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Our Animal Champions

Our Animal Champions share the Home’s values for animal welfare and act as ambassadors to their care. The Champions’ commitment to supporting events and campaigns helps boost awareness of our work and highlights the support needed to continue it.

Marc The Vet

Marc Abraham, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is more commonly known, is a practising veterinary surgeon, author, and animal welfare campaigner based in Brighton, England. He qualified from Edinburgh University and has since worked in small animal, mixed, and emergency practice, as well as volunteering oversees for animal rescue projects, from Mumbai to Ukraine to China.

Marc began his TV career as resident vet on The Paul O’Grady Show and has since appeared giving pet advice on a variety of TV shows. Marc also campaigns for numerous animal welfare issues including microchipping, rescue pet adoption, responsible breeding, and against puppy farming. In 2009, he set up PupAid, a national puppy farming awareness campaign that involves an annual fun dog show in London as well as being responsible for the biggest pet welfare petition of all time, part of his relentless lobbying of MPs in Westminster to positively influence laws affecting our nation’s pets.

Micky Gavin

Micky has worked in radio since 1995, starting life at Tay FM in Dundee. Over the years, he has been around a bit and has worked at stations such as Beat 106 in Glasgow, Capital Radio in London, Real Radio in Glasgow, Northsound in Aberdeen. He moved back home in January of this year and currently presents the Forth 1 daytime show.

Micky is a massive animal lover and adopted a retired racing greyhound called ‘Smokey’ who is sadly no longer with us. He recently adopted a staffie, ‘Stella’, from Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and now can’t imagine life without her! He has long admired the work of the EDCH and is delighted to support the organisation and be a regular face at many of the Home’s key events, such as the Pub Quiz and Open Day.

Christine Grahame MSP

Christine Grahame has been an MSP since the Scottish Parliament’s inception in 1999, having previously worked as a teacher and a lawyer. Throughout this time, Christine has been a passionate advocate for animals, convening the Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare and raising a number of issues in the chamber. Notably, in 2004 she introduced a proposal for a members’ bill outlawing the illegal trade in puppies, which helped bring about regulations which, among other things, regulates possession and sale of cats and dogs under 84 days old.

She also introduced the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 into legislation through her members’ bill, which aims to take a “deed not the breed” approach in tackling irresponsible dog ownership by identifying out of control dogs at an early juncture and providing measures to change the behaviour of these dogs and their owners before the dogs become dangerous.

Dion Leonard, Gobi and Lara

Dion and Gobi were the feel-good story of 2016; a stray desert dog followed ultra runner Dion Leonard for 77 miles as he ran through the inhospitable Chinese Gobi desert during a 155 mile, six stage / seven day race. The dog, later named Gobi, was being prepared to be transported to Dion’s home in Edinburgh when she went missing in Urumqi, a city of over 3 million people in North West China. During a rollercoaster journey searching for Gobi the story went viral around the world and the pair finally reunited to become a global sensation.

Dion and Gobi alongside Dion’s wife Lucja and cat Lara, have since become amazing campaigners and fundraisers for animal welfare. They are strong supporters of the Home’s work, having previously led the 2017 ‘Jog with Gobi’ fun run on Portobello prom, as well as taking on a three-race 640-mile ‘Triple Crown’ challenge in the US in 2018 to benefit the Home.

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