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Show your love for animals

Whether you have a love for cats, dogs, or elephants, today is about ALL animals!

From National Today:

World Animal Day dates as far back as 1925 when Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first celebration in Berlin. Zimmermann, the publisher of a German animal lovers’ magazine, “Man and Dog,” launched the event to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals. The date of October 4 is also known as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. Beloved among all Catholics, Saint Francis was famously recognized for his remarkable way with animals and all living things. Saint Francis is also the chosen papal name for His Holiness himself, Pope Francis. Some Catholic churches have even been known to offer blessings to pets on this day in honor of all Saint Francis has done for animals.

World Animal Day has also become an arena for ecologists to discuss the problems associated with endangered species. Beginning in 2003, the UK-based charity, Naturewatch Foundation, has sponsored the event and organized ways for animal lovers all over the world to take part and make their voices heard in support of our animal friends. This day is not just for domesticated animals, it’s for wild animals, endangered species, and those threatened by environmental devastation or lack of protection. This day is a reminder not just to love the animals in our homes but to appreciate and respect all living things that are a part of our ecosystem.

Fun Facts:

  1. Sealife - Seahorses mate for life and when they travel, they hold each other’s tails.

  2. Heartheaded - The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

  3. Outside Voices - At 188 decibels, The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal.

  4. A Tiger can’t change its stripes - A tiger’s skin also has stripes and each pattern is as unique as a fingerprint.

  5. Flamingos are naturally white - Their diet of brine, shrimp, and algae turns them pink.

What can you do to support World Animal Day?

There’s lots you can do! You can volunteer at a local shelter or conservation center, join in a peaceful protest, or donate to your favorite animal rights organization.

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