ANIMALS GET THEIR DAY IN THE SUN
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 8, Tuesday October 5, 2005
GEORGE Eliot once remarked: "Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticism."
Thousands of local animal lovers would agree and many are planning to celebrate World Animal Day with the one they love.
World Animal Day began as a feast day for the patron saint of animals, St Francis.
But Noosa RSPCA manager Nicole Cleary said the day had crossed into the mainstream as a celebration of all creatures great and small.
"Pets just give so much to people as individuals,” she said. “They don’t judge and they are always there for you."
Ms Cleary said extra cuddles and treats were the order of the day.
"Everyone should use today to remember what their pet gives to them and thank them for it," she said.
Australia Zoo has a huge day in store with an appearance by the colourful Watoto Children's Choir, made up of AIDS orphans from Uganda, just after 11am as well as their own Wildlife Warriors promoting the work of the animal hospital.