Law and Education Serving Animals

Mailing address:  P.O. Box F
Clarks Summit, PA  18411

Welcome to International Homeless Animals’ Day® (IHAD®) 2024!

Conceived and first commemorated by ISAR in 1992, ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day is a worldwide recognized and observed event commemorated annually on the third Saturday in August. This year the date is August 17th.

Reaching all corners of the globe, IHAD effectively brings together animal protection organizations, veterinary professionals, county executives, police officers, emergency responders, governors, mayors, local celebrities, librarians, business owners, community organizations, sports teams, youth clubs, schoolchildren and others to join forces with ISAR in an effort to halt the suffering of unwanted companion animals and feral and stray cats and dogs that have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves.

To date, International Homeless Animals’ Day observances have been held in all fifty American states and the District of Columbia, in over 85 countries, and on six continents.

IHAD event organizers address the plight of homeless animals with activities that enhance awareness, education and promote action in their local community.

Free and low-cost spay/neuter and microchip clinics, free veterinary care, adoption events, pet food donation drives, candlelight vigils, concerts to benefit homeless animals, educational and awareness webinars, are just a few of the activities that take place on International Homeless Animals’ Day throughout the world.

As a direct result of ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day:

    • Thousands of dogs and cats have been spayed and neutered, preventing the birth of uncountable, unwanted puppies and kittens, sparing them from a life of feral existence, premature deaths, and too often fates worse than death.
    • Countless cats and dogs have found permanent loving homes, thus reducing the numbers of unwanted shelter animals, and countless strays who roam the streets and countrysides, battling against hunger and abuse.
    • Media coverage from newspapers, radio and television stations, along with numerous online resources have shined a global spotlight on International Homeless Animals’ Day and related events taking place around the world, enlightening the public about the tragedy of homeless cats and dogs and the spay/neuter and adoption solution.
    • Humane-minded governments and elected officials have used International Homeless Animals’ Day to promote positive changes for animals in their local communities, through declarations and other activities.  

The materials in ISAR’s Event Planning Packet will help guide you through a successful IHAD observance.  As soon as you have confirmed the time and location of your event, please take a moment to register your event.  Or you may email your event details to us at This important information will help us to direct the media and interested individuals to your event and enable us to list your details on our website, and share your posts on ISAR’s social media networks.

Once again, thank you for serving as an International Homeless Animals’ Day event coordinator.