An Edinburgh vet is campaigning to raise funds for animal charities, by being locked in kennels at a rescue centre in Scotland.
Marc Abraham OBE, known locally as ‘Marc The Vet’ is currently housed at Edinburgh Dogs and Cats Home, until members of the public raise enough cash to release him.
The fundraising event is part of the campaign ‘In the Dog House 2021’ which encourages business leaders, influencers and other notable figures to experience what it’s really like for some of the animals locked in shelters to help raise as much money as they can.
Alongside other industry leaders that have been locked in the rescue centre – and armed with only a laptop and mobile phone – Marc is competing for the crown of Top Dog and Best in Show to ultimately raise enough money to be released.
Marc has raised awareness of the campaign by tweeting a picture of himself online with the caption: “Meet Marc, a large, vaccinated and house trained male. Enjoys watching seagulls, swimming in the sea, and must be fed a plant-based diet. To provide Marc with treats, toilet breaks and release him from his kennel, please donate here.”
With every fundraising milestone the kennel ‘inmates’ reaches, they are rewarded with ‘treats’ to make their kennel-life more comfortable – such as chairs and time to stretch their legs.
Marc has a long history of campaigning for animal rights; one of his most notable contributions was to lead a campaign that helped to pass Lucy’s Law into legislation. Lucy’s Law bans the commercial third party trade in puppies and kittens, making all breeders accountable and providing transparency for prospective buyers.
Donations to Marc’s JustGiving page have almost reached £2,000 and the vet has been inundated by messages of support from fans and well-wishers – who joke that they’ll keep him there as long as he keeps raising money for such a worthy cause.
One donor said: “To a man who is genuinely not just metaphorically in the dog house and for a great awareness-raising cause. Best of luck Marc.”