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Pet Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

By | Rescues

Looking for the purrrfect gift?

We’ve got you covered! This holiday season we picked some unique & festive gifts for your furry friends. 

 

1. Smart pet collar, and yes it’s a real thing! For those of us who have those pets that might like to jump over the fence, run out the front door to greet neighbors, or for those of us who might want a little extra piece of mind this is a PERFECT gift. You can find several different types on Amazon,or even your local pet stores.

2. For the cat lover- a gingerbread house cat scratcher. Let your cat join in the holiday festivities, but in a safe way. We can’t guarantee that your cat still won’t be interested in the edible gingerbread house…but at least they will have their own you can redirect them to. 

3. Bow ties for the snazzy pets out there. Family pictures just aren’t complete without our furry friends and what better way to make a pet feel camera ready than to purchase them their very own bowtie. There are bow ties specifically made for animals that you can purchase from your local pet store or online, so please make sure you buy one specifically made for your type of furry friend. 

4. A treat dispensing toy to stimulate your pet’s mind. For many of us, the holiday time is a busy time filled with trips, parties, and extra shopping- make sure to keep your pet active with a toy that engages their mind. Mental stimulation is another way to keep your pet active and entertained while you might be out and about, and it might also save a few of your shoes 

This season make sure to keep your pets safe by keeping them away from food that might make them sick, quickly cleaning up wrapping paper after opening gifts, and making sure your Christmas tree is pet friendly! If you have a live Christmas tree make sure you to regularly sweep up the pine needles to avoid ingestion by your pets. 

 

Check out some of our other blog posts to learn more about how Mercy Cares helps fight pet homelessness.

Sterling’s Rescue Story

By | Rescues

Home for the Holidays Spotlight: Sterling

Mercy Cares is raising funds to help bring and keep pets home for the holidays. As a 501c3 non-profit, Mercy Cares was created to help pets in need. Through our veterinary clinic, we assist families to help maintain their pets’ health by offering comprehensive, low-cost veterinary care. We’ve also partnered and collaborated with the animal welfare community to decrease pet homelessness in Houston.

While our ultimate goal is to help pets find a home, and STAY in their homes, there are many steps along the way to accomplish this.

 

Here are a few ways that Mercy is directly achieving our goals:

LOW COST, FULL-SERVICE VETERINARY CARE

Due to financial circumstances, when pets contract heartworm or need costly surgeries, pet parents are forced to surrender their pets. At Mercy we are educating about pet wellness, and providing cost effective solutions to keep pets in homes.

We also work with many rescue and shelter organizations to stabilize homeless or abused pets, so that they can find a forever home.

SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES

The number one way to reduce pet homeless is by a spay or neuter procedure. This also tends to be the first step for shelter and rescue groups to take, in order to eventually have the pet adopted!

SUBSIDIZED BOARDING FOR RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS

Many homeless or recovered pets need a place to stay while being stabilized or waiting for transportation. This is a crucial part of helping pets find a home.

ANIMAL WELFARE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Due to stress, animal welfare work can be taxing and cause quick burn-out. Because of this Mercy facilitates workshops designed to provide mental health support, help staff develop healthy coping skills, and increase team cohesion.

Sterling's Story

Mercy Pet Clinic has provided care to over 6,000 pets since opening in 2018 but there are some animals that just capture your heart more than others and their stories have to be heard and today that story is about Sterling. 

Sterling was found by a good samaritan and brought to Mercy Pet Clinic with a shattered leg. Although she was timid of the staff at first, she quickly warmed up as she received temporary boarding and was examined.

After taking x-rays the vet realized amputation was the only option for little Sterling. Unfortunately, many animals are abused and neglected the way Sterling was but at Mercy Pet Clinic rescue groups receive quality care at a discounted price. Mercy Pet Clinic has worked with over 60 different rescue groups to ensure that animals receive the care they need, no matter their circumstances.

Sterling went through surgery to amputate her leg and has shown a great deal of resilience; she gets around easily and has grown to love the attention she receives from the clinic staff. Although Sterling is still searching for her forever home, the care she received is a vital part of the journey to her forever home. 

This holiday season, we hope you consider giving to Mercy Cares and Mercy Pet Clinic to continue serving furry friends like Sterling. Mercy is just one stop on Sterling’s journey to a forever home, but without the care provided at Mercy Pet Clinic she wouldn’t be ready to go home for the holidays.

You can support animals just like Sterling this holiday season for as little as $25 a month. Your support helps Mercy Cares help animals find or keep their home for the holidays.

Strut Your Mutt with Mercy Cares

By | Rescues

Strut Your Mutt is a series of charity dog walks that brings communities together to raise money and save the lives of homeless pets. When you fundraise, you choose where your support goes!

Why is the Mercy Cares team walking to raise money at Strut Your Mutt?

Mercy Cares raises funds to help pets in need. Through our full service, low cost animal clinic, we are able to help homeless pets in need and reduce pet homelessness. This is made possible through our amazing donors and fundraising with people like you! Here are some of the pets we have helped and will be walking for:

Laila, who we treated after she had been attacked with a machete. Look at how well she has recovered!

Harper, who had lost all of his hair due to mange, needed vaccines and a place to stay while he healed up. He stayed at Mercy pet clinic for weeks until his foster family was able to take him in!

Gizmo and Trixie, who suddenly found themselves homeless after their guardian passed away. They received much needed treatment for skin conditions at our clinic and also stayed with us until the amazing rescue community of Houston took them in.

Mona, who we vaccinated, groomed, spayed, and gave her a place to stay after she was found running on the streets, starving and dodging cars.

The veterinarians and staff at Mercy Pet Clinic understand the enormous problem of homeless animals in Houston and thats why we provide compassionate, comprehensive, and affordable care. Working with shelters, rescue groups, and low-income individuals, the Mercy team not only saves lives but also helps keep animals in their homes.

Donations are needed to cover the costs of treatments such as spay, neuter, x-rays, heart-worm treatment, dental work, and so much more. Your gift will help animals who are ill or injured, receive critical care they need.

The Strut Your Mutt event is Saturday, September 28th at Stude Park, 1031 Stude St. Houston, TX 77007. To join our team or make a donation, check out our page here.

 Together we can make
difference for the animals.

Mona Gets Adopted

By | Rescues

Meet Mona, one of the the loveliest and most patient pups you’ll come across! She has a great story and a huge heart.

How Clear the Shelters Led to Mona’s Adoption



In May, one of the amazing veterinary technicians that works for Mercy Pet Clinic was told about a dog that had been on the streets for a long time and that someone thought the dog had been hit by a car. The stray dog was very matted, dirty, and had extremely long nails. The tech was able to catch her and bring her to the clinic. 

“…someone thought the dog had been hit by a car.”


The staff named her Mona. They estimated her to be between 3 – 4 years old. Mona was groomed, vaccinated and tested for heartworm. Unfortunately, as most stray dogs in Houston are, Mona was heartworm positive. 

Mona waits at Mercy Pet Clinic for her forever home.

So she waited in the kennels at Mercy Pet Care. Freedom Streets Rescue offered to sponsor her but did not have a place to keep her. So she waited longer. Then in August, Mercy Pet Clinic sponsored an event with Clear The Shelters. It was Mona’s big chance to shine and she did!

While being walked by a volunteer, Mona meet an amazing couple. It was love at first site for everyone! Mona went home with her new family that day. Now happy and off the streets, Mona has a wonderful home and will receive treatment for her heartworms.

Mona and her new family!

Clear the Shelters is a free adoption event put on Mercy Cares and Best Friends in conjunction with Telemundo. This is a yearly event in which animal rescue and shelter groups bring adoptable pets to multiple sites to bring awareness to the animal welfare community, but also help pets find their forever homes. Below are a few of the outcomes at our event.

Thanks again to our sponsors!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

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Winners of The P&E Contest!

By | Rescues

The Winners of the Paws & Effect Contest!

This month Mercy Cares, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital, helped to raise awareness and support to the many animal welfare and rescue groups around the city of Houston with the “Paws + Effect” Contest 

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to vote for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital. Check out our announcement video below for the big reveal!

Winners of the Paws and Effect Contest
The Winners of the Paws & Effect Contest

The results are in! The Paws & Effect Contest was a huge success. We want to thank ALL of the rescue groups that participated in the contest! The winners of the Paws & Effect Contest:3rd Place: Guardian Pit Bull Rescue 2nd Place: Houston K-911 Rescue1st Place: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue We would like to give a special thank you to our sponsor Sunset Animal Hospital for making this contest possible. Check out our announcement video below and stay tuned for more ways that Mercy Cares and Mercy Pet Clinic will be helping the Animal Welfare Community of Houston!

Posted by Mercy Cares on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The winners of the contest are:

Third Place:

Guardian Pit Bull Rescue

Second Place:

Houston K-911 Rescue

Second Place:

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, Houston K9-11, and GCCSR to ensure that furry friends receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

Sign up to give monthly and, for less than the cost of lunch, you can help keep pets and our community healthy.

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Chances Rescue and Relocation

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Chances Rescue and Relocation

Mercy Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas, and supports the animal welfare community by serving the needs of local shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income families seeking to care for their pets.

We provide support for pets and those who serve them

We do this by addressing 3 key areas along the holistic continuum of care for animal caregivers:

CARE

We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;

COMMUNITY

We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;

COLLABORATION

We foster connections through collaboration to help make your family and other healthy, happy, and complete.

You’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village” and this month Mercy Cares is celebrating the many ‘villages’ of rescue groups around the city of Houston through the “Paws + Effect” Contest, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital.

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to VOTE HERE for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital.

This is Princess’ Story…

 

For our final furry friend spotlight we have the story of Princess, a beautiful joyful German Shepherd who is very well known among the Mercy Pet Clinic staff. Princess had just given birth to a litter of five puppies when her owner reached out to Chances Rescue and Relocation for assistance. The owner wanted Chances Rescue and Relocation to help place the litter but upon seeing that Princess was a tethered dog, Chances requested that Princess be examined and at a minimum spayed.


Princess and her little puppies were brought into Mercy Pet Clinic to be vaccinated, examined, and tested for heartworm. The puppies were vetted and made ready for transport but unfortunately Princess tested positive for heartworm and her exam came back abnormal. Immediately Princess was placed on medicine to treat an infection and it was suggested she get spayed as soon as possible.

As they say, it really does take a village

Mercy Pet Clinic and Chances Rescue and Relocation spent days having conversations with the owner to try to determine the best path forward for Princess and her health. Eventually Princess was surrendered to Chances and was able to get spayed. Within days of being spayed Princess started to struggle to urinate and appeared to be in intense pain. She was rushed to Sunset Animal Hospital to be evaluated. After a short stay at Sunset Princess was transferred back to Mercy for further care. Both clinics worked closely together to care for Princess. It was unclear whether her issue was due to an injury caused by trauma or if there was a disease present. After a lot of examination and conversation it was decided that Princess should undergo specialized surgical care at Gulf Coast Animal Hospital.

After surgery the pathology report showed that Princess had a very unusual and uncommon cancer that was the cause of her struggle to urinate. Princess began chemotherapy and has since has had an excellent prognosis. After chemotherapy treatment concludes, Princess will be able to be treated for her heartworm.

As stated by, Tiffany, the Director of Chances Rescue and Relocation;

“Without Mercy Pet Clinic, Sunset Animal Hospital and Gulf Coast subspecialty services, Princess may never have been rescued, vaccinated, examined, stabilized, treated and diagnosed.  From reception to administration to technicians and veterinarians, everyone involved in Princess’ case provided exceptional professional and compassionate care. We are deeply grateful to everyone who helped us rescue this sweet girl from her tether and her disease, especially Drs. Woods and Stallings whose advocacy, knowledge and skill played a crucial role.”

It’s been a very long medical journey for Princess and this pup has shown such resilience. After all treatments have concluded Princess will head up north to be with her forever family.

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like CR&R to ensure that furry friends like Princess receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

Sign up to give monthly and, for less than the cost of lunch, you can help keep pets and our community healthy. Click here to see how your dollars can make a difference for animals like Princess!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for CR&R & Princess!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written By: Karen Gentry

Houston K-911 Rescue

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Houston K-911 Rescue

Mercy Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas, and supports the animal welfare community by serving the needs of local shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income families seeking to care for their pets.

We provide support for pets and those who serve them

We do this by addressing 3 key areas along the holistic continuum of care for animal caregivers:

CARE

We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;

COMMUNITY

We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;

COLLABORATION

We foster connections through collaboration to help make your family and other healthy, happy, and complete.

You’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village” and this month Mercy Cares is celebrating the many ‘villages’ of rescue groups around the city of Houston through the “Paws + Effect” Contest, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital.

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to VOTE HERE for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital.

This is Lady’s Story…

 

For some dogs, shoes are the chew toys of choice, for others a good cow hoof will suffice, but for Lady only expensive leather purses would satisfy her. 

Lady was rescued by Houston K-911 while wandering the streets of Northeast Houston pregnant. All of her adorable pups were adopted but she was still in need of a foster home, and so enters Martha, the victim of Lady’s purse chewing. 

Lady fit right in with Martha and her lab, using her sweet calm nature to add a little balance to the lab energy of the house. After going out one evening, Martha came home to Lady lounging on the couch but quickly noticed something strange on the floor. Immediately she believed the weird thing to be a snake and began to get a bit scared, also wondering– how was Lady so calm with a snake on the floor? 

Thankfully, it wasn’t a snake, but instead the handle and zipper to Martha’s new handmade leather purse. 

Lady had never chewed up anything before so this was a bit of a surprise, but Martha began looking for the remains of the rest of her purse and was unable to find ANY trace of it. Could Lady have really eaten a whole purse, except, of course, the handle and zipper?

As they say, it really does take a village

Being the responsible foster Martha is, she contacted Mercy Pet Clinic and took her little leather loving friend to be examined. With no symptoms of ingestion, it was determined to let Lady do her business to pass the purse that she might’ve eaten. Thankfully, Martha has spared us the details of that part of the story. About a week later, Lady began throwing up a piece of the beautifully crafted leather purse. Lady went back to Mercy but this time for what Martha described as a “-fully paid vacay weekend stay at Sunset.” 

Even after her week at Sunset, Lady was not passing the purse and an operation was scheduled at Mercy Pet Clinic. The operation was successful and the leather purse was extracted. Lady recovered well from the surgery and was later adopted by a family in Wisconsin that was heavily advised to keep leather goods, especially beautiful purses, put up. Thanks to the care of Mercy Pet Clinic, Lady avoided a potentially dangerous issue and Martha was able to make peace with her lost purse. 

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like Houston K-911 Rescue to ensure that furry friends like Lady receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

Sign up to give monthly and, for less than the cost of lunch, you can help keep pets and our community healthy. Click here to see how your dollars can make a difference for animals like Lady!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for Houston K-911 & Lady!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written By: Karen Gentry

Houston PetSet

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Houston PetSet

Mercy Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas, and supports the animal welfare community by serving the needs of local shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income families seeking to care for their pets.

We provide support for pets and those who serve them

We do this by addressing 3 key areas along the holistic continuum of care for animal caregivers:

CARE

We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;

COMMUNITY

We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;

COLLABORATION

We foster connections through collaboration to help make your family and other healthy, happy, and complete.

You’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village” and this month Mercy Cares is celebrating the many ‘villages’ of rescue groups around the city of Houston through the “Paws + Effect” Contest, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital.

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to VOTE HERE for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital.

This is Sassy’s Story…

 

On one of the coldest nights in 2019, Houston PetSet received a call from a partnering organization that a very pregnant stray dog was wandering the streets. Houston PetSet took this pregnant mama dog, later named Sassy, to Mercy Pet Clinic to be examined. Because Houston PetSet isn’t a rescue organization it was beginning to look grim for this pup who needed a foster to care for her, but the staff at Mercy Pet Clinic was not going to let this mama have her puppies in the cold; the clinic stepped up and agreed to board Sassy in-house. That night the temperature dropped below freezing but Sassy was able to give birth to a litter of eight adorable puppies in the comfort of the nice warm clinic.

As they say, it really does take a village

A few months later Sassy and her pups joined nearly 100 other furry friends to take a road trip north to Minnesota rescue groups, Angel of Hope Rescue and Ruff Start Rescue. Sassy and her pups were welcomed by loving forever homes after locating to Minnesota. Lundquist Faust of Houston PetSet states;

“Even though Houston PetSet isn’t a rescue organization, we can never turn a blind eye to animals that are suffering. When one of our partner organizations called us about a pregnant stray dog, we knew we had to help…Collaboration is at the core of what we do, and we were able to save Sassy and her puppies because of the many partners that were involved in rescuing her and delivering her babies. We could not have guaranteed her safety without the support of Mercy.” 
The story of taking Sassy and her pups in, is one played out over and over again at Mercy Pet Clinic. The clinic not only offers high quality medical care but very frequently offers support to organizations like Houston PetSet that aren’t able to locate an immediate foster. Mercy Cares is so proud to partner with organizations like Houston PetSet that have a mission of ending companion animal homelessness.

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like Houston PetSet to ensure that furry friends like Sassy receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

Sign up to give monthly and, for less than the cost of lunch, you can help keep pets and our community healthy. Click here to see how your dollars can make a difference for animals like Sassy!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for Houston PetSet & Sassy!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written by: Karen Gentry

Scouts Honor Rescue

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Scout's Honor Rescue

Mercy Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas, and supports the animal welfare community by serving the needs of local shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income families seeking to care for their pets.

We provide support for pets and those who serve them

We do this by addressing 3 key areas along the holistic continuum of care for animal caregivers:

CARE

We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;

COMMUNITY

We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;

COLLABORATION

We foster connections through collaboration to help make your family and other healthy, happy, and complete.

You’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village” and this month Mercy Cares is celebrating the many ‘villages’ of rescue groups around the city of Houston through the “Paws + Effect” Contest, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital.

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to VOTE HERE for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital.

This is Cindy’s Story…

 

It only takes one neglectful/abusive human to cause tremendous harm to an innocent animal but it takes an entire village to help put that animal back together. For Cindy, a sweet and loving black lab mix, this was especially true.  Cindy was found by Fort Bend Animal Control lying in a ditch, completely unable to walk. When it was discovered she was microchipped her owners were immediately contacted, but the family never showed up to get her. After the heartbreaking realization that this sweet pup wasn’t going home to her family Scout’s Honor Rescue was contacted via email, texts and social media. Several people urged Scout’s Honor Rescue to please save this poor girl, it was clear she needed urgent medical attention. For Cindy, that village of people who had never met her but pleaded for her life was the beginning of her new story. 

Scout’s Honor Rescue took Cindy to Vergi 24/7 (a vet clinic) to first understand why she was unable to walk. The vet staff discovered two bullets lodged in her body and referred Cindy to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Cindy was immediately examined by neurology to determine if there was any damage to her spinal cord and the neurologist suggested a soft tissue surgeon because the bullets were actually lodged between her larynx and trachea. It appeared the bullets entered through Cindy’s skull and possibly shoulder. Clearly Cindy had experienced some severe cruelty at the hands of a human and it was going to take a village of loving humans to help heal her. By interacting with Cindy though, you would’ve never known the harm she had endured, she was so sweet and loving towards everyone who came across her.

Cindy went into surgery to remove the bullets and was placed into a foster home that would help her along the very long healing journey. Her journey included special exercises to help her brain communicate with her legs again and several follow up vet visits.

At first Cindy’s mobility had to be restricted for her healing and being crated was terrifying for her. Cindy’s very clever foster mom was able to use a pack and play, which Cindy found a lot more comfortable and less terrifying, to help restrict Cindy’s movements during her healing.

As they say, it really does take a village

Over time Cindy began to heal and created a very strong bond with her human foster, who adopted her. Cindy’s happy ending, or rather beginning, was possible due to the village rallying behind her. As Susie Wormser from Scout’s Honor Rescue put it;

““-it was hopefully just a single individual who harmed her but an entire community who put her back together.”

Mercy Pet Clinic helps furry friends like Cindy to recover from horrific situations by providing medical attention at discounted rates. We are so proud to partner with organizations like Scout’s Honor Rescue to provide second chances to those who need it.

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like SHR to ensure that furry friends like Cindy receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

Sign up to give monthly and, for less than the cost of lunch, you can help keep pets and our community healthy. Click here to see how your dollars can make a difference for animals like Cindy!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for SHR & Cindy!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written by: Karen Gentry

Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston

Mercy Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that funds Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas, and supports the animal welfare community by serving the needs of local shelters, rescue organizations, and low-income families seeking to care for their pets.

We provide support for pets and those who serve them

We do this by addressing 3 key areas along the holistic continuum of care for animal caregivers:

CARE

We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;

COMMUNITY

We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;

COLLABORATION

We foster connections through collaboration to help make your family and other healthy, happy, and complete.

You’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village” and this month Mercy Cares is celebrating the many ‘villages’ of rescue groups around the city of Houston through the “Paws + Effect” Contest, in collaboration with Sunset Animal Hospital.

More than 100 distinct animal rescue groups were nominated by friends and supporters in the community for the contest which allows the public to VOTE HERE for their favorite organization for the chance to win $2,000 | $1,000 | or $500 in clinic credit at Mercy Pet Clinic thanks to the generous support of Sunset Animal Hospital.

Happy endings don’t always involve adoption, but they involve unconditional love. For our furry friends spotlight today we are showcasing several pups who have received unconditional love from Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston (WSRH).

This is Sallies Story…

 

Our first spotlight goes to Sallie, who was introduced to the WSRH in 2017 when her previous owner was placed into hospice. He reached out to the WSRH requesting that his scruffy and sassy Sallie would be taken care of. When Kristen Dohle first laid eyes on Sallie, Sallie was slowly shuffling down the driveway without a care in the world. It was very obvious Sallie had some health issues with her arched back, and her back legs falling out from under her, but WSRH takes care of any and all Westies and Scotties.

Sallie was immediately taken to a vet to be assessed and it was found she had a dental disease and a possible spinal issue. While dental cleaning was performed, X-rays were done to examine her spine. When the bloodwork and x-rays came back, they showed that Sallie had possible liver issues, Caudal Intervertebral Disc Disease, and Lumbosacral Disease. With the amazing volunteers at WSRH and the partnering vet offices, Sallie was put on medications, supplements, continuous x-rays and ultrasounds, and mass removals all with the goal to get Sallie healthy and ready for her forever home.

 

 

 

As they say, it really does take a village

In December 2018, Kristen received devastating news about a mass that was removed from Sallie. The biopsy results showed that the mass was a malignant Mast Cell Tumor. Kristen shared with us the journey Sallie has had with WSRH and the unconditional love and support from the volunteers and vet staff: 
“That night I hugged her a little tighter and she complained in typical fashion.  While we now know her time with us is extremely limited, we are forever grateful to her veterinary team and the team at WSRH for giving us the past 23 months with her.  Without these amazing individuals, she never would have gone hiking through the forest in a backpack, strolled the River Oaks Christmas lights, enjoyed numerous dinners on patios, ruled the dog parks, seen movies at Discovery Green, met her human grandparents, chased her furry brothers around the coffee table, or played hide and seek with me. Now I cherish the time I have left with my scruffy, sassy, stubborn Sallie Ann.”

This is Ty’s Story…

Our next furry friend spotlight goes to Ty, who recently celebrated his 17th birthday in June. Ty was brought into WSHR with bad bacterial infections, nail overgrowth, mange, and yeast. Although Ty was only six years old when WSHR rescued him, his health reflected a much older dog.

A partnering vet clinic helped WSHR and Ty’s foster mom Maggie, bring him into a healthier place, though it was a long journey. When Ty started receiving the medical treatments he needed, he had essentially no hair from his shoulders to his tail and his skin thick and black, much like an elephant’s. To keep Ty from scratching himself bloody he had to wear a wool coat over a t-shirt; the healing journey for his skin was long and took several years to recover.

Ty’s foster mom Maggie describes him as “Benjamin Button”, an old dog that had to gradually become young again. Maggie had fostered Ty for years, with so much support from the vet clinic and WSHR to ensure his healing journey was smooth. After all that time together Maggie “foster failed” him. He had become such an integral part of her family that she decided to adopt him herself.

Maggie shared that without the help of the rescue, she would’ve never known the joy of loving Ty:

“I could not imagine life without this sweet boy and know that he would not have made it even to his 7th birthday without Westie Rescue being there for him and providing the much needed medical care at a crucial time in his life.WSRH’s attention to medical care has had a profound effect on my life and I am now Intake Coordinator, which allows me to pay it forward.”

The stories of Ty and Sallie show that unconditional love is the most important thing rescues around the city provide our furry friends. Part of that unconditional love is foster parents, adoptive parents, and the medical attention given by partnering veterinarian clinics. Mercy Pet Clinics works everyday with organizations like the Westie and Scottie Houston Rescue to ensure that no matter what medical state a dog is in, they are receiving the care they need to live a happy life.

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable, tiered pricing for top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements. We are proud to support groups just like WSRH to ensure that furry friends like Sallie and Ty receive the best veterinary care and cost is not an obstacle to a happy, healthy life.

In order to offer the highest quality care possible to pet parents in need and the nonprofit animal welfare and rescue groups committed to saving the homeless and suffering animals of our community, we rely on donations to help underwrite the costs of our services.

With as little as $10, you can help cover the cost of a rabies vaccination for a family or rescue group in need.

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