It's no secret that Meghan Markle — or, as she's properly known now, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan — is an animal lover and passionate supporter of non-profit causes. So, the news of her latest charity venture probably won't surprise you. But what you might not know, is that Meghan's history with dog adoption traces back to her life before becoming a royal. On Wednesday, Meghan stepped out in London to visit one of her newest patronages, an animal welfare organization called The Mayhew Animal Home & Humane Education Centre.
There, she toured the facility, met a few lucky pups, and talked with the board about future initiatives they will be working on together. All around, Meghan's visit to Mayhew was an effort to raise awareness about the stunning organization, which helps to keep dogs and cats off the streets and happy and healthy in loving homes. According to Mayhew's mission statement, the organization has been helping with both community and international veterinary efforts since opening in 1886 as a cat rescue.
Some of the priorities discussed with Meghan included animal therapy (Therapaws), homeless pet owner outreach, and efforts to administer international rabies vaccinations. But while this partnership is new for Meghan, her work with rescues began a long time ago when Meghan adopted her dogs Bogart and Guy.