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Baylee meets Caroline Yates
CEO of The Mayhew Animal Home

Baylee meets Caroline Yates | Kidspiration

Have you ever wanted to bring home the tiny cat you saw hiding in a neighbor’s bushes? Or a dog, all alone, on a busy street? Rescuing and caring for animals who have no one to help them is an important job, especially in a big city like London.

Caroline Yates is the head of the Mayhew Animal Home, a rescue and rehoming shelter that’s 130 years old. She and her team take care of about 125 cats and kittens, as well as 25-30 dogs.

Once a cat or dog comes to live at Mayhew, it can stay until it’s adopted. “The Mayhew is committed to giving every animal a second chance,” Ms. Yates told politics.co.uk, “… in order to get every animal back on their feet, no matter how long it takes.”

Today, Ms. Yates and the Mayhew Animal Home are also helping lost and abandoned animals in Russia, Georgia, Afghanistan, Nepal, and India.  Around the world, hundreds of thousands of animals are waiting for homes – so remember, if you are thinking about bringing a new pet home, check your local shelter or rescue. You may find your new best friend!

Baylee interviews Caroline Yates at The Mayhew Animal Home in London.



Baylee:
Hey. I’m Baylee, and today I’m talking with Caroline Yates. She’s the CEO of the Mayhew Animal Home in London. She helps thousands of cats and dogs to escape their life of abandonment and neglect each year.
Let’s go and meet Caroline and her four-legged friends.
Hi, Caroline.

Caroline:
Hi.

Baylee:
Nice to meet you.

Caroline:
Nice to meet you.

Baylee:
Can you tell me who you are and what you do?

Caroline:
My name’s Caroline Yates and I’m the CEO, Chief Executive of the Mayhew Animal Home, here in London.

Baylee:
What exactly do you do as a CEO?

Caroline:
Well I have a lot of people who work here, so we have to plan what they will do and what projects we have, and how many animals we will help.
I have to make sure that the money that people donate to the charity is spent wisely and well; and a lot of reporting and a lot of talking to donors.

Baylee:
Do you ever feel like taking the cute kittens and puppies home?

Caroline:
Frequently. Yeah.

Baylee:
If I was here on the first day, probably I’d have five animals in my house already.

Caroline:
Yeah? Okay. I know when people visit us for the first time, it’s cute overload. And the young animals are always sweet, but sometimes you look at the older ones and you think, yeah, I wanna take one of the old ladies or the old gentlemen home.

Baylee:
How many animals do you take in, roughly, per day?

Caroline:
Roughly per day? Oh, it depends a little bit. I mean, sometimes we’ve had a time when we’ve taken in about twenty cats from one place, and then maybe two or three dogs at the same time on the same day, and then other days, we might not take in any animals.
So it’s constantly moving. It’s very difficult to predict. But a lot of animals.

Baylee:
Do you ever feel why am I doing this job? Why aren’t I doing a more sophisticated job?

Caroline:
That’s a good question. I think it’s important that you do something that you love and feel passionate about and that you want to make a difference, and you’re helping animals and they give so much joy when you get it right.

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This is the main cattery, so we have the adult cats here. And in this block, these are all the cats that are looking for a new home. So when people come into us and they say they’re looking for a cat, then some of these are the cats that they will see to choose from. See? And they’re all looking at you saying, “Please take me home.”

Baylee:
I’m not taking you home. I’m just looking at you.

Caroline:
Now, you see Trixie. Trixie’s interesting ’cause Trixie’s already 10 years old and she’s been here a long, long time, you know? And we don’t understand why she’s not found a home.
I mean, she looks a bit stern there, but she’s a lovely, lovely cat. But, you know, people think she’s old already. So it will take a much longer time to find her the right home.

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Baylee:
Why do you think dogs and cats are important?

Caroline:
They do bring a lot of positive energy to people’s lives. And often when you’re ill, having a dog helps you relax, and it’s somebody to love and enjoy.

Baylee:
What happens to animals who you can’t find a home for?

Caroline:
The animals that we have here at the Mayhew, we wait as long – forever – to find them a new home. So, you know, we hope all the time that a home will be found for all of our animals.

Baylee:
Do you have any pets at home?

Caroline:
Well, I – I’ll tell you a bit of a sad story. I lost my dog four weeks ago. So, at the moment, I don’t have a pet, but I’m just thinking I’m going to foster one of our kennel dogs who’s been here a long time to give them a break.

Baylee:
I have a pet and she’s very grumpy. She’s called Ellie. She has a very grumpy face.

Caroline:
Cats are very special. Does she go outside by herself?

Baylee:
Sometimes, but she has something on her neck that we can track –

Caroline:
GPS?

Baylee:
Yeah. We can track her by it.

Caroline:
GPS code. That’s good.

Baylee:
And you can put it on the collar and attach it to her.

Caroline:
That’s good, though, that you let her in and out.

Baylee:
And what’s your best advice to kids my age?

Caroline:
I think it’s wonderful to have a pet. I think there’s nothing better in life to grow old with an animal. And if you are deciding to get a pet, think about where you’re getting it from and go to a good shelter; because there are lot and lots of dogs and cats desperately wanting to give their love to somebody.

Baylee:
Thank you, Caroline. It was nice to meet you.

Caroline:
Nice to meet you, too, Baylee.

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Baylee:
I had a great time at the Mayhew Animal Home. I also enjoyed meeting Caroline and Tia and Trooper. See you next time.