Dog cuddled by Meghan gets offer of home

Minnie the terrier has been offered a home after she was cuddled by Meghan at an animal charity.
Minnie the terrier has been offered a home after she was cuddled by Meghan at an animal charity.

A homeless dog cuddled by the Duchess of Sussex during a visit to an animal welfare charity in London has generated hundreds of inquiries from potential owners.

Meghan took a shine to one-year-old Minnie, a female Jack Russell terrier, when she toured Mayhew on Wednesday and gathered the dog into her arms when she noticed she was shivering.

With her large baby bump on show, the duchess told staff at the London-based charity she supports as patron: "We can't get another dog before the baby, our hands are full."

Harry and Meghan already have a beagle called Guy, a rescue dog the duchess brought from America, and a black Labrador.

Minnie has now been reserved by one animal lover who is being vetted.

Her adoption profile was posted on the charity's website on Wednesday and a spokeswoman said: "We've enjoyed an approximate 40 per cent increase in calls, not just relating to adoption but across all our service areas - from people requiring veterinary help, to wanting to arrange a visit from our therapy dogs and asking for advice on reporting strays.

"We've had hundreds of calls about Minnie specifically, and are currently speaking to a potential owner to arrange a home visit and suitability checks.

"Minnie has been reserved in anticipation of these being completed over the coming weeks."

The spokeswoman said the charity had also seen an increase in walk-ins on Thursday afternoon with people wanting to meet all available animals for adoption.

Australian Associated Press