Duchess of Sussex becomes patron of animal welfare charity Mayhew

Even before Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she was a patron of animals in need.

While just an actress, she adopted two “rescue pups” named Bogart and Guy.

And now, she’s officially a royal patron of the Mayhew, which tends to the needs of dogs, cats and their humans in the UK and abroad.

Meghan Markle’s rescue dogs Bogart (right) and Guy (left). Instagram

It’s one of four patronages announced by Kensington Palace Thursday.

“The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles,” the palace said in a statement.

The organization, founded in 1886 and run entirely with public donations, works to help dogs, cats and people around London and internationally. It does community outreach, education programs and offers preventative veterinary care.

“This includes working with homelessness charities across London to ensure people and their dogs can be kept together,” the palace added. “Running a Pet Refuge programme to provide shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time; and educating young people about animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership.”

Around the globe, Mayhew works with governments, communities and charites in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India to help improve animal welfare.

Mayhew, of course, is over the moon to be selected.

Mayhew’s CEO Caroline Yates said her organization couldn’t be more excited.

“Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community, tackling the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and supporting vulnerable people to stay with their companion pets,” she said in a statement. “The Duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate Patron. We look forward to working closely with The Duchess and hope that, together, we can help even more animals and people.”

The other patronages go to the the National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively.

The Duchess will also be a patron of Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women gain confidence and get back into the workforce.

It really speaks to her fashion sense, which has been on display even before she married Prince Harry.

Main photo Kensington Palace/Twitter

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