Today is a special day for felines like me and all of my fellow four legged creatures, as well as you two legged creatures who love us. It is World Animal Day today.
World Animal Day was started in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. Many of my bigger feline cousins are facing threats to their existence. I have a home where I am safe and cared for. Too many of my larger feline cousins and many other animals do not have this and they must fend off extinction.
October 4 was chosen as the date for World Animal Day because it is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. In many places, humans are lining up to have their animals blessed. When our human told us he was considering doing this, Jacey, Marley, and I gave him disapproving glares and he decided not to.
World Animal Day seeks to:
- Celebrate animal life in all its forms
- Celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- Acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in human’s lives — from being companions, supporting and helping humans, and bringing a sense of wonder into human lives
- Acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich the lives of humans
I am asking all of my fans to do one thing on World Animal Day to make the world a better place for us animals. You may think that solving the challenges endangered species face is too big of a task for one human to take on. You are right.
But you can give noms to a feral cat that needs them, or donate to a local animal welfare organization, or just learn more about a species of endangered animal so that you can share information about them. There are so many things you can do.
Please share what you are doing on World Animal Day and share this story with others!