“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:
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.
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!
Written By: Karen Gentry