August 18th is International Homeless Animals’ Day. This day is marked on the 3rd Saturday of August. Communities around the world raise awareness of helping pets in needs by hosting adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, rallies, dog walks and speeches by local vets, and shelters. If you’re a pet owner today is a great reminder to have your furry friend spayed or neutered. Reducing the overpopulation of pets will keep homeless animals out of shelters and off the streets. If your family is ready for a pet consider adopting one who desperately needs a home. Reducing the number of animals in shelters helps keep costs down at these facilities that mostly rely on donations. You can also save an animals life when you adopt them from a pound that has overcrowding.

If bringing a pet into your home isn’t for you you can still help homeless animals. Consider volunteering at your local shelter or making a small donation. Many shelters appreciate bags of food, leashes, chew toys, blankets or anything else that might help their animals. You can also visit: http://www.isaronline.org/ihad_2012.html to find events today in your community.