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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!

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


Donate now

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!

Vote Now

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

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!

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Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

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!

Vote Now

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

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!

Vote Now

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

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.

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 Sallie & Ty!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for WSRH & Sallie & Ty!

Vote Now

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

ADORE

By | Rescues

“Paws & Effect” Contest Spotlight:

ADORE

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 Sapphires Story…

Today’s furry friend spotlight goes to Sapphire. Thanks to the power of social media, ADORE was made aware of and received a plea about a poor pup that was emaciated and had a prolapsed uterus. ADORE took the pup, later named Sapphire, to the Central Houston Animal Hospital. Sapphire was immediately weighed and was only a mere 38 pounds. Aside from the clear starvation Sapphire had endured, there was a large amount of swelling in her vaginal area. 

The staff at Central Houston Animal Hospital immediately recommended Sapphire be tested for cancer and the test results came that she did have a transmissible venereal tumor (TVT).

Although Sapphire was sweet, she was also terrified; she would cower in the corners at the vet office and would lay down in fear but showed no signs of aggression. It was clear this pup hadn’t received love in a long time. Unfortunately due to her tumor being transmissible, Sapphire had to be isolated from interacting with other dogs which meant she would have to stay at the vet while receiving treatment. Sapphire responded very well to the chemotherapy treatments which spanned over 8 weeks. After her third treatment her tumor had already started to shrink.After weeks of chemotherapy Sapphire tested negative for cancer, and so the next part of her medical journey began. Sapphire was spayed and underwent a fast-kill heartworm treatment. During this time Sapphire still had to be confined and stayed at the vet clinic. While at the vet clinic Sapphire received many visitations from ADORE volunteers to help her socialization. 

As they say, it really does take a village

Over many visits and lots of loving, Sapphire began to come out of her shell a bit and it growing into a dog that will be a great addition to any family. Sapphire is still in need of an amazing foster home to help her through the next part of her journey.

Sapphire’s medical journey was long and extensive and wouldn’t be possible without the extensive help of the partnering veterinary clinic.It’s situations like Sapphire’s that show the importance the work Mercy Pet Clinic does; without the affordable medical care offered to rescue groups like ADORE, many animals would be limited in receiving the healing they so desperately need.

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 ADORE to ensure that furry friends like Sapphire 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 Sapphire!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

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Written by: Karen Gentry

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue

By | Rescues

“Paws & Effect” Contest Spotlight:

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog 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 Samson’s Story…

What’s the most special Valentine’s Day gift you have ever received? 

For Samson it was being rescued by the Houston Police Department. On Valentine’s Day in 2019 there was an undercover sting operation that resulted in the rescue of three dogs, Samson was one of those dogs.

Unfortunately Samson was the victim of neglect and abuse. As part of the investigation the dogs were held at a shelter for 2 months as evidence in a crime investigation. For a dog to be treated so poorly and then be held in a shelter scared, alone, and traumatized, it’s a lot. Animal abuse/neglect is, unfortunately, all too common in our city. Shelters are overflowing with dogs that have suffered and need homes. 

Lynda with Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue (GHGSDR) shared with us;

“When you come upon a case such as this, with abuse, it sickens you – but also engages action.”

Samson’s Road to Recovery

For dogs like Samson it is a life saver that groups like GHGSDR are engaged to act. Lynda was made aware of the case and was allowed to take Samson in after the investigation was complete. Upon intake, the GHGSDR conducted a temperament test and concluded that this pup would be able to assimilate into a normal household. 

Immediately after leaving the shelter Samson was taken to a veterinary clinic that regularly provides discounted medical treatment for the GHGSDR rescues. Without the help of the veterinary clinics GHGSDR wouldn’t be able to save over 120 German Shepherds per year. For Samson his medical ailments were small and he only needed some skin care, good nutrition and neutering. After his medical needs were met he was placed in a foster home. 

Samson was taken in by Lynda, a long time volunteer with the organization. She describes herself as a “Foster Failure”, meaning she failed to turn Samson over to someone else because he blended in so well with her family and life. As Lynda told us, “-it was just meant to be.” Lynda’s “foster failure” was certainly Samson’s gain and he has been able to blossom into the regal being he was meant to be. 

As they say, it really does take a village

GHGSDR, like many rescue organizations is 100% volunteer driven and run. As Lynda shared her story with us, she made sure to let us know how clinics, like Mercy Pet Clinic, help them accomplish their

mission:

“We average about 120 dogs saved per year.  But we cannot do this alone. We are blessed with partners at veterinary clinics cutting their rates to help us out.  We are blessed with a group of people who open their homes to bring these dogs into while they rehabilitate from diseases, surgeries, neglect, etc.   We are blessed to have financial support from businesses, friends and family who trust in our belief of rescue and re-homing.”

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 GHGSDR to ensure that furry friends like Hope 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 Samson!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for GHGSDR & Samson!

Vote Now

Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Donate now

Written by: Karen Gentry