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    • 15 Sep, 2015

    Animal Welfare Officer month: Trapped and Alone – Jenny's Story

    Jenny was a beautiful German Shepherd but when our Animal Welfare Officers found her she was petrified and underweight. She had been left trapped in a house for four weeks alone following the death of her owner. The person entrusted to look after her had only visited Jenny once to leave food and water and hadn’t returned to look after her. She was scared, frantic and lonely. Her once loving and safe home had become a squalid prison full of her excrement. When our Animal Welfare Officers arrived she was too scared to leave her familiar surroundings and face the unknown and it took a while for them to coax her out of the house.


    Where Jenny had been trapped alone for 4 weeks

    When she arrived at The Mayhew, we could see how underweight she was and we removed her matted fur. We gave her the reassurance she needed and settled her into a familiar routine so she could see that she could depend on humans to care for her once again. We also worked with a specialist behavioural centre for German Shepherds so that it prepared her for her life in her new forever home.

    Our Animal Welfare Officers are constantly inundated with calls to respond to cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Our Animal Welfare Officers are currently dealing with 80 help requests per month with 50-60 ongoing cases that they are attending to.

    As well as rescuing animals in danger they proactively address the root causes of animal welfare problems through a range of community and education projects. Find out more about our team of Animal Welfare Officers and their work across London. You can also donate to help our Animal Welfare Officers rescue and help more neglected and abandoned animals.

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