The 4th of October every year represents a day to put the animals of this world first, a day to raise the status of animals to improve welfare standards around the world. World Animal Day is in place to put all animals, from the tiny mouse to the majestic elephant into the spotlight, and to encourage support around the world. Worldanimalday.org.uk boasts an excellent network of ambassadors across the globe including celebrities, businesses and individuals alike, all working together to promote better standards for animals.
But how can you help? There are several ways that you can help out and support the National Animal Day ethos. We have put together a few suggestions on how you can do your part to improve the livelihoods of animals around the world.
Donating to a good cause is a surefire way to support the companies and organisations taking action to improve animal welfare. The work that organisations like Save The Whales, WWF and the RSPCA do isn’t cheap and they are always looking for ways to help fund their efforts.
Volunteering your time can give you a first-hand experience of the work that needs to be done to support the animals in need. Something as simple as volunteering as a dog walker at a local sanctuary or hitting the beaches to help in cleaning washed-up rubbish. Every little helps in the grand scheme of animal welfare.
Looking at getting a new pet? Look into adopting an animal instead of going to a breeder, there are thousands upon thousands of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more, that have either been mistreated, lost or simply become too much for their previous owners to handle. In most cases, these animals are searching for a new home to be loved and looked after.
Not ready to be a full-time pet owner? You can try fostering animals instead. Take on animals for shorter periods of time and help them acclimatise to being in a new home and get them used to a new life outside of kennels. If you have experience with certain breeds or temperaments, then you can have a vital role in rehabilitating some of the more hard-to-handle animals to help improve their chances of finding a new forever home.
Get some people together and plan an event to raise awareness and build support for the animals of this world. Planning an event doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, the event itself can be something as small as a sponsored walk with some friends or a stall at a local event to raise some money. On the other hand, you can put pen to paper and organise an event on a larger scale like a mini festival or a pop-up market for example. Check out World Animal Day for a hand with starting your own event.
The work being done by organisations and individuals alike is helping improve animal welfare worldwide but one of the greatest issues that they face is spreading awareness. Use your voice and your online presence to speak out and get others involved, the more people that we can get on board the better the lives of animals across the globe will be. Not only will this help spread the word, but it will put pressure on governments and the organisation to act and take steps towards improving animal welfare standards on a global scale.
However you choose to get involved with World Animal Day, be sure to know that your efforts are saving and improving lives everywhere.