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On October 4, 1931, the world first celebrated World Animal Day. Today, World Animal Day is “a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them.”
 
The main areas of focus for World Animal Day are drawing attention to endangered species, protecting natural habitats, and supporting animal welfare
 
World Animal Day events are wildly diverse. In Australia, marchers have called for an end to poaching elephants and rhinoceroses. In India, a community has released indigenous birds, such as herons and egrets, into a clean and healthy environment. In Panama, an animal shelter offers a spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats.
celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

clinic
Noun

place for the treatment of outpatients, or patients who are not housed in the facility.

community
Noun

group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

diverse
Adjective

varied or having many different types.

Noun

organism threatened with extinction.

environment
Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

Noun

material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

hunt
Verb

to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.

illegal
Adjective

forbidden by law.

Adjective

characteristic to or of a specific place.

litter
Noun

trash or other scattered objects left in an open area or natural habitat.

medical
Adjective

having to do with the study of medicine or healing.

neuter
Verb

to remove the testes of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.

poach
Verb

to hunt, trap, or fish illegally.

protect
Verb

to take action to prevent injury or attack.

respect
Noun

manner or way of doing things.

shelter
Noun

structure that protects people or other organisms from weather and other dangers.

spay
Verb

to remove the ovaries of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.

Noun

body of flowing water.

tribute
Noun

recommendation or compliment given in gratitude.

welfare
Noun

health or well-being.