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Prince’s pawtrait raising money for The Mayhew Animal Home

The Mayhew Animal Home is celebrating the fact that one of its longest stay residents has finally found a forever home. Poor Prince had spent almost a year – 330 days – at the home before he found his happily ever after.

Prince, an American Akita, left an impression on the home though, and even has his own “pawtrait” to commemorate his time there. That painting is now being auctioned to raise money to support The Mayhew’s vital work rescuing animals in need.

The work of art was produced by artist Clair Thorogood during the home’s annual fundraising event, Tinsel and Tails, in 2016, and can be bid for on The Mayhew’s eBay page.

It was due to his previous owner’s ill health that Prince found himself in need of a new home, and having been taken in by The Mayhew, the unfortunate Akita spent the next 11 months waiting to find love again. Caring for homeless pets in this way is an expense the home works hard to meet.

Since their funding comes only from public donations – with no government support – the home is always looking for new ways to raise awareness and money. The hope is that gorgeous Prince’s pawtrait will raise money for dogs and cats who are still waiting for their second chance at happiness.

The Mayhew’s Kennels Assistant, Josh Keegan, said: “Prince has been one of our longest stayers during 2016 and he was with us for over 330 days.

“Everyone at The Mayhew absolutely loves Prince – he is such an affectionate boy, who absolutely loves cuddles, back rubs and strokes. It will be sad not to see him every day, but I’m over the moon that he’s found a perfect new home that he truly deserves.

“We understand that not everyone was in the position to give him a new home, but if you are one of his many admirers, this is a great opportunity to have him in your home in spirit with this lovely portrait.
“It is going on auction shortly, so please bid on his painting. The money raised will help towards the cost of us helping more animals like Prince find new forever homes.”

The painting, done in acrylics, is on The Mayhew’s eBay page and will be available to bid on until the 10th of February. The much needed funds the pawtrait will hopefully raise will go towards the money the home has to spend, such as £58 for the daily running of an individual kennel and £250 on average for full healthcare per dog while staying at The Mayhew.

To help support the home and raise money to care for dogs and cats who are the victims of neglect and abandonment, go to

Artist, Claire Thorogood, added: “Painting the gorgeous boy, Prince, at The Mayhew’s Tinsel and Tails event was a real pleasure and highlight. Prince’s portrait is painted in acrylic using soft brush techniques.

“I hope this auction will raise some well needed funds for the care of other animals at The Mayhew – to be able to donate this painting for auction is really an honour.”

It’s wonderful that after such a long stay in kennels, Prince now has his happily ever after, but the work to help others find their happy ending continues. Animals get a health check when they arrive at the home which includes vaccinating, neutering, and treating them for fleas and worms. Staff also put hours into socialising the animals in their care, feeding them and general making their lives as comfortable and happy as possible until they find their new homes.

Find out more about The Mayhew’s work by visiting the website and please consider clicking on the link here and bidding for Prince’s pawtrait, so they can help even more animals like him.

For more information about artist Claire Thorogood, please visit


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