The seven-year-old rescue dog
joins fellow beagle Guy and a black Labrador thought to be named Pula at their
family home in Montecito, California.
Mamma Mia was reportedly
rescued along with 4,000 other beagles by federal authorities in Virginia in
July. Shannon Keith, an animal rights attorney who runs the Beagle Freedom
Project, told the LA Times: “The duchess called me personally.
“She calls on my cell with
no Caller ID and says, ‘Hey Shannon, this is Meghan.'” Shannon shared that
they spoke for 30 minutes and she at first thought she was talking to the
actress Mehan Fox.
Mia arrived at the shelter
with eight of her newborn puppies, and Meghan and Harry both
visited her after hours where they played with the dogs before making their
Meghan reportedly told Shannon
that they want to help the older rescue dogs.
|Mammia Mia was adopted by the royals
Animal-lover Meghan has
adopted a number of rescue dogs over the past few years and brought her
American rescue beagle Guy to the UK when she married Harry.
The former actress chose
animal welfare charity Mayhew as one of her first patronages.
When she moved to England to
be with Harry she had to leave Bogart – a Labrador-shepherd mix – in the US.
Meghan often used the #adoptdontshop hashtag in her Instagram posts.
Harry previously shared a
story about how the Queen’s dogs fell in love with Meghan as soon as
they met her.
In their engagement
interview in 2017, Harry revealed the Queen’s corgis and dorgis took to
Meghan “straight away,” joking: “I’ve spent the last 33 years
being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing… just wagging tails
and I was just like, ‘argh’.”2