A celebration of animals and their contribution to our lives

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. However celebrations may take place within the two weeks either side of this date.

It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.

Launched in the UK on 4 October 2003. organisations, groups, animal shelters, places of worship, schools, clubs and individuals who participated in what was to become an annual event, quite simply, helped make history.

I am sure you will agree that, building the World Animal Day initiative is a wonderful way to unite the animal welfare movement and something that everyone can join in with whether they are part of an organisation, group, or as an individual.

World Animal Day is not linked to any one individual, organisation or campaign, but belongs to everyone.

The Santiago del Teide Branch of AsociaciĆ²n San Francisco de los Animales was the first association in the Canary Islands to officially participate in this world wide event, which can be held two weeks either side of 4th October.