Celebrate World Animal Day - 4 October


To achieve this, we encourage animal welfare organisations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals to organise events in celebration of World Animal Day. Involvement is growing at an astonishing rate and it's now widely accepted and celebrated in a variety of different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.  

Events are organised under the World Animal Day Umbrella by being publicised on this website and advertised using the World Animal Day brand and logo. Global branding effectively ties all events together and, over the years we have found this approach to be particularly helpful to grass roots groups who struggle to attract media attention in order to raise awareness of their work and fundraise. This draws attention to animal issues and makes them front page news – a vital catalyst for change. Each year the logo becomes more widely recognised as a global brand for animals.  A brand that unites the animal welfare movement - firmly establlishing itself as a platform for raising the status of animals.

Participation in World Animal Day will continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the world.  It's something that everyone can join in with, whether they are part of an organisation, group, or an individual.  We regulary receive wonderfully inspiring messages about World Animal Day from animal advocates around the world.  For example:“Thank you once again for your inspiration and support towards this auspicious World Animal Day that continues to make a huge difference for animals in Africa and the world at large.” Josphat Ngonyo, Executive Director, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, and "What World Animal Day is doing for animals is truly influencing all of us in amazing ways."

This new World Animal Day website includes many additional features to help raise global awareness of the plight of animals. Many of the animal advocates that get involved represent small, grass roots groups that are operating with minimal resources.  The new website provides them with:

  • their own page to tell the world about their work
  • campaigning tools (platforms for petitions, lobbying and fundraising appeals)
  • social media integration
  • access to voluntary help with their work  

 Having a central platform for promoting animal welfare issues facilitates and greatly improves progress being made. 

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Why celebrate World Animal Day?

Building the celebration of World Animal Day mobilises people for action now for a better future for animals.

Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) like World Animal Day, have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations.  It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection.  Through increased awareness and education, we can help develop a compassionate culture which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.  A world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

There are other days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March, and these are important too. However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country. It’s a special opportunity to commemorate our love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world.  It unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force for change. Participation in celebrating World Animal Day grows each year, with a huge variety of inspiring events being held in an increasing number of countries. In 2003, we recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries.

Types of events held: 

  • awareness & educational events;
  • shelter open days & pet adoption events;
  • conferences & workshops;
  • animal blessing services;
  • fundraising events such as concerts and sponsored walks through to gala balls;
  • school events to educate the younger generation such as animal-related competitions, concerts & film shows;
  • workshops to educate the owners of working animals;
  • spay & neuter marathons and veterinary treatment camps;
  • rabies prevention awareness and vaccination;
  • radio & TV interviews to raise awareness of animal issues & World Animal Day and its mission
  • peaceful protest marches to either raise awareness of a specific animal welfare issue or to encourage governments to introduce animal protection legislation.

Increased awareness, combined with better education for both adults and children, is slowly swaying the attitudes of people towards treating animals in a humane and compassionate way. 

Examples of what World Animal Day has already achieved for animals (coming soon)

World Animal Day Ambassadors 

In 2007 we launched our Ambassador programme and began on the journey to appoint one Ambassador in every country.  We are very proud of our current team of Ambassadors who are actively introducing World Animal Day in many countries around the world, connecting millions of animal advocates and successfully uniting the animal welfare movement in celebration of this special day.

We welcome new Ambassadors to the ranks on a regular basis – all keen to be part of this global movement to bring about change for animals. Many Ambassadors have said that since their appointment they’ve found it much easier to gain political and media attention for animal issues.  The fact that we are frequently approached by animal advocates offering their services as an Ambassador is yet another strong endorsement of the fact that the power held by World Animal Day is widely recognised.  

The World Animal Day movement has already brought about a significant and lasting contribution towards advancing animal welfare standards and, with the help and support of our Ambassadors, its influence will continue to grow.  YOU can help enhance the visibility of World Animal Day.   

What some of our Ambassadors have to say about World Animal Day (coming soon)

Meet our Ambassadors and find out more 

If you care about animals, don’t miss this special opportunity to help make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change! Be part of something special!

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Their dogs were sterilized, wormed, vaccinated and given vitamin injections.

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World Animal Day is not a recent addition to the calendar.  It was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. It takes place on 4 October, chosen as it's the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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