Sunday, August 15, 2010

International Homeless Animals Day

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”                             Ghandi

August 21, 2010 marks the 19th Annual International Homeless Animals Day. In an effort to raise awareness about the extreme overpopulation affecting animal shelters, The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR)will hold events and candlelight vigils across the world in honor of those animals that have lost their lives due to overpopulation.

Every year more than 4.5 million dogs and cats die in local animal shelters due to a lack of space. For the past 19 years, organizations such as ISAR have promoted new ideas and efforts to maintain the pet population with spay and neuter programs. One of the kindest acts people can perform to save the lives of animals is to spay or neuter their pet, which prevents homeless animals from ever being born in the first place.

From a simple spread of the message, to attending fundraisers for shelters to help keep their spay/neuter programs thriving, we all can help the cause in keeping shelter populations at a minimum.

Part of the problem stems from the way people choose to adopt a dog in the first place and many dogs end up right back in the shelter when the owner cannot properly fulfill that dog’s needs. They choose a dog that does not fit their energy or lifestyle.

If you would like to attend a vigil in your area,
check out the event listings.

You can also participate in an online Virtual Vigil.

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