Posted 4 months ago
The Duchess of Sussex has thanked animal lovers around the world who have helped a UK pet charity close to her heart.
Meghan, who is patron of London-based Mayhew, which helps dogs and cats to find new homes and offers support to owners and therapy pets in the community, said the charity has been able to continue despite the hardship of the past year because of its generous supporters.
She highlighted those who had shared with her the therapeutic effect of having their pets with them during the pandemic and the solace and comfort they had found.
The 2020 Mayhew review with the foreword by the Duchess of Sussex
The duchess, who has a black Labrador named Pula and a Beagle named Guy at her home with Prince Harry in California, wrote the foreword to Mayhew’s annual review.
“Over the last year, each of us have felt the profound effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Be it the loss of a loved one, the health challenges far too many faced, or the disproportionate life changes everyone has experienced, it has been an overwhelming process of grief, growth and also of gratitude.
“I have heard from so many of you about the impact of having a pet with you at home during the isolation of lockdown; you have mentioned the therapeutic effect of having your animal by your side and the solace and comfort you found in their company.
“This effect is something Mayhew strives to deliver day in and day out to people throughout the UK and beyond.
Meghan meets a friend during a royal tour of Australia (credit: Peter Parks/Pool/Mirrorpix)
She went on to thank “every animal lover across London, the UK and the world who has supported Mayhew during the past year”.
“Your help has meant that, despite the hardship, Mayhew has been able to continue providing vital support to cats and dogs, and the communities around them.
“I have been proud to witness Mayhew adapting to the moment – through virtual rehoming, TheraPaws visits over Zoom and delivering care packages to animals and pet owners in need.
“The organisation has rescued and rehabilitated cats and dogs in critical situations and, of course, delivered vital animal health services overseas in countries also gripped by the pandemic.
“When I reflect on 2020, I always come back to the importance of community and connection. We may have been forced apart, but we found new ways to be close and to support each other through this shared crisis.
Meghan took a shine to one-year-old Minnie, a female Jack Russell Terrier, at Mayhew (credit: Eddie Mulholland/WPA/Pool/Getty Images)
“For many of us, this was made all the easier with our pets by our side. Mayhew – and thousands of small, community organisations like them – will continue to listen, adapt their services, and provide the resources that people and pets need to stay together and persevere through hardships.
“As we collectively build to the future, my sincere hope is that we do so with ongoing support and appreciation for organisations like Mayhew, who continue their vital work in days of crisis and in days of calm. Their commitment to the cause of animal welfare is steadfast and their effect on our community wellbeing is self-evident.”
Mayhew was founded in 1886 and offers a pet refuge service as well as vet care for vulnerable owners in its community.
Meghan moved to Los Angeles with Harry and son Archie after the couple chose financial freedom over being working members of the monarchy. They were stripped of the royal patronages given to them by the Queen in February 2021, but Meghan kept two personal British-based charities, including Mayhew.
It is thought Meghan researched Mayhew on the internet before approaching the charity to learn more about its work, and made two private visits, the first in November 2018, before she became patron in January 2019.
She toured the charity’s north-west London headquarters in Kensal Green that month when she was six months pregnant with Archie, and has since sponsored a kennel at Mayhew named after her son.