ISAR Newsletter Spring 2018

i Apr 16th

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

As our supporters know, ISAR’s founder, the late Helen Jones, was a Twentieth Century visionary and relentless warrior in the moral crusade for animal rights in the United States and abroad.

Early in her career, one of Helen Jones’s most profound insights was that an essential strategy for securing rights for animals was through public education, legislation, and the legal system—a strategy that ISAR has employed for decades. Helen recognized the role of law and lawyers in the fight for Animal Rights.

In furtherance of her and ISAR’s dedication to seek justice for companion animals by attacking the overpopulation scourge, ISAR is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. This full-tuition LL.M. scholarship will offer a foreign attorney the opportunity to earn the world’s only advanced degree in animal law.

The Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship is targeted at students who desire and agree to return to their home country to engage in full-time animal law-related work for at least one year. The scholarship will be awarded to a foreign attorney who demonstrates “a sincere commitment to addressing companion animal overpopulation, and the many issues that flow from overpopulation.”

ISAR’s 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) will be officially observed on Saturday, August 18, 2018

International Homeless Animals Day

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, an annual event observed each year on the third Saturday of August, will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 for the 27th consecutive year. ISAR conceived and commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day in 1992 to shed light on the pet overpopulation crisis and the spay/neuter solution. Now, twenty-six years later, observances have already been celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries and on 6 continents.

On International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR and others—animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses—throughout the United States and abroad send the spay/neuter and adoption message.

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has been the first and only universal event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs.

For IHAD 2018, ISAR is actively recruiting volunteer representatives from every country to engage in public education about the worldwide problem of companion animal (dog and cat) overpopulation, which in its resultant cruelty has severe and unacceptable impact on the world’s economy, health, safety, welfare, and environment.

ISAR’s IHAD-2018 representatives’ will organize events, and encourage the participation of local animal protection organizations, businesses, veterinarians, political leaders, local celebrities, teacher associations, school students, and others.

Recently, ISAR was pleased to speak with the Honorable Minister Maneka Gandhi, who has graciously agreed to be ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day volunteer representative for all of India.

Already, we have selected representatives for IHAD-2018: INDIA, PANAMA, SWITZERLAND, UKRAINE, and VENEZUELA. We are in contact with potential volunteer representatives from AZERBAIJAN, CAMBODIA, CROATIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GHANA, GUATEMALA, IRAQ, LIBERIA, MOROCCO, NEPAL, NIGERIA, NICARAGUA, TUNISIA, UZBEKISTAN and other countries.

It has been said that “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” (mis-attributed to the French writer Victor Hugo). The worldwide movement against dog and cat overpopulation is surely an “idea whose time has come.”

Please join us in commemorating ISAR’s 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day!

 

ISAR extends an invitation to all our veteran event coordinators from throughout the United States and abroad, as well as to a host of new ones. Join us on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in commemorating ISAR’s 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day.

There are a variety of ways you and/or your organization can participate: Pet adoptions; educational events; candlelight vigils; blessing of the animals’ ceremonies; spay/neuter, microchip/vaccination clinics; award ceremonies; marches; speeches by public officials, celebrities, local veterinarians and humane workers.

Your participation in International Homeless Animals’ Day 2018 will underscore the impact your organization’s solution-focused efforts can have on saving the lives of homeless animals.

ISAR offers a free IHAD planning packet to all who are interested in coordinating an IHAD event, whether it be a large gathering or a modest observance. Our newly updated packet includes suggestions for site selection, reaching target audiences, speakers, press releases, colorful posters, ISAR’s proclamations, and much more! Interested parties may request a free IHAD planning packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email.

Shed Virtual Light on a Global Tragedy

 

ISAR’s 17th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD®) virtual vigil will be held once again on our website, www.isaronline.org. ISAR’s online vigil provides an option for those who cannot attend an IHAD observance in person to participate. ISAR’s computer-generated vigil allows visitors to light virtual candles online in memory of victims of pet overpopulation, thus further driving home the importance of spay/neuter. ISAR’s online vigil also presents visitors with the option to personalize their virtual candle with photos of their pets.

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards Continue to Fight Against Dog and Cat Overpopulation in 2018

 

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboard

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboard – Hwy 126 Pittsburg, KS

 

One of ISAR’s major tools in our effort to educate the public about the moral and other reasons for spaying/neutering companion animals is our billboard campaign.

Billboards certainly get out the message. That’s why ISAR conceived and implemented our Billboard Program years ago, emphasizing the spay/neuter education component of our anti-overpopulation mission.

As our supporters know, in 2017, ISAR enhanced our efforts to reduce dog and cat overpopulation by enlarging our existing outdoor advertising program and budget by creating and then installing in selected venues throughout the United States custom-designed, eye-catching Spanish language billboards carrying ISAR’s companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter solution messages, as well as prominently displaying ISAR’s phone number. ISAR was able to offer information about local low-cost spay/neuter information to those that saw our billboards and contacted us.

In 2018, ISAR has again expanded our billboard campaign to reach out to pet owners in low income areas to help them find low-cost spay/neuter services in close proximity to where they reside.

I’m pleased to report that in just the last few months, ISAR’s spay/neuter billboards have been posted in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

We know through experience that ISAR’s billboards have raised public awareness of dog and cat overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution, because of the volume of phone calls we receive seeking local low-cost spay/neuter information.

ISAR will continue to post our powerful spay/neuter billboards throughout the country to spread the spay/neuter message and prevent countless puppies and kittens from being born, thus saving countless numbers from a life of disease, pain, hunger, abuse, cruelty and, ultimately for many of them, a terrible death.

ISAR is most grateful to you, our supporters and friends for making our work on behalf of animals possible. With your future support, we shall continue to advance the rights of animals through law, legislation, and education.

 

Sincerely,

Susan Dapsis Signature

 

 

Susan Dapsis
ISAR President

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards Continue to Fight Against Dog and Cat Overpopulation in 2018

i Jan 19th

ISAR describes “overpopulation” as strays wandering the streets and roaming the countryside; puppies and kittens being cranked out of mills; pet shops selling companion animals, unwanted dogs and cats being killed in shelters because there is not enough spaying and neutering.

One of ISAR’s major tools in our effort to educate about the moral and other necessity of spaying/neutering of companion animals is our billboard campaign.

Billboards get out the message. That’s why ISAR conceived and implemented our Billboard Program years ago, emphasizing the spay/neuter education component of our anti-overpopulation mission.

As our supporters know, in 2017, ISAR enhanced our efforts to reduce dog and cat overpopulation by enlarging our existing outdoor advertising program and budget by creating and then installing in selected venues throughout the United States custom-designed, eye-catching Spanish language billboards carrying ISAR’s companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter solution messages, as well as prominently displaying ISAR’s phone number. ISAR was able to offer information about local low-cost spay/neuter information to those that saw our billboards and contacted us.

In 2018, ISAR has again expanded our billboard campaign to reach out to pet owners in low income areas to help them find low-cost spay/neuter services in close proximity to where they reside.

I’m pleased to report that in just the last few weeks, ISAR’s spay/neuter billboards have been posted in communities throughout Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin. In February, you can expect to see ISAR’s spay/neuter billboards in Kansas, Texas, and Wyoming.

We know that ISAR’s billboards have raised public awareness of dog and cat overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution, due to the volume of phone calls we receive from residents seeking local low-cost spay/neuter information.

ISAR will continue to post our powerful spay/neuter billboards throughout the country to spread the spay/neuter message and prevent countless puppies and kittens from being born, thus saving countless numbers from a life of disease, pain, hunger, abuse, cruelty and, ultimately for many of them, a terrible death.

“Thank You ISAR for Being Our Guiding Light”

i Sep 15th

…Patricia Chan, Director and Founder Spay Panama

 

International Homeless Animals’ Day in the Republic of Panama

 

The IHAD began on August 16, 2017, thanks to a matching grant from ISAR to spay/neuter 200 cats from the West Side of Panama City; this is crossing the bridge over the Panama Canal. The need is great and we aimed at 300 sterilizations, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and it rained the four days. Most of the cats were feral.

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

On August 17, 2017, three volunteers visit the nearest school to the IHAD spay event location to talk about responsible pet ownership and the importance to spay/neuter.

Un guardian responsable

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

Doctors and volunteers set up the equipment at the gym

Doctors and volunteers set up the equipment at the gym

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

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

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

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

115 cats and 70 dogs were sterilized.

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

 

Spay Panama

 

On the Air “En Español”: Spreading ISAR’s Spay Neuter Message Across the U.S.

i Aug 16th

Those listening to KMXX 99.3 and KSEH 94.5 radio stations in California’s Imperial Valley – a majority of whose residents speak Spanish – are hearing a vital Public Service Announcement in that language six times each day: “In the U.S., 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day … If you let your animal have a litter, even just one, these kittens and puppies will go on to produce more offspring – and very quickly, that adds up to many unwanted dogs and cats. Countless dogs and cats are killed in shelters each year because there is nowhere for them to go.”

Listeners are then advised to act responsibly by spaying and neutering their pets: “Your veterinarian or a low-cost clinic in your area can do the procedure. Fixed cats are less likely to get certain cancers and less likely to bite, fight, roam or run away.”

So, for a healthier and happier pet and to help improve the pet overpopulation problem, make sure you get your animals fixed right away.”

Sponsored by the International Society for Animal Rights and Advancing the Interests of Animals, this Public Service Announcement (PSA) is currently being heard on radio stations serving Spanish-speaking audiences across the U.S. From WHAT 1340, Philadelphia’s top Spanish language radio station, to WPSP 1190 in Palm Beach, Florida, which provides programming for Hispanics ages 25 and up, to KGRW 94 in Amarillo, which is the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, these stations – and dozens more like them – are getting the word out on the necessity of spaying and neutering.

As a result of ISAR’s efforts countless pet owners are learning how a simple procedure, performed by their vet or at a low-cost clinic, can help animals by fighting the curse of overpopulation.

ISAR’s Spanish PSA – along with spay/neuter billboards in English and Spanish in 30 U.S. states Canada and Ireland – is another powerful tool in ISAR’s crusade to keep the issue of animal overpopulation in front of the public and educate them on how to combat it.

Remember, Saturday, August 19 is International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®). Over 100 events will take place in more than 40 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and 10 countries.

The August 8 Washington Post featured an article on IHAD and quoted ISAR President Susan Dapsis: “Children can participate in IHAD by walking shelter dogs, grooming shelter animals and spending time with them. This will bring much happiness to the animals and prepare them for their journey to a new home.”

The article highlighted the work of the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand, where many of its 500 dogs are socialized and transported to North America for adoption.

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

i Jun 15th

On Saturday, August 19, animal lovers around the world will mark International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®). The International Society for Animal Rights launched the event in 1992 to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. For 26 years, on the third Saturday of August, rescue organizations, animal protection organizations and concerned individuals have joined ISAR in a day of hearts and hands, help and hope.

Last year, thousands of people – often accompanied by their pets – held candlelight vigils and rallies, marched through the streets of their towns and held adoption and microchip and spay/neuter events in two dozen U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and countries in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. From Rhode Island, where a Defenders of Animals gathering paid tribute to humane heroes, including members of RI Canine Search and Rescue Team and Warwick Animal Hospital, to the Dominican Republic where Cat Lovers RD launched a humane education program with an emphasis on proper pet care that will be taught in schools, animal lovers joined hands and raised their voices on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves.

Amigos Pro Animal AC

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

 

The first and only worldwide event that addresses the need for accessible and affordable spay/neuter programs, IHAD has garnered more supporters each year. This year promises to be the biggest commemoration of all with events in numerous countries.

To see how the momentum is building, follow ISAR on Twitter, is_ar (@is_ar) or our Facebook: 2017 IHAD Event Page and see how almost every day brings a new commitment: In Penang, Malaysia, the SPCA will distribute subsidized neutering vouches to pet owners; in Fitchburg, West Virginia, Brown Paws Rescue will sponsor an adoption fair; a Pawlooza adoption event is taking place in London, Ontario, Canada; SOS Chats is spreading the word on spaying and neutering in Neuchatel, Switzerland; and Spay Panama is spaying/neutering 300 stray animals. And that’s just a sample of what IHAD 2017 will offer.

Please use your energy and empathy to mark International Homeless Animals’ Day with an event in your city for town. To learn more about the Day and how you can hold an event, please visit us at International Homeless Animals’ Day. You can also contact us by email at Contact@isaronline.org or call 570-586-2200.

The Effect of ISAR’s Spanish Language Spay and Neuter Billboards on the Public

i Mar 16th

To increase participation in spaying and neutering, ISAR enhanced our other efforts to reduce dog and cat overpopulation by introducing in our Fall 2016 Newsletter our new “Spanish Language Outreach Program.”

We announced that we would try to reach the countless Spanish-speaking individuals and families throughout the United States who are custodians of intact dogs and cats.

The first component in our new campaign was to enlarge our existing outdoor advertising program and budget by creating and then installing in selected venues throughout the United States custom-designed, eye-catching Spanish language billboards carrying ISAR’s companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter solution messages, as well as prominently displaying ISAR’s phone number.

I’m pleased to report that in just the last few months, close to 20 of ISAR’s Spanish language billboards, have been posted in states from California to Pennsylvania, including Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and Illinois. With more postings occurring every month in population areas where there are considerable numbers of Spanish-speaking men and women living and working.

Because of our billboards, ISAR has already received requests from pet custodians in Los Angeles for low-cost spay and neuter information.

Now En Español: ISAR’s Spay/Neuter and Microchipping Statutes

i Feb 15th

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter and Microchipping Statutes

Harnessing the power of education to protect animals has been part of ISAR’s mission since it was founded more than 50 years ago. And our dedication to achieving this goal is just as strong in 2017.

ISAR’s multi-pronged effort, which includes partnering with our friends at Advancing the Interests of Animals, to educate pet owners, the public and legislators about the curse of companion animal overpopulation, and how they can help eradicate it, includes Spay/Neuter billboards in English and Spanish in 29 states, Canada and Ireland (with more going up each month). Soon, Public Service Announcements in Spanish will be distributed to Spanish-speaking radio stations throughout the U.S.

And, as the Spanish Language Outreach Program continues to expand, ISAR has translated its mandatory Spay/Neuter and Microchipping Statutes into Spanish. We hope animal rights activists – individuals and organizations – in Spanish-speaking countries will use these to galvanize legislators into enacting laws that benefit dogs and cats.

The benefits of mandatory spay/neuter laws are evident: fewer animals born means fewer animals that are homeless, abandoned and reproducing from an early age. The connection between the microchipping of companion animals and the scourge of dog and cat overpopulation is not as obvious but just as vital: Aside from the sadness of a pet straying from home and becoming lost, an animal that is not microchipped may never be found and it, and its progeny, will reproduce over and over. ISAR urges that both cats and dogs be microchipped.

Because of the importance of ISAR’s anti-overpopulation mission, our Spay/Neuter and Microchipping Statutes were generously translated into Spanish by Patricia Chan, the founder of Spay Panama, which has been sterilizing homeless animals or those cared for by low-income individuals since 2001 in the Republic of Panama. We urge animal activists and advocacy organizations to contact their legislators to demand that mandatory spay/neuter and microchipping statutes be enacted.

For those of you who reside in a Spanish-speaking country or other location and share our desire to educate pet owners and the general public – and especially legislators – about the crisis of pet overpopulation, the spay/neuter solution, and the benefits of microchipping, please contact your legislators and help them to enact these statutes into law. And please let us know if you succeed. We will share your success with others to inspire them to act.

The statutes in Spanish can be found on isaronline.org under the “Programs” drop-down menu at the top of the page, and then select “Dog and Cat Overpopulation.” Then scroll down to “Model Statutes.” Or click the links below:

Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute in Spanish
Mandatory Microchipping Statute in Spanish

As ISAR’s Spanish Language Spay/Neuter Program continues to post visually arresting billboards in primarily Spanish speaking neighborhoods in the U.S., supporters in Pennsylvania, should keep an eye out in mid-March when Spay/Neuter billboards go up in the Lehigh Valley area. Educating the public with eye-catching Spanish language billboards is a 2017 priority.

ISAR’s billboards are a great way to advertise shelter events, spay/neuter clinics, or for simply sponsoring the spay/neuter message. If you or your organization are interested in participating in ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboard Campaign, email ISAR at http://isaronline.org/programs/animal-rights-education/billboards/.

New Year Brings ISAR’s Spanish Language Spay and Neuter Billboards to Fort Myers, Florida

i Jan 17th

Puppy Billboard in Spanish

“No Deje Que Esto Suceda. Esterilice a sus mascotas” (“Don’t let this happen: Sterilize your pets”) Thanks to ISAR, residents of two Fort Myers neighborhoods – Tropic Avenue and Kennesaw Street, which have a large percentage of Spanish speakers – are now being reminded, every day and in Spanish, of the stark fact of pet overpopulation and how they can combat this continuing evil.

At the beginning of January, two billboards with arresting images of multiple cats and dogs, the above message in Spanish and ISAR’s phone number were posted on these busy Florida thoroughfares. Viewed daily by thousands of motorists, residents, visitors and owners of companion animals, the Spanish language billboards are part of ISAR’s Spanish Language Spay/Neuter Program that concentrates on areas with influential numbers of Spanish-speakers.

The billboards in Fort Myers are the first of the Spanish Language Spay/Neuter Program. They expand the overall program that, in 2016, saw more than 80 visually striking billboards installed along busy highways throughout 29 U.S. states, Canada and Ireland.

In 2017, ISAR hopes to post as many Spanish Language Spay/Neuter billboards as possible in areas around the U.S. that offer low-cost spay/neuter programs. These are a powerful weapon in the fight against dog and cat overpopulation. Partnering with Advancing the Interests of Animals, ISAR is targeting the millions of individuals and families throughout the U.S. who own unspayed or un-neutered dogs and cats. Educating these groups with eye-catching Spanish language billboards is an ISAR 2017 priority.

Kitten Billboard in Spanish

In Lee County, where Fort Myers is located, 18 percent of the population speaks Spanish, but the impact of Spanish language billboards becomes clear as 86 percent of Hispanics in the Naples-Fort Myers market speak Spanish at home. Advertising to them in Spanish is 55 percent more effective, and 4.4 times more persuasive than English, according to The Pew Hispanic Center.

If you live in Los Angeles, be sure to drive by ISAR’s Spanish-language Spay/Neuter billboards that, as of February 13, will be featured at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard and on Slauson Avenue in the Holmes Avenue neighborhood.

North of L.A., in Fresno, a Spanish language billboard will go up on February 13 in the vicinity of East Kings Canyon Road and South Dearing Avenue with another one posted on Grant Avenue. The latter will be visible in a neighborhood where 75 percent of the residents identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican and more than 50 percent of households speak Spanish.

And stay tuned, as ISAR makes its mark with Spanish language billboards in Philadelphia this spring.

The Spanish Language Spay/Neuter Program is multifaceted: ISAR’s Public Service Announcements championing the fight against pet overpopulation are currently being rewritten and translated into Spanish. These will be distributed to hundreds of Spanish-speaking radio stations throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.

In addition, ISAR is translating its model mandatory spay/neuter and related statutes into Spanish so that individuals and organizations advocating animal protection in Spanish-speaking countries abroad may use them as a basis for proposing legislation.

So as ISAR embarks on another year dedicated to using education and law to advance animal rights, a heartfelt Feliz año nuevo and Happy New Year to our supporters and those working to make dog and cat overpopulation a distant memory.

ISAR’s billboards are a great way to advertise shelter events, spay/neuter clinics, or for simply sponsoring the spay/neuter message. If you or your organization are interested in participating in ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboard Campaign, email ISAR at http://isaronline.org/programs/animal-rights-education/billboards/.