IHAD 2007

National Homeless Animals' Day 2007

(This event will be called International Homeless Animals' Day [IHAD] beginning next year.) The Queenie Foundation coordinated its 12th and Connecticut's first annual National Homeless Animals' Day on August 18 at Windsor's Northwest Park. We were thrilled to have The Corby's, CT's own Celtic band, as musical entertainment during the Meet 'n Greet. Organizations from northern CT set up their tables, brought some of their foster dogs and put out literature to inform the public on animal issues. The purpose of National Homeless Animals' Day, which was created by the International Society for Animal Rights in Clarks Summit, PA in 1992, is to alert the public that millions of dogs, cats and rabbits are killed in our shelters every year and that spay/neuter is the solution. We invite the public to meet rescues and other animal advocate organizations so that it can see who's at work in the community and in what capacity. We invite the public to volunteer and get active so that more animals can be saved and re-homed. The rescue/advocate organizations that attended the event were: Minpin Rescue, Out to Pasture, Compassionate Living Project, National Institute for Animal Advocacy, Northern CT Vegetarian Society, Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue, House Rabbit Connection, Wallingford Animal Shelter, Cats Northeast, Friends of Mansfield Animal Shelter, Compassionate Care Animal Center, Grey2K, Friends of Windsor Locks Animals, Animal Alliance Welfare League, Labs4Rescue and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - Northeast Chapter.

We were also pleased that Tails of Joy, a non-profit animal assisted therapy organization, Soul Star Healing and Kindred Spirits Pet Accessories joined us, as well. Bank of America, BellWeb Designs, Dallas, TX and Nefco Corp., East Hartford were our proud sponsors.

We were thrilled that Julie Lewin, President of the SNational Institute for Animal Advocacy and author of Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need was our featured guest speaker. Julie's book is winning critical acclaim in and out of animal circles. For anyone who is committed to creating voting blocs in their community to get legislators to pass animal protection legislation, Julie's book is the quintessential manual to use. "No other issue group attempts to impact laws through charities," Julie said. "In order to pursue a political agenda you have to be able to endorse candidates." Our volunteers for this event who put our flyers and/or volunteered the day of the event or did work behind the scenes include: Kate Rouleau, Veterinary Specialists of CT, Emily Truco, McKenzie Chatterton, Jessica and Tracy Albernaz, Nile Rozy, April D'Amato, Rev Michael and Andrea Ader, Rosemary DelCampe, Enchantments in Manchester, Meriden Humane Society, Savan Ratanpara, Kathy Hucks, Manchester Vet Clinic, Donna Duda, Harvest Bead & Silver in Manchester, Useful Weeds in Manchester, Sweet Pea Natural Foods in South Windsor, Ann at Enchantments, A New Page in Middletown, Susan Linker at Our Companions Animal Sanctuary, Kevin Lamkins at WWUH, the crew at WESU: Ben Michael, Fred Carroll and Dave Beskind, Friends of Mansfield Animal Shelter, Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue and Friends of Cheshire Feral Cats. A very special thank you to Laura McDonough, who has the distinction of being The Queenie Foundation's first Volunteer Coordinator and who jumped in to gave it her all. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your participation; The Queenie Foundation could not have coordinated this event without your assistance.

Organizations who participated in NHAD 2007

Rescues: Animal Alliance Welfare League: www.ctaawl.org Best Friends Animal Sanctuary-Northeast Chapter: ct-rescue@hotmail.com Cats Northeast: www.catsnortheast.org Compassionate Care Animal Center: www.petfinder.com/shelters/CT312.html Friends of Mansfield Animal Shelter: www.geocities.com/fomas2001 Friends of Windsor Locks Animals: FriendsofWindsorLocksAnimals@gmail.com House Rabbit Connection: www.tagyerit.com/hopline International MinPin Rescue: www.minpinrescue.org Labs 4 Rescue: www.labs4rescue.org Out To Pature: www.outtopasture.org/ Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue: www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com Wallingford Animal Shelter: 5 Pent Rd., Wallingford 06492 203.294.2180

Advocacy: Compassionate Living Project: www.compassionatelivingproject.org Grey2K: www.grey2kusa.org International Society for Animal Rights: www.isaronline.org/ National Institute for Animal Advocacy: www.nifaa.org Northern CT Vegetarian Society: www.northctveg.org Tails of Joy: www.tailsofjoy.org Vendors: Kindred Spirits Pet Accessories: rdelcampe@sbcglobal.net Soul Star Healing: www.soulstarhealing.com/ Our Sponsors: BellWeb Designs Nefco Corp: www.gonefco.com Bank of America The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR, www.isaronline.org) in Clarks Summit, PA began this event in 1992. The Queenie Foundation was one of five organizations written up in the ISAR newsletter for National Homeless Animals' Day. This event has been observed in many countries in the past, and is still coordinated in several countries as well as most of the US.