October 4 is World Animal Day. The holiday began in 1931 in Florence, Italy, when a group of ecologists selected the feast day of St Francis of Assisi to celebrate all kinds of animals. Many animal shelters hold special events, and volunteering at one can be a great way to celebrate today.
“Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths . . .
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds . . .”
Psalm 148:7 & 10