London-based animal welfare charity Mayhew is of course best known for helping animals, but has also been supporting the homeless charity Crisis, for over 17 years, offering help and advice to homeless people and their dogs.

Dogs are often a homeless person’s only companion, and there are many who sleep in the streets because shelters won’t take in dogs and they refuse to leave their faithful friends behind in a pound. Knowing how special this bond is, and how difficult it can be for a homeless person to provide for their dog, Mayhew and Crisis work together to help both.

In this job you deal with a lot of situations where the owner is going through a hard time and just needs some support and advice to help them with their animal

Crisis at Christmas gives the homeless a temporary shelter over the Christmas period, and Mayhew’s staff ensures that their dogs are looked after as well. They get their own pen with bedding and blankets, as well as a health check and preventive veterinary care, which includes microchipping. Collars, tags, leads, dog jackets, food and toys are also provided.

Mayhew’s Head of Animal Welfare, Zoe Edwards, said, “We work with the homeless and their dogs all year round and we are honoured to help and support Crisis at Christmas again this year. We have built a great relationship with Crisis and work closely with their volunteers to make sure that they are trained to handle the homeless guests’ dogs and their needs.

“In this job you deal with a lot of situations where the owner is going through a hard time and just needs some support and advice to help them with their animal. We strive to help and support vulnerable people in need with their pets – and ultimately keep the owner and animal together.”

Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said, “If our guests know their dog is safe, they feel able to access services themselves. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Mayhew to deliver another great year.”

Images by Mayhew.

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