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Pippin guest of honour at centre’s open weekend

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, North London, celebrated its 116th anniversary this month with a weekend-long party. The Mayhew is one of only two inner London animal shelters.
Two animal-loving sisters originally established The Home in 1886 ‘for the benefit of the lost and starving dogs and cats of London’. The Mayhew Animal Home today is a modern animal rescue and humane education centre whose work benefits both people and animals.

They rescue and re-home thousands of neglected, abused and unwanted animals; operate high street charity shops; publish a magazine; run a successful training programme with a recognised qualification (NVQ level 2 & 3) for young people wishing to make a career in animal welfare; and provide a range of humane education programmes and community support services for children, pensioners and the unemployed.

The Open Weekend was a glittering success, offering visitors various stalls, a BBQ, beer and refreshments tent and lots of activities and competitions for the children.

An estimated 4,000 visitors also got to meet all the Mayhew’s residents and carers - including cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and rabbits. The Mayhew’s revolutionary cattery and kennel units, refurbished last year and forming the benchmark for future animal welfare centres, were also open for tours, and experts were on hand to talk about animal care and behaviour.

For anyone who missed the open weekend, there is no need to panic. Another chance to join in the fun is coming by way of a Christmas Fair at Willesden Green Library. The fair takes place on Saturday 16th November from 12.00–4.00pm. There will be mince pies, mulled wines, Mayhew Merchandise, a tombola and other goods for sale.

Avoid the Christmas crowds and meet us there!