Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will hold a virtual celebration of World Animal Day Oct. 4 by offering a variety of suggested activities and events on its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mwr.ftwood.
Throughout the day, the page will feature posts inviting viewers to construct animal crafts, make pet-treat recipes and offer ideas for spending time with pets and making their lives better.
“We wanted to offer a lot of little things you can do to make your animal happy that day,” explained LoraLee Neubeck with the Installation Wide Events Office.
“We’re doing a photo contest and a pet trick video contest,” Neubeck said, adding that visitors to the page will be invited to post photos of their pets or share 1-minute videos displaying their pet’s favorite trick or unique talent.
The history goes back nearly a century, with the first event organized and held in 1925 in Berlin by animal-magazine publisher Heinrich Zimmerman. The purpose of the original event remains a part of its mission today: to promote animal welfare and advocate for animal protection measures worldwide, according to the World Animal Day website. Today, observances are held in countries around the world every Oct. 4, which coincides with the day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Those who submit pet photos and videos to the FMWR page agree to have their likeness, (and their pet’s) used online, on social media and other platforms. Submitted materials become the property of FMWR and may be used in future programming.
For more information, visit leonardwood.armymwr.com.