Monday, December 30, 2013

ISAR Volunteers


ISAR Volunteers
The United States of America is known as a volunteer society. The annual dollar amount of private charity is astronomical, and the number of hours spent by Americans in volunteer activities is incalculable.
Physicians donate their services, lawyers represent indigent clients pro bono, retirees visit nursing homes, scouts clean up neighborhoods -- and so it goes throughout the country.
Several years ago ISAR solicited volunteers to assist us in our animal rights activities, and we repeat that request now.
ISAR volunteers in their own neighborhoods and states -- acting as ISAR's eyes, ears, and often our voice -- perform many functions. Among other activities, they distribute ISAR Reports, attempt to have elected officials introduce ISAR-drafted legislation, write ISAR-generated letters-to-the-editor, introduce ISAR's public service announcements to radio and television stations, organize ISAR's annual International Homeless Animals Day vigils, and generate interest in ISAR's highway billboards. And more.
Individuals interested in becoming ISAR volunteers need only review the volunteer options listed HERE, choose their areas of interest, and contact us.

Sunday, December 1, 2013




After years of campaigning for the United States Postal Service to issue a spay/neuter postage stamp, ISAR's efforts, with the help of others, were rewarded by the issuance in September 2002 of two such stamps, one depicting a puppy and the other a kitten. The humane educational value of these stamps cannot be underestimated, since the stamps' printing was in the range of some 80 to 100 million each.

For the past 13 years ISAR has been trying to convince the United Nations Postal Administration to issue a comparable stamp.
Supporters of ISAR know that we have long stressed the correlation between the overpopulation of dogs and cats, and the cruelties visited upon them, and the adverse impact on the public health, safety, welfare and environment. While overpopulation's unfortunate and damaging consequences are everywhere to be seen and experienced in the United States, the fate of unwanted dogs and cats elsewhere in the world -- not only in the so-called undeveloped and under-developed countries -- is nothing short of horrendous, as those of us who care about the wellbeing of those animals know.

For any organization, ISAR included, to engage in overpopulation and spay/neuter public education in those countries, enormous human and financial resources would be required. As a practical matter, with so much to be done in the United States, little overpopulation-spay/neuter public education can be done abroad. But there is something that can be done to send the spay/neuter message around the world, at no cost to American animal rights organizations: issuance by the United Nations of a spay/neuter stamp.

Stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration serve the purpose of raising the consciousness of those who view them. A United Nations commemorative stamp carrying the "Spay/Neuter" message would provide a way to educate the public on dog and cat overpopulation worldwide. With spay/neuter stamps issued from United Nations offices in New York City and abroad, the educational value of the spay/neuter stamp would extend worldwide and serve to educate countless people on the importance of spaying and neutering.

Annually, six innovative U.N. commemorative stamps are produced and put on sale for a period of twelve months. Stamps from the United Nations are recognized as postage when applied on mail from United Nations offices. The perils of dog and cat overpopulation need to be addressed because it is a worldwide concern. With a United Nations stamp depicting the importance of the spay/neuter message, we would be one step closer to raising the world's conscience about the battle against dog and cat overpopulation.


WHEREAS, the problem of dog and cat overpopulation is widespread throughout the world, and

WHEREAS, unwanted dogs and cats, through no fault of their own, have an adverse impact on the public health, safety, welfare and environment, and

WHEREAS, unwanted dogs and cats experience suffering and untimely, and often cruel, deaths, and

WHEREAS, one method of reducing these problems is through spay/neuter programs, and

WHEREAS, for such programs to be created and implemented, the world-wide public's awareness of the spay/neuter message must be heightened, and

WHEREAS, one method of heightening that awareness is through the production of United Nations postage stamps carrying the spay/neuter message,

NOW, THEREFORE, we the undersigned, hereby petition the United Nations Postal Administration for the creation and distribution of a postage stamp (or stamps) carrying the spay/neuter message.