International Homeless Animals' Day opens eyes and raises awareness

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In 1992, Helen Jones -- the International Society for Animal Rights founder -- declared every third Saturday in August to be International Homeless Animals' Day.

Shockingly, only one out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home, and homeless animals outnumber homeless people at a ratio of five homeless animals to every one homeless person.

IHAD is very important, especially when it comes to adopting homeless cats and dogs. Due to the lack of adoption, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren't enough adoptive homes for the animals.

Since its creation, IHAD has been celebrated in all 50 states in the U.S., and in over 50 countries and 6 continents. Activities for IHAD often include adopt-a-thons, candlelight vigils, spay and neuter clinics and microchip clinics.

See the gallery below for a collection of photos of adorable pets:

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International Homeless Animals' Day opens eyes and raises awareness
Tag a friend & Write a caption for this photo! #DoxieBunny ________________________________________ Use the code SCRAPPY for 10% off a Barkbox order at Barkbox.com ________________________________________ #adoring#aplacetolovedogs#photooftheday#follow#dogsofinstagram#dogstagram#dogscorner#happy_pet#swagpets#bestanimal#placingpets#petsmart#petco#followme#fluffypack#houndsbazaar#atdogs#bestwoof#weeklyfluff#barkbox#dachshundsonly#petscorner#barkbox#dachshund#featuremydoxie#doxiefever#sausagedogcentral#DailyDoxie_1
Pudge is kicking off April with #30daysofbiking 🚲 APRIL FOOLS! There's no way Pudge is going to be biking herself anywhere. She much prefers being escorted in her basket 💁 #goals #queenP #pudgethecat
My beautiful little flower girl 🌸🌻🌺
#ThrowbackThursday #TBT Mean muggin' lil nugget #babybarkley
#tbt last year's Easter pic. Check back Sunday 4 this year's pic. 😽 #aww #easter #kitty #venus
When you're tired and not in the mood to be around other peeps. 😑🙈 #CanIGoHomeNow? #ThoseCuteEyesTho
Hands up if you love Fridays 🙌 #morningstretch #fbf
I would not eat any chocolates you find left behind by these two Easter bunnies. Those are not Cadbury Easter eggs.
Thank you @lovefastbook so much for sending us our very own personal photo album. We had a lot of fun making it and it was fast and very easy to make. We love it so much! Thank you again @lovefastbook If you want to, you can try it too, use this code: FASTBOOK10 to get 10% off your album.
Smile morning!!😊🐶😊今日もいい天気〜\(^o^)/ 最高!
Barooo!!! Don't forget to enter the @radcliff_corgis and @crochetitquick Easter contest! Go to their accounts to see how you can be a part of it!!! Super cool shizzle 😎😎😎 @radcliff_corgis @crochetitquick #radcliffcorgis #crochetitquick #threecorgis #corgi #cute #love
Wabbit season
The first day of spring, and the 1,368th day of BUB on earth. #lilbub
Does your pooch like to dress up? Show us your best Easter shot and #LIFESAPOOCH. @furpawlover makes a pretty cute bunny, don't you think?🐰 #LAPDOG #LAP #easter #dressup #pooch #lovedogs #puppies #goldensofig #goldens #lovebug #cutiepie #carrots #bunnyordog #easter2015 #poochpics #poochpals #featurepets #pets #tagyourdog #pupalup #harmony #famouspooch #dogfame #cockerspaniels #precious #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram
💛 #weareback #nyc #spring #piers #chill #hudsonriver #nofilter #ginger #gin #cute #pomeranian #pom #pommy #love #instadaily #instapet #picoftheday
なびく毛が無い。#短毛#白黒猫#桜#桜満開#猫と桜#おすまし#野良猫じゃないよ#juntowa
When you buy your girl flowers, but they're the wrong kind. 👀🙈 #corgi #flowers #dog #sorry #sorrynotsorry
A bundle of mad doodles and a tiny sully in the background 😍
#GILESFRIENDS OK Giles.... Thanks a lot buddy!!! See what you started? -LOL Coach @gilesthepug
"I know they say dogs are wo/man's best friend, but when I got my first wriggling fur ball I never imagined this: that running around with Luna makes me feel like I'm six again, where everything is new and bewildering and exciting. That exploring with Luna always charms an unrestrained and guileless and simple smile from me. That being with Luna is like setting off on an adventure and simultaneously coming home. I was once asked, "If you could go anywhere in the world right now, would it be to a 'where' or to a 'who'?" I'm lucky to say that both are at the same place so I'll never have to choose!" writes @lovely.lunabear #dogsofinstagram #dog
buddy and i are teaching the new guy the ropes around our backyard shenanigans. we are pleased with his mischief learning curve. #b3misfits
Can't get enough of Spring! 🌻🌷 _____________________________ Spring is full of transformation, life and new beginnings! To celebrate our love of Spring, we are hosting a fun photo contest with a few of our favorite IG friends! One GRAND PRIZE winner will walk away with a @r2ppet pet bed and toys, AND a feature on the hosts' accounts (307k shoutout!) Two runners-up will receive toys. TO ENTER: 1) Check out the contest hosts: @chompersthecorgi @3bulldogges @iheartmiles @r2ppet 2) Post a NEW photo of your pup celebrating Spring. This could be anything from playing in flowers to jumping for joy.🐾❤️Be creative! 3) Tag your photo with #R2PSpringFling __________________________ Contest runs from now until Saturday April 4th at 11:59pm PST. International entries welcome. Enter as many pics as you'd like. Winners will be posted shortly after. Good luck!! 😍💐
sister photobomb 👯 #remyandclaudia #photobomb #sisters
Thanks for the shoutout @thedogist 🐶
Spotted the same Easter bunnies from last year. #Jazzy_Bunny . 🌾🐰🐰🌾
Today is a very special day - Chompers' Gotcha Day! ❤️🐾 This photo was taken the day he came home with us on Easter Sunday two years ago. Can't believe how time has flown. We love you and are so blessed to have you, little one! 😍🐺 #ChickMagnetFromTheBeginning
夜ムサシ。サクラサク。Cherry blossoms.🌸 #どたま祭 #mck #cat #キジトラ #ムサシさん
"Trying to get bae's attention like" -Doug
Ready for 1. Spring Clothes 2. Easter Candy 3. April. In that order. Now, please. 🌸🐰💐☀️🌷
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