Dame Jenni Murray joins Refuge4Pets as Patron

We are delighted to announce Dame Jenni Murray has joined Refuge4Pets as Patron.

Legendary broadcaster, Dame Jenni is best known as the presenter of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 and was also a presenter and reporter on Newsnight and presenter on the Today programme in the 1980s.

Speaking about her role as Patron, Dame Jenni said: ‘Women, children and their pets suffer from domestic violence. If I had ever needed to escape, how could I have left my dogs and cat behind to face cruelty?

Refuge4Pets can help keep them safe. I am proud to become the charity’s Patron.’

Dr Mary Wakeham said: ‘We are delighted and feel incredibly honoured to have Dame Jenni Murray join us as Patron for Refuge4Pets.

On a personal level, Jenni has been with me on my journey with Refuge4Pets from the beginning, as I tuned into Woman’s Hour on my many road trips collecting animals and reuniting them with their families.  

If I had known at the time Jenni would agree to be our Patron, I would never have believed it. I cannot thank her enough for supporting us in this way.’

Refuge4Pets recently marked its 5th anniversary.  To date, over 350 families have received support from us settling their pets into foster homes.  We are on course to a sobering milestone of fostering 500 animals by the end of the year.

Dr Mary Wakeham, has this year won two awards for her work: Special recognition award for Refuge4Pets – Refuge4Pets and the Emma Humphrey’s Award Memorial Prize

We are struggling in the current climate with escalating costs. The biggest being veterinary treatment for the animals in our care. With Christmas being one of our busiest times, with people turning to us to help them flee with their animals, a Crowdfunder appeal has been launched to help the us during this critical winter period and to date, 16% of a £10,000 target has been secured.

Dame Jenni said: ‘I hope you will help us with some financial support. The pets need love which is free and food and veterinary care which are not. Please give as much as you can.’