Established in 1886, Mayhew is one of Greater London’s busiest animal welfare organisations.
Mayhew is committed to doing something about the misery and suffering of animals due to abuse, neglect and ignorance. Their vision is “a society where people understand the importance and value of animal welfare”.
According to the charity, early intervention is key. Animal welfare issues are often linked to social and economic disadvantages, such as financial problems, disability, lack of education, isolation or age.
The charity offers targeted veterinary and community outreach services to tackle these complex issues and improve welfare. Their ultimate aim is to keep a pet and its owner together, rather than putting a pet into a sheltered environment. A crucial part of this process is educating and empowering people to provide better care for their own pets.
How we’re helping Mayhew help dogs like Cyril
Petplan Charitable Trust has provided grants to support Mayhew’s important work totalling £114,500.
“The Trust’s unwavering dedication to animal welfare has helped us to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of cats and dogs that come through our doors. Most recently, they have enabled us to save and improve the lives of hundreds of dogs who have been subjected to the cruelty of suspected puppy farms.”
That includes dogs like Cyril. He came to Mayhew having been kept in poor conditions on a puppy farm. Covered in deep wounds, he also had heavily matted fur. What’s more, he was also missing teeth after being used for breeding and as a bait dog. Mayhew vets treated Cyril’s wounds and gave him a full health and dental check.
During his recovery, they spotted that he was also showing signs of psychological trauma. This included walking in tight circles, indicating he’d been confined to a small area. He was also possessive of food and toys, a sign that he’d been mistreated and neglected over a long period.
“We started a rehabilitation programme and gradually Cyril began to trust more. He started to reveal a friendly, playful personality,” explains Louise Cordery of Mayhew. “Before being ready for adoption, Cyril was neutered and his matted fur was completely shaved off to remove any discomfort or irritation. Cyril could then start a new life with nothing to remind him of his past traumas, and he’s now hunting for his perfect family!”