World Animal Day

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When Celebrated

Always on October 4th


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About the Holiday

World Animal Day is a celebration of all animals throughout the world and a recognition of their beauty, intrigue and in many cases their interrelationship with humans. Today is a day to enjoy animals and to remember our role in providing a good world environment for them to thrive.

World Animal Day was started at an ecologist convention in Florence, Italy in 1931.[1]. The date was chosen because October 4th is the Feast Day for Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of animals.

Gift Guidelines

  • Trip to zoo
  • Donation to a conservation or preservation effort
  • Donation to an animal shelter
  • Pet toys, food or clothes
  • DVD on animals

Related Holidays


  1. The Boston Globe: World Animal Day October 17th, 2008

October Info & More Holidays

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Sep 23 - Oct 23


Oct 24 - Nov 21