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World Animal Week

wawKicking off on October 1st, World Animal Week is a yearly reminder to make the world a safer, more compassionate place for all animals. People are urged to take action by fundraising for animal welfare, making a donation, volunteering their time, or simply giving their pets some extra attention.

In Ireland in 2012, World Animal Week takes place October 1st-7th to coincide with the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  The feast day fo St Francis is on October 4th.

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on 4 October. 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.


  • To celebrate animal life in all its forms

  • To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
  • To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives

  • To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

This week give a little bit extra for animals and get your friends and family  involved as well.  We need your support every week but especially this week show you care for animals and have a fundraiser in aid of the DSPCA. 

For more information on Fundraising Ideas and what you can do read Our Fundraising Information Tips

Don't have time to do fundraising then become a Supporter of the DSPCA.


Read more on St Francis of Assisi.



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