2011 Event Reports Canada and USA

As you will see, event coverage in the USA and Canada is rather limited as only a few reports have been sent to us so far, even though at least 25 events were registered with us prior to World Animal Day! On behalf of the animals with whom we share this planet, I thank everyone who participated and helped to make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe!
Location: CANADA – Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey and Coquitlam, BC (4 events)
Events: Art Competition, Costume Competition, Awareness Day, Bowl for the Animals
Hosted by: CATCA
Teachers organized their elementary school students from grades 4-5, and some grade 2 – 6 children also took part. This was a contest for children of British Columbia and it took place on 4 October. I am extremely grateful to the teachers that got involved in our educative animal project for WAD because there is an ongoing teacher strike in British Columbia.

The Drawing Exhibition was on the 30th. We had a long CATCA informative table, a table with organic and vegan food for the kids and their parents to try some healthy and cruelty free food, a cool animal crafts table with educative coloring sheets (all with some of the different animal issues CATCA is dealing with), animal origami, animal stampers and Noah’s Ark foam to make cards. We also had the prize table with 25 bags full of educative animal DVD’s, educative kits, calendars, pens, bowling tickets, vegan cupcakes, etc.Each child got a present kindly donated by IFAW. There was also a best costume prize for the cutest animal. The event was a success and we got about 120 people coming. The local media came to take pictures of the event. The kids were thrilled, the parents and their families too. The teachers were very happy. The event was kindly sponsored by IFAW, Centennial Community Centre, the Real Canadian Superstore, Hain Celestial Canada, Xcalibur Bowling Centre, Karmavore Vegan Store, etc.

Here is a link to the CATCA World Animal Day page with pictures and more information of the event. Ericka Ceballos, World Animal Day Ambassador.

Location: USA – Illinois
Events: Awareness Activity
Hosted by: Karen Gadke – Animal Advocate and clinical study specialist, medical writer and lecturer
On October 3rd I had a short (about 4 mins) segment on a newscast on WREX TV Channel 13, Rockford, Illinois. I took one of my therapy/reading dogs with me and talked about World Animal Day and also about my reading program with this dog in several schools every week during the school year.

Last year I started a local rescue group and I have a dog health page on the group’s website www.animalfriendsbc.org (Karen’s Corner), which I update every month with new health information. I purchase many subscriptions of “Kind News” Magazine for different schools every year, and I’m about to begin “humane education” instructions in local schools. Next year I hope to work the WAD initiative into all my rescue activities. Blessings, Karen.

Location: USA – Sebring, Florida
Events: Animal Blessing Service
Hosted by: Heavens Gates Animal Ministries
We had the best Animal Blessing Service on October 4.
WOW!We had two professional musicians who sang Beatles and John Denver songs and background Native American songs. Pastor George was awesome and even blessed some stuffed animals! He let the little kids on his shoulders for the blessing. It was great!

Gail Leavitt, Heavens Gates Animal Ministries.

Location: USA – Wheeling, West Virginia
Events: World Animal Day Cat Clinic
Hosted by: Webark Estates, No-Kill Animal Shelter
We held a $30 Cat Clinic in honour of World Animal Day at Elm Grove Animal Hospital where 35 cats were sterilized and vaccinated.

Location: USA
Events: Roar for Tony and All Captive Tigers in USA
Hosted by: Free Tony the Tiger Campaign (Dee De Santis)
Thank you for roaring for Tony and Tigers! Thanks to all of Tony’s awesome friends for supporting him and tigers on World Animal Day in our petition blitz. Currently there are 94,329 signatures on his combined petitions and we’re aiming for 100,000.

Tony is an 11 year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger used as a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, USA. ‘Free Tony The Tiger’ is committed to advocating for Tony’s release to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Tony represents one of the est. 5,000 – 10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States.

Please continue to advocate for Tony and privately owned tigers in the United States. You have until October 21, 2011 to submit comments to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers.

Your dedication is truly appreciated and is so important because advocating for Tony also exposes the problem of privately owned tigers in the United States. Let’s remain focused for Tony and support positive efforts to give him the home and life he deserves.

STOP PRESS! – November 2, 2011. Victory for Tony! Court rules current permit must be revoked and prohibited issue of any new permits to the truck stop. Tony will now be found a reputable and accredited sanctuary where Tony can live for the rest of his days. What wonderful news this is.

Location: USA – Menlo Park, California
Events: Vegan & Vegetarian Baked Goods Fundraiser
Hosted by: Palo Alto Humane Society
On Saturday, October 1 we held a bake sale at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California, in conjunction with World Animal Day. The ownership and staff at Kepler’s enthusiastically supported our presence. Three years earlier, PAHS had sponsored a similar very successful event at the same venue, and we felt that timing and location contributed heavily to that success. We were definitely on target! This year’s proceeds surpassed the donations given in 2008. Proceeds go to the PAHS Spay and Neuter program.


Visitors to our booth found a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian baked goods. Our volunteer bakers had contributed chocolate chip cookies, apple crisp, snickerdoodles (a very popular kind of cookie in the U.S.), lemon frosted cupcakes, frosted fall-themed cupcakes, banana bread, rhubarb pie, and peach chutney turnovers, among other selections. Yum!

People naturally drifted over to the booth as they entered and exited the bookstore. The literature we distributed highlights our programs and emphasizes Palo Alto Humane Society’s commitment to animal welfare and humane principles. By the end of our 4-hour stay, we had sold nearly all the baked goods donated to us, and many prospective customers who did not purchase from us contributed generously to our donation jar.