Spring Newsletter 2019

i April 15, 2019

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to report Rhode Island may be the first state in the nation to enact legislation requiring the microchipping of all dogs and cats, adopting verbatim (without the preamble) ISAR’s Mandatory Dog and Cat Microchip Law.

The proposed legislation, S.B. 160, was introduced by Senators Erin Lynch Prata, Cynthia Coyne, and Stephen Archambault and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Thanks to the efforts of Dennis Tabella, founder of Defenders of Animals, RI, the ISAR- developed Mandatory Dog and Cat Microchipping statute will deter pet abandonment, facilitate recovery of lost pets, and substantially ameliorate the suffering of those individuals who lose a companion animal.

The Mandatory Dog and Cat Microchipping Statute can be read in its entirety on ISAR’s website at isaronline.org.

Those who favor the passage of this important legislation can contact the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support S.B. 160.

Norman, Oklahoma and Mercer County, West Virginia Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Legislation – ISAR Offers Assistance

Increasingly, municipalities throughout the United States are contemplating, and some are actually enacting, local laws that severely restrict or even prohibit the breeding of cats and dogs.

Recently, ISAR has been in contact with elected officials from both Norman, Oklahoma and Mercer County, West Virginia to guide them in their drafting of legislation for spay/ neuter ordinances, by providing our Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute. ISAR’s model statute requires the spaying and neutering of all dogs and cats regardless of source and would dramatically reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, have an adverse impact on the public health, safety, welfare, and environment.

ISAR encourages our supporters to keep us informed about current or pending mandatory spay/ neuter ordinances in their communities, so we can offer to assist in obtaining legislative relief for suffering animals.

ISAR’s Spay/Neuter Billboards Reach Thousands!

ISAR’s billboards have a major impact on communities throughout the country drawing attention to dog and cat overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.

In the last few months, ISAR’s spay/neuter billboards have been posted in multiple states throughout the country including Alabama, California, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

Viewed daily by thousands of motorists, residents, visitors and owners of companion animals, our brightly-colored billboards prominently displaying ISAR’s phone number raise awareness about the plight of pet overpopulation and promote spaying and neutering. 

In response to our billboard campaign, ISAR has received many calls from pet custodians seeking local low-cost spay/neuter information.

ISAR will continue to post our powerful spay/neuter billboards in an effort to educate the public about the moral and other reasons for spaying/neutering companion animals.

Join us in commemorating ISAR’s 28th annual International Homeless Animals’ Day® 

International Homeless Animals’ Day Publicizes Pet Overpopulation on a Global Scale

Beginning in 1992, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has been the first and only worldwide event focusing on the dog and cat overpopulation problem and urgent need for spay/neuter and adoption programs.

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, Mexico, Canada and abroad, though separated by geography, join together to send the spay/neuter and adoption message.

For the past quarter-century, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has continued to gain momentum in the fight against dog and cat overpopulation with events in all 50 American states and the District of Columbia, and in over 50 countries on 6 continents. 

There are a variety of ways you and/or your organization can participate: Pet adoptions; spay/neuter; microchip/vaccination clinics; educational events; candlelight vigils; blessing of the animals’ ceremonies; award ceremonies; marches; speeches by public officials, celebrities, local veterinarians and humane workers. All this information, and much more, is available in our free IHAD-2019 Planning Packet which interested parties may request by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email.

All registered IHAD events will be promoted to thousands of people on ISAR’s website, and social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Use the power of social media to promote International Homeless Animals’ Day!

What better way to enlighten others about IHAD, the pet overpopulation epidemic, and the spay/neuter and adoption solution than by spreading the word through social media?