Submitted by GSPCA on 11:49, 3rd Oct, 2011 | 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.

Mocha pictured above has been one of the animals that without our help may not be still here to tell his tale.  He recently came in as a stray with a very lage growth in his ear.  The vets operated and removed it.  This weekend he had his stitches out and is now recovering and doing very well.  Every year the GSPCA helps thousands of animals find good homes and rehabilitate wildlife for release.

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 you can support us is by popping in and purchasing your pet supplies from the shelter. We have just launched a few new brands but if we don't have what you want we can always order items in.


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