Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 14, 2009
Innovative adventure tour operator inside/out announces two new animal welfare Humanitourism™ trips for 2010 to help homeless dogs around the world, with tours to Greece in June, 2010 and India in September, 2010 in conjunction with International Homeless Animals Day August 15.
Organizations around the world come together on the third Saturday of August annually to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic and to promote new campaigns, programs and ideas solving the pet overpopulation epidemic. inside/out joins in this effort with the announcement of its ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for people to volunteer on meaningful animal welfare projects around the world that address this issue.
These Humanitourism™ trips are among inside/out's upcoming offerings of expeditions that combine humanitarian project work with active adventure travel, allowing travelers to connect more authentically to the people, land and culture they visit. inside/out offers travelers the opportunity to provide hands-on help to a variety of projects which are underserved or under recognized around the world.
In Greece, where there is a largely unknown crisis for dogs and cats struggling to survive in an environment of overwhelming overpopulation, neglect, abuse, cruelty, abandonment, poisoning, starvation and apathy, participants will assist in education about sterilization and abandonment and will work on care and feeding programs for the homeless dog population.
In India, efforts will be focused in Dharamsala in the Himalayas, helping to build kennels at the only shelter in the entire region and possibly aiding in the development of a sanctuary for injured and homeless animals. inside/out's participants may also be involved with trap-neuter-release programs.
Following their volunteer work with the animals, travelers will gain further insight into the culture by partaking in various adventure activities in the local region. Adventure activities are specific to the region and facilitate a more intimate exploration of the area's culture and history.
"These trips will give people the opportunity to truly connect with the culture while making a difference in the lives of hundreds of stray animals," says inside/out founder Zoe Katsulos.
inside/out's animal welfare efforts have been endorsed by Best Friends Animal Society, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Greek Animal Welfare Fund and the Achaia Animal Welfare Society of Greece.
No special skills or knowledge are required. More details can be found at http://www.theinsideandout.com. For more information, contact inside/out by phone or email: 303-517-3400 or info at theinsideandout.com.
"We had such an immensely successful trip to Greece in 2009 and so much interest that we've added another for 2010," enthuses Katsulos. "The impact of our work was surprisingly evident. And it will be amazing to forge new ground in animal welfare in India."
Those who may not be able to participate in these trips but still want to help can consider donating funds or supplies. For a more complete list of how to help, visit the website, http://www.theinsideandout.com.
Other upcoming inside/out Humanitourism™ adventure trips include Guatemala and Patagonia in early 2010 and a sea turtle conservation trip on the Greek island of Zakynthos in June 2010.
Humanitourism™ is a proprietary travel experience provided exclusively by inside/out.
Inside/out Humanitourism™ trips combine humanitarian outreach with cultural immersion and guided one-of-a-kind active adventures. This approach promotes deeper and longer-term relationships between travelers and the communities and cultures they visit.
Each inside/out travel experience features stays with local hosts or in small culturally significant accommodations, and exposes travelers to authentic local cuisine and customs. Small group sizes, from 6 to 12 people, allow each traveler to personally interact with the local population, hosts and each other.
About "International Homeless Animals" Day
In 1992, the International Society for Animal Rights introduced National Homeless Animals' Day and Candlelight Vigils as an innovative educational vehicle with a purpose of informing society about an American tragedy that overwhelms animal shelters each year - pet overpopulation. Since the conception of National Homeless Animals' Day, ISAR has reserved the third Saturday of August, commemorating the Day annually, to promote new campaigns, programs and ideas on the solution to the pet overpopulation epidemic: spay/neuter.
Now, because of the ever-growing, successful international participation in National Homeless Animals' Day by foreign animal protection organizations, ISAR formally acknowledges this global participation by officially entitling the crusade as "International Homeless Animals' Day." Organizations around the world come together on the third Saturday of August to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic.
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