Meghan Markle’s visit to animal shelter makes Minnie most popular dog

The Jack Russell terrier photographed cuddling with the Duchess of Sussex yesterday has quickly become the most popular dog at the animal shelter, the charity has revealed. 

Meghan, 37, was particularly taken by one-year-old Minnie during the visit to The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, north west London, and spent a few moments snuggling with the dog after scooping it up into her arms. 

Minnie was placed with the charity last month when her previous family was no longer able to care for her and she went up for adoption yesterday. 

Within minutes photos of the Duchess and Minnie were shared online – and phone calls regarding the dog starting streaming as the ‘Meghan effect’ took hold. 

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, northwest London, has been inundated with calls about one-year-old Minnie after she was pictured being cuddled by the Duchess of Sussex

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, northwest London, has been inundated with calls about one-year-old Minnie after she was pictured being cuddled by the Duchess of Sussex

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, northwest London, has been inundated with calls about one-year-old Minnie after she was pictured being cuddled by the Duchess of Sussex

Self-confessed animal lover Meghan, 37, told staff she wanted to take the 'shy' pooch home but has too much on her hands with a baby on the way in late April or May

Self-confessed animal lover Meghan, 37, told staff she wanted to take the 'shy' pooch home but has too much on her hands with a baby on the way in late April or May

Self-confessed animal lover Meghan, 37, told staff she wanted to take the ‘shy’ pooch home but has too much on her hands with a baby on the way in late April or May

A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘We’ve had phone calls and emails ever since yesterday afternoon so she’s gaining a lot of interest. I would guess up to one hundred.

 ‘The profile going out on the media has definitely helped raise awareness of us – she’s currently our most popular dog.’  

Former actress Meghan had two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-shepherd mix called Bogart, when she lived in Toronto. 

Now Minnie, who has been at the shelter since December and was put up for adoption yesterday, is Mayhew's most popular dog

Now Minnie, who has been at the shelter since December and was put up for adoption yesterday, is Mayhew's most popular dog

Now Minnie, who has been at the shelter since December and was put up for adoption yesterday, is Mayhew’s most popular dog

While Guy came with Meghan when she moved to the UK – and has since been spotted riding with the Queen – Bogart was too old to travel and had to stay behind with friends.

Meghan, who is six months pregnant, was very taken by Minnie but said she couldn’t introduce another dog to the family with a baby on the way. 

‘The Duchess commented that while she’d love to take her home, she’s got a lot on her hands with the new baby coming soon,’ a Mayhew spokesperson said.

‘While she loved her unfortunately she can’t take her herself.’ 

Meghan, pictured arriving at the shelter yesterday, has taken over as the royal patron for Mayhew

Meghan, pictured arriving at the shelter yesterday, has taken over as the royal patron for Mayhew

Meghan, pictured arriving at the shelter yesterday, has taken over as the royal patron for Mayhew

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However Mayhew staff are looking to find Minnie a forever home, describing her as ‘very sweet’.     

‘She’s also a bit shy and nervous when you first meet her,’ a spokesperson said. ‘She’s very sweet and cuddly as you can tell from all the pictures yesterday.

‘She very much enjoyed hugs with the Duchess – so she’s looking for a new home where the owner can dedicate their time to her and really look after her and train her.’     

The Duchess of Sussex was last week announced as the patron of Mayhew. 

On her visit yesterday the royal met the hard-working staff who help dogs and cats find forever homes, as well as some of their four-legged friends. 

Meghan later joined husband Prince Harry for a Cirque du Soleil performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  

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