Celebrate World Animal Week: 4-10 October

Everyone can get involved with World Animal Week!

Everyone can get involved with World Animal Week!

World Animal Week is a yearly reminder to celebrate the difference animals make to our lives and to give something back, by fundraising for animal welfare, making a donation, taking action, eating cruelty-free, deciding to respect animals abroad, or just giving your pet some extra attention.

WSPA's offices and member societies around the world made last year a big success, and from Saturday we will be marking World Animal Week again.

What will you do? Read more and be inspired!

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US

WSPA and the Body Shop are joining forces, asking you to make yourself beautiful and show you care by signing up to the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. The Declaration encourages the international recognition of animal welfare.

In New Zealand the Body Shop will also be selling Karen Walker for WSPA t-shirts and promoting the Declaration. TV presenter Jacqui Brown has lent her support, saying: “The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare will send a strong message that cruelty and neglect is not okay. Animals are a vital part of our lives.”


A design from the 'Karen Walker for WSPA' range of t-shirts, available in New Zealand

A design from the 'Karen Walker for WSPA' range of t-shirts, available in New Zealand


Our Brazilian office is collaborating on a number of public events, including the Animals in Focus photo exhibition, and screenings of the documentary Animals: Sentient Beings in schools, churches, public squares, and universities across 29 cities. Also, the winners of a competition to create short public films on the Universal Declaration will be part of a televised Animal Festival.


WSPA’s Colombian celebrations will be held where the welfare work really happens – schoolchildren and local animal welfare groups have been invited to a clinic treating working horses and educating owners on animal care. This week is a chance for all 130 member societies in the region to promote their work and collect Universal Declaration petition signatures.


Volunteers will take to the streets on 4 October, promoting awareness of animal welfare and gathering signatures for the Declaration. Those who sign will be asked why animals matter to them, and their answers posted on the WSPA Denmark website.

Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

WSPA's office covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean will be promoting animal welfare and calling for Declaration signatures through regional press and media. This will be supported by member society activities in different countries, including art shows, fairs, spay and neuter education initiatives, concerts, and an animal adoption day.

The Netherlands

On the eve of World Animal Week, WSPA Netherlands will be part of the second annual ‘Animals Gala’ in Amsterdam. Organised by member society Varkens in Nood (‘Pigs in Need’), the event puts the spotlight on animals and provides an opportunity for people who care about animals to meet and be inspired.


Thai celebrity Por Tissadee Sahawong helps WSPA with some animal welfare education

Thai celebrity Por Tissadee Sahawong helps WSPA with some animal welfare education


WSPA Africa is collaborating with member societies and other animal welfare organisations to run free animal clinics at five venues in Dar es Salaam. Over the week, the clinics will target underprivileged communities and highlight the importance of proactive animal care.


A WSPA Asia ambassador, TV star Por Tissadee Sahawong, has been promoting animal welfare in the run up to World Animal Week. After taking part in WSPA’s school-based educational activities, he described animal welfare as "a vital concern in our country and the world. It affects all parts of our lives, including our health and economy.”


This year, the focus is on fundraising activity to support our vital work with dogs and cats. ‘It’s A Piece of Cake!’ invites supporters to hold bake sales and coffee mornings at schools, vet surgeries, community halls… anywhere money can be raised to protect and care for companion animals!
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