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Joanna Lumley visits the Mayhew in Kensal Green

PUBLISHED: 14:24 09 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:24 09 October 2014

Joanna Lumley with Purdy (Pic credit: The Mayhew)

Joanna Lumley with Purdy (Pic credit: The Mayhew)

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Actress Joanna Lumley visited an animal charity in Kensal Green today to encourage more people to adopt a rescue dog.

The New Avengers star who played Purdey in the 1970s show rubbed noses with a Dalmatian called Purdy at the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens.

The seven-year-old dog and his sister Penny arrived at the Mayhew a few months ago after their owners split up.

Despite being lovely friendly dogs they have repeatedly been overlooked for a second chance home.

October is dog adoption month and Ms Lumley urged animal lovers to take in a rescue pet.

She said: “Thousands of dogs in the UK are just thrown away – or lose their homes - when things get tough which is why we need rescue centres but they are stretched to breaking point.

“It’s great to have national adoption month as a reminder to help dogs who are not quite so lucky at finding a second home. As a passionate animal lover I would urge people to consider adopting a rescue dog which is hugely rewarding for all sides.”

If you are interested in adopting a dog please contact 0208 962 8000 or visit themayhew.org.


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