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Can you imagine a world without animals? For many of us, it would be impossible to consider a world without our beloved pets. Our lives as humans would be incomplete and, for some, without purpose. Animals teach us to love unconditionally and to care with compassion.
World Animal Day (WAD) on 4 October is a world-wide event that brings people of all nationalities together to celebrate that special love and compassion. In 1931, World Animal Day was created by a group of ecologists to help save endangered species. When the official website was launched in the UK in 2003, WAD suddenly became accessible to all those who wanted to share their love of animals.
An exciting movement in the world of animal welfare soon blossomed and grew to encompass people and their passion for animals from nearly every corner of the world. Today, ambassadors from 86 countries are represented on the WAD website, www.worldanimalday.org.uk
World Animal Day is an opportunity for people and their communities to celebrate and share their love of animals.
5 fun ways to celebrate World Animal Day
1. Contact all the animal groups in your community and tell them about WAD
2. Organise an event in your community – a pet show, a dog walk, an animal poetry competition or an animal lovers songfest
3. Ask your local church if they will celebrate WAD in combination with a pet blessing service in honor of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals
4. Ask your local library to create a display
5. Talk to your local pet shop about promoting WAD
6. Organise a visit with friends to your local SPCA ― donate pet food, blankets and towels
Celebrate your love of animals and join the World Animal Day Challenge NZ... Are you up for it?
Visit World Animal Day Challenge NZ on Facebook and click ‘Like’ for regular updates leading up to Oct 4.
So come on New Zealand, let's really show the world how much we love and care about our animals...