Each year since 1992, on the third Saturday of August, ISAR's conceived and annual International Homeless Animals' Day® observances have proven a useful weapon in reducing suffering in the lives of homeless companion animals. As a result of International Homeless Animals' Day events, thousands upon thousands of shelter animals have been adopted into loving new homes and countless more have been spayed/neutered.
ISAR's International Homeless Animals' Day campaign serves as an opportunity for animal advocates from around the globe to band together on a special day and jump start new spay/neuter/adoption campaigns while rekindling existing programs in their communities that raise awareness about pet overpopulation.
Humane societies, animal protection organizations, and concerned individuals mark the Day with candlelight vigils, spay/neuter and microchip clinics, adopt-a-thons, pet walks, information stalls, and often host guest speakers; including elected officials, veterinarians, shelter personnel, media personalities, local celebrities, and many more.
For instance, this year participants at Defenders of Animals 20th Annual International Homeless Animals' Day Candlelight Vigil in Rhode Island will honor local police and fire personnel, city council members and State Sen. Dominick J.Ruggerio, for their commendable work protecting animals. Advancing the Interests of Animals in Southern California will feature special guest speakers: former LA animal cruelty prosecutor and humane education specialist, Bob Ferber, and Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz representing the City's historic Fifth District.
Pawlooza, Canada, is gearing up once again to welcome more than 25,000 people and over 6,000 canines to their "ultimate dog party," while hosting dozens of animal rescue groups featuring companion animals available for adoption.
Taking place on International Homeless Animals' Day this year, Empty the Shelter Day will be the largest adoption event held across North Texas with an unprecedented number of municipal and non-profit animal shelters joining forces to offer free adoptions on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
ISAR's new website, www.homelessanimalsday.org, is now publicizing these and many other events taking place on International Homeless Animals' Day 2014. If you find there is not an International Homeless Animals' Day event in your area, ISAR invites you to light a candle in its 13th annual virtual online vigil. ISAR also encourages the public to visit their local animal shelters, become a volunteer, donate much needed supplies, sponsor a spay or neuter surgery, and/or promote ISAR's website, www.isaronline.org, to enlighten others about the pet overpopulation epidemic and its spay/neuter solution.
There has never been a more important time than now to make a positive difference in the lives of companion animals!