ISAR Newsletter Spring 2018

i April 16, 2018

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, 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.



Susan Dapsis Signature



Susan Dapsis
ISAR President