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28 July 1999 Issue

National Homeless Animals' Day and Candlelight Vigil
From Susan Altieri, ISAR@aol.com

This annual observance is to be held on August 21, 1999. (It is always the third Saturday in August)

International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) created National Homeless Animals' Day, observed with Candlelight Vigils, to publicize dog and cat overpopulation in its overwhelming magnitude, and to increase public awareness of the millions of dogs and cats killed each year for lack of good homes, as well as the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.

From modest beginnings in 1992, National Homeless Animals' Day and Candlelight Vigils have grown enormously in both number and content. The Candlelight Vigils, perhaps more than any other event, dramatize the significance of the overpopulation problem and why the killing must stop. Dedicated shelter and animal control personnel, who must kill the animals at the cost of their own grief, plan beautiful, moving vigils. Many animals are adopted from shelters on this day.

As part of National Homeless Animals' Day, many governors and mayors sign proclamations written by ISAR. These declarations urge people to act responsibly by having their companion animals spayed or neutered to help curb pet overpopulation, ultimately putting an end to the killing of healthy but homeless animals.

National Homeless Animals Day has become an international event, with vigils being observed throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The motto of the day is Spay/Neuter...It Stops the Killing!

Individuals or organizations wishing to take part in National Homeless Animals Day can contact ISAR at the address below for a free vigil packet which contains materials on how activists can organize their own vigils, as well as helpful hints for holding a successful vigil. Anyone wanting to attend a vigil can also contact ISAR for updates on where and when vigils are being held.

ISAR, 965 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
e-mail: ISAR@aol.com
Phone: (570) 586-2200
Fax: (570) 586-9580

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