Wood Green, The Animals Charity, has appointed not one but two celebrity ambassadors. Former Hollyoaks star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ali Bastian has followed up on the adoption of her own dog from the charity by taking the official role. TV vet Marc Abraham has also accepted the prestigious position, after supporting a number of the charity’s initiatives.
Both Ali and Marc have become involved in Wood Green’s latest National Unwanted Pet Week activity, carrying out interviews and featuring in an introductory video to the campaign.
Ali, who recently adopted her dog Mable from Wood Green, said: ‘It’s a real privilege to be an official ambassador of Wood Green.
‘I have seen the amazing work the charity does first hand, and even rehomed a rescue dog from one of the shelters.
‘I would urge everyone thinking of getting a pet to consider rescuing this National Unwanted Pet Week, and show some love to an animal who will love you back ten times as strongly.’
Marc added: ‘I am honoured to be an Ambassador of Wood Green, The Animals Charity, and am proud to support National Unwanted Pet Week. If you’re considering a pet, call Wood Green, or your local animals shelter, where you’ll find the perfect pet for you.’
National Unwanted Pet Week launched on Monday 25th May and has seen other celebrities, including Martin Clunes and Bill Oddie, provide voiceovers for lonely hearts videos in an effort to find new homes for deserving pets.
The charity’s research to coincide with National Unwanted Pet Week revealed that almost half of all pet owners say they did not seek advice before taking on an animal.
‘Our research shows that people in Britain still identify us as a nation of animal lovers, so it’s depressing to see the stark reality behind the number of dogs, cats and smaller animals which are awaiting a loving home at any one time,’ said Sally Stevens, Director of Communications for Wood Green.
‘What I would urge anyone interested in pet ownership to do, is to please please do your research first.’
Ms Stevens said the support of celebrities in raising this important message is greatly appreciated by staff at the charity.