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.