Submitted by Steve on 12:32, 4th Oct, 2021 | 0

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. 4 October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.

However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent Animal Chaplains in parks and fields.  Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

At the GSPCA we help over 3000 wild animals and domestic through the doors every year and we currently have over 300 in our care.

This Summer has been one of the busiest we have ever experienced in terms of numbers of animals with record numbers of hedgehogs and rabbits needing help.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “It is amazing the numbers of animals we help every day here at the GSPCA but we couldn’t do so much without the support of the public and local businesses.”

“Today is World Animal Day and with over 300 animals in our care we are always appealing for support and help with the work we carry out 24/7 from donating towards the animals in our care, finding them new homes, helping volunteer with our work and I many other ways.”

“If you would like to support our work then you can donate and find out more online, call us on 257261, pop into the Shelter in St Andrews, email or by post GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, GY6 8UD.”

"We have many wish list plans from intensive care units to our proposed new Wildlife Hospital all to help the many animals at the GSPCA and that pass through the doors 24/7."

“We have so many rabbits and cockerels in need of homes, as well as many birds, turtles and many others which can be seen on our website or popping into the Shelter between 11am and 4pm 7 days a week.”

"If you can't help adopt an animal maybe you could become an Angel pen Pal Sponsor or help towards one of our projects or wishes to help the 300+ animals in our care."

"Without your support we could achieve so much and from all the animals in Guernsey and from the GSPCA we are so thankful for all the support we receive."

"If you would like to help us in any way please do check out the links on our website, pop in or call us on 257261."


Donate by calling  01481 257261, by post to GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8UD or online

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By leaving a gift to the GSPCA in your Will really helps us to improve the lives of animals into the future.  After providing for those you care for, please consider leaving a proportion of what remains to the GSPCA it is so appreciated and makes a real lasting legacy.

A gift like this to the GSPCA ensures our animals and those in Guernsey will always have someone to keep them safe. To find out more please 

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In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if have been outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in line with their advice or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and we continue visits to the Shelter for only essential reasons and to please call us on 01481 257261 or email before your trip to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

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