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Get involved and show you care about animals!

We hope that by now, what may have been a spark of interest when you started reading this has now been ignited into a desire to get involved.

It doesn’t matter how large or small your event is, it’s getting involved that’s important.  Need inspiration?  Our website includes a Get Involved section where you will find plenty of ideas and advice to help you get your event off the ground, and don’t miss the Resources section where you will find a host of useful material, including the World Animal Day logo which can be downloaded and freely used in all your advertising and promotional material.

To give you an idea of the types of events that are held each year, they include:

  • awareness and educational events;
  • shelter open days;
  • pet adoption events;
  • conferences and workshops;
  • animal blessing services;
  • fundraising events such as concerts, sponsored walks, and shelter open days, through to gala balls;
  • school events to educate the younger generation such as animal-related competitions, concerts and film shows (many countries recognise that planting the seed of compassion & mercy in the hearts of the younger generation is their main hope for a brighter future for the animals);
  • workshops to educate the owners of working animals (In developing countries, animals form the backbone of the economy supporting poor communities.  A secure supply of food for people depends on the health and productivity of animals, and these in turn depend on the care and nutrition that animals receive);
  • spay and neuter marathons;
  • veterinary treatment camps;
  • rabies prevention awareness and vaccination;
  • radio and TV interviews;
  • peaceful protest marches - to either raise awareness of a specific animal welfare issue or to encourage governments to introduce animal protection legislation.

We’d love to share a few of these events with you in more detail.

Each year, ADDA Bolivia organises a Mass for Animals which is held at Cochabamba Cathedral. Animals are admitted inside the Cathedral for this special event to raise awareness that ALL God’s creatures have the right to be respect
ed, not just humans.  Mass is followed by a procession from the cathedral to the main square where speeches are made and everyone is reminded about World Animal Day and the importance of respecting all animals.
The Bahamas Humane Society holds events each year including spay/neuter events for cats and dogs.  Last year, following an outbreak of distemper when thousands of dogs lost their lives, 5,000 free vaccines were administered to dogs owned by underprivileged residents to mark World Animal Day.
In Cameroon, the Foundation for Animal Welfare participated in a talk show at the national radio station (CRTV) to discuss the state of animal welfare in the country.  FAWCAM also organised two workshops, one for community animal health workers and another to teach donkey owners how to care for their animals properly and the donkeys also benefited from a day of rest! 
For 2015, the Campaign Against Cruelty to Animals (CATCA) in Canada will be holding an anti-bullfighting drawing competition in support of oganisations in Mexico who are campaigning to end bullfighting in Latin America, Spain, France and Portugal.  In addition, there will be a Grizzly bear contest inviting contestants to submit a photo, painting or drawing of a Grizzly bear with a message that encourages the public and the Province of British Columbia to stop hunting these majestic creatures. 
In celebration of World Animal Day every year, Animals Asia holds a nationwide event, ‘Cyclists Love Animals’, which has now become a phenomenal success throughout China, growing from year to year and introducing concepts of animal welfare to many people for the very first time.  Last year this event attracted the participation of 87 cycling clubs from 20 cities across China. Over 1,800 cyclists rode through their home cities with animal welfare posters on their backs, stopping to collect signatures for a petition from 77,000 people along the way. They reached a further 100,000 people through China’s popular social media platform Weibo.  Other events held annually by Animals Asia include a national online photo competition and touring exhibition to raise public awareness about cat and dog welfare.
Since 2008, AnimaNaturalis in Colombia has organised a variety of events each year.  This image is of a march that was organised with the support of other organisations which was followed by an awareness event attended by hundreds of people.
In 2014, at the request of the village chief, Safe Environment for All (SEA), in the Democratic Republic of Congo, organised a meeting in a village located in the middle of the Virunga national park.  More than 100 citizens of North Kivu province attended this important meeting to discuss critical environmental issues that are affecting the area such as: the drilling of Oil in the Virunga national Park - the last refuge for the country’s mountain gorillas; certain species of fish in Edward Lake that are threatened with extinction, primarily due to pollution from mining activities, and the ongoing battle against poaching endangered gorillas and elephants.
In Costa Rica, over 9,000 people attended a march organised by Arca de Noe galvanising supporters of many animal welfare groups who are working together to strengthen the country’s animal protection legislation.  Arca de Noe also organised a neutering campaign in a small mountain town 1.5 hours from the capital of San Jose where 57 animals were neutered, dewormed, received a health check and postoperative antibiotics.
Spay Panama, sterilized, dewormed, vaccinated and gave vitamin injections to more than 80% of the dogs and cats belonging to the Emberá Purú Indians, a native tribe who live in the rainforests of Panama.

A final word

I sincerely hope I’ve sparked your interest enough to get involved and help the World Animal Day movement continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the globe.  You can help mobilise people for action now for a better future for animals.

Every one of us can make a difference – together we make change!

www.worldanimalday.org.uk