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Westminster councillor starts 2023 with first visit to animal welfare charity Mayhew

LABOUR Councillor for West End Ward, City of Westminster, Jessica Toale, has started the New Year with her first visit to London animal rescue charity, Mayhew.

As part of her tour of the charity, Councillor Toale learned about the breadth of the charity’s work across five boroughs in London and internationally. She also heard about the issues Mayhew is currently addressing with pet owners who are struggling or unable to keep their pets due to the cost of living crisis.

Vital services

Councillor Toale was shown some of the important services Mayhew offers pet owners ranging from its modern Community Vet Clinic which provides free-of-charge preventative veterinary care including neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping to pet owners who cannot afford it to Individual Care Packages which contain key items for pet owners may be struggling to afford, such as dog or cat food, collars, leads and bedding.

Councillor Toale was especially keen to understand more about the Pet Refuge programme which provides shelter and care for the pets of people unexpectedly and temporarily unable to care for their pets, and TheraPaws, an Animal Assisted Intervention programme designed to promote physical, social and emotional wellbeing. For more information about the services Mayhew provides pet owners, please visit: https://themayhew.org/community-support/.

The importance of volunteers

Speaking about the visit, Councillor Toale explained:

“One of the things that really came to light during my visit to Mayhew was just how much the charity depends on volunteers. They are a key part of the team and are needed and valued more than ever now.

“Mayhew provides vital services free of cost for struggling pet owners, but it costs £6,000 a day to keep the centre open. Volunteers are essential to enabling Mayhew to continue to serve the community’s cats, dogs and their owners in these tough times. The Mayhew and its volunteers are an incredible force for good, delivering real impact in some of the most deprived areas of London. I cannot urge people enough to reach out and see how they can make a difference to charities like Mayhew by volunteering.”

Commenting about the visit, Sherine Wheeler, Mayhew’s Chief Executive said:

“We were delighted to welcome Councillor Toale to Mayhew. As an animal lover and campaigner, we hope Councillor Toale will be able to champion some of the concerns that many pet owners in London and in her ward are experiencing now. We value our relationships with Councillors across the five boroughs of London in which we operate, and this marks the beginning of a very exciting and positive relationship with someone who really wants to know more about the issues a charity like Mayhew is facing in these challenging times.”

To find out more about volunteering, head to: https://themayhew.org/get-involved/volunteering/ or to donate please visit: https://themayhew.org/donate/.

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