Event to bring awareness to homeless animal issues
August 13, 2012 by Mark
A growing tragedy of global proportions has urged a few local organizations to bring awareness to the community on August 18. The tragic loss of unwanted animals is the focus for International Homeless Animals Day that will be held in Countryside Park, located in Portage, Indiana.
The International Homeless Animals Day event was started 21 years ago by the International Society for Animal Rights, but this will be the first official observance in Portage.
From 4:00 pm until dusk, the event will focus on the challenges that local animal welfare agencies face when pet owners aren’t educated or are unaware of certain issues. Suffering and euthanasia of unwanted companion animals result from owners that don’t spay or neuter their pet, which creates a tragic pet overpopulation. The event will include guest speakers, a pet costume contest, pet photography, and an ID tag booth. CPR Fund Rescue and Adoption, Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry, and LakeShore Paws are the three hosts of the event.
Local children from Aylesworth, Jones Elementary, and Liberty Elementary have made artistic depictions of their love for their pets to be displayed upon colorful posterboard. Almost 100 original art pieces will line a path to the candlelight vigil for memorializing pets that have lost their lives. The candlelight vigil will be held at the end of the day.
For more information, call 219-734-6936.