The Mayhew Animal Home’s TheraPaws Dogs programme, which started bringing pet therapy in hospitals and cares homes in 2012, has been nominated for this year’s Animal Hero Awards’ Special Recognition Award at the upcoming Animal Hero Awards. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony, hosted by actress and presenter Amanda Holden, on September 7th in central London – but just being nominated is already a victory.

Luke Berman, TheraPaws Project Manager, says, “It means so much for TheraPaws to be nominated for the Animal Hero Awards’ Special Recognition Award, especially as The Mayhew celebrates its 130th year this year. With over 500 visits last year, our TheraPaws programme across London is rapidly growing and the venues where we visit are seeing the positive impact that the dogs and volunteers bring, so thank you to the Daily Mirror and the RSPCA for the recognition.”

Ilonka and her dog BenJeckyNominations will be judged by panel including Lloyd Embley, Group Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, Chief Veterinary Officer of the RSPCA, Dr James Yeates, PC Claire Todd, actor Peter Egan, singer and presenter Alesha Dixon, TV and radio presenter Nicky Campbell, singer Tom Fletcher, and Chief Executive of the Horse Trust, Jeanette Allen.

“It’s been a fantastic year so far for The Mayhew, having won the Animal Charity Team of the Year in the 2016 Petplan and Association of Dogs and Cats Homes Animal Charity Awards,” Luke says. “We are really excited about being nominated for the Animal Hero Awards and to win would top off a brilliant year for us.”

Jack with Shadow (2)Just recently, the TheraPaws programme welcomed eight new members of the team – Luna the Yorkie, Cosmo the Dachshund, cuddly Kofi, rescue dogs Lolita and Percy, 17-year-old Bertie, Masie the Labrador and five-year-old Marcie. Along with their owners, they joined  the 75 volunteers and 50 dogs devoted to the visiting pet therapy programme in hospitals and care homes.

To apply as a TheraPaws volunteer or requesting a visit from the TheraPaws, visit their website or call 020 8962 8000.

Images by The Mayhew Animal Home.


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