Meghan Markle Releases New Message on Why Animal Adoption Will ‘Undoubtedly Change Your Life’

Sure, Meghan Markle is on maternity leave now that she’s welcomed baby Archie, but that doesn’t mean she’s taking a break from helping others. Between changing diapers and crushing the motherhood game, the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex found the time to write the forward for the annual review of her animal rescue patronage, Mayhew. Hey, she’s a woman of many talents.

The animal rescue activist began her note by opening up about the satisfaction helping animals in need has brought her.

“As a proud rescue dog owner, I know from personal experience the joy that adopting an animal into your home can bring,” she wrote.

The experience of adopting her dogs Guy and Bogart (he remained in Canada with friends when she moved to London), has brought her even more in line with Mayhew’s mission. She praised the foundation, writing, “The role that we, as people, play in rehoming and rescuing these animals is vital, but the role of organisations such as Mayhew is unparalleled. What initially struck me about Mayhew specifically is their community-based approach not simply on rehoming animals, but in the preventative care that inhibits these cats and dogs from ending up in shelters in the first place.”

She went on to explain, “The choice to adopt a pet is a big decision that comes with much responsibility but infinite return on investment. It will undoubtedly change your life.” 

The duchess also encouraged those reading to further support Mayhew through donations, volunteering or adopting an animal in need.

She concluded her message by writing, “We are all interconnected and through these animals we find an even greater link to community and the part we can play. I am proud to support Mayhew and to work alongside them as they continue to improve the lives of animals and people to create more supportive and compassionate communities both in London and internationally.”

Anyone else feel like pulling a James Middleton and adopting, like, five dogs now?


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