WORLD ANIMAL DAY 2019 PROMPTED HUNDREDS OF INSPIRING EVENTS!

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On social media, #WorldAnimalDay broke our previous records, but October 4 also inspired a huge number of animal lovers to add exciting events to the website.

From Hong Kong to Honduras, individuals put together fantastic activities to raise awareness of animal welfare issues in their countries.

From Ukraine to the USA, businesses and workplaces showed their philanthropic side by getting involved to improve the lives of animals.

From Nigeria to Nepal, animal welfare organisations used October 4 to educate their communities on how animals are sentient beings and should, therefore, be treated with kindness and respect.

From Italy to India, celebrities, authors, artists, sports stars and public figures used social media to raise awareness of the day and its primary purpose – to raise the status of animals worldwide.

The creativity and consideration that goes into these events never fail to amaze us! Hundreds of inspiring activities took place around the world!

Google tells us that many events aren't included on the website yet! If you haven't added your event, please do so! (You’ll need to sign up first.)

If you have already added your event, don’t forget to include a post-event summary – we’d love to see updated photos and videos, and it could inspire others to get involved for #WorldAnimalDay 2020!

Some events are organised by our wonderful Ambassadors around the world. (If you work in animal welfare, please read about this voluntary role and get in touch with us if you would like to apply.) Other events are added by individuals, businesses, veterinary centres, schools and other groups of animal lovers in the community – World Animal Day is for everyone!

PAW Foundation, one of our Ambassador organisations in Bangladesh, spoke up for working horses on World Animal Day. A human chain was formed in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka. Their theme was to protect horses from being abused for recreation. The event, and the plight of working horses, was subsequently featured in The Dhaka Tribune. PAW Foundation will continue to protest against the practice.
This year's World Animal Day grant winners, Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society (LAWCS), visited 46 schools in the region. Each school organised a programme that included community awareness, a parade, school-to-school education and an animal art competitionover 500 children took part! For the past three years, a group of volunteers has fed street animals in New Delhi, India. They used World Animal Day this year to encourage kindness to strays and collect community donations. They also raised awareness of proper waste disposal to prevent the ingestion of plastic by free-roaming cows.
 
Award-winning veterinarian, Dr. Anthony Nsoh Akunzule, organised a route walk for children and teachers from Emperor Academy in Afienya, to promote animal welfare in Ghana and elsewhere. The children wore t-shirts with the World Animal Day logo, kindly provided by Dr. Akunzule! Emperor Academy regularly participates on October 4.
Farm animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, in Australia, takes part in World Animal Day every year. Their event for 2019 was a special vegan lunch for 30 guests. The meal was followed by a tour of the sanctuary to meet some of its 450 rescued residents. What a wonderful way to celebrate October 4! At their project, Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, Four Paws South Africa teamed up with Humane Society International (HSI) Africa to provide an educational experience for 20 children and their teachers. Their exciting day included breakfast, craft projects, visiting the centre's big cat residents, and taking the #LionLongevityOath!
 
The Animal Protection Organisation of Nigeria had a busy day on October 4! Wearing World Animal Day logo shirts, they visited schools and introduced humane education. They also enlightened the community on animal welfare and protection, and attended zoos to raise awareness of the day.
Our Ambassadors in Nepal, Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART), held an inter-school art competition between 14 schools in Pokhara, followed by an exhibition of their work. Topics were 'Animal Stories' and 'Compassion for Animals'. Children were asked to think about animals and our responsibility towards them. In Canada, Roxibooks took part for the first time this year! A children’s book series was launched, aimed at reducing cruelty through education and awareness. A documentary 'Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story' was also shown, which focused on elephants being used as entertainment and a daring rescue mission.
During their annual World Animal Day ‘spay-a-thon’, hard-working Ambassador organisation, Spay Panama, managed to find some time to take a photo with the logo! F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary in Florida, USA, held an open day, where they encouraged visitors to volunteer and meet their lovely residents - including this happy goat!
 
Palembang Voice for Animals held a silent campaign on a busy road in Indonesia's oldest city, drawing public attention to the plight of animals in honour of World Animal Day. These committed volunteers prove that you don’t have to be a huge organisation to make an impact and be noticed!
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 9th grade students of Public Elementary School "25. novembar", in Velika Kladuša, decorated the school with educational images and messages about animals and the environment. Younger children were taught about the cruelty of circuses locally, and worldwide. This was the school’s 8th year of participation in World Animal Day! Our Ambassadors in Honduras, AHPRA, prepared a ‘feeding time’ for homeless animals in a particular area of Tegucigalpa city. They also distributed posters and leaflets regarding animal law, advising the community that cruelty to animals is now an offence. City residents responded well to the project and took the time to read the information as they were passing.
In Taiwan, our Ambassador organisation, Help-Save-A-Pet Fund, organised a large-scale art exhibition with two well-known architects. Animal welfare lectures were also held. At the same time, over 50 celebrities such as singers, actors, models and vets united to launch an animal welfare online signature activity, which made a huge impact in Taiwan. In Portugal, the Association for the Protection of Animals in the Algarve (APAA) held a fundraising ‘Quiz Lunch’ for World Animal Day. Over 40 guests attended and were challenged with animal-related questions. Together with a raffle, the lunch raised over 400 euros, which APAA will use for animal sterilisation and some much-needed veterinary treatment.

Please visit the events pages to read about many other fabulous activities that took place in 2019.

We hope you feel inspired and motivated to take part in World Animal Day next year! It doesn’t matter how much time you have – there are many levels of involvement.

We’ve put together some quick and easy ways to make a difference online, even if you just raise awareness on social media. Have you read about World Animal Day’s astonishing reach on October 4, 2019?

Together, we will make the world a better place for animals!