International Homeless Animals Day
International Homeless Animals Day began by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) in 1992. They realized there was a big need for a sad reality: dog and cat overpopulation in shelters and a need for spay/neuter and adoption programs. The day takes place every year on the third Saturday of August. This year will be celebrated on August 18th and will be the day’s 27th anniversary. It is still the only internationally day recognized to bring attention to the plight of homeless animals.
Since the first international Homeless Animals Day, the day has considerably grown in recognition and events. It is now celebrated in all states, the District of Columbia, 50 countries and 6 continents. Along with ISAR, animal protection organizations, humane societies, rescue groups, veterinary professionals, caring individuals, public officials, and animal-friendly businesses all have shown support and spread awareness of the day and the message behind it.
These organizations and passionate people just don’t go around handing out pamphlets though! There are many activities to get people involved which may include educational events, candlelight vigils, blessing of the animals ceremonies, discounts on spay/neuter clinics, adoption events, shelter open houses, live music, raffles, microchip clinics, award ceremonies, marches, and speeches by public figures and those who work tirelessly to help homeless pets. If you are interested in participating in activities near you, you can visit the ISAR’s website at http://isaronline.org/programs/international-homeless-animals-day-ihad/.
Please support ISAR in celebrating International Homeless Animals Day, whether it be using social media platforms to spread awareness of the day or attending an event. By being the voice of animals, ISAR is hoping to continue to bring about change for animals who deserve to be heard.