Ricky Gervais has carved an incredibly successful career from making people laugh but when it comes to standing up for the rights of animals, it’s no joking matter for the passionate animal activist.
Dr Marc regularly appears on TV giving advice and uses his large social media following to promote responsible pet ownership. His biggest animal welfare campaign to date is against puppy farming – the battery breeding of puppies to be sold on to unsuspecting buyers through pet shops, online, in free newspaper adverts and private sales.
Holly the whippet came to live with 19-year-old Amy and her family four years ago, after she was rescued from a puppy farm. She had been used as a breeding dog and needed to be nursed back to health.
Crossbreed Miracle was destined for a dog meat restaurant when the truck he was travelling on was intercepted by the Thai animal welfare charity Soi Dog Foundation. The horrific photo of Miracle hanging from a meat rack went viral around the world.
Julie was first contracted by the RSPCA in 2012. Working in conjunction with the Companion Animals and Learning and Development Departments, she has developed two courses for RSPCA staff: Understanding And Preventing Aggression In Dogs and Understanding, and Meeting The Welfare Needs Of Dogs in RSPCA care.
The Staffordshire bull terrier was taken to the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre after she was found abandoned. Her owner didn’t see her true potential – but thankfully kennel supervisor Sue Dicks did.