Get an idea - veterinary practices

With your long working hours, you might not have time to plan and organise an activity. Ask your staff to get their family and friends involved!

You could also reach out to the local community. Some of your customers would enjoy being part of a voluntary team – they could help out at fundraising and awareness events throughout the year.

  • Encourage your colleagues 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!
  • Research under-funded veterinary centres around the world. Approach one to be your ‘sister surgery’ and raise funds for them year-round. You could kick it off with a launch event on October 4.
  • Alternatively, choose a twin town in a developing country. Nominate a deserving animal welfare organisation in the area to be the long-term beneficiary of your fundraising efforts – try to find a group that does not already have substantial charitable support. Announce the arrangement on October 4 and maintain a World Animal Day notice board in your waiting area to share updates.
  • Use October 4 to launch a puppy farming awareness campaign. Many vet practices now hold puppy parties, but will you help educate owners before they inadvertently fuel the trade in unhealthy and poorly socialised dogs? Use your digital signage (or notice boards, workshops, flyers etc.) to warn the community and potential pet buyers about puppy farming. Your educational programme could be a permanent feature, beginning this year. If you are in the UK, contact Naturewatch Foundation to work with a registered charity currently campaigning in this area, and support their #Vets4Puppies campaign.
  • Submit a ‘guest expert’ article or reader letter, highlighting a current animal welfare issue, to a newspaper or magazine.
  • Create a series of posters based on the Five Freedoms and how they apply to your particular patients. This information could also be shared on your practice’s social media channels.
  • Organise a pet selfie contest on your surgery’s social media pages. The prizes could be pet products. Don’t forget to use the World Animal Day ‘selfie poster’ from our Resources page. Here’s an example of a contest held in Dubai in 2015.
  • Find volunteers willing to spend time in a spare hospital cage. When a donation target is reached, the volunteers can be released. Asking a local celebrity or public figure to volunteer would generate more donations and create media interest for your business as well as World Animal Day.
  • Find an animal-loving landlord and host a fun pub quiz for your surgery’s customers and the general public. In addition to common topics, you could include categories relevant to World Animal Day such as pet care, endangered species and famous animals in history. Donate any funds raised to your local animal shelter or the charity of your choice.
  • If your practice is part of a chain, organise a sponsored dog walk or bike ride from one branch to another. Alternatively, if you’re an independent practice, hike from one dog-friendly venue to another. Carry collection tins or hold a celebratory event at your destination to raise additional funds.
  • If you’re feeling brave, take part in a sponsored team challenge such as bungee jumping, abseiling or skydiving.
  • Hold an auction with items donated by the neighbourhood. Local companies might be happy to donate prizes in the form of goods, skills or experiences in return for mentioning them.
    If your team includes baking enthusiasts, ask them to organise a tea party at your practice. Print the World Animal logo onto edible paper and use it to decorate iced cookies and cakes. Don’t forget to make suitable treats for your furry, feathered and scaly friends!
  • Hold an open day at your practice. Invite local pet-related businesses and animal welfare charities to attend with a stall. If your grounds aren’t suitable, sign up to attend a general event elsewhere. Raise awareness of an animal welfare issue at the same time as promoting your practice.
  • Set a scavenger hunt around the community, beginning and ending at your practice. Charge an entry fee. Leave clues in highly visible locations, printed with both the World Animal Day logo and your own branding to attract passers-by. Note each team’s start and finish times – the fastest team wins a prize. To increase difficulty, the hunt could also include finding bizarre or unexpected items and taking photos of specific subjects.
  • If you’re in the UK, apply to volunteer with Street Vet to join a team of professionals providing medical care to dogs of the homeless in London, Bristol, Brighton, Plymouth or Cambridge. (This would also be a fantastic submission for the World Animal day pledge.)
  • Involve your community by collecting food, treats, blankets, collars, leads and toys for street dogs.
  • Alternatively, book some annual leave to volunteer abroad. There’s a Volunteering page on the World Animal Day website – why not check it out?
  • If you’d like to organise a more elaborate event, why not host a charity ball with a 3-course meal, raffle and DJ? Other ideas from this list could also be incorporated into the event.
  • Ask all of your colleagues and customers to sign the World Animal Day pledge board and make a personal promise for the animals! For clients without internet access, add a pledge area to your practice’s notice board instead.
  • 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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