October 4 is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi and is still widely celebrated with The Blessing of the Animals. St. Francis was born into a wealthy family in in 13th century Italy. As a young man, he became a soldier and was captured in the campaign of Perugia.
This event changed his life and caused him to renounce worldly entertainment in exchange for a life of poverty and unity with nature and with God. He is the patron saint of animals and nature.
Today World Animal Day is sponsored by Nature Watch and other organizations to promote animal welfare. The 2021 Nature Watch World Animal Day grants were given to an organization to provide veterinary care to mules and horses in Cameroon and to an organization to provide rabies vaccination to dogs in Kenya.
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