Get an idea - individuals

You might not be part of a large organisation or workplace, but try asking around – some of your friends and family might be happy to help you!

  • Attend an existing event to show your 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!
  • You don’t have to create an event. If you’re hosting a dinner party or other activity, simply dedicate it to World Animal Day. Prepare some vegan or vegetarian dishes your guests might never have tried before and collect donations for the animal welfare cause of your choice – you'll find all of the branded resources you need on the website!
  • Offer to help out at a local animal shelter. Or even better, volunteer your services on a long-term basis, not just for World Animal Day. If you have time to venture further afield, check out the opportunities on our volunteering page.
  • Say ‘thank you’ to the staff at a local animal shelter, to your vet, to your boarding kennels/cattery, to the person who walks your dog, or to anyone you know who cares about animals by writing them a letter or card.
  • Visit a local wildlife centre and brush up on your knowledge of the animal kingdom. Try to visit the centre before October 4, so that you can let them know about World Animal Day and ask them to take part. We’d be happy to send you some leaflets to share – please call us on +44 (0) 1242 252871 or email info@worldanimalday.org.uk.
  • 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.
  • Sponsor an animal – many wildlife organisations have sponsorship schemes for animals in their care, whereby individuals can pledge a certain amount of money for a specific animal and receive regular updates, photographs, etc., and in some cases visit the animal. World Animal Day would be a great opportunity to make a pledge to sponsor a wolf, whale, lion, gorilla, etc.
  • Alternatively, contact an animal rescue centre and offer to sponsor a kennel by making a small monthly donation.
  • Organise a fundraiser for a favourite animal charity, such as a coffee morning or garage sale. If possible, get together with some friends to make the event that little bit more fun – for example, a coffee morning could be enlivened by sharing photographs, videos and anecdotes about pets and other animals.
  • Use your creative skills to create works of art, in aid of a local rescue centre.
  • Contact a local wildlife or conservation group to offer help in creating a wildlife habitat, putting up bird or bat boxes, conducting a wildlife survey, or whatever other projects they might be running.
  • When you’re out shopping, buy a few extra tins and packets of cat and dog food and donate them to a local animal shelter. Some supermarkets and pet stores have collection boxes near the checkout area. Blankets, toys and feeding equipment also make useful donations – always contact the organisation first to check their requirements.
  • Look at how you can make your own garden more wildlife-friendly. For example, in the UK, a ‘wild corner’ with a few nettles where peacock, tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies can lay their eggs; a log pile for woodlice, snails, and other small creatures (while you might not think they are particularly appealing, they play a vital part in our eco-system, and will attract predators such as frogs, newts, hedgehogs and thrushes to your garden); a water feature to attract frogs and dragonflies; a bird table and bird bath; butterfly – and bee-friendly plants such as buddleia, ice plants, lavender and lemon balm.
  • Treat your own furry, feathered or scaly friend – make the day special for the animal(s) in your life. Take your dog for an extra-long walk with plenty of ball-throwing; buy your cat some new toys; look at how you can make your caged animals’ homes more interesting, with additional ramps, tunnels, etc. If you don’t have an animal at home, offer to take a neighbour’s dog out for a walk.
  • Organise your family and friends in a litter-picking session. This might not seem to have much to do with animals, but remember that animals’ feet are frequently cut on broken glass, hedgehogs often get their heads stuck in discarded plastic cups, dogs can make themselves ill by eating fast food packaging, and the plastic drink can holders are a particular menace to all kinds of birds and animals. If you choose to organise a litter-pick, keep a careful eye on children, remember to wear gloves, and above all avoid discarded needles or any other kind of medical waste.
  • Are you an expert on tropical fish, horses, reptiles, rabbits, or any other kind of animal? Share your knowledge with others and offer to give an illustrated talk to a local school or youth group.
  • Spread the word – email your local paper and tell them about World Animal Day. Pick a few of the ideas from this website and suggest that readers might like to get involved. Don’t forget to include the website address in your letter – www.worldanimalday.org.uk. You could also include the link to our media centre.
  • If you can’t get out and about for World Animal Day, curl up with a book about animals and improve your knowledge. Alternatively, the Discovery Channel always produces special television programmes for World Animal Day.
  • Don’t forget to sign the World Animal Day pledge board and make a personal promise for the animals!
  • 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 info@worldanimalday.org.uk with your suggestions!

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