“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:
We provide compassionate veterinary care for animals in need at Mercy Pet Clinic in Houston, Texas;
We also offer health + wellness programs for the community of caregivers who save, rescue and re-home them;
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!
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