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Thursday, 01 October 2015 17:31

Four Reasons Your Organization Should Join the World Animal Day Movement

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World Animal Day is now upon us! Every October 4, advocates from around the world gather together in support of World Animal Day. Recently, Caroline Ruane of the official World Animal Day headquarters was kind enough to share with us how World Animal Day began, and what it has accomplished around the world. You can read more about this incredible work here and on the World Animal Day website, but for those who are hesitant about why their organization should celebrate World Animal Day, here are four reasons why World Animal Day benefits not only animals and the global animal protection movement, but how your organization can benefit as well:

WADlogo2colorRGB1. It's a great reason to fundraise.

No matter what issues your organization focuses on, World Animal Day is a great opportunity to fundraise for your cause by hosting a fundraising event on or around World Animal Day. Alternatively, time is money, so if hands-on help is what your organization needs, World Animal Day is the perfect reason to organize a volunteer work day to tackle the tasks that have been lingering on your organization’s to do list!

2. It's a great peg for getting media attention.

When submitting a press release or article to a news outlet, you usually need a “peg” to “hang” your story on. World Animal Day can be that peg! Asking readers to consider your organization’s cause for World Animal Day is a great way not only to raise awareness for World Animal Day, but also to tell your organization’s story and highlight your important work to a relevant audience.

3. You can celebrate in your own unique way.

World Animal Day is useful for organizations because they can adapt the holiday to their own cause. Every organization can be involved, regardless of time or budgetary constraints, since your event can be as big or as small as you want. And, because World Animal Day is so broad, whether you work on companion animal, farm animal, wildlife, or lab animal issues, the work your organization does to support animal protection fits under the World Animal Day umbrella.

4. It's completely inclusive

There are many calendar days throughout the year for different animal issues, and these are fantastic ways to spread awareness in their own right. However, the beauty of World Animal Day lies in its inclusiveness—all animal issues are of equal importance. It also serves as a way to unite the many branches of the animal protection movement, and remind us that no matter what issue lies closest to our heart, that we’re all part of a broader goal: a kinder world for animals.

There’s just a few days left before this year’s World Animal Day, but even if your organization can’t put on a full blown event this year, there’s still ways to participate!

You can get social by using the #WorldAnimalDay hashtag, and participate in the World Animal Day Global Wave campaign. You can also join events in your area or download iron on transfers to make your own World Animal Day shirts! For more information about how to get involved in World Animal Day, visit the official WAD website.

Jessica Bridgers

Jessica is the Executive Director at World Animal Net. Having received a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and anthropology from the University of New Mexico, she combines a scientific background with a passion for animal protection. She completed her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University and internships with Humane Society International, Animal Protection of New Mexico, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society before arriving at World Animal Net. In her free time she volunteers with horse and wildlife rescues and makes delicious vegan food.


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