Lu Corfield, best known for playing twin sisters Freya and Lois Wilson on the daytime BBC soap opera, Doctors, visited The Mayhew Animal Home during National Dog Adoption Month to meet some dogs in need and debunk the myth that all dogs in rescues are damaged.
According to research released by the dog adoption campaign, over two thirds (67%) of animal rescue centres in the UK have seen an increase in the number of abandoned dogs.
But while over half (54%) of dog owners in London admit to bringing a dog into their home for the companionship and a third (33%) say it’s to help them get active and exercise more – could the three dogs Lu met and fell in love with in North London bring these very qualities to their new owners? She thinks so.
During her trip to the home Lu, a dog owner herself to Norma a six-year-old Poodle cross, first met Askey, a three-year-old Terrier cross (pictured below) who found himself in rescue after being abandoned on the streets of London. He is super affectionate and would love to find a home (and someone’s lap) to call his own.
The actress also met a striking seventeen-month-old Siberian Husky called Amaruq, pictured below, who was taken into the rescues care after his owner felt she could no longer look after him due to working full time. He is a very friendly boy, always happy to say hello and is currently learning to socialise with other dogs.
Photography by Anthony Mayatt.
Click on Amaruq’s photo to find out more about him
Lu’s visit the the home was rounded of when she met Lucky, a four-year-old Pomeranian, pictured below, who is an outgoing boy and found himself in rescue after his owner sadly passed away. He loves nothing more than cuddling up but will play if encouraged.
Click on Lucky’s photo to find out more about him
Speaking after her visit to the centre, Lu said, “There are a frightening amount of dogs needing to be rehomed across the UK and, whilst our rescue centres and shelters are doing a wonderful job, we still need further funding and support. I fell in love with each and every one of the dogs I met today, in fact I was very tempted to take all three home! They will make the perfect companion to the right owner, they just need to be given a chance.”
Lu continued, “National Dog Adoption Month helps to raise people’s awareness of this in so many different ways. Whilst highlighting the fantastic benefits of adopting a dog from one of the many animal shelters, it also promotes the advantages of taking on a dog from a rehoming organisation. It is a month that mixes passion with practicality.”