Did you know that “National Homeless Animals Day” is this Saturday, August 19, 2006?National Homeless Animals Day

The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) began “National Homeless Animals Day” to publicize the magnitude of the problem of dog and cat overpopulation, which condemns millions of animals to death every year in our country’s animal shelters. From modest beginnings in 1992, National Homeless Animals Day has grown enormously. Animal Rights/Welfare organizations, and individuals from around the world have taken part in the event to promote adoption and spay/neuter programs.

National Homeless Animals’ Day is always observed as the 3rd Saturday in August, this year being August 19, 2006. Organizations around the globe participate by finding new ways each year to mark the day: from open house at their shelter, mobile adoptions, spay/neuter or vaccination clinics, pet walks and days at the park, to full fledged candlelight vigils. It is up to each participating group to decide what would work best in their community and most effectively call attention to the issues. Often, as part of National Homeless Animals Day, governors and mayors across the country sign proclamations written by ISAR. These declarations urge people to act responsibly by having their companion animals spayed or neutered to help curb pet overpopulation, ultimately putting an end to the killing of healthy but homeless animals.

National Homeless Animals DayISAR’s goal this year is for all 50 states to be represented and for their international presence to grow as well. Individuals or organizations wishing to take part in National Homeless Animals Day can contact ISAR for a free vigil packet which contains materials on how activists can organize their own vigils, as well as helpful hints for holding a successful vigil.

We encourage you to check the events calendar in your community to find out if and how National Homeless Animals Day will be recognized in your area; or be proactive!
To request a packet, write or call:

International Society for Animal Rights
965 Griffin Pond Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
800.543.ISAR (4727)

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