Mayhew strongly believe that education is key to help stem the number of unwanted, neglected and abused animals coming into rescue centres such as theirs.

A team of Animal Welfare Officers work out in the community to help pets and their owners in society who are vulnerable, elderly and sick or facing a personal crisis, including working with London’s homeless. They pride themselves on being approachable and non-judgemental and do everything they can to give practical help to keep pets with their owners. Preserving the special bond between animal and human is always at the heart of everything Mayhew does.

Mayhew delivers a visiting animal therapy programme, TheraPaws®, where volunteers regularly take their dogs to care homes, hospitals and hospices across London to spend time, engage with and bring well-being to people, especially those suffering with dementia.

As well as enhancing people’s lives by helping to reduce social isolation, stress, and anxiety, the initiative also helps animals by raising awareness of the positive effects dogs can have, including promoting respect and compassion towards animals.

The on-site Community Vet Clinic provides free and low cost neutering and preventative vet care for the public including microchipping, vaccinations, and flea and worm treatments. They also neuter and health-check London’s feral cats, and provide emergency and rehabilitative vet care to Mayhew cats and dogs.

Mayhew’s International Vet Training Programme is designed for veterinary personnel from overseas who are genuinely interested in improving animal welfare in their country. Working with like-minded vets to introduce long-term sustainable programmes for the development of improved animal health and welfare in their local communities.

The international arm, Mayhew International, which works in Afghanistan, Georgia, India and Russia to help alleviate the suffering of street cats and dogs and educate on animal welfare. The charity fund rabies prevention and Trap Vaccinate Neuter and Return programmes.

Mayhew relies solely on the generosity of the public as they receive no government funding.