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The Mayhew Animal Home is one of the most effective animal welfare organisations in London, reaching thousands of dogs and cats to escape a life of abandonment, neglect and cruelty each year.

More than just a rescue and rehoming centre, The Mayhew strives to tackle the companion animal welfare crisis through the delivery of a number of community-based outreach programmes.

We recognise that education is key, not only to achieve a reduction in the number of unwanted dogs and cats, but also to ensure that all animals receive appropriate care.

The Mayhew has a team of Animal Welfare Officers that respond to animal welfare issues out in the wider community and deliver a range of community initiatives, including a Trap, Neuter, Release programme for London’s feral cats, cross collaboration with government and non-government agencies working to address the challenges of irresponsible ownership, and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in difficulty.


The Mayhew has a growing International presence to further promote The Mayhew’s message of empathetic companion animal welfare through a network of community based animal care initiatives.

Our Vision

A society where animals are treated and cared for with respect.

Our Mission statement

Helping animals in need gain a better quality of life by delivering a broad range of community-based animal care, education and welfare projects.

Key information

    • It costs over £3,400 a day to run The Mayhew Animal Home;
    • We are entirely funded by public donations;
    • The Mayhew can take in about 30 dogs in our kennels, 150 cats and kittens and up to 6 rabbits;
    • The Mayhew runs a Foster Care programmes for cats and dogs awaiting adoption;
    • The Mayhew has three Animal Welfare Officers, who work out and about in the community providing assistance and advice to animals and their carers;
    • The Mayhew offers low cost neutering, microchipping & vaccinations to all dogs, cats and rabbits and provides free neutering services for Bull breeds and cats that are eligible for the C4 scheme;
    • The Mayhew also runs a Pet Refuge programme for pet owners in crisis, allowing them to place their animals in a caring foster home for a short period of time;
    • Our Animal Welfare Officers work to contain and control the feral cat population in our capital, with Trap, Neuter and Return programme (TNR);
    • The Mayhew Animal Welfare Officers also work with local Councils, Housing Associations, RSPCA and Metropolitan Police to address the misuse and mistreatment of dogs in the community;
    • The Mayhew offers Animal Care courses and qualifications in conjunction with the College of Animal Welfare;
    • The Mayhew Community Veterinary Clinic is an approved training centre for Veterinary Nurses.
    • Mayhew animals visit local residential care homes, help groups and childrens’ hospitals;
    • The Mayhew takes part in over 50 events every year, including store collections, local and National events and larger Mayhew fundraisers;
    • The Mayhew supports animal welfare initiatives abroad as Mayhew International. Mayhew International works in countries as far afield as Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Peru and Russia. Mayhew International also runs International Vet Training Programmes both on-site at The Mayhew’s Community Vet Clinic and in the countries where we work.

Our Key Tasks

  • To take in and care for unwanted and abused animals and re-home them with responsible and caring owners. We believe that animals, as living creatures, are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration, and have a value beyond economic measure.
  • To prevent unwanted animals through our neutering initiatives and community animal care projects.
  • To promote respect and compassion for animals through our hands on work, campaigns and education programmes.
  • To ensure that no healthy animal in our care is ever put to sleep.

Core values

  • To offer the highest standard of companion animal care.
  • To re-home our animals to the best possible homes efficiently and provide ongoing support and advice for new owners.
  • To provide animal accommodation that is home-like, enriched, stimulating, stress free and comfortable.
  • To encourage a non-judgmental approach towards owners and their animals, whatever their circumstances, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the animal.
  • To meet all requests for help with a prompt and professional response.
  • To raise awareness about the needs of companion animals to protect both the animals of today and the future.