The Mayhew Animal Home was established in 1886 for the benefit of "the lost and starving dogs and cats of London so that they should have sanctuary from the cold inhumanity they are being dealt outside".

Today, The Mayhew is one of the busiest animal sanctuaries in London, rescuing thousands of animals from cruelty and neglect each year. We provide shelter and care for cats, dogs, rabbits and when the need arises, for a wide variety of other animals.

The Mayhew Animal Home strives to tackle the companion animal welfare crisis from every possible angle. The organisation is pro-active, innovative and continually works to assist animals and their carers.

We believe that animals, as living creatures, are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration, and have a value beyond economic measure. We aim to set the standards in animal welfare.

The Mayhew offers a wide variety of community services providing advice, care and assistance to animals and their carers whatever their circumstances.

Animal Welfare Education

  • We have four Animal Welfare Officers working at The Mayhew, who work on several different initiatives addressing key social issues regarding animal's welfare:

  • Responsible Dog Ownership in collaboration with BARK (Brent Action for Responsible K9's)

  • Educational school and community group visits on and off site . Trap, Neuter and Return programme for feral cats

  • Free neutering for bull breeds and early-neutering scheme . Homeless community action

  • Micro-chipping scheme

Our Mission  

  • To take in and care for unwanted and abused animals and re-home them with responsible and caring owners.

  • To prevent unwanted animals through our neutering and community animal care projects.  

  • To promote respect and compassion for animals through our activities, campaigns and education programmes.

  • To ensure that no healthy animal in our care is ever put to sleep.

  • To re-home our animals to suitable homes as quickly as possible and to provide ongoing support and advice for new owners.

  • To provide animal accommodation that is home-like, stimulating, stress free and comfortable.

  • To encourage a non-judgmental approach to those people needing help with their animals. 

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