We love when celebrities use their voice to support a worthy cause! Dan Richardson, who stars in the Disney hit TV series, “The Lodge” along with ex-professional athlete Annie Robertson-Connolly, who is now a personal trainer, are kayaking 21 miles across the English Channel to Brighton. From there, the duo, who are both vegans, will immediately cycle 60 miles to London. Why? To help animals!

The duo is trying to raise money to purchase a mobile veterinary unit for International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA), which will help further the charity’s spay and neuter efforts in Romania. This will help reduce the number of puppies being born, with thousands of stray dogs in Romania already facing difficult conditions.

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Dan said that as soon as he heard about the conditions of so many stray dogs in Romania, he felt compelled to do something. “I couldn’t live with myself knowing that such suffering is happening and not try and do something to help make a difference,” he explained in a statement about the challenge.

Neither of them has kayaked before and Annie had to even overcome a fear of water in order to train for the challenge. Talk about dedication to the cause!

 

 

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If you would like to support Annie and Dan’s brave efforts, you can donate to the fundraising page here. Thank you for helping our four-legged friends, Annie and Dan!

If you feel inspired after reading this story, you don’t have to necessarily kayak across the English Channel to bring attention to the plight of animals. You can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals simply by volunteering at your local animal shelter. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. For other ways you can get involved helping animals, click here. Together, we can end pet homelessness everywhere.

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And of course, always adopt and never shop! For more information on IAPWA’s work on behalf of animals, visit their website.

Image source: Dan Richardson/Facebook

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