September 12 2012
World Animal Day Is October 4
World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. While the specifics of the day vary from country to country, the unifying theme is to celebrate animal life.
October 4 was originally chosen for World Animal Day as tribute to Francis of Assisi, a nature lover viewed by some as a patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4 with a Blessing of the Animals.
Since 1931, World Animal Day has gradually developed into a secular observation for those of all beliefs, nationalities, and backgrounds who respect and fight for animals. While animal blessings remain the central focus of the event in many churches and synagogues, animal shelters also use the day to hold fundraising events, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.
At IDA, we use World Animal Day to promote the values of our Guardian Campaign. Please view the videos linked below, and share them with your friends and family. The videos will enable you to pass along some very important messages, illuminating IDA’s efforts to create a more caring, loving and compassionate world for our animal friends. These very short videos contain no harsh images. They were created to respectfully remind people how to act in more caring and responsible ways.
Guardian Celebrity PSA featuring Peter Falk, Kristen Bell, Jane Goodall, Wendie Malick
"I'm A Guardian" video by IDA volunteer Carlyn Montes De Oca
"Be A Guardian, Not An Owner" video featuring IDA Founder Dr. Elliot Katz and actress Elaine Hendrix
Our everyday actions and language can be such powerful tools for our animal friends. If you wish to be part of IDA’s Guardian Campaign outreach and educational efforts, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read "What's In A Word?", a new opinion piece about IDA's Guardian Campaign.