Celebrate World Animal Day on 4 October
A special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals

The Mission of  World Animal Day is to end animal cruelty by raising the status of animals in order to advance welfare standards around the globe.

We encourage everyone who cares about animals to use World Animal Day to commemorate their love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world.  It’s something that everyone can join in with whether they are part of an organisation, group, or an individual.  It’s celebrated in many different ways around the globe with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

To help World Animal Day with its Mission, we enlist the support and involvement of a wonderful team of Ambassadors who are actively introducing the World Animal Day concept in many countries.

Get inspired by reading and viewing images about some of the wonderful events that have taken place around the world over the years.  The types of events that are held include:

  • peaceful protest marches to either raise awareness of a specific animal welfare issue or, in many countries, to encourage government to introduce animal protection legislation;
  • educational and awareness events;
  • conferences and workshops;
  • fundraising events such as concerts, rescue shelter open days, gala balls;
  • school events such as animal-related competitions, concerts and film shows;
  • workshops to educate the owners of working animals;
  • sterilization campaigns;
  • veterinary treatment camps for working animals;
  • rabies vaccination days;
  • visit Get Involved where you will find lists of ideas for individualscommunity groupsanimal welfare groupsyouth groups and children’s clubs, schools and organisations that care about animals.


We will continue to build the celebration of World Animal Day (4 October) and mobilise it into a force for change.  This long-term, global project is steadily creating increased awareness for animal welfare by encouraging participation in this special day which unites the animal welfare movement around the globe, embracing all animals and the unique concerns of each in every country.

Through increased awareness and education, we can create a new culture of respect and sensitivity to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.

  • A world where animals are recognised as sentient beings, capable of being aware of sensations and emotions, feeling pain and suffering, and of experiencing a state of wellbeing.
  • A world where full regard is paid to the welfare requirements of animals; where animals are kept in conditions to avoid any unnecessary suffering or injury and their physiological and behavioural needs are taken into account.


World Animal Day originated in 1931 and was introduced during a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Since the official website was launched on 4 October 2003, World Animal Day has grown in strength each year and is now recognised as a powerful central platform making it a key tool to improve the status of animals around the globe.

Although the World Animal Day website is sponsored by Naturewatch Foundation in the UK, it’s a day that should benefit animals and the people who strive to improve their welfare standards! World Animal Day belongs to everyone!


We are in the process of building a new website that will provide animal advocates worldwide with a set of tools to help them in their animal welfare work. Over the years we’ve learnt that many of the people who get involved in World Animal Day have very limited resources, with many not even having a website to tell the world about their campaigns, projects and the situations they are dealing with on a daily basis.  Although the new tools will be of particular benefit to small, grass roots groups, the new platform will connect animal advocates around the globe.

If you care about animals, don’t miss this special opportunity to help make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change! Be part of something special!


Spay Panama held a massive campaign for the benefit of communities along the banks of the San Juan de Pequeni river.  Their dogs were sterilized, wormed, vaccinated, had their ears cleaned and were given vitamin injections.