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I am NOT an Impulse Buy

As part of our Christmas campaign, ‘I am NOT an Impulse Buy’, we are raising awareness of the worrying trend of pets ending up in rescue shelters due to impulse buys. Inspired by true stories, we worked with Ravensbourne University to produce our Christmas campaign video.


There are so many unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come from people who buy pets on a whim and we encourage those looking for a pet to consider adopting an animal instead.

Jack Russell puppy, Luna was bought online on impulse. After just a few days, she was given up.

Her new owner hadn’t been given her full background and didn’t know she was suffering with highly contagious mange, so the poor puppy ended up in our care needing urgent veterinary treatment in our isolation unit.

You can read more about Luna here.

But there are many more animals being bought on a whim, just like Luna. Help us help them find their forever home, and continue educating the community in responsible pet ownership.

In the time it takes to buy a pet online, you could donate to Mayhew and help hundreds of animals without homes.

Just text PAWS32 followed by your amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070

What your donation can help achieve

Your £5 could provide a nutritious meal for one of our residents this Christmas

Your £10 could provide two enrichment toys to keep our residents active and mentally stimulated

Your £15 could provide a heat pad for a sick or injured animal in our Vet Clinic

Your £25 could help keep our animal ambulance running for a day

Your £50 could help us to care for a lost animal while we try to locate their owner

Your £75 could provide a safe and stress-free environment for an abandoned animal while we try to find them a forever home

Your £100 could provide vital surgical supplies to help a sick or injured animal

To find out more about our campaign or to donate, you can visit our Just Giving page.

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