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World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
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If you’re at work on October 4, try some of these ideas to brighten up the day for you and your colleagues. If you organise some kind of fundraiser for a favourite animal charity, you could also improve the lives of animals in need.
- 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!
- Organise a photo challenge – ask colleagues to bring in a photo of a pet. Display these together on a board, which can also be brightened up with animal clip art and copies of the World Animal Day logo. Number the photos and invite colleagues to match the pet with their owner. Charge a small fee for each entry. Have a prize for the highest number of correct answers – this could be a voucher, a bottle of wine, box of chocolates, or similar. A variation would be to invite colleagues to bring in photos of themselves as babies, the challenge being to identify which member of staff they grew up to be!
- Host a ‘bring your dog to work’ day – this can be a lot of fun, and could be a good charity fundraiser if people are asked to pay a token amount for the privilege. However, this does need to be done with consideration; remember, some people are allergic to dogs, are afraid of dogs or just simply do not like them, so check this well in advance. Also, make sure that participating pooches are sufficiently well-behaved. An aggressive or excitable dog will almost certainly result in the celebration of World Animal Day being banned in your workplace in future.
- If your workplace is large, with different departments, organise an inter-department sports tournament – it could be anything from football to foosball, or from bowling or basketball. If everyone seems keen and competitive, you could even turn it into a weekend sports day. For colleagues who aren’t as sporty, an alternative would be games that could be played during a lunch hour, such as backgammon, bridge, darts etc.
- If you know anyone who has a skill such as yoga or pilates, ask them to come in and hold a class during lunch. Profits from participants’ contributions would be given to an animal welfare charity.
- Bake some animal-shaped biscuits to sell to colleagues at coffee break time to raise money for a local animal shelter. Arrange your produce on a decorative basket, plate, etc., to bring home fact that this is a day of celebration. You could create a leaflet explaining what World Animal Day is all about to hand out as well if you think colleagues might be interested, or just use the ‘About World Animal Day’ leaflet from our Resources page.
- Create a jigsaw treasure hunt – display a completed jigsaw puzzle with an animal picture, having stuck the World Animal Day logo or another symbol onto the back of one of the pieces. Invite colleagues to pay a small amount to remove a piece. The person who finds the symbol wins a small prize.
- Get together with a group of colleagues to sponsor an animal. These could be wild animals such as whales, dolphins or wolves, or animals in shelters that cannot be rehomed. Most animal charities that offer sponsorship schemes will send photos and newsletters and, in some cases, let sponsors visit their animals. Newsletters and photos could then make an interesting display to brighten up the workplace.
- Alternatively, contact an animal rescue centre and offer to sponsor a kennel by making a small monthly donation.
- Hold a lunchtime learning session – invite someone from a sanctuary or welfare organisation to give a presentation at your workplace during the lunch break. Otherwise, arrange with a group of colleagues to visit a local wildlife reserve at lunchtime – it will make a change from sitting at your desk eating your sandwiches!
- Plan an auction or sale in aid of animals. Ask colleagues to donate items. These could be homemade items, old books, unwanted birthday gifts, etc. If the auctioneer is feeling particularly extrovert, an animal costume might add a party atmosphere and encourage bidding. An alternative would be a promises auction, with individuals offering their services as car-washers or coffee/tea servants to the highest bidder!
- Organise a blanket collection for a local shelter. Ask the rescue centre which items they need.
- Ask all of your colleagues 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
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