August 15, 2020 marks ISAR’s 29th annual commemoration of
International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®)
Conceived and commemorated by ISAR in 1992, International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) is the first and only worldwide event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for affordable spay/neuter and adoption programs.
Always observed on the third Saturday in August, on International Homeless Animals’ Day animal protection organizations, animal advocates, shelter personnel, humane officers, veterinarians, local celebrities, business owners, community associations, police officers, governors, mayors, and others from around the world, joined forces with ISAR to shed light on the overwhelming tragedy of dog and cat overpopulation and the solution: spay/neuter and adoption.
To date, ISAR’s IHAD observances have been celebrated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries, and on 6 continents.
IHAD is often marked with candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, spay/neuter clinics, adopt-a-thons, animal shelter open houses, microchip clinics, and much more.
This year observances will look a little different due to the pandemic. Many participants are planning virtual events in their local communities to celebrate the Day.
If you are interested in participating in International Homeless Animals’ Day and would like to receive an IHAD planning packet that includes press releases, colorful posters, ISAR’s proclamations, and much more please contact ISAR by mail, phone, or email.
All confirmed 2020 IHAD events will be promoted to thousands of people on ISAR’s website and on ISAR’s online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.