While there, one woman who was helped by a therapy animal shook Meghan's hand and told her: 'Lovely lady, you are! She bonded with one dog in particular - Minnie, a Jack Russell terrier.
The dress also didn't stop Markle from petting the dogs in the animal shelter while she visited.
The Duchess of Sussex was a vision at the glitzy affair in a $7,400 design by the French designer, a good friend who has dressed her on many occasions.
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Her other dog Guy, a Beagle, did make the journey and is now part of the family and has joined the Sussex's other pet, a black Labrador.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes".
The duchess is a dog lover who supported various animal rescue centres in her home city of Los Angeles.
Meghan The Duchess of Sussex arrives at the Mayhew animal welfare charity on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, to meet with volunteers to hear about welfare initiatives, community engagement and worldwide projects carried out by the charity.
During the visit, the duchess was shown a family of five kittens and their mother being cared for by the charity, who had been brought in by a resident.