Whether you know your animal’s birth date or not, there is still one day of the year dedicated to celebrating your pet. October 4th is World Animal Day and the 4 Eco Services team is proud to celebrate this day with our local animal shelter partner, KC Pet Project.

What is World Animal Day?

The mission of World Animal Day is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.” On World Animal Day, animal welfare organizations, communities, clubs, businesses and animal lovers organize events to draw attention to animal issues and create a catalyst for change. The World Animal Day brand and logo is used by participants on brochures and other materials created to celebrate the day, helping to create a global brand for animals. 

The first World Animal Day was organized by German Writer and Publisher Heinrich Zimmermann on March 24, 1925 in Berlin, with over 5,000 people attending the event. The event was moved to October 4th in 1929 and in May 1931, October 4th was accepted as World Animal Day by an International Congress of Animal Protection Organizations gathered in Florence, Italy. October 4th was chosen since it is the day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals. 

Every year, an estimated 1000 events are held in around 100 countries celebrating World Animal Day. A few types of events held to commemorate the day include:

  • Open shelter days
  • Pet adoption days
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Fundraising events
  • Radio and TV interviews
  • Peaceful protest marches

About KC Pet Project

The mission of the KC Pet Project is, “To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.” To accomplish this, KCPP maintains an animal shelter in Kansas City, MO, follows procedures to promote the health and welfare of animals in their care and addresses issues related to irresponsible pet owners and dangerous animals. KCPP offers many lifesaving programs for local animals and has maintained a live release rate above 90% each month since 2012. Today, KCPP operates 13 adoption centers across the city and cares for over 10,000 pets every year.

How you can get involved

We encourage our customers and local citizens to volunteer at a KCPP adoption center and to donate, to support the health and well being of our furry animals. 4 Eco Services is proud to be a partner of KCPP and intends to continue providing support.