International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) conceived and began International Homeless Animalsí Day (IHAD) in 1992. Since that time, ISARís International Homeless Animalsí 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 and the District of Columbia, in over 50 countries and on 6 continents, saving millions of animalsí lives.
"The first Homeless Animalsí Day and Candlelight Vigils were a beginning. ISAR is solemnly dedicated to keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public until victory is achieved and humane societies can return to their purpose of preventing suffering instead of being exhausted by ceaseless killing." - Helen Jones, ISAR Founder, 8/15/92
International Homeless Animalsí Day takes place on the third Saturday in August.
International Society for Animal Rights, (originally known as National Catholic Society for Animal Welfare, then Society for Animal Rights), was chartered in the District of Columbia over a half-century ago, in 1959, making organization one of the oldest animal protection organizations in the United States.
In 2023 International Homeless Animalsí Day in USA falls on August 19.