ISAR Newsletter Autumn 2018

i November 15, 2018

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, COSTA RICA, FRANCE, GHANA, HONDURAS, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, IRAQ, LATVIA, LIBERIA, LITHUANIA, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, NIGERIA, PANAMA, PERU, ROMANIA, RUSSIA,SRI LANKA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, 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 around the world, 2018

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.



International Homeless Animals Day, 2018Each year, International Homeless Animals’ Day facilitates events that create a positive impact on the lives of animals. In 2018 many microchip vaccinations, and wellness clinics were held.  For example, free rabies vaccinations were provided to 250 dogs and cats at a drive-thru vaccination event at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit, South Africa, and more than 100 dogs and cats received free routine medical treatments at La Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales in Managua, Nicaragua. The Kurdistan Organization of Animal Rights Protection (KOARP), conducted a campaign to feed and provide medical assistance to homeless animals in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and in the Western Cape of South Africa, the DARG TEAM provided much needed food, shelter and medical supplies to animals in need.

In addition to the many spay/neuter, and medical clinics that were held 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 Florida, Mexico, Indonesia and the U.S. Virgin IslandsTo demonstrate their concern for homeless animals and promote the spay and neuter solution, the Humane Society of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands observed the Day with a candlelight vigil, Cats Angels of Fernandina Beach, Florida hosted a 2 mile walk toting signs prominently featuring the spay/neuter message, Amigo Pro Animals (APA) also held a walk in memory of homeless animals in Aguascalientes, Mexico and in Sanur, Indonesia, Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) provided educational information about responsible pet care.

International Homeless Animals’ Day adoption events took place throughout the United States and abroad.  Adoption fairs were hosted by animal protection organizations and rescues at local pet supply stores, shelters, parks, and many other venues. PetSmart Charities of Canada recognized International Homeless Animals’ Day with special adoptions events at several PetSmart locations, the Science Museum of Virginia hosted an adoption day and invited several local animal rescue organizations to participate, and the Moscow Cat Museum in Russia dedicated the day to promote the adoption of cats. ISAR is delighted to report that hundreds of formerly homeless companion animals have found homes.

IHAD 2018 in Canada, Virginia and Russia


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.

The enormous impact that International Homeless Animals’ Day has made around the world in the lives of animals and communities is incalculable. With our supporters’ dedication and financial support ISAR will continue our battle against pet overpopulation, through International Homeless Animals ‘Day and our other programs.




Susan Dapsis