Summer 2019 Newsletter

i July 15, 2019

Dear Friends,

In our Summer 2018 Newsletter ISAR was pleased to announce that Australian attorney, Tess Vickery, was awarded the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones 2018-2019 Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School.

SAR’s founder, Helen Jones
ISAR Founder and Animal Rights Pioneer Helen Jones


 We stated that in furtherance of the vision of ISAR’s founder, the late Helen Jones, and ISAR’s dedication to seek justice for companion animals by attacking the overpopulation scourge, we were proud to offer this full-tuition LL.M. scholarship that offers a foreign attorney the opportunity to earn the world’s only advanced degree in Animal Law. The International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones 2018-2019 Memorial Scholarship was offered to a foreign attorney who demonstrated “a sincere commitment to addressing companion animal overpopulation, and the many issues that flow from overpopulation.”  A requirement of the scholarship is that the recipient must return to his or her home country to engage in full-time Animal Law-related work for at least one year. 

 ISAR is now proud to announce that 2018-2019 scholarship recipient Attorney Tess Vickery has competed her LL.M studies at Lewis & Clark.

Ms. Vickery expressed her gratitude to ISAR stating: “It has been such a wonderful year. I have learned so much about the American Animal Law movement and have really enjoyed being a part of the Animal Law community here. It makes me excited to go back home and continue to help build the movement in Australia.  When I return to Australia, I plan to continue to provide assistance to a non-profit running consumer law cases against backyard breeders/puppy mills and being involved with my state bar committee on Animal Law.”

Just weeks after returning home to Australia Ms. Vickery provided an additional update, noting that thanks to ISAR’s support in obtaining her LL.M. degree in Animal Law she was offered and has accepted a position as legal advisor to a member of the Australian Animal Justice Party who was recently elected to parliament.  The Australian Animal Justice Party’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of animals by providing a dedicated voice for them in Australia’s political system. Our scholarship recipient will be at the center of that effort.

This is a great leap forward for the animals of Australia, ISAR is proud to have played an important role in it.

In light of the success of the first ISAR — Lewis & Clark scholarship, our program to offer an Animal Law LL.M scholarship to a non-U.S. attorney who demonstrates a sincere commitment to addressing companion animal overpopulation in their country is underway for the 2019-2020 academic year.   It looks like we have an outstanding candidate.  (Donations to ISAR can be earmarked specifically for this coming academic year’s scholarship, to be named after Alice Herrington, another pioneer of the animal rights movement.)  The scholarship will be named the International Society for Animal Rights/Alice Herrington Memorial Scholarship.

Seeds of Animal Law Grow Rapidly

ISAR’s long-time chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer first articulated his vision of using the law on behalf of animals at the “First National Conference on Animal Rights Law,” organized and sponsored by ISAR and Professor Holzer in 1981.

The conference had a significant impact on the attending lawyers who later connected to form a loose network and identified the tools necessary to establish a new discrete field of law respected today as “Animal Law.” 

The seeds that ISAR and Professor Holzer planted at the conference continue to grow exponentially. 

For instance, Slovakia took a historic step towards improving the status of animals by amending its law to define animals as living creatures and not as “things.” 

Additionally, the Michigan based organization, Attorneys for Animals, established the “Animal Friendly Attorneys Program” that helps consumers hire vegan and vegetarian attorneys who care about animal rights.

ISAR is proud of how the seeds we planted continue to blossom. We’ll keep our supporters informed as new growths in the field of animal law bloom in today’s jurisprudentially recognized field of Animal Law. Please visit our website often to read more about the flourishing seeds of Animal Law.

Support, Listen to, and Inform Others About ANIMALS TODAY RADIO

The signature program of the nonprofit organization, Advancing the Interests of Animals (AIA) is its weekly one-hour nationally syndicated radio show, ANIMALS TODAY. Currently in its eleventh continuous year, this program covers all things related to animals worldwide, with an emphasis on their protection.

Host Dr. Lori Kirshner and co-host/producer Dr. Peter Spiegel, interview animal protectors and rescuers, legislators and lawyers, filmmakers and authors from around the globe about the latest animal issues. Commentary, news and more lighthearted features round out this fast-paced and thought-provoking show.

ISAR continues to support Animals Today Radio through financial support.

Listeners worldwide may enjoy live shows via internet streaming, and past shows are archived on AIA’s website,

ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Set to Shed Light on Pet Overpopulation Epidemic and the Spay/Neuter and Adoption Solution

August 17, 2019 marks ISAR’s 28th annual commemoration of
International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®)

Please join us on Saturday, August 17th, as ISAR along with animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and abroad, join together to send the spay/neuter and adoption message.

About International Homeless Animals’ Day

Always observed on the third Saturday in August, IHAD sheds light on the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the urgent need for affordable spay/neuter programs to help save the lives of animals by educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and adopting their next pet from a shelter or rescue organization.

Over a decade ago, ISAR realized the need to bring widespread public attention to the overwhelming crisis of pet overpopulation, and in 1992 created and sponsored International Homeless Animals’ Day, a day that has come to symbolize hope for homeless and unwanted companion animals.  Since its inception, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day has continued to grow and gain momentum in the war against dog and cat overpopulation. To date, International Homeless Animals’ Day observances have been held in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries, and on 6 continents. 

Getting Involved is Easy

The need for companion animal sterilization to reduce the suffering in the lives of homeless companion animals has been emphasized by dedicated individuals, rescue centers, shelters, animal-protection groups and captured through events that create a positive impact on the lives of animals including candlelight vigils, spay/neuter and microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, adopt-a-thons, dog walks, open houses, information stalls, and much more.

We encourage local animal rescue and protection organizations, individuals, spay/neuter advocates, businesses, veterinarians, political leaders, local celebrities, teachers, library and museum associations, school students, and scouting groups to join our worldwide crusade to enlighten society, elected officials, and the media about the urgent need for affordable spay/neuter and adoption programs by organizing an observance in honor of International Homeless Animals’ Day.

ISAR offers a free IHAD planning packet to anyone who wishes to coordinate an event, whether 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.

All confirmed 2019 IHAD events will be promoted to thousands of people on ISAR’s website: and on ISAR’s online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.  

ISAR encourages our supporters to attend an IHAD event in their local community.  For those who live in an area without a confirmed event, please visit your local animal shelter or rescue and inquire about adoption and volunteer opportunities, donate much-needed supplies, and/or sponsor a spay or neuter surgery. 

Shed Virtual Light on a Global Tragedy

ISAR’s 18th 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 or in honor of a loved animal, thus expressing the importance of spaying/neutering and adopting from animal shelters and rescues. ISAR’s online vigil also provides visitors with the option to personalize their virtual candle with photos of their pets.

Connect with Us on Social Media

Join us on your favorite social networks and help spread the word about ISAR’s important work on behalf of animals.

ISAR communicates our message and current activities to thousands of people throughout the world by means of every traditional and modern method possible: postal newsletter, e-newsletter, website, blog, and social media. We encourage everyone who’s interested in animals and their protection to follow us on social media simply by clicking on the appropriate icons found at the bottom of ISAR’s Homepage, Social media platforms are a great way to keep up-to-date with all of ISAR’s activities and programs that promote and advance animal rights.

ISAR extends a heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters and friends for making possible our work on behalf of animals. Each year, your commitment and financial support allows ISAR to remain in the forefront of the battle for the rights of animals.


Susan Dapsis

ISAR President