I have great pleasure in announcing my stand guests for this year’s Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between 10th-13th March.
Every year I have a trade-stand in a fabulous position – on one of the main thoroughfares through Hall 1 (Stand 59) which is called ‘Marc the Vet & Friends’, and I offer each day to a different charity, organisation, or campaign group that perhaps don’t have the budget or manpower for a stand for the whole four days, but is working tirelessly to raise awareness, collect money or raise animal welfare standards in the UK and beyond.
Each day’s ‘friend’ can decorate my stand with all their literature, give out information, bring along four-legged friends, as well as collect donations from the 150,000 dog-crazy visitors that Crufts attracts every year. They’ll also be invited to join me on Crufts FM every day to tell the thousands of listeners about their particular cause.
I’m extremely proud to be joined by these fab guests and I hope you can all come along and meet them at this year’s show to find out about some of the fantastic work they do:
Thursday 10th March 2011
Speaking Out For Animals (SOFA) is a children’s animal action group based in Norwich of which I am the extremely proud patron. SOFA campaign for compulsory microchipping of all dogs and have discovered that they are able to take positive action when something really concerns them and that they really can make changes for the better. Writing persuasive letters and engaging in debate with MPs and celebrities, appearing on television and being involved in radio discussions has shown them that they can influence change – they’ve even visited Parliament and already achieved an Early Day Motion! SOFA has proved that young people can make a difference!
Friday 11th March 2011
Rudozem Street Dog Rescue (RSDR) is a Bulgarian charity that rescues street dogs subjected to the most horrendous cruelty. They are kicked, beaten and shot on a regular basis for no other reason than that it provides certain individuals with amusement. Many of these dogs are injured, in pain, or starving and in the winter there is a high chance that they will freeze to death.
Saturday 12th March 2011
Oldies Club is a dog rescue run solely by volunteers, that specialises in rescuing and rehoming older dogs – aged 7 years plus – of which I’m also their extremely proud patron. Unlike many rescues Oldies Club do not have kennels or a central base as, rather than placing our dogs in kennels, prefer to care for them in a normal home environment or ‘foster homes’. Oldies Club are also holding their annual ‘Woof Factor’ online photo-competition in March to further raise funds for their Oldies.
Sunday 13th March 2011
Be Puppy Farm Aware (BPFA) has been set up to educate people of the cruel puppy farming industry. To raise public awareness and provide advice on finding a puppy from a reputable source. BPFA believe the buyer holds the key to stopping this industry by NEVER buying directly or indirectly from a puppy farmer! Hitting the puppy farmer where it hurts the most – in their pockets!