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!
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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!
Secretaria de la Junta Directiva
Coordinadora de Voluntarios AHPRA
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.
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 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:
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.
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Sheds Light On A Global Tragedy: Pet Overpopulation
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!”
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.
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.
International Homeless Animals’ Day 2010 was commemorated for the nineteenth consecutive year on August 21st with Candlelight Vigil observances in 38 states and 18 foreign countries.
Each year, on the third Saturday of August, animal protection organizations, dedicated vigil coordinators, and concerned individuals band together from around the world and join ISAR in an educational endeavor known as International Homeless Animals’ Day. Since 1992, this Day has allowed humankind to act in solidarity and express that the disgraceful mass-murdering of healthy yet homeless animals, who wind up in shelters through no fault of their own, is unacceptable! ISAR is extremely grateful for the hard work our devoted vigil coordinators put forth every year leading up to our August event. Because of their loyal commitment, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day observances result in the re-homing of companion animals into loving new families and the performing of countless spay/neuter surgeries. This year, hundreds of ISAR’s candlelight vigil planning packets were sent to organizations and individuals interested in coordinating an International Homeless Animals’ Day event. ISAR spay/neuter bumper stickers, buttons and handouts were made available to many participating organizations for distribution at their events.
In honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day 2010, ISAR was pleased to sponsor our 9th Annual Virtual Vigil. Visitors to our website, http://www.isaronline.org/, were invited to light an online candle and post a message in memory of the victims of pet overpopulation. Participation in our online vigil spanned the globe, including foreign locations such as Sweden, Canada, Serbia and Montenegro, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Australia, Nicaragua, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Poland, Brazil, Croatia, Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Denmark – as well as in the United States.
New this year, ISAR produced a tribute video for vigil coordinators who have held International Homeless Animals’ Day observances over the years. Accompanied by Michael Bublé’s beautiful rendition of his song Home, images of homeless animals and humans dramatizing the pet overpopulation tragedy fade into one another while the music plays. Multiple animal protection organizations and caring individuals shared our special tribute by hosting our video on their websites, blogs, and online communities. In just a month’s time, ISAR’s tribute video garnered 1,300 hits. ISAR’s video may be viewed on our website, http://www.isaronline.org/.
2010 Vigil Highlights
While ISAR encourages all vigil coordinators to contact us with feedback, due to space restraints we are not able to acknowledge the many events that took place on August 21, 2010. Some representative examples follow.
Glow sticks aligned to spell the word home illuminated the lawn at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert, California during an International Homeless Animals’ Day observance coordinated by Desert Paws. Dr. Lori Kirshner, President of Desert Paws, welcomed approximately 70 people to their event to raise awareness concerning the pet overpopulation epidemic and its simple spay/neuter solution. Mayor of Palm Desert, Cindy Finerty, read a proclamation based on ISAR’s declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day. Special guest speaker, ISAR Chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, encouraged the crowd to continue all efforts to alleviate pet overpopulation and to support animal rights groups who are in positions of influence. According to Dr. Kirshner, “We, along with others from around the world who gather for similar vigils, can make a difference. Together, we can work to help end this senseless killing. We must do everything in our powers to support legislative efforts to make pet sterilization the law in every city and county around the U.S.” ISAR could not agree more!
Hundreds of people, including members from ISAR, Rescue Ink, Guardians of Rescue, the founder of The Animal Kindness Awards, and president of DogsInDanger.com attended a concert and documentary film premiere of Take Me Home – The Story of the Georgia Puppy Caravan hosted by The M.O.M.S. Animal Rescue in Philadelphia on August 19, 2010. On August 21, 2009, one year prior to ISAR’s 19th commemoration of International Homeless Animals’ Day, The M.O.M.S Animal Rescue, along with a troop of volunteers, traveled to Summerville, GA and completely emptied the Chattooga Animal Control of 138 animals and re-homed all of them into new loving families. During the documentary premiere, artist John Donato presented art inspired by the puppy caravan titled “Freedom Train”, where Summer, one of the rescued Georgia dogs, signed the painting with a paw print. Musical performances from the Take Me Home soundtrack, including a number sung by the children of the caravan, helped set a very moving and inspirational tone for the evening. Karen Talbot LaSasso, Founder of The M.O.M.S. Rescue, attributes ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day for rekindling her mission and states, “After devoting three full years into St. Joseph Paws for a Cause, The M.O.M.S. Animal Rescue and the Georgia Puppy Caravan, I decided to take a much needed break because I became absolutely emotionally drained. I rested for one day and asked GOD to send me a sign that would push me to move forward and not take a “break”. The very next day, I received an email in a crosspost. I receive hundreds of these emails daily, BUT this one changed the course of my future! It was the announcement that ISAR was hosting their annual candlelight vigil for Homeless Animals (Worldwide) on August 21, 2010. The significance of this date hit me like a Mack truck! This was the one year anniversary of the Georgia Puppy Caravan. This was the day we completely emptied out an entire shelter in Summerville, GA. On August 21, 2009 the M.O.M.S. Animal Rescue carried 138 animals to safety for the first time in Georgia state history. This is the day that had completely changed my life forever. The sign that I was given was larger than life and so my day of rest came to an immediate end and at that point I realized that I may get weary and emotionally drained but if I give up, who will speak for them? I was honored to be part of ISAR and even drove to The Queenie Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil in Connecticut to be surrounded by many other voices for our nation’s voiceless! If we as adults could only learn to take more cues from animals and children, what a world we would live in!!!”
Volunteering: An Inspired Endeavor was the theme for The Queenie Foundation, Inc.’s 15th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observance on August 21, 2010. Media attention from local newspapers and television stations, including an interview on an ABC affiliate in New Haven, helped promote their event which drew a crowd of 100 people. Multiple animal protection organizations were on hand mingling with the crowd while raffles, live music, adoption displays, vendors and vegan fare added to the highlights of the Day. Guest speaker, ISAR Program Coordinator, Colleen Gedrich, read a proclamation based on ISAR’s, signed by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day. Miss Gedrich also spoke to the crowd about the importance of volunteering and the need for camaraderie between animal rights/welfare groups. During the event, ISAR volunteers distributed copies of ISAR’s monograph Harming Companion Animals: Liability and Damages, The Animal’s 10 Commandments bookmarks, spay/neuter bumper stickers and buttons, as well as previous ISAR Newsletters to the crowd. Enid Breakstone, Founder and Director of The Queenie Foundation, Inc. is no stranger to holding successful International Homeless Animals’ Day observances. For many years, Ms. Breakstone coordinated candlelight vigil events in Texas with attendee numbers reaching 400 participants with more than 30 pro-animal organizations present. Since her move to Connecticut, Ms. Breakstone claims, “New England is quite different. The rescue community in the Hartford area is not nearly as cohesive as in Dallas/Ft. Worth and so it seems more difficult to get organizations and the public to attend. Even though this is a serious event, because I take companion animal overpopulation dead seriously, our event next year is going to be very lively and hopefully fun for people to attend. We can make this event one that people want to go to every year while informing them that spay/neuter stops companion animal overpopulation off its tracks.”
Proclamations based on ISAR’s declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day were signed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Mayors of Franklinton and Bogalusa, along with Washington Parish President, Ned Thomas and presented during an observance coordinated by the Humane Society of Louisiana – Magnolia Chapter. Mr. Thomas not only read the proclamation during this event but also declared to post signs in rural areas of Washington Parish informing the public about animal abandonment laws and penalties. Dogs and their custodians donned black ribbons in memory of all animals who lost their lives to pet overpopulation during their International Homeless Animals’ Day Memorial Walk. Young volunteers asked so many questions during the event regarding pet overpopulation and spay/neuter benefits that it inspired the following suggestion from the Humane Society of Louisiana, “talk to school superintendents and principals asking that elementary students become involved in this Day by incorporating courses with projects of drawing and coloring pictures, writing poems or stories about animals finding good homes while high school levels could do research projects on pet overpopulation (consequences and solutions). The hosting vigil coordinator could choose winners from each level and have each student present their project during an International Homeless Animals’ Day event. Winning students would be featured in the newspaper.” ISAR agrees wholeheartedly that younger generations should be offered ways to get involved in International Homeless Animals’ Day and thinks this idea would certainly help garner some media attention!
The NEPA-Animal Adoption Network (NEPA-AAN) teamed up with Eastern PA Animal Alliance (EPAA) for a low-cost spay/neuter mobile clinic in time for this year’s International Homeless Animals’ Day. ISAR’s brightly colored billboard was posted along a busy roadway one month prior to the event to help spread the spay/neuter message and advertise their clinic. Appointments filled fast as more than 35 dogs and cats were spayed/neutered as a result of this one day clinic. Due to its popularity, NEPA-AAN and the EPAA have already scheduled return visits to the Scranton area. According to Nancy Reese, Founder of NEPA-AAN, “Bringing the low-cost spay/neuter mobile to Scranton was a success and a great way to celebrate International Homeless Animals’ Day. We hope to plan a big event for this Day in 2011 to get our community more involved and to raise the much needed awareness on how important it is to just simply spay and neuter your pets.” Mrs. Reese went on to say, “We live in such a disposable society, it’s a shame. People need to pay attention and take responsibility for their actions. Thousands of animals die each day because of the carelessness of others.”
Mayor Susan Hardee Steger, Fernandina Beach, FL, presented Beth Hackney of Cats Angels Inc. SPCA with two proclamations declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day, as well as affirming August 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Month. As a result, throughout the month of August, Cats Angels Inc. SPCA found loving new homes for more than 60 cats. Cats Angels was also responsible for the spaying/neutering of 110 cats in August bringing their total number of sterilizations to an impressive 10,000 surgeries performed. Rounding out their month-long events, Cats Angels hosted a 2 mile walk with participants toting signs prominently featuring spay/neuter and adoption messages and concluded with a touching candlelight vigil at the finish line.
A sea of candles cast a warm glow during a candlelight vigil with some three hundred adults and children at an International Homeless Animals’ Day observance hosted by the SPCA-Penang in Malaysia. Throughout the event, members of the crowd inquired about how to get involved in animal protection, participated with their pets in a parade and pet tricks and skills contest, spent time with adoptable animals and were offered information on spay/neuter. Approximately RM900 (or $300 U.S. dollars) were raised toward the SPCA’s neutering program as a result of this observance. When asked about the pet overpopulation problem in Malaysia, Lily Lang of the SPCA summed up her frustrations by stating, “The general public lacks pet overpopulation education in Malaysia while consistency from government officials regarding animal laws is virtually nonexistent. The SPCA-Penang craves standardization and has been attempting to negotiate with city officials since 1993 to improve conditions for animals and create a more cohesive legal system.”
Fifty people gathered in the Czech Republic during two International Homeless Animals’ Day ceremonies held by First Society for the Cat Rights. ISAR spay/neuter educational materials were made available to the public while photos of adoptable animals and a candlelight memorial were on display in the town of Pribor. Close by, the melody of a lone flute player filled the air while participants at a new vigil location met adoptable cats searching for loving homes. ISAR’s Proclamation declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day was signed and presented by a council member from the town of Cernosice. According to the Society’s Chairwoman, Alice Oppova, “First Society for the Cat Rights has been trying for a long time to persuade other Czech animal protection organizations to coordinate vigils with us. Nevertheless, we believe that the first official vigil in Cernosice was a success.”
Approximately 100 people were encouraged to write a blessing in honor of homeless animals on brightly colored yellow ribbons and tie them to a tree centrally located in the courtyard of the Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) in Tai Po, Hong Kong for International Homeless Animals’ Day. Informational posters on pet overpopulation, spay/neuter, and the adoption option adorned the walls leading into the kennels where excited animals spent the day playing with friendly visitors. During the event, a moment of silence was observed for all animals killed as a result of pet overpopulation. Sally Anderson, Founder of the HKDR, along with members of the crowd, signed ISAR’s Proclamation declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day.
One thousand people gathered in two locations to participate in the spay/neuter campaign efforts coordinated by Spay/Panama, Angeles De Los Animales, Adopta Patitas, Albergue San Roque, Fundacion San Franciso De Asis, Tinakeros Hogar Temporal and Amigos De Los Animales y La Naturaleza in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day in the Republic of Panama. Over 170 animals were spayed/neutered on August 21, 2010 as a result of their observance. Shelter fundraising activities included animal friendly contests for best rescue story, best adoption story, a photo contest of people helping homeless animals and a dog agility contest. Social networking sites, local newspaper, television and radio stations contributed to their media coverage and spread the spay/neuter message far and wide.
Thirty-two free spay/neuter coupons valuing over $1600 were dispensed to the public at an International Homeless Animals’ Day observance in the Bahamas on August 21, 2010. The Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights & Kindness (Baark!) quizzed passers-by on pet overpopulation statistics during their event. Real change occurred when a few people (who admitted to breeding their animals) were so affected by the numbers of animals killed in shelters they graciously accepted Baark!’s coupons for a free spay/neuter to have their animals sterilized. According to Laura Kimble, Chairwoman of Baark!, “We salute those people who, once they understand the direct connection between breeding their dog and animals dying at the pound were willing to step up and take action.” Ms. Kimble went on to say, “The homeless animal problem should matter to every Bahamian, if only because suffering diseased animals roaming everywhere severely impacts the image of our country. Most tourists have never seen such suffering animals, especially in these large numbers, and it really makes them think less of our beautiful country…the suffering of animals [throughout the Bahamas] is completely avoidable if we all just do our part.” ISAR would like to extend that great advice to include every country around the globe!
ISAR is delighted to report that many elected officials have signed ISAR’s Proclamations recognizing August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day. ISAR extends a heartfelt thank you to all government leaders who recognized this Day including Mayors Dewey Bartlett, Tulsa and Vic Vreeland, Jenks, OK, Michael Newhard, Village of Warwick, NY, as well as Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell, in addition to declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day, expressed the following sentiments in a letter to ISAR, “Each year, Pennsylvania’s animal shelters find adoptive homes for hundreds of thousands of homeless pets. Shelters around the world recognize this day to remember all the animals that entered the shelters homeless, waiting for a familiar face. ISAR gives hope for the many animals that are waiting for their happy ending story. Thank you for helping to find animals the forever homes they deserve.”
ISAR would also like to thank everyone who employed various media outlets promoting our 19th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observances. Blogs, newspapers, radio and television stations, websites, and online communities, greatly contributed to ISAR’s educational crusade against pet overpopulation and assisted ISAR in publicizing the overwhelming scores of companion animal deaths that take place each year because there are not enough good homes for them. Among the many sources, PetSmart Charities supported ISAR’s spay/neuter awareness efforts with an International Homeless Animals’ Day inspired blog. BBC News, Washington, launched a media blitz focusing on the importance of International Homeless Animals’ Day. Iams-sponsored blogs, The Dog Daily and The Daily Cat, circulated its International Homeless Animals’ Day interview featuring ISAR Program Coordinator Colleen Gedrich on news sites such as Fox, NBC, and CBS affiliates while The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, produced an article proclaiming, “Every year more than 4.5 million dogs and cats die in local animal shelters due to a lack of space. For the past 19 years, organizations such as ISAR have promoted new ideas and efforts to maintain the pet population with spay/neuter programs. One of the kindest acts people can perform to save the lives of animals is to spay or neuter their pet, which prevents homeless animals from ever being born in the first place.”
Our Deepest Gratitude to Coordinators
Listed below are some of the countless organizations ISAR would like to acknowledge for their efforts.
ISAR would like to specially thank, Friends of Pets, Anchorage Animal Care and Control, The Center for Animal Rescue and Adoption, HALO Animal Rescue, Bryant Animal Shelter, From the Heart Animal Behavior Counseling & Training and Paws at Play Doggie Daycare, Santa Cruz SPCA, Surf City Animal Response Team (SCART), Sacramento County Animal Shelter, Molly’s Mutts and Meows, Lange Foundation of Los Angeles, Berkeley Humane Society, Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, San Francisco SPCA, Friends of the Formerly Friendless, Tony L Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, All Breed Rescue & Training, Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, Seashore Striders Event Productions, Inc., Central Brevard Humane Society, Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, the North & South Animal Care Centers and S.P.C.A. of North Brevard, Florida Boxer Rescue, Tri-County Humane Society, Susan Buser, SPCA of Central Florida, Orange County Animal Services, A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc., The Humane Society Naples, The Cat Network, Atlanta Humane Society, SweetWater Brewery, Park Tavern, Maui Humane Society, Almost Home Foundation, CIAWC Agencies, Livingston County Humane Society, New Leash On Life Animal Rescue, The Temple Bar, Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Mercy Rescue and Adoption of Jennings County, Elkhart Humane Society, Humane Society of Indianapolis, Siouxland Humane Society, Cedar Bend Humane Society, City of Overland Park, The Lexington Humane Society, College Park Animal Welfare Society, Chesapeake Cats and Dogs, Inc., Maryland SPCA, Save A Dog, Humane Society of Kent County, Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, Happy Tails Rescue, Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, Dogwood Animal Shelter, Osage Beach Culvers, Pulaski County Humane Society, Callaway County Humane Society, Marketplace Media, Angels of Animals, Inc., Coordinators of “Your Dog is Worth It Too”, Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, Humane Society of Bergen County/Lost Pet, Inc., Camden County Animal Shelter, Craft Company No. 6, Warwick Valley Humane Society, Humane Society of Rome, New York Feral Cat Initiative – A Program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, No Kill New York, New Rochelle Humane Society, Pet Rescue, C.A.R.E. For Animals, Unleashed, Carl & Linda Grubb Family YMCA, SNIP Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic, Independent Animal Rescue, SPCA of Raleigh, Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, United Coalition for Animals, Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry, Community Animal Task Force, Knox County Humane Society, Cuyahoga County Kennels, Queen City Greyhound Rescue, Friends of The Shelter, Columbus Humane Society, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, 92.9 BOB FM, Partnering for Pets, Inc., Miss Molly’s Pet Services, No-Kill Lehigh Valley, Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, Dr. Jennifer L. Fry, VMD, Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Inc., Animal Friends, Defenders of Animals, Providence Animal Rescue League, Journey’s End No-Kill Animal Society, Nashville Humane Association, Tunica Humane Society, Irving Animal Services, Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project, Kittico, DFW Humane Society, The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS), Humane Society of Williamson County, A Different Breed Animal Rescue, Green Mountain Animal Defenders, NOVADog Magazine, Greenbrier Humane Society, Raleigh County Animal Rescue, Countryside Humane Society, Leadership Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin Pets, Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), Waupun Area Animal Shelter, Inc., Angels Wish.
ISAR also truly appreciates the international efforts from the Public Association for Animal Protection “EGIDA”, Belarus, Animal Rescue Sofia, Bulgaria, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, Bow Valley SPCA, City of London, Pet Valu, Petfinder.com, Bosco & Roxy’s, Country Paws, A Village Tail, Canine Life, Cohen Highley Lawyers, Sifton Properties, 103.1 Fresh FM, Canada, AnimaNaturalis, Chile, Protestors in Medellin, Colombia, Association de Defense de la Nature et Des Animaux OÏKOS KAÏ BIOS, France, Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals, Georgia, IDA Deonar, India, Animal Welfare Department at Ghammieri, Marsa, Malta, Happy TailsAcapulco, Mexico, SOS Chats, Switzerland, Kiev MTZT SOS Shelter, Ukraine, Humane Society of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
ISAR Spay/Neuter Billboards Shed Light on a Global Tragedy
Displaying brightly colored images of a yellow dog and tiger-striped cat, ISAR unveiled its new spay/neuter billboard design in the spring of 2010 in time for our 19th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigil observances. ISAR’s striking new artwork prominently featured educational slogans such as “Shed Light on a Global Tragedy – Pet Overpopulation” and “Spay/Neuter. It Stops Killing.” Animal protection organizations and concerned individuals took advantage of ISAR’s latest billboard design this summer to promote their International Homeless Animals’ Day observances. ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards were erected in two locations in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Virginia.
ISAR is pleased that our friends at Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund in Bristol, VA, not only purchased an ISAR billboard to shed light on pet overpopulation and promote spay/neuter, but took creative license and featured ISAR’s billboard design into a store-front memorial display for the month of August in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day. Each side of the display incorporated a startling mosaic depicting glowing candles made up of thousands of images of euthanized cats and dogs, victims of pet overpopulation, with ISAR’s spay/neuter billboard design situated in the center of the canvas. Cat and dog overpopulation statistics and solutions to this crisis were also integrated into the design.
Organize a Vigil for 2011
Mark your calendars! August 20, 2011 is the date for anyone wishing to join ISAR in commemorating our 20th anniversary of International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils. We look forward to welcoming back all previous vigil coordinators along with a host of new ones, to join ISAR in solidarity and shed light on pet overpopulation.ISAR will once again offer our International Homeless Animals’ Day vigil planning packets, at no cost, to help guide participants in selecting a vigil site and reaching target audiences, while providing sample press releases, suggestions for speakers, posters, proclamations, poems, songs, coloring sheets and more!
Interested parties may request a free vigil packet from ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email. Packets are scheduled to be mailed by the first week in June, 2011.
We are very proud and pleased with the worldwide success and direct spay/neuter influence International Homeless Animals’ Day 2010 has had for communities around the globe. We could not have achieved our goal without you, our dedicated friends and supporters.
With your continued friendship and support, ISAR will continue fighting the battle against pet overpopulation and we’ll work tirelessly for the day when all companion animals are embraced in loving arms and caring homes.
Since 1992, the third Saturday in August has been reserved for ISAR’s innovative educational vehicle known today as International Homeless Animals’ Day. This Day was named to publicize the overwhelming scope of dog and cat overpopulation, to increase public awareness of the millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually for lack of good homes, and to educate the public about the crucial need for spaying and neutering to help end this tragic loss of life. Each year, animal-friendly organizations and concerned individuals band together and shed light on the pet overpopulation tragedy that spans the globe.
On August 21, 2010, ISAR will mark its nineteenth annual commemoration of International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigil Observances. Events on International Homeless Animals’ Day greatly contribute to ISAR’s worldwide spay/neuter education efforts.
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Observances are so successful, in fact, that countless shelter animals are spayed or neutered and find permanent loving homes.
Many International Homeless Animals’ Day Events for August 2010, include adopt-a-thons, microchip and spay/neuter clinics, rescue pet parades, blessings of the animals, dog walks, fundraisers, doggie swims, contests, concerts, information stalls, open houses, special guest speakers and candlelight vigils.
This Saturday, more than 30 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries will participate in International Homeless Animals’ Day 2010. The first animal rights lawyer in the United States and Chairman of ISAR, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, will be the special guest speaker at a candlelight vigil held by Desert Paws in Southern California, while the opposite coast will play host to ISAR Program Coordinator, Colleen Gedrich who will speak during a vigil held by The Queenie Foundation, Inc. on the importance of camaraderie to battle pet overpopulation in Connecticut.
ISAR’s website hosts an up-to-date listing of International Homeless Animals’ Day Observances taking place worldwide. ISAR will continually add confirmed events as they are made available to us. Please check back often.
If you find there is not an event listed in your area, ISAR invites you to light a virtual candle in our 9th Annual Online Vigil.
International Homeless Animals’ Day is not only an opportunity to pay homage to creatures whose lives we have responsible dominion over, it is a chance to meet others who yearn for change — animal rights activists, animal control officers, animal lovers and others.
ISAR also encourages the public to pay a visit to local shelters or rescue groups. International Homeless Animals’ Day is a perfect opportunity to begin volunteering your time to walk shelter dogs, groom shelter cats, and spend time with the animals. Volunteers aid shelter personnel by bringing happiness to the animals and socially preparing them for their journey to loving homes.
International Homeless Animals’ Day may be a solemn day of remembrance for the millions of dogs and cats that die each year due to pet overpopulation, but it is also a day of hope and inspiration.
There is never a better time than the present to create positive change for unwanted animals.
Together, we make a difference!
In 1992, ISAR introduced International Homeless Animals’ Day® and Candlelight Vigils as an innovative educational vehicle, with the purpose of informing society about a global tragedy that overwhelms animal shelters each year – pet overpopulation. For all these years, ISAR has on the third Saturday of August commemorated the countless companion animal victims of overpopulation and continued to promote new campaigns, programs and ideas relating to the solution to the pet overpopulation epidemic: spay/neuter.
This year, on August 21st, ISAR marks it’s 19th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils.
ISAR extends a welcoming invitation to all previous vigil coordinators, as well as any new coordinators, to participate in International Homeless Animals’ Day 2010.
ISAR’s website includes information on how to order your complimentary International Homeless Animals’ Day Vigil Packet, an event schedule of confirmed observances for August 2010, ISAR’s 9th Annual Virtual Vigil, information on ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Billboard Program, and more!
In honor of this Day, you can also view a video tribute to previous International Homeless Animals’ Day events in this blog and on ISAR’s website www.isaronline.org. To help set the tone for your own candlelight vigil, ISAR invites all coordinators to use our International Homeless Animals’ Day video during their own observances, perhaps by playing it on a laptop computer.
By coming together in spirit with like-minded people throughout the world on International Homeless Animals’ Day you can support ISAR in letting the world know we will not tolerate the senseless killing that continues to take the lives of innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens simply because there are not enough good homes for them.
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.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 will commemorate ISAR’s 19th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® and Candlelight Vigil observance.
In 1992, ISAR introduced National Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils as an educational vehicle to raise awareness of the pet overpopulation epidemic and its simple solution to spay/neuter.
Since that time, National Homeless Animals’ Day has grown international in scope with every third Saturday in August reserved to commemorate this Day. ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day 2009 observances brought more than 20 states and 6 foreign countries together to alert communities about pet overpopulation and to promote spay/neuter. The need for companion animal sterilization to end the senseless killing has been revered by dedicated individuals and organizations and captured through events including candlelight vigils, spay/neuter clinics, blessings of the animals, adopt-a-thons, dog walks, open houses, information stalls, heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians and shelter personnel, and much more.
ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils are so successful, in fact, that as a direct result of this worldwide effort, countless shelter animals find permanent and loving homes.
Individuals and organizations wishing to organize an International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigil observance on August 21, 2010 can contact ISAR by email to receive our 34 page, downloadable candlelight vigil packet. Our vigil packet includes guidelines for organizing a successful vigil event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers and vigil events, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more!
In addition to ISAR’s downloadable vigil packet, you will receive through the U.S. Postal Service, our International Homeless Animals’ Day posters to advertise your event, Proclamations to be signed by your governor and mayor declaring August 21, 2010 as International Homeless Animals’ Day, coloring sheets and more. ISAR will also guarantee advertisement of your organization’s event to thousands of people on ISAR’s website, www.isaronline.org, as well as promotion on ISAR’s online communities including Facebook and Myspace.
Our animal friends need us now more than ever! Please join us in our crusade to stop the killing of our faithful companions.