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One animal activist, dog lover, and shelter volunteer is going to great lengths to bring awareness, support, and much needed money to the Manchester shelter that rescues and rehomes over 4000 dogs each year.
Sean LeVegan will live in The Manchester Dogs’ Home for 35 days, the average number of days it takes for a dog to be adopted from the shelter. He will live exactly as the dogs do including fasting from food for the first four days (the average time it takes most dogs to eat when kept in a new, frightening environment), sleeping on the floor of a kennel with another dog, only leaving the confines of the kennel bars for 1 hour of each day in which to exercise, play, and potty.
Sean described the shelter on a website created for the fundraising event, Kennel 35:
Manchester dogs’ Home gets around 15 dogs each day brought to the home by the warden and members of the public who can no longer care for their best friend. The sad thing is only around 34% of dogs that have been found on the streets of Manchester are reclaimed or reunited with their owners. Manchester Dogs’ Home has been doing this work for over 100 years. The home is in need of cash to refurbish the kennels and make the place more secure as its repeatedly sought by vandals and thieves. I attend a few days a week where I give what time I can to help this fantastic charity and the 4000 dogs they re-home each year.
Sean plans to be “caught” by the Manchester Dog Warden on October 5, 2013. That’s when his amazing journey will begin.
He’ll experience the same stress, boredom, loneliness, even fear that shelter dogs experience during their time in shelters. Further, Sean is inviting the world to watch his journey via live webcams aimed into his kennel.
Sean has even had himself microchipped as part of his mission to experience life as a dog!
During his stay, he’ll have visits from animal experts and celebrities that will discuss dogs and tell dog tales to his audience.
All my activity will be seen on webcams linked to my kennel. I will be asking subscribers to pay just £5 (about $7.50 US )to access my Kennel Cams for the duration of this project. Every penny will be going to help Manchester Dogs’ Home refurbish their home that can house 600 dogs when full.