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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Wildlife Day: Preserve, protect and save endangered animals

Sept. 4 is National Wildlife Day, an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about the plight of endangered animals around the world.

National Wildlife Day was created by author and animal lover, Colleen Paige. Paige created the special awareness day not only to shine the spotlight on endangered animals, but also to honor the late conservationist and Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

The list of endangered animals is staggering. Sadly, many of these magnificent animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. Threats include loss of habitat, pollution, oil spills and poaching, to name a few. It is our responsibility to learn how we can help preserve, protect and save the threatened and endangered creatures before it is too late. Time is critical.

While today is all about wild creatures of all shapes and sizes, today is also a ‘purrfect’ opportunity to adopt a more mild-mannered and manageable-sized animal from a shelter. Due to the current economic conditions and high unemployment, many shelters are inundated with beautiful cats and dogs just waiting to be loved. Please open your heart and your home and give an animal in need a ‘furever’ home.

On a much lighter note, Sept. 4 is also Eat an Extra Dessert Day. Sweet!

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