August 19: International Animal Homeless Day

On August 19, unite with other animal lovers around the world to advocate for homeless animals. Founded in 1992 by the International Society for Animals Rights (ISAR), the event brings together people from all over the world to shed light on pet overpopulation. The day has been celebrated across the United States, in over 50 countries, and on six continents.

What are some ways groups have honored International Animal Homeless Day? Some are simple, such as dog walks, slideshows, live music, raffles, open houses, rallies, and award ceremonies. Others are more involved, such as blessings of the animals, spay/neuter clinics, microchip clinics, adopt-a-thons, and speeches given by council members, veterinarians, humane officers, and shelter personnel.

Individuals and groups wishing to hold their own International Animal Homeless Day events can order a complimentary downloadable event planning packet by contacting ISAR through its website: http://isaronline.org/programs/international-homeless-animals-day-ihad/contact/. The packet includes tips on site selection, speakers, target audiences, poems, songs, and press releases. It also includes posters to advertise the event, and proclamations to be signed by your governor and mayor declaring the day as International Animal Homeless Day. Finally, ISAR guarantees advertisement of your event on its website and through its online communities such as Facebook and Twitter.

Not interested in hosting your own event? Nebraskans can join two animal rescue groups in their promotion of the day.

Organization:  Little White Dog Rescue (LWDR)
Date: August 19, 2017
Time:  12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Location: That Dog Wash, 1401 Jackson Street Omaha, NE 68102
Contact:  Jennifer Fredrickson, Phone:  402-709-4425;  Email: jjeusterbrock@yahoo.com
Website:  http://www.littlewhitedogrescue.org/
Event:  Meet & Greet on International Homeless Animals’ Day!
Details: Little White Dog Rescue invites you to come out and meet the dogs at That Dog Wash, Jackson St. Omaha, NE on International Homeless Animals’ Day, Saturday – August 19, 2017 from Noon to 2PM!  They have lots of wonderful dogs looking for their forever home.
Sponsor(s): Petsense
Date:  August 19, 2017
Time:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location(s):  Nationwide – Nebraska location:  Grand Island
Contact:  wowteam@petsenseonline.com
Website: http://petsenseonline.com/
Event: Operation Home – August Adoption!
Details: Join Petsense at any of their 160+ stores nationwide on International Homeless Animals’ Day, Saturday August 19, 2017 for a special adoption event.  Petsense helps educate the public on the importance of adopting and will partner with local shelters, rescues, and vendors to help home thousands of pets across America!

The simplest way to honor this day is to participate in ISAR’s online candlelight vigil. The virtual candle can be in honor/in memory of a furry loved one, someone who has dedicated their time to rescuing animals, victims of pet overpopulation, or to promote spay/neuter.

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