World Animal Day

World Animal Day

Through increased awareness and education, we can create a world where animals are recognized as conscious beings, and full regard is always paid to their welfare. This is why we celebrate World Animal Day.

The first World Animal Day took place on March 24, 1925, and was founded by writer and animal activist Heinrich Zimmermann, author of Mensch und Hund (Man and Dog). It was celebrated in the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany, where more than 5,000 people attended. In 1929, World Animal Day was celebrated for the first time on October 4, the day it was initially intended to be.

4 Ways YOU Can Participate in World Animal Day

Attend Local Events

Attend local events during world animal day

Places all over the world are going to be celebrating World Animal Day. However, they might look and feel a little different this year due to COVID-19. Be sure to check out your area and see how others will be giving a voice to those that can’t speak for themselves.

Utilize the Power of Social Media

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Go to your favorite platforms to talk about animal protection using the hashtag #WorldAnimalDay. Share with others why this day is so important, not only to you but how others can help increase awareness and education for animals.


Donate for animals

This week, consider donating some of the organizations that help protect animals! You can contribute to World Animal Day here.


Volunteering at animal shelters

Time is more valuable than money. Audrey Hepburn once said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” This week, take some time to put your helping hand to use by volunteering at a local animal shelter or animal welfare event!

Animals can’t talk in the conventional way humans communicate with each other, so today, we can all give a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves. On October 4, people spanning the globe will come together to celebrate World Animal Day. No matter which country you explore, animals will consistently have a strong impact on the region’s culture in any corner of the planet.

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