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Saturday, October 04, 2008

World Animal Day !!


photo from the African Wildlife Foundation website


Oh, I'm going to serve extra treats for my kitties today ... and give them lots of pettings and cooing sounds. It is World Animal Day! And the feast of St. Francis of Assisi -- my favorite saint in all the world.

Wikipedia says:

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on 4 October. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. 4 October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.

However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent Animal Chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

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4 Comments:

At 12:11 PM, Blogger David Meisel said...

I think World Animal Day is an excellent idea!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

Hi, David. Yes, so do I! Thanks for visiting.

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

world animal day should be every day

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Debbie @ World Animal Day said...

I just wanted to thank you for highlighting World Animal Day in your blog. This is indeed a very special day and gives us the opportunity to unite the animal welfare movement on a global scale. World Animal Day 2008 has been immensely successful and our thanks go out to everyone who participated. Why not visit the website to get some inspiration and ideas for 2009 - it’s never too early to start planning! Thanks again. Debbie - World Animal Day

 

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