2018 IHAD® Highlights

i Oct 15th

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) 2018 was celebrated for the twenty-seventh consecutive year on August 18 with over 100 observances taking place throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 25 countries spanning six continents including AUSTRALIA, CANADA, COSTA RICA, FRANCE, GHANA, HONDURAS, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, IRAQ, LATVIA, LIBERIA, LITHUANIA, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, NIGERIA, PANAMA, PERU, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SAINT THOMAS, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TRINIDAD and TOBAGO, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, VENEZUELA and VIETNAM.

The following text and photos below are examples of what ISAR’s IHAD looked like around the world.

IHAD 2018 in Panama, South Africa and Venezuela

In commemoration of International Homeless Animals’ Day 2018, in just six of over 100 domestic and international venues over 1,000 spay/neuter surgeries were performed preventing the birth of uncountable companion animals.

Spay and neuter events took place in Panama, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

In addition to the sterilization surgeries on International Homeless Animals’ Day, many organizations provided vouchers to the public for subsidized and free spay and neuter surgeries.

In addition to the many spay/neuter clinics that occurred on IHAD, other participants celebrated with observances that enlightened the public to the problem of companion animal overpopulation and the need for spay/neuter and adoption programs. This message was communicated through a variety of activities including candlelight vigils, adoptions, and educational and awareness events.

IHAD 2018 in Fort Myers, Florida, Orlando, Florida and Marbella, SpainGulf Coast Humane Society hosted it’s seventh annual International Homeless Animals’ Day candlelight vigil and adoption event in Fort Myers, Florida. Participants were invited to decorate a luminary bag and light a candle in remembrance of the countless animals euthanized due to pet overpopulation.

For the tenth consecutive year, animal advocate Susan Buser hosted a candlelight vigil in Orlando, Florida, to remember the victims of pet overpopulation. Vibrant signs boasting the spay/neuter message were posted throughout the vigil location.

The Marbella, Spain animal charity, Triple A – Marbella y San Pedro joined ISAR to celebrate the Day with a candlelight vigil and educational awareness event. Hundreds of candles were lit on a drawing of a dog and cat in memory of numerous animals that have been killed in Marbella’s municipal shelters due to lack of good homes.

IHAD 2018 Switzerland, Latvia and Cranston, Rhode IslandFor the 13th consecutive year, SOS Chats of Noiraigue held an information stall in Place Pury, Neuchâtel, Switzerland to educate the public about the many abuses inflicted on animals.

Defenders of Animals’ participated in IHAD for the 22nd consecutive year with a Humane Heroes Award Ceremony in Cranston, Rhode Island. Public officials and journalist were among those receiving awards for the significant impact they have made on animals throughout Rhode Island.

In Latvia, the Cat Care Community organized an exhibit at the Museum of Nature to educate guests about the plight of homeless street cats in the Latvian capital of Riga. A veterinarian spoke to the assembly about the proper care of cats and humane educational material was distributed to participants.

Proclamations

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 2018, ISAR gratefully acknowledges support from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Cumberland County, Tennessee Mayor Kenneth Carey, and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp.

Special Thanks

ISAR is extremely grateful to all vigil coordinators who generously donate their time, efforts and resources each year to bring 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 eliminate the worldwide pet overpopulation epidemic but we cannot succeed without the great efforts of our vigil coordinators. Thank you!

ISAR is grateful to all media and individuals who helped ISAR promote its 27th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day observances and conveyed the importance of spay/neuter through radio and television, newspaper articles, blogs, social networking, websites, and in other ways.

Please join us in commemorating ISAR’s 28th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day!

ISAR’s 28th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) will be officially observed on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Conceived and commemorated originally in 1992, ISAR’s IHAD is the first and only international event solely focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for affordable spay/neuter and adoption programs.

We encourage local animal rescue and protection organizations, individuals, spay/neuter advocates, businesses, veterinarians, political leaders, local celebrities, teacher, library and museum associations, school students, and scouting groups to organize an observance in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day.

IHAD activities vary, including educational events, candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, spay/neuter clinics, adoptions, shelter open houses, microchip and vaccination clinics, award ceremonies, marches, speeches by public figures, celebrities, local veterinarians, humane workers, and many more.

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 to join us on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in commemorating ISAR’s 28th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day.

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 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.

Together we will continue to be a voice for the animals and demand an end to the suffering and exploitation inflicted on animals each day.

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.

ISAR Newsletter Autumn 2017

i Nov 15th

President’s Message

Dear Friends,

ISAR is supporting a powerful new tool in the fight for one of our most important goals: ending the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. We are always searching for new ways to shed light on the overpopulation tragedy and the spay/neuter solution. We have found this in The Cat Rescuers (catrescuersfilm.com), a film documentary–in– progress that spotlights the epidemic of literally countless abandoned and feral cats on New York City’s streets, and the heroic efforts of four activists who hit the streets in Brooklyn to fight overpopulation.

ISAR recently had the opportunity to view the trailer of The Cat Rescuers. Believing it can help raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals not only in Brooklyn, but everywhere, ISAR provided a sizeable contribution through Kickstarter to put the funding for the documentary over the top.

The film’s producers told thousands of its social media supporters, “We made our Kickstarter goal, thanks to The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR), one of the oldest animal rights organizations in the U.S. They came in with a sizable contribution, putting us over the top! Thank you, ISAR!”

Stay tuned to hear more about this moving and motivating film and how rescue groups can screen it in their communities.

Animal Rights Law Reporter

 

We are pleased to inform ISAR’s supporters that the Animal Rights Law Reporter– founded and edited by Professor Henry Mark Holzer, and published by International Society for Animal Rights – is now part of the online collection of the Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University College of Law. Read all about it here.

Professor Holzer, chairman of ISAR, conceived the area of Animal Law as a distinct legal practice in the U.S. Animal Law did not exist as a separate legal specialty until 1973 when Professor Holzer filed the landmark lawsuit Jones v. Butz, which advocated for animals’ rights by challenging an exception under the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Act of 1958.

Professor Holzer’s lawsuit served as the opening salvo in what is still the emerging field of Animal Law. Since then, the interest in animal law of lawyers, law schools, the legal profession, the public, and the media has burgeoned.

Spanish Language Billboard Update

 

Tucson, Arizona, immediately across from Nogales, Mexico, is the site of one of ISAR’s most recent Spanish language spay/neuter billboards.

Spanish language spay/neuter billboards.

ISAR’s most recent Spanish language spay/neuter billboard.

 

Since January, ISAR spay/neuter billboards in Spanish have spread across the U.S. in cities with sizable Spanish-speaking populations: Fort Myers, FL; Fresno and Los Angeles, CA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA (English); Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Allentown and Easton, PA; Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, TX; Albuquerque and Anthony, NM; Chicago, IL; Springfield, MA; Providence, RI; Las Vegas, NV; Milwaukee, WI; and the above billboard in Tucson, AZ, which borders Nogales, Mexico.

In August, ISAR supporters in Patterson, NJ, and the New York metropolitan area saw a new Spanish language billboard in the neighborhood.

These billboards have caught drivers’ eyes, prompting numerous calls to ISAR requesting information on local low-cost spay/neuter programs.

Advocating for Animals: ISAR and Animals Today Radio

 

Animals – powerless and voiceless – have two committed and compassionate advocates in ISAR and Animals Today Radio. Since 2009, ISAR has been a major sponsor of the “Animals Today” radio program/podcast (animalstodayradio.com), an influential national voice that addresses a variety of contemporary animal-related topics with warmth, knowledge and a fierce love of all animals.

Hosted by Dr. Lori Kirshner, founder and President of Advancing the Interest of Animals (AIA), “Animals Today,” a project of (AIA), features news about animals, interviews with veterinarians and other experts, as well as discussions on the important issues affecting animals in the United States and around the world today.

Dr. Kirshner and Dr. Peter Spiegel, the other founding member of AIA, promote respect and compassion for wild and domesticated animals while educating listeners with an appealing mixture of wisdom and warmth. For example, the September 23 show featured Laura Beven, Southern Regional Director for the Humane Society of the United States, who provided a firsthand account of the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and how animal welfare groups, government agencies and individuals are working to protect and rescue animals affected by the disasters. On the October 7 show, Lori discussed the origins of the field of Animal Law, sharing the recently published International Society for Animal Rights Special Report, Seeds, that describes how Animal Law began and what it has become. Lori express her appreciation to ISAR’s chairman Professor Henry Mark Holzer saying, “We’ve come a long way! Congratulations to Professor Holzer and our most sincere thanks.”

A previous show introduced listeners to Meera Gajjar, an attorney with the Wildlife Whistleblower Program of the National Whistleblower Center. She discussed how animal lovers and advocates can confidentially report if illegal wildlife trafficking, logging, fishing and other wildlife laws are being violated. She stressed that whistleblowers who disclose original information concerning wildlife crimes that result in a successful enforcement action may receive monetary rewards.

Pet owners always tune in to hear Lori and Peter share tips on pet care, such as how to protect pets in hot weather (think ice cubes in water dishes that are placed out of the sun and portable water bowls when you leave home). Before walking your dog in hot weather, do you “test” asphalt by putting your hand on it? You should!

Anyone with an interest in animals – wild or domestic – and their welfare should tune in to Animals Today Radio: Live shows air and stream on Saturday, at 1 p.m.; check your local market for the station. Podcasts of shows are posted on www.animalstodayradio.com within 24 hours of airing and the page features archived shows.

So please, for some serious talk about animals and to hear what actions listeners can take to help animals locally, nationally, and around the world, listen to, learn from, and support Animals Today Radio!

International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2017: A Quarter-Century of Caring Continues

 

Across the world, Saturday, August 19 marked the 26th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®). In more than 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and more than 25 countries spanning six continents, hundreds of animal protection organizations celebrated International Homeless Animals’ Day. Every year, more and more organizations and animal lovers come together on the third Saturday of August to raise awareness of the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.

 

Vermont

Vermont

In Stowe, Vermont, the North Country Animal League Mutt Strutt attracted 60 people and their dogs of all shapes and sizes to Stowe Village for a parade through town followed by a festival on the events field in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day.

The Mutt Strutt event raised more than $6,000 for North Country Animal League to support its mission to promote 3 4 responsible and compassionate relationships between humans and animals through adoption, humane education, and spay/neuter initiatives. At least 10 of the dogs at the event had found forever homes through NCAL.

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Tri-County Animal Rescue in Clarion, Pennsylvania, hosted its fifth annual IHAD event in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Every year, the event draws more people for a day of fun and fostering love for animals and pet adoptions.

Festivities included a pet parade, pet blessing, animal advocate award presentation, and raffles to help raise money for the shelter.

Throughout the day, speakers from the Humane Pennsylvania Political Action Committee, Safe Haven Small Breed Rescue and Happily Ever After Rescue spoke on a variety of topics including the importance of spaying/neutering and banning puppy mills.

Participants ended the day by lighting luminaries (left) whose glow memorialized homeless animals’ suffering and brought the day to a close.

It was a day of hope and remembrance as Tails of Hope, which runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Hermitage, observed IHAD with events that included a candlelight vigil, led by the Rev. Joe Yurka, (bottom left) to pay homage to the millions of dogs and cats annually put to death in shelters.

“What we want to do is end this senseless killing,” said Tails of Hope board member Maleia James, who is president of Cat Landers. With Tails of Hope, “There’s no excuse now not to spay and neuter animals,” she said.

Rev. Joe Yurka

Rev. Joe Yurka

The city of Hermitage commissioners signed an IHAD proclamation, State Representative Mark Longetti and candidates for local office attended the event.

A beautiful evening and musical entertainment set the scene for those attending the 20th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil sponsored by Defenders of Animals.

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island-based non-profit has endorsed pro-animal legislation on the national, state, and local levels since 1978, and many of its accomplishments were highlighted during the vigil.

“We have always believed in this credo: ‘The smaller the victim, the bigger the crime,’” said Dennis Tabella, director of Defenders of Animals, seen speaking at left. “I have always taken the side of the underdog, and there is no greater underdog than the dogs and cats that are waiting for homes at our shelters or those poor souls that walk the streets and throughout our neighborhoods without the love and security from a human being.”

“The International Homeless Animals’ Day/Candlelight Vigil was held in conjunction with the International Society for Animal Rights campaign and serves as an opportunity for animal advocates from around Rhode Island to band together on a special day and jumpstart new spay/neuter/adoption campaigns,” said Tabella.

Defenders of Animals is dedicated to keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public. It’s crucial that Rhode Islanders have their cats and dogs spayed/neutered and support local organizations that work toward keeping the pet population down so that municipal and private shelters do not have to euthanize animal due to over population issues.

Switzerland

Switzerland

“Something good happens every time we hold this annual event – another cat or dog finds a home, another member helps to foster a dog or cat, or someone new volunteers to help out at an event,” said Tabella.

SOS Chats, held its 12th annual IHAD observance on the Place Pury in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Several guests came to show solidarity for animals abused and killed throughout the world, including a delegation from Kiev, Ukraine, journalists, politicians and celebrities. Each year, SOS Chats utilizes IHAD as a platform for gathering many signatures for their ongoing petition campaigns to protect the animals in Switzerland.

Colombia

Colombia

AnimaNaturalis Colombia, Humanitarian Management of Fauna Callejera, Donatón por los Animales, and The Spoon Revolution made the Donate for Animals 2017 IHAD event a day to remember at the Blue Pavilion of Plaza Mayor in Medellín. Music and fun set the tone but there was also a serious side as representatives of animal protection and adoption groups spoke about the need for spaying/neutering and laws protecting animals.

 

Venezuela

Venezuela

Using the power of social media and the internet, Red de Apoyo Canino observed International Homeless Animals’ Day with an E-Adoption (virtual adoption fair) on its social media channels, followed by a Google Hangout, where the organization provided information on adoption, fostering and spay/neuter campaigns.

Thanks to a generous grant from ISAR, Red de Apoyo Canino organized a three-day spay and neuter program in Sucre State, Venezuela (right), where 125 dogs and cats, many of them homeless, were sterilized, improving their quality of life and slowing the cycle of more unanted animals.

Panama

Panama

A matching grant from ISAR helped SpayPanama mark IHAD in the best way possible – with volunteers helping vets sterilize 200 mostly feral cats and 70 dogs (right) in the city of Parque Lefevre, Panama where many homeless animals live desperate lives. Said Patricia Chan, director and founder of SpayPanama, “Thank you ISAR for being our guiding light.”



Malaysia

Malaysia

SPCA Penang, Malaysia, alerted city residents to International Homeless Animals’ Day 2017 by sponsoring the SPCA Fun Photo Contest, themed “My Pet, My Best Friend.” City residents were invited to visit the SPCA Shelter to meet new animal friends available for adoption, learn how vital spaying/neutering is and considering volunteering.

The photo contest, winners and their best friends, (right), spurred interest in SPCA Penang, which houses 50 animals. Prizes of pet food were donated by a pet food company and a photo studio donated photo frames.

SPCA Penang added neutering vouchers prizes for each winner. SPCA administrator Leng Lily, was pleased with the turnout and press coverage by the Penang Star and Chinese media. “Events like our IHAD Open House encourage people to adopt pets instead of buying them.”

Chile

Chile

International Homeless Animals’ Day was observed at the Plaza María Luisa Bombal, Calle Villanelo, in Viña del mar, Chile, with a Venezuela Panama Malaysia Chile 7 responsible ownership pet fair. Mayor Virginia Reginato, participated in the open fair urging animal guardians to spay and neuter their companion animals.

Graduates of the local veterinary medicine college performed free veterinary check-ups for pets and provided information about caring for dogs and cats. Nonprofit associations related to the protection and defense of homeless animals also participated in the fair and provided information on responsible pet ownership and adoption of dogs and cats.

Russia

Russia

 

Calling for the protection of “our smaller brothers,” the Group for the Protection of Animals in Tver, a city 90 minutes northwest of Moscow, observed IHAD in Russia. Joined by several other animal rights organizations and with the support of the Gorky Library, a cultural mainstay in this city on the Volga River, the Protection of Animals’ supporters organized a successful pet food and medical supplies drive for animal shelters. Volunteers collected donated supplies at a booth featuring photos of animals for adoption in front of the Library and talked about the importance of spaying/neutering.

IHAD 2017 Proclamations

 

Recognition by local and state officials of the importance of each year’s International Homeless Animals’ Day is a vital part of keeping the issue of animal rights before the public and progressing proanimal laws through legislative bodies. Several animal protection organizations were presented with signed proclamations declaring August 19, 2017, as International Homeless Animals’ Day.

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp proclaimed Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals’ Day in the Virgin Islands, consistent with the observance by the International Society for Animal Rights. He called attention to the suffering of abandoned and homeless animals and the issue of pet overpopulation awareness. Mapp’s proclamation noted that millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized at U.S. animal shelters each year because homes cannot be found for them.

Michigan State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy promoted House Resolution 126, which declared International Homeless Animals Day throughout the state.

Sadly, Michigan is contributing to this troubling problem. According to a 2014 Michigan Shelter survey, nearly one out of every four animals that enter a shelter in the state are eventually euthanized.

“These are eye-opening statistics,” said Rep. Howrylak. “Unfortunately, many of these animals were loving companions who were ready to be adopted. Due to limited space at local shelters, these animals simply ran out of time to find a new home.”

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.

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.

IHAD – August 18, 2018

 

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

ISAR extends a warm invitation to all our veteran event coordinators, as well as to a host of new ones, to join us on Saturday, August 18, 2018 for International Homeless Animals’ Day. Please contact ISAR by mail, phone, fax, or email to receive an IHAD 2018 planning packet.

Together we will continue to be a voice for the animals and continue to demand an end to the suffering and exploitation inflicted on animals each day.

Sincerely,


Susan Dapsis
ISAR President

“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 https://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 https://isaronline.org/programs/animal-rights-education/billboards/.