International Homeless Animals Day Date in the current year: August 17, 2024

International Homeless Animals Day International Homeless Animals Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in August every year. It was established by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) to raise awareness of the problem of pet overpopulation.

Pet overpopulation is a common issue of concern for animal protection organizations. 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 spaying/neutering animals to prevent them from unwanted breeding and supporting animal shelters.

International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) was first observed in 1992. Its popularity has been constantly growing since then. By now, it is celebrated in over fifty countries on all six populated continents. IHAD events and activities are held by animal welfare organizations, humane societies and concerned individuals from all over the world.

These events and activities may include, but are not limited to, adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, spay/neuter clinics, rallies, candlelight vigils, open houses, dog walks, award ceremonies, petition signings etc. IHAD is a perfect occasion to adopt a pet from the shelter or get your pet spayed/neutered if you haven't done it yet.

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