@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 4:09 PM
To: Colleen Gedrich [ISAR coordinator, International Homeless Animals’ Day] Subject: International Homeless Animals Day Observance

This event had a great impact in the city of Tegucigalpa, the people who live in the community of Suyapa are very poor but when they saw us feeding the stray animal they became closer to ask us about the activity, we explained to them and we heard some positive comments such as “it´s true they probably feel hunger just like us”, based on comments like that i think they will treat in a different way those stray animals. Some people evena came to us and asked us if we could give them some food for their dogs, thank God we brought 100 pounds of concentrate.

About the cops, we were surprised because they were supposed to be there for our safety, but when we started to walk they grabbed the bags of food and became active members of the activity! they said that never in their life were a part of an activity that pretends to raise awareness about animal welfare so they gave us their phone numbers so we can call them for our next activity.

In schools, in my opinion we had great results, the kids were so excited with the talks and the draws and colours, of course, the first grade students told me that they would seriously talk to their parents about the way they treat their pets and promised never leave behind their hairy friends. All the talks were imparted in public schools, in Honduras they are full of very poor kids.

AHPRA is an association dedicated to education, the rescues we have made are just a few, but in august we had 4 dogs (3 puppies and their mother) thank God and our events people adopted the 3 puppies and surprisingly we also gave in adoption the mother and she was sterilized that same month.

About the vigil we made it in the city of Comayagua and the mayor let us made it in the central park, only 15 persons attended to the event. But for us that was succesful because it was the first event of this type in a city that ignores completely about animal rights and their welfare.

I’m so sorry that I am answering late, but here is the information. And we will keep observing this day from now on.

Thank you very much Colleen!

Atentamente,
Ónice Figueroa
Secretaria de la Junta Directiva
Coordinadora de Voluntarios AHPRA
Móvil: 3395-9382
Búscanos en Facebook: Ahpra de Honduras
Síguenos en Twitter: @AhpraHND
www.ahprahonduras.org

It is said that ideas have consequences. Twenty-two years ago ISAR had the idea for International Homeless Animals’ Day. A month ago in Honduras, police and others began to see companion animals in a different, more humane, light. For many of them, their attitudes have changed–and the animals will benefit.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® Bonds Communities Worldwide Against Pet Overpopulation

i Aug 13th

More than 20 US states and 17 foreign locations will band together on Saturday for ISAR’s 22nd annual International Homeless Animals’ Day.

First conceived and commemorated by International Society for Animal Rights in 1992, International Homeless Animals’ Day was created for the purpose of shedding light on the pet overpopulation epidemic and enlightening society, elected officials, and the media about the desperate need for worldwide spay/neuter programs. International Homeless Animals’ Day bonds communities together in an effort to halt the massive killing of unwanted dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that takes place each year in shelters and on the streets.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, annually observed on the third Saturday of August, produces events that continue to grow in number and in content. Humane societies, animal protection organizations, and concerned individuals mark the Day with candlelight vigils, spay/neuter and microchip clinics, adopt-a-thons, pet walks, information stalls, and often times host guest speakers which include elected officials, veterinarians, shelter personnel, media personalities, and local celebrities, and much more.

While attendance differs at each observance, a humane organization in California for instance has decided to hold an intimate candlelight vigil with their volunteers and board members. Other events, such as London Ontario’s Pawlooza, plans for record numbers involving more than 25,000 people to celebrate our canine and feline companions. ISAR can attest that as a direct result of its International Homeless Animals’ Day countless shelter animals have found permanent loving homes and countless pets are now spayed and neutered, saving millions of animals’ lives.

ISAR’s website is now publicizing the many events taking place in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day 2013. If you find there is not an International Homeless Animals’ Day event in your area, ISAR invites you to light a candle in its 12th annual virtual online vigil.(www.isaronline.org/ihad_2013.html)

ISAR also encourages the public to visit their local animal shelters, become a volunteer, donate much needed supplies, sponsor a spay or neuter surgery, and/or promote ISAR’s website, www.isaronline.org, to enlighten others about the pet overpopulation epidemic and its simple spay/neuter solution.

ISAR will continue fighting the battle against pet overpopulation and will work tirelessly for the day when all companion animals are embraced in loving arms and caring homes.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Sheds Light On A Global Tragedy: Pet Overpopulation

i Oct 19th

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

ISAR celebrated the 20th anniversary of International Homeless Animals’ Day® on Saturday, August 20, 2011 with hundreds of observances in more than 30 states and 11 foreign countries including Canada.

International Homeless Animals’ Day-the ISAR-created and sponsored annual event-is always observed on the third Saturday in August. ISAR launched this day of memory in 1992 to shed light on the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the urgent need for affordable spay/neuter programs to help save the lives of animals.

On International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR along with animal protection organizations, humane societies, animal rescues, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, and animal-friendly businesses from throughout the United States, Canada and abroad join together to send the spay/neuter message to a global audience in an effort to halt the euthanasia and suffering of unwanted companion animals.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day observances have been successful thanks to the worldwide participation of other organizations that provide a wide variety of activities to educate communities, legislators and the media of the urgent need for companion animal sterilization.

As a direct result of International Homeless Animals’ Day 2011:

  • Thousands of dogs and cats were spayed and neutered, thus preventing the birth of hundreds of thousands of unwanted companion animals.
  • Thousands of dollars were 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 were 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 enlightened the public to the simple solution to the pet overpopulation crisis: spay/neuter.
  • ISAR’s billboards effectively communicated the spay/neuter message to a large number of motorists in several states.
  • ISAR’s educational brochures, addressing the problems and solutions related to pet overpopulation were distributed worldwide.

As our supporters know, International Homeless Animals’ Day is just one of the many valuable programs conceived and executed annually by ISAR.

Since ISAR’s founding in 1959 our organization has not wavered in our commitment, dedicating all our efforts and resources to improving the lives of all animals through legal, legislative and educational programs.

ISAR is most grateful to you, our supporters. You are the most powerful allies the animals have. Without your financial support, we would not have the resources to wage our battles on behalf of animals.

Sincerely,
Susan Dapsis

President

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Sheds Light On A Global Tragedy: Pet Overpopulation

Introduction

International Homeless Animals’ Day 2011 was commemorated for the twentieth consecutive year on August 20th with Candlelight Vigil observances in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and 11 foreign countries including the Bahamas, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Kuwait, Panama, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Switzerland.

ISAR conceived and commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day beginning in 1992. Now, twenty years later, observances have consistently grown and bring people all over the world together to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. International Homeless Animals’ Day events have been celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, over 50 countries and 6 continents, saving millions of animals’ lives.

International Homeless Animals’ Day is an opportunity to pay homage to creatures whose lives we have responsible dominion over. We have loved them, fought for them, advocated for them and ultimately been forced to make life and death decisions regarding their future. International Homeless Animals’ Day is the opportunity to reach thousands-even millions-of people with the crucial message that pet overpopulation can be ameliorated through spaying and neutering.

In honor of ISAR’s 20th International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR once again offered those who could not physically attend a Candlelight Vigil observance an invitation to participate online during ISAR’s 10th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day virtual vigil. Interested individuals from around the globe, including the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Estonia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Argentina lit candles online in memory or in honor of a loved animal, thus expressing the importance of spaying/neutering and adopting from animal shelters.

Taking a cue from the support received by ISAR’s Youtube video showcasing International Homeless Animals’ Day observances during 2009, ISAR again produced a tribute video spotlighting International Homeless Animals’ Day observances from 2010. Multiple animal protection organizations and caring individuals have already shared our special tribute by hosting our video on their websites, blogs, and online communities. ISAR’s video may be viewed on our website, www.isaronline.org.

2011 Vigil Highlights

On August 20, 2011, ISAR commemorated its 20th anniversary of International Homeless Animals’ Day alongside more than 250 concerned individuals and over 20 animal rescue groups and vendors at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA. ISAR Program Coordinator Colleen Gedrich read ISAR’s Proclamation signed by Scranton Mayor Christopher A. Doherty declaring August 20, 2011 as International Homeless Animals’ Day.

Live music entertained the crowd during the pet walk, pet food and supply drive, and meet and greet portions of this event while many pet custodians lined up with their faithful companion animals for the rabies vaccination and microchip clinics conducted by Bunker Hill Veterinary Hospital.

During this milestone observance, ISAR’s President, Susan Dapsis, joined forces with Senator Roy C. Afflerbach (Ret.), Founder of Humane USA PA PAC, Tamira Ci Thayne, Founder of Dogs Deserve Better, members of Rescue Ink including founding member Joe Panz, and Al “Alley Cat” Chernoff, and Nancy Reese, Founder of NEPA Animal Adoption Network to enlighten the crowd about the need for spay/neuter while promoting shelter adoption practices, proper companion animal care, and encouraging the public to get involved in any way they can to help animals.

ISAR President, Susan Dapsis recited grim facts on pet overpopulation that commanded the audience’s attention and encouraged the crowd to become a part of the spay/neuter solution. With great concern, Ms. Dapsis said, “The surplus of companion animals has resulted in millions of dogs, cats, kittens and puppies being euthanized annually in shelters…the leading cause of death for dogs and cats is not illness or accidents, but euthanasia.” Ms. Dapsis went on to say, “Sadly, society is unaware that pet overpopulation and the resultant killing exist on such an almost incomprehensible scale. It is because of this, that International Homeless Animals’ Day was conceived twenty years ago by ISAR.” Ms. Dapsis continued by commending those who work tirelessly in animal shelters and rescues, as well as individuals whose dedication and hard work play a crucial role in increasing public awareness of pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. In conclusion, Ms. Dapsis enlightened the crowd with the following heartfelt words, “There is never a better time than the present to create positive change for unwanted animals. Please have your pets spayed or neutered and when you are ready to bring a pet into your home, remember to adopt your companion animal, they offer a lifetime of love, loyalty and devotion to anyone willing to give them the opportunity to live.”

Throughout the evening, ISAR’s special guests addressed the crowd on various animal protection topics. Nancy Reese, Founder of NEPA Animal Adoption Network, stressed that animal shelter systems are full and abused by many of the public. Ms. Reese told the crowd that low-cost spay/neuter options do exist and encouraged people to take advantage of those resources. Ms. Reese went on to say, “In 2010, our local animal shelter took in nearly 3,800 cats – 3,100 of them were euthanized. As a society, we need to open our eyes to the real issue out there and get involved. Spaying and neutering is the only sure way to keep down the populations.

Five members from Rescue Ink (nationally known for their television show on the National Geographic Channel) came out in full force with founding member Joe Panz taking the microphone first. With great passion in his voice, Mr. Panz explained to the crowd, “We deal with a lot of different cases of abuse and we deal with a lot of hoarding cases. We handle cases involving dog fighting and cases about animals being left outside. We go wherever we have to go to seek out those individuals who choose to abuse animals in addition to doing what we can to keep animals in the home. When there’s a line drawn in the sand and somebody crosses that line, there needs to be someone willing to push back, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Tamira Ci Thayne, Founder of Dogs Deserve Better, then took the stage asking the crowd to show their disapproval for dog tethering. After resounding hoots and hollers, Ms. Thayne went on to say she formed Dogs Deserve Better to stop this horrible practice of dog tethering and likened chained dogs to being just as homeless as those found on the streets or in shelters. Ms. Thayne woefully explained to the crowd, “Left alone in the backyard 24/7, lucky to have food and water, without humane companionship and often times without adequate shelter from the elements, these dogs suffer and they suffer greatly.” Ms. Thayne then encouraged the crowd to support anti-chaining legislation to help save these dogs, whose lives are miserable on the end of a chain. Ms. Thayne concluded by pleading with the crowd to, “Please, please, please write to your senators and write to your representatives and encourage them to support anti-chaining legislation!” ISAR’s website, www.isaronline.org, offers our supporters information and links on how to ascertain the names and contact information for federal and state legislators.

Rounding out the speaker portion of our evening, ISAR was pleased to have Senator Roy C. Afflerbach (Ret.), Founder of Humane USA PA PAC, address the crowd. Senator Afflerbach shared many words of wisdom with participants, while explaining several ways the public can help animals by lending their voice. Sen. Afflerbach told the crowd, “If you have access to the internet you can do email, texting, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, social networking, etc…you can direct mail many people virtually free. Those of us who support the compassionate treatment of animals can in fact get our message out much more efficiently to many more people, much more quickly. We can take those cases of abject animal abuse and upload those photographs, send them around the world, send them to the legislative offices directly time after time after time. In the past, 14 years ago, we couldn’t do that.”

In addition to encouraging participation by every member of the crowd in the compassionate treatment of animals movement from every member of the crowd, Senator Afflerbach declared, “One thing we have to absolutely improve on is diversity in this movement.” Senator Afflerbach went on to enlighten the crowd by noting that ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day observance was one of the few he has been to where there were as many men as their were women present. Senator Afflerbach could not stress enough when he said, “We need to diversify! This movement for the compassionate treatment of animals does not reflect the fabric of America, nor the fabric of Pennsylvania. The animal movement, predominantly in this country, is made up of Caucasian women. Diversity comes in different forms. We must bring people in who have the right idea and who have the proper beliefs that we share and ask them to help in any way they can. That’s diversity.”

ISAR’s educational evening concluded with a moving Blessing for the Animals ceremony conducted by Reverend Peter D. D’Angio, who blessed each animal in attendance, and vigil using glow sticks to memorialize the animals that were euthanized simply because there were not enough homes for all of them.

The Governor Sprague Mansion in Cranston, Rhode Island was the setting for Defenders of Animals 17th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil on August 20, 2011. With over 70 people in attendance, live music and special guests, including Jen Palazzo and Big Mike of Rescue Ink, rounded out the evening’s highlights before the candle lighting ceremony began. Defenders of Animals’ Director, Dennis Tabella, presented Rescue Ink with an award for their outstanding achievements in helping animals around the globe. With great pride upon receipt of this award, Ms. Palazzo explained to ISAR about their experience during this International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil, “We loved the event in Rhode Island. It was a very intimate and poignant setting. Everyone showed true passion for a cause that we are all fighting together. We were honored to be awarded a plaque that evening when in reality the greatest reward is the hard work all of us in rescue do every day to make a difference in an animal’s life.”

The Hubbard Green, Connecticut, was once again the setting for The Queenie Foundation, Inc.’s 16th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil. Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed ISAR’s Proclamation declaring August 20, 2011 as International Homeless Animals’ Day in the state of Connecticut. This year, in an attempt to boost attendance, Enid Breakstone, Founder of the Queenie Foundation, Inc. added a new lineup of activities to their Day including a pooch parade and costume contest. Regarding her International Homeless Animals’ Day observance, Ms. Breakstone added, “I think the people who come to our event are already pretty much in the know; it’s reaching the other segment of the population that’s so important and those people rarely come to this type of event.” Ms. Breakstone encourages vigil coordinators to make their events fun. She goes on to say, “Even though International Homeless Animals’ Day is an event that calls attention to a serious subject, people want to have fun and maybe pick up information in the process.” Ms. Breakstone also encourages animal protection organizations to, “Team up! There’s power in numbers and International Homeless Animals’ Day is no exception. Spay/neuter and rescue/adoption is a team sport, if you will, and rescue organizations would do well to create coalitions or form teams. In terms of International Homeless Animals’ Day, if two or three groups can coordinate an event, I think that attendance and therefore information going out to the public would increase. It is up to us to show the public that companion animal overpopulation is serious and it’s not going away unless we increase spay and neuter surgeries and focus on the sources of ‘surplus’ animals such as puppy and kitten mills, which are a major culprit.” ISAR could not agree more!

The Warwick Valley Humane Society hosted its 2nd annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil at the Railroad Green in the Village of Warwick, NY with more than 40 people on August 20, 2011. During their candlelight vigil observance, Mayor Michael Newhard read ISAR’s Proclamation declaring August 20, 2011 as International Homeless Animals’ Day. The Town of Warwick had also issued a proclamation according to Supervisor Michael Sweeton. Each official then commended all shelter personnel for their service to the town and for their dedication toward helping animals find their forever homes. Suzyn Barron, President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, explained to the crowd how pet overpopulation troubles are affecting them. Ms. Barron can be quoted as saying, “The shelter is currently housing 30 dogs in a shelter built for no more than 19. We have 182 cats and kittens when 40 would be the appropriate number in our current building. And the pet surrender waiting lists are endless.” Ms. Barron went on to thank participants for caring and doing all they can to lessen the plight of homeless animals, declaring her hope to see everyone back again next year, same time, same place. In conclusion, Ms. Barron expressed a very important message to the audience when she said, “Please spread the word – spay and neuter!”

International Activities

For the second year in a row, Spay/Panama of the Republic of Panama joined the United States, Canada and other foreign locations in commemorating International Homeless Animals’ Day on August 20, 2011. On this Day, with a team of more than 20 people, including licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and volunteers, 25 dogs and 44 cats were spayed, neutered and vaccinated thus resulting in less unwanted animals contributing to the global dog and cat overpopulation problem. When ISAR asked Patricia Chan, Founder of Spay/Panama to tell us why ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day was so important to her, Ms. Chan began by reflecting on her childhood memories of her white, female cat named Snowflake recognizing her memories were not always happy ones. At the time, Ms. Chan had no idea about the consequences of having an unspayed feline. Years later, after having cats of her own and retiring from a successful financial career, Ms. Chan, who always dreamt of being a veterinarian pushed her efforts toward “…creating a spay/neuter program designed to benefit low-income families who could not afford to have their pets spayed/neutered and to educate people on the importance of sterilizing their pets.” Ms. Chan explained, “In a country where wages are low and stray animals are an acceptable sight, my energy was focused on preventing unwanted litters and animal suffering in the streets of Panama. If I had known about spaying and neutering years back, perhaps Snowflake and her kittens would have led a better life. This is the reason why taking part in the International Homeless Animals’ Day means so much to me and to the program.”

More than 620 virtual candles flickered over the World Wide Web originating in Estonia thanks to the Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals’ inaugural online vigil in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day. Participants were encouraged to light a candle online and include their sentiments in memory of a furry companion. Those who contributed in this memorial service included the names of their furry loved ones, poems about beloved companion animals and hopes for homeless dogs and cats to find families who will love them and give them a forever home.

Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre of South Africa commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day once again this year with more than 2,000 people in attendance. With hopes of finding shelter animals new homes, participants were encouraged to celebrate the animals at the Centre by “adopting” a dog for the day and spend the entire time socializing and playing with them on the grounds. The Day’s events included an awards ceremony, dog walk, flea market, auction, showing of a rugby game on an oversized screen, and their very own Mr./Mrs. Wetnose competition. When asked for suggestions in holding a successful International Homeless Animals’ Day observance, the general manager of Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre, Debbie Herselman, had this to say, “Have events that attract not only animal lovers. Otherwise we are just preaching to the already converted.”

Over 100 vendors and 50 non-profit organizations tended to the more than 20,000 animal lovers and 5,000 dogs during Pawlooza at the Plunkett Estate in London, Ontario, Canada on International Homeless Animals’ Day. Pet contests, agility demonstrations, dock diving, a pet-psychic, walking trails, pet first-aid demonstrations and swimming were just a few of the activities that kept people and their pets busy as they spent the day together. Because of ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, Pawlooza has partnered with many animal rescue groups from across Canada to network with others to find permanent, loving homes for unwanted animals, fundraise and to enlighten the public of Canada’s pet overpopulation problem and the need for spay/neuter.

Special Thanks
ISAR sincerely thanks all humane-minded elected officials who have taken the opportunity to encourage their citizens to act responsibly when it comes to companion animals and have their pets spay/neutered. In 2011, ISAR gratefully acknowledges support from West Virginia Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Christopher A. Doherty, Scranton, PA, Mayor Jon Lopez, Oak Hill, West Virginia, and Mayor Susan Steger, Fernandina Beach, FL who not only declared August 20, 2011 as International Homeless Animals’ Day but also August 2011 as International Homeless Animals’ Month. Those elected officials who have not yet acknowledged the problem of pet overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter, we encourage you to take a stand alongside ISAR and sign our proclamation!

ISAR would also like to sincerely thank all media and individuals who helped ISAR promote its 20th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observances and the importance of spay/neuter through the many advertising outlets including radio and television interviews, newspaper articles, blogs, social networking, YouTube, websites, billboards 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!

Please Join ISAR In Making International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2012 A Huge Success!
Be a part of something special and join ISAR for International Homeless Animals’ Day 2012, which will be commemorated on Saturday, August 18th. Unite with animal advocates from around the globe to shed light on the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.

International Homeless Animals’ Day is a great opportunity for your organization, animal shelter, animal rescue, veterinary clinic or pet friendly business to get the worthy recognition you deserve for your dedicated efforts to alleviate pet overpopulation.

Your participation in International Homeless Animals’ Day 2012 will underscore the tremendous impact that your organization’s solution-focused efforts have on saving the lives of homeless animals.

International Homeless Animals’ Day observances provide an important venue to:
˖ Enlighten your community about the services you offer to the public.
˖ Raise the much needed funds to support your spay/neuter programs.
˖ Increase adoptions by showcasing your adoptable pets.
˖ Educate your community of the importance of spaying/neutering to alleviate pet overpopulation.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of dog and cat overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution to audiences around the world.

ISAR offers free International Homeless Animals’ Day packets to all who are interested in coordinating an event, whether it is a small modest event or a large public gathering.

ISAR’s informational materials will assist you in organizing an effective observance with suggestions for site selection, reaching target audiences, speakers, sample press releases, ISAR’s proclamations, and much more.

It is nearly impossible to gauge the consequences of spreading ideas and offering quality education on any subject. Thus, ISAR can’t know with any certainty the impact of its twenty years of observances and vigils, activities involving literally tens of thousands of participants, spectators and the casually-interested. But we do know this: those tens of thousands of people have been exposed to our spay/neuter message, and necessarily many, or at least some, of them have had to be affected by its compelling cry for reduction of companion animal overpopulation-and the cruelty, abuse and inhumaneness that it causes. If you share our certainty that ideas have consequences and that the ideas that ISAR is promulgating are important, please support our efforts with as much as you can afford. The crime of companion animal overpopulation is unacceptable. It must be fought. With your help ISAR will continue to do just that.

Contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email to receive your International Homeless Animals’ Day packet.