Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day! World Animal Day began in 1931 when ecologists decided that they needed to highlight the plight of endangered species. October 4th was selected as today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assist, the patron saint of animals. Today, World Animal Day is a day for paying tribute to all the world’s animals and those who love, respect, and work to save them.
World Animal Day is currently working to promote the holiday through the use of “World Animal Day Ambassadors;” they currently have a total of 83 ambassadors in 71 countries. The ambassador for the United States is Kay Rosaire, the founder of Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Florida. If you would like to contact her, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can you be involved with World Animal Day?
- Host an event (and share it on their webpage): Plan an event for World Animal Day. You can discuss conservation, human impact on animals, animal testing, or a number of other things! Once you have your event planned, share it on their global calendar to let people know.
- Sign the pledge: Every pledge to help animals makes a difference. When sending in your pledge, include your name, country, and a note about why you love/save animals.
- Be an advocate for animals: spread to word about animal issues that are important to you. You can send emails, write petitions, or volunteer at a local animal shelter.
As you think about animals today, reflect on how you impact animals across the globe. What is your favorite animal? How can you live your life more sustainably and help give animals a chance?