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Nearly £3000 raised for rescued animals at Mayhew’s Great Rescue Ramble!

09 October, 2018

Almost 200 dogs and their owners turned up for a very special autumnal ramble on Hampstead Heath on Sunday, organised by Mayhew and sponsored by Edgard Cooper in support of rescue pets and the ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ campaign.

Radio DJ and Love Island podcast presenter Arielle Free and her adorable toy poodle Weegie were amongst those in attendance, who together raised almost £3000 for Mayhew through sign-ups, donation buckets, stalls and individual sponsorship.

After meeting at the Parliament Hill Bandstand in the morning, ramblers and their dogs enjoyed:

• A fun 3k or 5k guided route across the Heath

• A welcome address from TV vet Marc Abraham

• Ribbon cutting by Lucy’s Law campaigner Lisa Garner and her pooch Plum Pudding

• Dog-friendly activities and games including ‘Temptation Alley’ and a Scavenger Hunt

• A ‘Hall of Fame’ style photo display of happily rehomed rescue dogs

• Refreshments for two and four legged friends

• Stalls, information stands and meet and greets with Mayhew Animal Welfare Officers and staff

Each participating dog was also presented with a Mayhew branded bandana at registration, and the Heath was soon a riot of orange collars, joyful tail wagging and excitable barks!

TV vet Marc Abraham gave a rousing welcome to walkers before the ramble began, where he cheered the government’s recent decision to back a ban into third party puppy sales. Mayhew has been a long term supporter of the ban (known commonly as ‘Lucy’s Law’), which will come into effect next year.

Marc said on Sunday: “It feels so great to be here today, supporting Mayhew. Mayhew have always prioritised animal welfare. They are one of the most ethical animal charities out there and I am proud to stand beside them. Thank you Mayhew and thank you to everyone here for all your efforts – we did it, we changed the law!’’

Before heading out on the ramble himself, Marc ended his address with an impassioned call to arms – reminding fellow walkers that “For now, Lucy’s Law only effects England, so keep sharing stories and keep supporting rescue pets, because there’s even more work to be done in Scotland, Wales and beyond!’’

Lisa Garner, owner of Lucy the rescue Cavalier, walked alongside Marc, bringing along her pooch Plum Pudding. Plum proudly ‘cut’ the ribbon at the start line, and enjoyed a very special hug with the Mayhew mascot!

When ramblers returned to the Bandstand, they were greeted by a beautiful photo display of Mayhew’s rescued and rehomed dogs from recent years, many of whom were in attendance and ‘lapped’ up the chance to see themselves in the Hall of Fame. Dogs of all shapes and sizes also tried their paws at ‘Temptation Alley’, with personalised certificates presented to those who successfully resisted the variety of toys and treats on offer….

For ramblers with two legs instead of four, a fun scavenger hunt kept children (and adults!) busy, with clues to find, questions to answer and prizes to be won. Food and drink were provided by The Flying Ducks, and ramblers could relax with a coffee and a croissant as they browsed stalls selling Mayhew branded merchandise and animal themed gifts by the Slumbering Hound, Nicci James Creative and Reg & Bob.

Mayhew staff and Animal Welfare Officers were also on-site during the event to chat about the charities’ community projects, including TheraPaws and Pet Refuge. Mayhew CEO Caroline Yates also spoke to attendees about the ground-breaking work of Mayhew International in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India.

After four sunny, blustery hours, dogs and humans happily headed off for a well-earned rest. Many of the rescue pets who took part in the Great Rescue Ramble had a difficult start in life, but Mayhew are proud to have found each of them a loving forever home where they can live the lives they deserve. To find out more about future events, and how your support can truly make a difference, please visit the Mayhew website.

Since 1886 Mayhew is one of the most effective animal welfare charities in London. We help thousands of animals in need gain a better quality of life by delivering a broad range of community-based veterinary, care and education services in the UK and overseas.

Our team of Animal Welfare Officers actively work in the local community preventing animal welfare problems becoming crises and work extensively with vulnerable pet owners in society, including the elderly, disabled, homeless and pet owners facing a crisis, whether housing, personal or health related. They offer a range of services including a free pick-up and return neutering and preventative vet care service and temporary foster care for pets whose owners are facing a crisis. They work with youth offenders and young people to educate and promote compassion for animals.

Our Officers work closely with local authorities to address pet ownership issues and encourage neutering. They attend local community events offering pet owners advice, reassurance and help as well as free microchipping. They also operate a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programme for London’s feral cats, and collaborate with government and non-government agencies to address the challenges of misuse and mistreatment of companion animals.

Our onsite Community Vet Clinic and Vet Team promote responsible care for pets and offers low cost and affordable neutering and preventative veterinary care to pet owners. We also offer free neutering for bull breed dogs and for cats under the C4 scheme. Our Vet Clinic provides care, treatment, neutering and surgery for the sick, injured, abandoned and neglected animals that come through our doors.

Since 2000, we have worked internationally funding long-term and sustainable animal welfare, rabies prevention and Trap Vaccinate Neuter Release (TVNR) programmes. Key countries where we work are Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India.

We provide veterinary training to overseas vets who are the key to promoting animal welfare abroad. The vets we train go on to train other vets and student vets in their own countries, thus we’re building capacity for high quality neutering, surgery and veterinary preventative care. Our training equips international vets with the skills to save and improve the lives of free-roaming dogs and cats. To date we have trained over 400 vets overseas.

Our animal therapy programme, TheraPaws, has 50 teams of humans and dogs who visit care homes, hospitals and hospices in 11 London boroughs promoting the human and animal bond and bringing well-being and joy to residents and patients.

In 2017 we:

• Rehomed 370 cats and 92 dogs

• Helped 1431 animals in the community

• Neutered 1789 animals

• Microchipped 948 animals

• Reunited 80 lost dogs with their owners

In the countries where we work, Mayhew International:

• Neutered 11943 dogs and 1232 cats

• Vaccinated 14262 dogs against rabies

• Providing training for 65 vet professionals

• Educated 99138 adults and children in animal welfare in India

To find out more about Mayhew’s work, visit

For adoption, clinic and general enquiries, call: 020 8962 8000. To donate, call: 020 8206 5870.

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