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International Homeless Animals Day

Show your support on International Homeless Animals Day - adopt, donate, or volunteer to make a difference in the lives of animals in need!
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Make sure to mark your calendar for International Homeless Animals Day, which takes place on the third Saturday of August each year. This day was first established in 1992 as an effort to bring attention to the plight of homeless animals around the world. Every year, millions of cats and dogs are in need of loving homes due to abandonment or overcrowding at animal shelters. On this day, we can all take action and help these animals by donating our time or money to a local shelter, volunteering at an animal rescue organization, or simply spreading awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Let’s work together to ensure that all pets have a safe and loving home!

History of International Homeless Animals Day

International Homeless Animals Day Dates

International Homeless Animals Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Homeless Animals Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) initiates the first International Homeless Animals Day to raise awareness about pet overpopulation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Global Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday begins to gain global recognition with events held in more than 50 countries, uniting animal lovers in a common cause.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Adoption Efforts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Animal shelters report increased adoption rates due to the awareness generated by the International Homeless Animals Day events.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Social Media Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>The influence of social media begins to play a significant role in promoting the day and encouraging more people to get involved.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>A Worldwide Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>On its 26th anniversary, International Homeless Animals Day is observed all over the world, highlighting the ever-growing need to address pet overpopulation and homelessness.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Homeless Animals Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Volunteering at a shelter is a great way to celebrate International Homeless Animals Day. Animal shelters are always in need of volunteers to help with feeding and cleaning up after the animals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a pet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Adopting a pet from a local animal shelter is another great way to celebrate International Homeless Animals Day. You'll be giving an animal a much needed home and you'll be rewarded with unconditional love.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Foster an animal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Fostering an animal is another way to help homeless animals on International Homeless Animals Day. Local animal shelters often have more animals than they can handle and are in need of foster parents to look after the animals until they can find a permanent home.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donating items such as food, blankets, toys, and other supplies to local animal shelters is another great way to celebrate International Homeless Animals Day. Many times these shelters are underfunded and any donations are greatly appreciated.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sharing your story of how you adopted or rescued an animal is a great way to celebrate International Homeless Animals Day. By sharing your story you encourage others to adopt or rescue animals and help them find their forever homes.</p></div></div>

Why International Homeless Animals Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raise awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Homeless Animals Day is a day to raise awareness about the plight of homeless animals around the world. Through raising awareness, we can help start important conversations and build bridges towards solving this problem.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourage adoption</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By observing International Homeless Animals Day, we can encourage people to adopt homeless animals into their homes. This helps reduce the burden on overcrowded animal shelters, as well as giving these animals a loving home with somebody who will care for them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Support animal welfare</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Observing International Homeless Animals Day helps support animal welfare organizations which are working hard to make sure that our four legged friends are healthy and well taken care of. By supporting these organizations, we can ensure that all animals have the basic necessities they need such as food, shelter, and healthcare.</p></div></div>

5 Unleashed Facts for International Homeless Animals Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the US each day</h3><p class='facts-content'>Compared to only 10,000 human births daily, this imbalance contributes to the high number of homeless animals.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated 2 billion each year to round up, house, euthanize and dispose of homeless animals.</h3><p class='facts-content'>Highlighting the economic benefit of supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Spaying and neutering can help curb overpopulation</h3><p class='facts-content'>By promoting responsible pet ownership and encouraging spaying and neutering, we can make a significant impact on the homeless pet population.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1</h3><p class='facts-content'>This shocking stat emphasizes the scale of the homelessness issue in the animal kingdom.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Only about 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered</h3><p class='facts-content'>The remaining majority of animals exacerbates the overpopulation problem and increases the number of animals without homes.</p></div></div>

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