International Homeless Animals’ Day, celebrated each year on the third Saturday of August, was started by the International Society for Animal Rights. The purpose of this day is to shed light on the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the urgent need for affordable spay/neuter programs to help save the lives of animals.
Organizations around the world come together on this day to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. International Homeless Animals' Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, and heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians, humane officers and shelter personnel. Other activities include slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games.
If you are looking for a family pet, this would be a great day to visit the pet shelter and adopt a shelter aninmal. They make great pets... believe me because I have one!