A celebrity vet from Stanmore convinced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to adopt a puppy from an animal rescue charity – and now he’s getting texts from the politician daily.
TV vet Marc Abraham convinced Johnson to adopt a 15-week-old Jack Russell-cross, which has been named Dilyn, from the Friends of Animals Wales (FoAW) charity, after the dog had been left abandoned by puppy farmers.
Marc is an avid campaigner for Lucy’s Law, a new regulation aimed at cracking down on so-called puppy farms in England, and also a big fan of FoAW.
When Marc heard the PM and his partner Carrie Symonds wanted to adopt a puppy, he saw it as an opportunity to promote both causes.
Marc said: “I’d run into Carrie a couple of times as we’re both campaigners, so when I saw she wanted to adopt a puppy, I thought I’d get in touch and suggest she adopt from the brilliant FoAW, who take care of ‘useless’ abandoned dogs who would likely be drowned or shot if the charity didn’t get to them first.
“Dilyn has an undershot jaw, so he fell into this category.”
In the summer, Carrie invited Marc to Downing Street to discuss the potential adoption in the famous number 11 flat. “It’s just massive in there, it was surreal,” Marc said.
Several weeks passed before Marc got a call from an unknown number while he was away in Spain.
“I answer it and unbelievably, it’s Boris – telling me they’re really keen to get the adoption done and they want my help with it.
“I went back to Downing Street with FoAW’s amazing volunteers in September when Boris officially adopted Dilyn, and it was just an incredible experience and I’m thrilled with the impact the adoption has had.
“It’s the ultimate rags to riches story, really. And they absolutely love Dilyn; I’m getting more or less daily messages from Boris and Carrie about him which is just mad.”
To read more about FoAW or to donate, go to friendsofanimalswales.org.uk/