An evening with Marc the Vet

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We were delighted to be joined by celebrity vet, campaigner, author and broadcaster, Marc Abraham, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he’s commonly known on Zoom on Tuesday 16th March. Interviewed by lifestyle journalist and dog owner herself, Suzanne Baum; Marc spoke about his work as an active campaigner for animal welfare issues, his concerns of impulse buying of puppies during lockdown, and the almost surreal experience of helping source rescue dog, Dilyn, for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Marc also spoke about the introduction of Lucy’s Law and how he has worked hard to get that legislation passed which bans the commercial third-party trade of puppies and kittens, such as pet shops, and now makes all dog and cat breeders accountable. Marc said: “Going from someone with zero political knowledge in 2013 (I was a science nerd) to now almost changing five laws has been quite an amazing learning curve.”

After the interview, there was then an opportunity for attendees to ask all their burning questions around pets and animal welfare to Marc. Questions included how people can prepare their pets for life post-lockdown (after having got used to extra attention), whether cats should have a raw food diet, how best to prevent puppy theft and how to keep dogs calm when there are fireworks to name a few.

The event was one of several virtual fundraising events held over the past year and raised over £1,000. Marc also launched our 2021 PETron campaign where pets of all kinds can become unique supporters of JBD for just £5 a month or £60 a year and get a range of goodies and are also entered into a competition with prizes up for grabs. This year’s competition will be judged by Marc the Vet and winners will be announced at the end of May. More information and to sign your pets up, see here

Chief Executive Lisa Wimborne commented: “A huge thank you to Marc the Vet and Suzanne Baum for giving us their time and thank you to everyone who attended for their support. I must also think all the wonderful pets that are PETrons who help us to raise the funds we need to continue to be able to offer housing and support to people across the community. It was fascinating to hear what Marc is working on as a campaigner and also share his knowledge on some of the key animal welfare issues that exist”.