Each year, the third Saturday of August is the official International Homeless Animals’ Day. Hosted by the International Society for Animal Rights, this event is held to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and the many methods that can be used to help control this issue while providing a better quality of life for animals across the world.
This year, IHAD falls on August 18th, with numerous organizations taking part in the effort. What can you expect when participating? According to ISAR:
International Homeless Animals’ Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, and heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians, humane officers and shelter personnel. Other activities include slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games.
When communities come together to fight for animal rights and help educate others about why animal homelessness is such an important issue, it can make an enormous difference! If you’re looking for a way to get involved or help spread the word about International Homeless Animals’ Day, here are a few options ISAR recommends:
- Visit ISAR’s Event Schedule to find an International Homeless Animals’ Day Candlelight Vigil Observance in your area. (The vigil packet includes guidelines for organizing a successful vigil event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers and vigil events, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more!)
- Participate in ISAR’s 11th Annual Virtual Vigil and light an online candle for homeless animals.
- Click HERE to learn more about ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Billboard Campaign.
- Click HERE to advertise ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day online.
Have you ever helped a homeless animal in need? Did you ever provide a home for a previously homeless dog? Are there any organizations in your area that will be involved in this wonderful event? Let us know!
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