Submitted by Steve on 08:16, 4th Oct, 2018 | 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 500 in our care.

This Summer has been one of the busiest we have ever experienced in terms of numbers of animals from nearly 100 hedgehogs in our care to 50 rabbits, 30 reptiles to many parrots, dozens of cats to 20 ducks, hamsters to other animals in our care, many needing new and loving homes.

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 500 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 [email protected] or by post GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, GY6 8UD.”

"We have many wish list plans from a new dryer 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 ducks in need of homes, as well as many lizards, 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 500+ 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."

If you would like to find out more on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

Another way to support us is our on site Charity Shop and refreshment area and to find out more please visit -

If your group or business would like to find out about spending a day at the Shelter please go to -

For other ways your business can help us here at the GSPCA please go to -

To find out our opening hours and when you can visit some of the animals in our care please visit

To see some of the animals looking for homes please visit -

On Monday 5th November we have a volunteer induction evening and for more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor to sponsor the hoglets and support our work please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

To visit the details on the Urgent Kennel Floor Appeal please visit -

To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and find out more please click here -

To learn more about our biggest project, become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit

To help towards our much needed dryer please click here -

To visit our Amazon Wish list please visit -


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