Next Wednesday, October the 4th, is World Animal Day. What started in 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is now widely celebrated alll around the world.
The World Animal Day mission statement is as follows:
“To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives, from providing food, through being our companions, to supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives”
The WAD website has lots of suggestions for how individuals can mark the day including ideas such as donating food and bedding to animal shelters, looking at your garden and thinking about how you could make it more wildlife-friendly or treating your own pet to a special day.