Today is World Animal Day, and also the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
MISSION STATEMENT – WORLD ANIMAL DAY
- To celebrate animal life in all its forms
- To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
- To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives
Begun back in 1931 at an ecologists' convention in Florence, Tuscany, World Animal Day was initially conceived as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to include all animals and is a day for animal-lovers all over the world to celebrate our wonderful four legged, two legged and no legged friends!
Because of the Italy connection I would like to ask you to do something very special this World Animal Day. Near where we live in the Casentino, Tuscany, is a tiny non profit organisation called Lo Scudo di Pan. (Pan's Shield).
Surviving entirely on donations this group of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly and in very difficult circumstances to look after a range of abandoned and sick animals. I know the founder and have adopted two birds from there. They are amazing, amazing people and they do it all from a little house in the middle of a small town.
Unsurprisingly they are frightened that some people may object to them looking after all these creatures (many handicapped) in the middle of town and fear the animals may be poisoned.
They want to buy some land in the countryside and set up a proper sanctuary, which in this part of the world is relatively cheap to do. But despite their best efforts, they are not managing to raise much money towards this worthy goal. Animals come at the bottom of the list for many people here and so Lo Scudo di Pan continue to run their second hand stalls and get increasingly inventive in their fundraising, but they are barely managing to hold it together.
PLEASE HELP THEM!
If you live in Italy you can also donate through your bank or the post office: with DONAZIONE as the subject.
Conto Corrente Postale 72273154
Codice IBAN: IT47 P076 0114 1000 0007 2273 154
Conto Corrente Banca Etruria Agenzia di Capolona
Codice IBAN: IT80 C053 9071 3500 0000 0005 931
Thank you so much.