Each year 4 October is World Animal Day! These 24 hours are the chance to give back and celebrate animal life in all its shapes and sizes, from mice to elephants, and recognise the positive influence they have on our lives.
This special day was established in 1931 by ecologists in Florence in Italy and has now spread around the world, celebrating not just endangered and rare species, but all kinds of animal life.
And the date 4 October is no coincidence - it is the same day as the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
There are lots of ways to get involved on World Animal Day, like donating tins of cat and dog food to local shelters or adopt an animal. Schools can organise trips to shelters and farms, and in the workplace, why not try a Bring Your Dog to Work Day? You could even organise an animal related quiz night to raise money for animal charities.
The official World Animal Day website, has loads of ideas to get you started and going wild for wildlife on World Animal Day!
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