Animal welfare charity mayhew will name a wing of their London drop-in center after the late animal behaviourist Oli Just following a generous donation from Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
In an open letter posted on the Mayhew website, the Duchess explains that Oli was a dear friend who introduced her to the charity of which she became their first patron in 2019:
“We shared, among other things, a commitment to animal welfare and a deep love for rescue dogs. In fact, it was Oli and her fiancé Rob who helped look after my rescue dog, Guy, when I had just moved to the UK and he was recovering from a debilitating accident. They loved him as if he were their own.
The Duchess shares that the new Oli memorial wing “will be home to animals who may have a harder time finding their forever home. Because just like Oli, they will never be forgotten and they will always be loved.
In her letter, Meghan adds that although her time as Mayhew’s godmother ended earlier this year, her “unwavering support has not.”
“We are indebted to the Duchess for her dedicated support over the past three years; she shares Mayhew’s values and commitment to improving the lives of animals and animal owners in need in our local communities across the UK and overseas,” said Mayhew’s Managing Director, Howard Bridges.
A spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex shares with CelebrityKind that Meghan was particularly interested in and championed the charity’s ‘Therapaws’ initiative when sponsoring a welfare-promoting animal-assisted intervention program physical, social and emotional.
You can find out more about the amazing work the charity is doing at themayhew.org
(Feature image credit: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets a Jack Russell dog named ‘Minnie’ during her visit to animal welfare charity Mayhew in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP via Getty Images )