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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!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

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!

Vote for ADORE & Sapphire!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

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!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written by: Karen Gentry

Houston Animal Rescue Team

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Houston Animal Rescue Team

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 Hope’s Story…

 

Have you ever met a dog that inspires you to be a better person?

If you haven’t, it’s only because you haven’t met Hope. Hope is a very special pup that was lucky enough to have a village surround her and lift her up (and help her discover her true talents!)

It was a little 10 year-old girl named Gracie that spotted Hope dragging herself down the street, the dogs legs just limp behind her.

Gracie and the other children welcomed Hope over to join them and although Hope eagerly greeted the children, she was terrified of Gracie’s mom. Gracie’s mother put a post on Nextdoor to try to see if the dog, whose nail beds were worn down from dragging on the concrete, belonged to anyone but no one responded. After a few hours the dog warmed up to Gracie’s mother and she was taken to the local vet to be scanned for a microchip. After no trace of a microchip, Rescuing Angels Rescue was called but was unable to take the dog in. Lori from Rescuing Angels Rescue called the vet and mother back to let them know someone would be calling to help them. Within minutes Jennifer from Houston Animal Rescue Team (HART) called and told the family she would be taking in the dog.

Hope’s Road to Recovery

 

That night the dog, who was given the name Hope, spent the night with one of the little girls who found her. Hope was snuggled up against the blankets all night and would whimper when left alone. The next day when Hope was given to HART, there were many tears shed by the little girl and whimpers from Hope, who showed in those moments she had a big capacity to love.

Hope’s medical journey began immediately. X-Rays showed that Hope’s back had been broken and she would never walk again. Fortunately, HART was able to provide her with a wheelchair that she quickly learned to maneuver like a pro. The HART team has seen the love, kindness, and yes unique talent of gobbling Hope is capable of. Today Hope is still with HART and will make a great addition to her future adoptive family.

As they say, it really does take a village

Hope’s story is a beautiful example of the many villages it takes to save a dog, but also how some dogs are just so resilient and loving despite heart breaking circumstances. Mercy Pet Clinic serves dogs like Hope everyday to make sure that  access to medical care isn’t a barrier to a happy, healthy 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 HART 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 Hope!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for HART & Hope!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written by: Karen Gentry

Operation Pets Alive!

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Operation Pets Alive!

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.

Meet Kiwi!

 

Many women get selected to be a Maid of Honor, but only a select handful of furry friends get to be a “Pup of Honor.” One pup named Kiwi (once called Betsy by her foster parents) had the exciting experience of being “Pup of Honor” for her adoptive human. Kiwi’s journey to become “Pup of Honor” is one to be admired. 

This is Kiwi's Story...

Kiwi’s story is best told by Elizabeth Guillot, Fundraising Team Lead, at Operation Pets Alive!
When one year old Betsy landed at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas last July, she was injured, and experiencing pain and mobility issues with her rear limbs/hips. OPA stepped up to help, and a team of fosters came together to see Betsy through her medical journey and rehabilitation. It required several surgeries and revisions, an FHO and a rear limb amputation.

“Throughout her ordeal, Betsy (Kiwi) never gave up, always had a smile, and endeared herself to each foster that took a turn in her care.”

At the end of October, Betsy boarded a #PupsOnTrucks Transport to the Northeast, and to our sister rescue, PAWS New England, where she was adopted to Rachelle Rogers! Many thanks to all who had a part in Betsy’s journey: Kendra from Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic, OPA fosters Betsy Hollan, Tara Tennant, Yvonne Mills, our OPA liaison with PAWS NE Sandra Stahl, and finally the awesome peeps at PAWS NE who recognized what a special girl Betsy was and vowed to find her a loving family!

As they say, it really does take a village!

Stories like Kiwi’s show the power of a strong village and the amazing efforts it takes from everyone involved to give rescues the life they never knew they could have. Without the medical care Kiwi received, she wouldn’t have been able to walk down the aisle supporting her adoptive human. Mercy Pet Clinic provides animals like Kiwi the chance to receive the top-notch medical care they deserve.

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 OPA to ensure that furry friends like Kiwi 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 Kiwi!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for OPA & Kiwi!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Guardian Pit Bull Rescue

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Guardian Pit Bull 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.

The Guardian Pit Bull Rescue is a beautiful example of a rescue group taking on the worst cases and turning around the lives of dogs who had no other option. Guardian Pit Bull Rescue was founded:

“with the promise to save and protect pit bulls in need.” 

Through extensive medical care and dedicated volunteers who foster the rescued pit bulls, Guardian Pit Bull Rescue is able to heal the wounds of their pups, both internal and external. Vanessa Wallace with Guardian Pit Bull Rescue put it best: 
“These dogs are often seen as lost causes and we take them in, providing them with love and medical attention in order to heal their wounds and hearts.”

This is Zela's Story...

Through all the rescues Guardian Pit Bull Rescue has done, there have been four in particular that have stood out over the years. Today you will be hearing about four furry pups that were taken in by Guardian Pit Bull Rescue and have undergone amazing transformations thanks to the dedicated volunteers and high-quality veterinary care.


Almost every case the Guardian Pit Bull Rescue sees is heartbreaking, but some just break it more than others; that was Zela. Zela came to Guardian Pit Bull Rescue with a metal spike in her head. The thought of a dog being beaten with a rake is devastating but seeing the aftermath can really test your strength. With some intense medical care and the foster team of Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, Zela has since been placed with her forever home and never will be hurt like that again. 

This is Duncan's Story...

Duncan is one of the happiest pups that you could ever meet and has gained so much confidence since being taken in by the Guardian Pit Bull Rescue. At the time Duncan was rescued he had no hair and mange had created sores all over his body. Today Duncan is flaunting a beautiful red coat that is slowly growing in thanks to some much needed medical attention and love. (Just look at his beautiful smile!)

This is Lexa's Story...

Lexa is an example of determination and resilience. When she first arrived at the Guardian Rescue it was assumed, she had swimmer’s syndrome due to her inability to walk. With extensive examination it was determined she had endured an injury to her spine and that was the reason she was unable to use her back legs. The medical attention Lexa received was life changing! She now cruises around in a wheelchair and is able to live the sort of happy life she deserves.

This is Layah's Story...

Layah was taken in by the Guardian Pit Bull Rescue as a dog that was nothing but bones. 

When Layah was taken in it was hard to determine when her last meal was, but with some medical examination, food, shelter, and of course love, she began to develop a healthy body. Recently she was adopted, and just by looking at her cute face you would never know the tragic state of starvation she had been in.

 

The medical attention given to each of these pups was key to their recovery, as was the loving foster homes, adoptive parents, and donors who supported Guardian Pit Bull Rescue. The “Paws + Effect” competition has given Mercy Cares the opportunity to hear amazing stories from amazing people and as Vanessa from Guardian Pit Bull Rescue put it:

We save and protect, and we aren’t done yet.”

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 GPBR to ensure that furry friends like Zela, Duncan, Lexa, and Layah 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 Zela, Duncan, Lexa, and Layah!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for GPBR & Zela, Duncan, Lexa, & Layah
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today

Written By: Karen Gentry

Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue

By | Rescues

"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Texas Great Pyrenees 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 Dulcinea’s Story…

Some stories can only be told in great length to be appreciated, that is true for Dulcinea’s story. The Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue (TGPR) received a call from BARC with regards to a Pyrenees in dire need. This Pyrenees was shut down, terrified and had some serious skin issues but TGPR wanted to give her a chance to overcome diversity. The rescue volunteer wanted to select a name for her, one that would invoke inspiration and provide motivation; the volunteer asked her friend’s mother who at the time was battling cancer to select such a name, and so the rescue dog was named Dulcinea. Dulcinea was taken to an emergency vet clinic and stayed overnight to receive fluids, be shaved, and be monitored. 

The next day a foster parent named Shereen quickly stepped up to foster Dulcinea, who we found out later than evening miscarried her puppies. Dulcinea was back in the emergency vet clinic just for a short time again to be monitored. The veterinary health clinics were such a big part of Dulcinea’s survival. It wasn’t long before another human fell in love with Dulcinea and became her adoptive parent. We are sharing Dulcinea’s adoptive parent’s story below because it truly shows the transformation that took place for Dulcinea. 

“January 13, 2019, is the dog I lost my heart to a dog I’d never met.”

I was lying in bed, looking at Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue’s Facebook feed before going to sleep, and there was a post from Emmie Lou about TGPR’s newest Houston area rescue, along with photos. TGPR’s team had pulled the dog from a shelter, named her Dulcinea, and rushed her to a veterinarian for treatment. The post from Emmie Lou said that Dulcinea miscarried puppies at the veterinary clinic, while receiving treatment for her skin infection and emaciated condition. Donations were being requested to help TGPR with Dulcinea’s medical bill. 

I studied the photos of Dulcinea, and felt my heartbeat literally change rhythm. Dulcinea’s eyes, in the vet clinic photos, reminded me of two other “pound puppies” I’d rescued and adored. Like Annie Belle and Hattie Mae, Dulcinea had wise, old soul eyes that pleaded for love and kindness. All dogs are special, but I believe that some dogs are Heaven’s direct emissaries, and my heart told me that Dulcinea was one of those emissaries.  

I tapped the PayPal link and contributed to Dulcinea’s care, then I got out of bed and walked down the hall to show my mother, who lives with me, Dulcinea’s photos and share the information in the post. Mama looked me in the eye and asked, “Is this the one?” See, I was about to complete the application process and be approved by Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue to adopt. After losing Hattie Mae in January 2018, our family missed the unique energy, the special brand of loyalty, and— yes— the surprising goofiness of a livestock guardian dog in our home. Mama and I believed my chocolate Lab medical alert service dog, Jackson, would also love having a livestock guardian sister again, so we agreed to rescue a Great Pyrenees “when the right one comes along” from TGPR.  

Dulcinea was the right one.

A couple days later, the TGPR home visit was completed, and the TGPR volunteer asked me if I was already interested in any of the dogs available for adoption. I said, “Dulcinea has stolen my heart.” That evening, I received a warm email from Shereen, Dulcinea’s amazing foster mom. We exchanged emails throughout the rest of January and February, as Dulcie recovered from the miscarriage, the skin infection which required shaving her coat to the skin everywhere except her face, head, and neck; and the starvation she’d endured before being rescued. It thrilled me that Dulcinea blossomed under Shereen’s loving care. Every photograph, every video of Dulcinea was a bright, happy gift, and I am sure I hounded Shereen too much for more pictures of our sweet Dulcinea, and Shereen was so wonderful to provide pictures and news. 

At the end of February, Dulcinea was finally healthy enough to be spayed, and plans were made for Mama and me to drive from Midland, Texas, to Houston to formally adopt Dulcinea and bring her home. I was so stinkin’ excited! I couldn’t wait for the days to pass so the first weekend of March would arrive and we could meet Dulcinea and bring her home. 

The day I walked into Shereen’s home and met Dulcinea, I knew I had made the right choice. Dulcie wasn’t so certain about me, though! After all she’d endured before coming to Shereen’s, she was shy, timid, and anxious about strangers, and Mama and I were definitely strangers. Dulcinea took refuge behind Shereen’s chair, peeking around the safety of her beloved foster mama to look at me. I was careful not to stare at Dulcie, and stole sideways glances at her. Shereen said, “The way to her heart is with food,” and handed me dog treats. Slowly, Dulcinea crept out of her safe spot behind the chair to gently lip the cookies from my fingers. After many cookies and much soft sweet-talking, I was able to pet her. 

When it came time to say goodbye to her foster fairy godmother and load up in the SUV, Dulcinea was anxious, but resigned. Shereen gave her a last cuddle, and we set out on the journey home. Within five minutes, Dulcinea was sitting up in the back of the SUV, watching the scenery out the windows. She never made a sound. No crying, whimpering, or barking. She just silently watched out the window. Mama and I both carried on a conversation that included Dulcinea, and she listened. Her ears perked and her eyes settled on whoever was speaking to her. She was remarkably calm, considering I had just “kidnapped” her from the only secure, loving home she’d likely ever known! 

We stopped for the night in Plano, Texas, halfway between Houston and Midland, Texas. That night, Dulcinea lay on the king-size bed in the hotel between my mother and me, watched TV, and ate pizza. She settled in and slept between us, and even curled up close to me during the night when she got cold. 

I have a tradition of naming my dogs after ancestors, and giving all the female dogs two names, so we changed Dulcinea’s name to Lily Dulcinea, or Lily D, in short form. Lily is in honor of my great-Grandmother and my aunt, both named Lillian. The name fits her perfectly, and she answered to Lily immediately.

Along with her weight and fur, LilyD has grown in self-confidence. I’m a high school teacher, and twice toward the end of this school year Lily accompanied me to my after-school tutorial sessions for students who needed extra help. The dog who hid behind her foster fairy godmother’s chair the first time she saw me in early March was confident enough to walk into a classroom filled with 30 teenagers and not be frightened or anxious in late April. She even moved around among the students’ desks as they worked on their assignments, quietly greeting them and allowing them to stroke her beautiful head, rub her soft fuzzy ears, and praise her for her beauty and sweetness. She has a kindness that radiates from her and shines through her eyes. She has a loving soul that forgives everything that was done to her in the past, before TGPR saved her. She has a strength that helped her survive her last mistreatment, conquer her fear, and settle into a new family without any issues. She is also silly, funny, and playful, like any other two-year-old dog. She loves to learn, and beams with pride when she knows she has done what’s asked of her. All dogs are special, but Lily Dulcinea is one of Heaven’s emissaries”

“All dogs are special, but Lily Dulcinea is one of Heaven’s emissaries”

She has a strength that helped her survive her last mistreatment, conquer her fear, and settle into a new family without any issues. She is also silly, funny, and playful, like any other two-year-old dog. She loves to learn, and beams with pride when she knows she has done what’s asked of her. 

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 TGPR to ensure that furry friends like Dulcinea 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 Dulcinea!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

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Written By: Karen Gentry

Houston Area Doberman Rescue

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"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Houston Area Doberman 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 others 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.

Houston Area Doberman Rescue (HADR) takes on the most severe cases of animals in need of extensive care. The nonprofit animal rescue organization takes on cases with broken bones, mange, severe abuse, behavioral issues, and even cases with different breeds where safety is an issue. One key piece of the success HADR has experienced has been the veterinary care and extensive behavioral therapy and training given to each animal they rescue. As committed volunteer Dawn Perovic with HADR put it:

“-these dogs have been beaten down so badly that we want them to have a positive experience and enjoy training. If a dog is trained they are not returned.”

Today three furry friends are sharing the“Paws & Effect” Contest spotlight and each of their stories showcase the amazing transformations HADR is able to achieve thanks to their training program for volunteer caregivers and the high-quality veterinary care each animal was able to receive with the support of generous donors. 

Twain came to the HADR rescue in a state that could break anyone’s heart; he was emaciated and so fearful that volunteers couldn’t get near him in his first couple of weeks after being rescued. Sadly Twain was going to be euthanized due to behavioral issues, but HADR stepped in and was not going to give up on this pup. After two years of getting Twain in a mentally and physically healthy place, he has slowly started to trust people again. 

To overcome the sort of neglect Twain endured takes love, patience, and lots of training, which is exactly what the HADR provides. Today, Twain absolutely loves his obedience training and is now able to meet new people. The physical, mental, and emotional transformation the HADR volunteers have been able to provide Twain has saved his life.

Nikki came to HADR from another shelter in a physical condition that couldn’t be described as anything less than horrific. HADR was able to nurse her back to health by taking care of her injuries through scrapings, treating her with antibiotics, and lots of baths. Despite the horrors Nikki faced, through training and medical attention she was able to become a therapy dog for her adoptive human.

The transformation Nikki underwent shows that rescued animals will not only thrive but that they are able to help their new human friends with their own healing.

The transformation of Buck can be observed very quickly in his before and after pictures. Buck was rescued from a high kill shelter and was on the verge of being euthanized. In the before picture it is so easy to see the pain and misery of this pup; he not only suffered from mange but came to HADR with a leg injury and was completely emaciated. Buck previously was an outside dog that HADR suspects was tied to a tree.

His physical healing was a huge part of his emotional transformation as well as the obedience training HADR provides all rescues. Buck was eventually adopted by a wonderful man who is ensuring that Buck’s inner healing is taking place, and from the current confident and healthy pictures we see of Buck, it’s obvious that inner healing is taking place.

Twain, Nikki, and Buck were all healed by the love and support given by HADR. The medical aid provided to those three pups were so key in making sure that the mental health and emotional healing could then take place, which is why Mercy Pet Clinic offers affordable but top-notch care for nonprofit rescue organizations just like HADR.

Mercy Cares raises the funds necessary for Mercy Pet Clinic to be able to offer affordable pricing and top-notch veterinary care for nonprofit animal rescue organizations and families meeting certain income requirements.

We are proud to support groups just like HADR to ensure that furry friends like Nikki, Twain, and Buck 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 Twain, Nikki, and Buck!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

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Karen Gentry

Karen is an experienced financial strategist and storyteller with past success at ConocoPhillips, PwC, and Waste Management. She is committed to helping nonprofits increase their impact in the community through fiscal responsibility and transparency. Karen has assisted nonprofits in harnessing their stories through her time at BeCause (a startup servicing nonprofits), involvement on multiple advisory boards, community service projects, and consulting.

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue

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"Paws & Effect" Contest Spotlight:

Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel 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 Snicker’s Story…

 

The story of Snickers’ rescue by contest nominee Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue (GCCSR) is one that will melt your heart and reminds all of us that the collaborative efforts of the rescue community do make a difference.

The village it took to give Snickers the life he deserved was made up of so many different caring individuals: those at the County Shelter, the foster family with GCCSR, “Coffee Nation” which donated to his medical care (totaling $5,400), Clifford’s Animal Rescue Transportation which drove him over 1,000 miles, and his adoptive family. 

At the age of 10 an adorable chocolate cocker spaniel named Snickers was surrendered to the Galveston County Animal Shelter. Snickers was surrendered by the owner due to medical expenses, and it was obvious this pup needed help; he had ocular discharge, bilateral ear infections, and had spots of missing hair on his body.

The shelter put out a plea for help on Facebook and the Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue (GCCSR) decided to rally up help from its village to get Snickers the care he so desperately needed. The GCCSR has what it would describe as a “soft spot for seniors oftentimes left behind due to lack of rescue resources (both funding and a long-term foster space)”. Within a couple of days of sharing Snickers’ story GCCSR had an adoptive family excited to take in Snickers.

With the adoptive family in Virginia, the GCCSR called on its village once again to secure a local foster to help support Snickers through a very long and extensive medical journey. Snickers’ suffered from a skin infection, eye discharge, and severe ear infections which required several trips to a primary vet, an eye clinic, and the Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital where Snickers ended up having surgery to address his ear infections.

As they say, it really does take a village

It was a three-month recovery for Snicker’s, but as Stephanie Collins with Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue described it:

“With the tenacity, spirit and will to live we see in so many of the senior dogs we pull, Snickers recovered like a champ.”

After recovery, Snickers took a much-anticipated road trip to Virginia with Clifford’s Animal Rescue Transportation to be united with 3 other GCCSR alumni and meet his new adoptive family.  Stories like Snickers’ drive the passion and collaborative efforts at Mercy Cares.

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 GCCSR to ensure that furry friends like Snickers’ 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 Snickers!

We hope you’ll consider supporting our efforts today!

Vote for GCCSR & Snickers!
Support Mercy Pet Clinic Today