Vet Noel Fitzpatrick
Noel Fitzpatrick and Steve Jones on their mission to save abandoned pets
Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special monday-friday / c4 / 8.00Pm
We’re meant to be a nation of animal lovers but that doesn’t stop 250,000 pets being abandoned every year. Luckily, C4’s new five-day event, Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special, aims to change all that.
Hosted by self-confessed animal lovers Steve Jones, Kate Quilton and The Supervet’s Noel Fitzpatrick, its mission is to find homes for all the stray dogs, cats, budgies and rabbits at the Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter by the end of the week!
We caught up with Steve, 40, and Noel, 49, to find out more…
Can you tell us about the show? Steve: Well, I’ll be steering the ship, Noel’s our animal expert, while Kate will be encouraging viewers to adopt animals from the shelter in Newcastle, as well as others across the country. Noel: Basically, we’re saying, if you’re thinking about owning a pet, why not consider an animal that really needs a home? Some of these animals will have been bereaved or suffered cruelty, so the show will definitely tug on people’s heartstrings. Will anyone be able to call the show and take a pet home?
Steve: Actually, part of our mission is about being a responsible pet owner, so we’ll have qualified people looking into the families to find the right people for each animal.
Why do you think people choose breeds over rescue animals?
Noel: People tend to judge other people on looks and, sadly, it’s the same with animals.
Steve: They also imagine shelters are like dark cages and they’re not at all! So the show’s also about opening the doors to these places so people can see them for themselves.
You’ve got five days to achieve your goal, do you think you’ll do it? Steve: Why not? Luckily, we’re real animal lovers in this country! Noel: There’s a lot of evidence that your mental health is significantly improved by interaction with a pet – the show’s all about that and how animals can bring you real joy!
Steve, you’ve done live TV before, but Noel, are you nervous about it? Noel: No, it can’t be as stressful as performing veterinary surgery! I’m sure it will be good fun – we all really care about the project.
Host Steve Jones and The Supervetõs
Noel fitzpatrick with some canine friends