International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD) is celebrated on the third Saturday in August every year.  This year it is 18th August 2018.  It was established by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) in 1992 to raise awareness of the problem of pet overpopulation around the globe.

Since that time, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day Observances have consistently grown in number. They bring people all over the world together to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution. By now, IHAD events have been celebrated in all 50 states of the USA and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries and on 6 continents, including Australia – saving millions of animals’ lives.

ISAR’s IHAD activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, 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.

Individuals, organisations and animal-friendly businesses wishing to take part in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day events can order a complimentary downloadable event planning packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email. The IHAD event planning packet includes guidelines for organising a successful awareness event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more!

Pet overpopulation is a common issue of concern for animal protection organisations. Millions of unwanted cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies are killed every year, but this is not the best way to deal with the problem. ISAR raises awareness of the importance of desexing animals to prevent them from unwanted breeding and supporting animal shelters.

Adopt a pet

International Homeless Animals’ Day 2018 is a perfect occasion to adopt a pet from a rehoming organisation or get your pet desexed if you haven’t done it yet.