Project information

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Work in the Community

Preventing animal welfare issues arising by working with pet owners and through our grass roots community initiatives. Our Animal Welfare Officers educate and support pet owners so they can cope caring for their pets. They also respond to emergency situations with stray and dumped animals in London.

Our animal welfare work is ongoing.

Charity information

The Mayhew Animal Home

The Mayhew Animal Home logo
  • Need


    We are tackling the animal welfare crisis through the delivery of a number of community-based outreach programmes as we recognise that animal welfare issues and social welfare issues are intrinsically linked. Our ethos is to educate prospective and existing pet owners on responsible pet ownership so that they are equipped with the advice, support and help when they need it and before a situation with their pet deteriorates. We offer free and low cost neutering to tackle the overpopulation crisis


    Some of our Animal Welfare projects include: our Trap Neuter Return programme controls the population of London’s feral cats. Our Pick N Snip initiative collects, neuters and treats pets of vulnerable and elderly owners who cannot attend our Vet Clinic. Our Pet Refuge scheme offers care to pet owners in a crisis including those in hospital, rehab, prison or domestic abuse victims. We also deliver educational projects and work with other agencies to address the causes of irresponsible ownership.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in difficulty including our Pet Refuge scheme


    » Pet Refuge Scheme – providing care to pets whose owners are facing a personal crisis such as hospitalisation or going into rehab

    Number of cases dealt with and animals helped in the community.

    Aim 2

    Respond to emergency Animal Welfare Issues working with the local community


    » Provide emergency response to neglected and abused pets and ongoing advice and social care for pet owners

    Number of cases dealt with and animals helped in the community.

    Aim 3

    Continue our Trap, Neuter, Return programme for London’s feral cats


    » Trap Neuter and Return programme, provide neutering and treatment to feral cats

    Number of cases dealt with and animals helped in the community.

    Aim 4

    Provide advice and assistance to homeless people and their animals


    » Visit the homeless in hostels and working with organisations such as Crisis

    Number of cases dealt with and animals helped in the community.

    Aim 5

    Conduct educational projects for adults and children


    » Ongoing education on animal welfare issues and causes and education about basic animal welfare and pet care

    Number of cases dealt with and animals helped in the community.

  • Impact


    Our projects have a long-term and proactive approach. All of our animal welfare initiatives are based upon preventative measures that can be taken by our charity and by pet owners to alleviate animal welfare issues. Our neutering initiatives ensure that no unwanted dogs and cats are born.
    The Community Vet Clinic provides free and low cost neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and flea & worming treatments.


    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.

    Pet owners in a crisis may not be aware of the help and support our Animal Welfare Officers and The Mayhew Animal Home can provide.


    We have operational statistics that reports figures and impact to our donors. We will inform our donors through our various communications channels including our magazine, website, social media and emails.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Animal Welfare Officer costs Cost of care and treatment of pets brought into our care

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    We receive general funding from the public which is apportioned to our animal welfare projects. £1 Conditional
  • Background


    Our home is based in Kensal Green, in one of the most deprived London boroughs, which is also close to major business districts in central London. Our community outreach extends across London and we also work in partnership with Brent Council and other local authorities.


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  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing rescue, rehoming and animal welfare help for 130 years. The Mayhew developed the Animal Welfare Officer concept in 2000 to work in the local
    Community providing support and advice to pets and owners. Since 2000, our community based outreach programmes have grown and we are expanding these further to reach more animals and their carers. We can also continue working with the elderly and vulnerable in our society and working with the homeless to help them care for their pets.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Zoe Edwards

    Animal Welfare Manager years of experience in rescue and rehoming. Zoe wanted to make a difference by taking a preventative and proactive approach

    Paul Grimes

    Animal Welfare Officer

    Alisa Ford

    Animal Welfare Officer

    Tania Mazzoni

    Animal Welfare Officer