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World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
Get an idea - community groups
The type of community event you organise might depend on where you live. For example, it’s probably simpler to plan a march in a rural area than it is in a city centre. It will also depend on the size of your audience.
As part of a community, you will have plenty of helpers available. It might be hard work, but taking action for animals will be well worth the effort!
- Encourage your members to attend an existing event to show their support for World Animal Day. Even if it seems that there aren’t any in your area, there might be an online event that you can participate in!
- Invite several people with special skills to demonstrate and teach their arts, e.g. juggling, origami, homemade cosmetics, songs from other countries, vegetarian cookery, candle-making. Have only three experts, but make sure their skills are contrasting. This will allow time for each event, but also sufficient variety to make it interesting for everyone.
- Host a quiz night at your usual meeting venue – make some of your questions animal-related.
Plan a pot-luck supper where everyone contributes something or a ‘dinner-on-the-run’ where each of the courses is in someone else’s house. Organise after-dinner entertainment. If the weather is still warm in October, you could hold the dinner outside as a street party instead (you’ll need to check regulations for your area).
- Dance the night away – if you’re feeling ambitious. The type of dance that would be suitable depends upon where you live – in the UK it might be a barn dance or ceilidh, but you could also approach a local teacher of line dancing or Indian dance to share their skills, or even a Morris dance team to show you some fancy footwork.
- Organise an evening of games, outdoor or indoor depending upon where you live. If October is a warm month, you could consider organising a football or cricket match – with everyone wearing an animal costume if they’re willing.
- Stick with a ‘tried and tested’ idea – garage sales, coffee mornings, sponsored walks, and so on might seem unoriginal, but they are popular simply because they work so well.
- Hire a karaoke machine, organise a talent contest or have your own version of ‘Stars in their Eyes’.
- Volunteer your services to a local wildlife group for the day to put up bird or bat boxes, create a wildlife habitat, etc.
- Create a wildlife-friendly corner in someone’s garden. This could include a garden pond, a bird table, a log pile and plants that attract bees and butterflies. Ask your local wildlife trust for advice if you are unsure.
- Invite someone who works with animals to talk to your group about their job. A talk from someone who works in animal welfare is always enlightening, but can be distressing. Alternatively, you could ask someone with a guide dog to talk about their experiences. Police dog handlers, vets, staff from boarding kennels or catteries, people involved in Pets as Therapy and animal behaviourists are also potential speakers.
- Adopt an animal – there are many animal sponsorship schemes available from organizations that protect endangered species. Spend the day researching, then decide which animal your group would like to adopt. Most organisations will send you regular updates on your chosen animal’s progress.
- Contact some favourite animal welfare organisations and offer to hold an information stall in your local town centre, library, shopping mall or college/university campus.
- As a discussion topic, talk about the roles animals have played in your lives. Bring in photographs of childhood pets, etc. Well-behaved dogs and other animals could also be invited to the meeting.
- Don’t forget to sign the World Animal Day pledge board and make a personal promise for the animals. Ask your group’s other members to do the same!
- Also see: ‘Other ways to participate in World Animal Day’ – if you’re online, there are several quick ideas for spreading awareness via social media.
If you have any other ideas, please let us know and we’ll consider including them on this page! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
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