Animal welfare charity Mayhew will name a wing at their London rehoming centre in honour of late animal behaviourist Oli Juste following a generous donation from Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
In an open letter posted to Mayhew’s website, the Duchess explains that Oli was a dear friend who introduced her to the charity where she became their first patron in 2019:
“We shared, amongst many things, a commitment to animal welfare, and a deep love of rescue dogs. In fact it was Oli and his fiancé Rob who helped care for my rescue dog, Guy, when I had just moved to the UK and he was recovering from a debilitating accident. They loved him as though he was their own.”
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The Duchess shares that the new wing in Oli’s memory will “shelter the animals who may have a harder time finding their forever homes. Because much like Oli, they will never be forgotten, and they will always be loved.”
In her letter, Meghan adds that though her time as patron of Mayhew came to an end 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 in-need animals and pet owners in our local communities across the UK and internationally,” Mayhew’s Chief Executive Howard Bridges said.
A spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex shares with CelebrityKind that Meghan was particularly interested in and championed the charity’s “Therapaws” initiative during her patronage, an animal assisted intervention program promoting physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
You can learn more about the incredible 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 the animal welfare charity Mayhew in London on January 16, 2019. (Photo by EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP via Getty Images)