World Animal Day 2016

World animal day – 4th of October

World Animal Day is a day people pay extra attention to the wellbeing of animals and their environment. It is not only about pets, but also about the elephants, and rhino’s in Africa, the tigers in Asia and many other animal species around the globe that are threatened with extinction.

Some history of World Animal Day

What better day to celebrate World Animal Day then on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, as he is the patron saint of animals. At a convention of ecologists in Florence in 1931 World Animal Day started to highlight the plight of endangered species. Since then World Animal Day is celebrated all over the world on the 4th of October.

Closer to home

The United Arab Emirates are coping with a huge stray population of cats and dogs. The circumstance these strays live in are not great at all, specially in summer time when the heat is unbearable. Luckily there are many volunteers and organizations doing their utmost best to support as many animals as possible.


TNR stands for trap – neuter – release. There are just too many strays to find a home for and not all are suitable for or will be happy living in a house because they have been outside all their life. A lot of caring people are providing food and water in their neighborhood. To reduce growth of the stray population TNR programs have been started. TNR helps to reduce the growth of the stray populations by catching, spaying or neutering strays and releasing them back in their own community, this way organizing a controlled community with less influx of new cats and therefor less suffering due to continuous overgrowth & disease outbreaks. Good for Cats and community.

Customers of ABVC Kennels & Cattery who have spend over 1000 AED between the 1st of March and the end of August have earned a free Spay/neuter of a stray at Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic. Over 100 treatments have been earned. Customers could choose to bring in a stray themselves or donate their earned spay to one of the partner rescue organizations (The Animal Project, Middle East Animal Foundation), which most of our clients chose as it is convenient and helps where it is needed.

Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic it self has a yearly ‘Spay that Stray’ campaign every February for a whole month.

Everyday we should love, respect and treat our pets and animals well. The 4th of October is just a day that humans should even be more aware of the importance of the wellbeing of all living creatures on this globe.

What will you be doing on the 4th of October to make this place a better world?