The first Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils were a beginning. ISAR is solemnly dedicated to keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public until victory is achieved and humane societies can return to their purpose of preventing suffering instead of being exhausted by ceaseless killing.
Helen Jones, ISAR Founder, 8/15/92
ISAR conceived and began International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) in 1992. Since that time, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Observances have consistently grown in number. They bring people all over the world together to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. By now, IHAD events have been celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries and on 6 continents, saving millions of animals’ lives.1
Animal protection organizations and concerned individuals from around the world come together on the third Saturday of August each year to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. ISAR’s IHAD activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, and heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians, humane officers and shelter personnel. Other activities include slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games. Individuals, organizations and animal-friendly businesses wishing to take part in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day events can order a complimentary downloadable event planning packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email. Our IHAD event planning packet includes guidelines for organizing a successful awareness event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more! Don’t miss out on ISAR’s free IHAD Planning Packet – contact us for one today!
In addition to your downloadable copy of ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day vigil packet you will receive our IHAD posters to advertise your event, Proclamations to be signed by your governor and mayor declaring the day as International Homeless Animals’ Day, coloring sheets and more through the U. S. Postal Service. Your participation in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day will guarantee advertisement of your organization’s event to thousands of people on ISAR’s website, as well as promotion on ISAR’s online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.
By coming together 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.
16th Annual Virtual Vigil in 2017
IHAD 2017 Facebook Event Page
Representative press information
13-Jul-16: ISAR’s 25th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) Will be Officially Observed on Saturday, August 20, 2016
Conceived and commemorated originally in 1992, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) is the first and only worldwide event that addresses the urgent need for affordable spay/neuter programs.
14-Aug-15: ISAR’s 24th Annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) To Unleash Pet Overpopulation Awareness Campaigns Worldwide on August 15, 2015
On Saturday, August 15, 2015, ISAR will join forces with humane societies, animal protection organizations, animal-friendly businesses and concerned individuals to shed light on dog and cat overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter.
20-Jun-15: ISAR’s 24th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD™) recognizes urgent need for spay/neuter
International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD™), conceived and commemorated by ISAR more than 23 years ago, has reserved the third Saturday of August each year to shed light on pet overpopulation, a global tragedy that affects communities all around the world, and its simple solution: spay and neuter.
26-Jun-14: ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® Raises Much Needed Awareness About Pet Overpopulation Epidemic
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.
14-Aug-13: ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® Bonds Communities Worldwide Against Pet Overpopulation
More than 20 U.S. states and 17 foreign locations will band together on Saturday for ISAR’s 22nd annual International Homeless Animals’ Day.
15-Aug-12: ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® Unleashes Spay/Neuter Campaigns into the Spotlight
Be a part of something special and join ISAR for the 21st annual International Homeless Animals’ Day, which will be commemorated on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
17-Aug-11: ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigils Shed Light On a Global Tragedy: Pet Overpopulation
In 1992, ISAR conceived and commemorated International Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils, an important educational tool designed to shed light on a crisis that affects cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, in addition to many humans, on a global scale: pet overpopulation. Each year, on the third Saturday in August, ISAR has conducted International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil observances around the world while promoting pet overpopulation’s simple solution: spay/neuter.
19-Aug-10: ISAR Sheds Light On A Global Tragedy
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 is continually grateful to all those who help ISAR promote our annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observances and the important spay/neuter message. Many advertising outlets assist ISAR each year to shed light on pet overpopulation. We greatly appreciate every radio and television interview, newspaper article, letter-to-the-editor, blogs, YouTube videos, websites, and social networking sites including Facebook, and Twitter all of which have helped ISAR to enlighten the public to the tragedy of pet overpopulation and its self-evident spay/neuter solution.
For example, in 2016:
Blogs concerning International Homeless Animals’ Day:
IHAD Publicizes Pet Overpopulation on a Global Scale
IHAD Raises Much Needed Awareness About Pet Overpopulation Epidemic
IHAD Impact: Florida, Mexico, Panama
IHAD Bonds Communities Worldwide Against Pet Overpopulation
IHAD Sheds Light On A Global Tragedy: Pet Overpopulation
Animal Rights, Camera, Action! Take two…
IHAD: August 21, 2010
Shed Light On A Global Tragedy
Join ISAR in commemorating our 19th IHAD and Candlelight Vigils 2010