World Animal Day: 4 October 2015

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Whether it's saving endangered species, protecting habitats or promoting animal welfare, the aim of World Animal Day is to make the world a safer place for them.

How did this day get created anyway?

The first World Animal Day was held in Italy in 1931. A group of ecologists decided to time the celebration with the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. The event has grown in momentum over the years and is celebrated by all animal lovers.

What can you do to mark the day?

There are many things you can do to celebrate World Animal Day. Here are some ideas:

  1. Attend a pet blessing service at a participating church. Check your local SPCA website for details.
  2. Donate to your favourite animal charity.
  3. Get out there and contribute. You could volunteer for a charity, or even just pick up rubbish at the beach to stop it polluting our seas.
  4. Enjoy your pets company, give them a little extra TLC. What about some home-made treats or an extra long walk for the dog?
  5. You could even share this blog post with friends.

If everyone did something nice for animals on the 4th of October the world could be that little bit brighter for the animals we share the planet with.

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