The date of October 4 is also known as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. Beloved among all Catholics, Saint Francis was famously recognized for his remarkable way with animals and all living things. Some Catholic churches have even been known to offer blessings to pets on this day in honor of all Saint Francis has done for animals.
World Animal Day has also become an arena for ecologists to discuss the problems associated with endangered species. This day is not just for domesticated animals, it’s for wild animals, endangered species, and those threatened by environmental devastation or lack of protection. This day is a reminder not just to love the animals in our homes but to appreciate and respect all living beings that are a part of our ecosystem.