In her statement, the Duchess of Sussex spoke about the organization’s efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“As I write, the Covid-19 crisis is gripping every country in the world and destabilising the lives of countless families across the UK. I am proud of how Mayhew have responded by finding new ways to support animals and people in these uncertain times,” Markle began.
She continued: “What I am even prouder of is that Mayhew’s mission was made for moments like these. It’s not just about cats and dogs; it’s about all of us, about our ability to come together as a community. In the wake of Covid, we are reminded that our need to take care of one another is a vital part of the human spirit. Mayhew has always understood this.”
Markle went on to commend Mayhew’s work in providing both “animal care and veterinary services to the pets of the homeless community and other at risk groups,” which “not only keeps the animals safe; it also makes people more resilient.”
She also touched upon several programs within the charity including TheraPaws, an animal-assisted intervention program; Pet Refuge, a temporary fostering program; and its international neutering and vaccination programs.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.
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“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, staff and students at Mayhew,” Markle said. “As an expression of my own commitment, I renewed my sponsorship of a dog kennel in the name of our son, Archie, to create an interim home for a pet in need.
“I hope you will show them your support in whatever ways you can. When you do, you will be contributing not just to animal welfare but to the shared welfare of us all,” she concluded her note.