Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless

Photo: Beethoven and Ruby
Beethoven and Ruby

Beethoven and Ruby

The Mercer Clinic Holiday Pet Basket program was started in 1995 by Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital staff members of the ”VOICE” staff newsletter. It has grown due to need over the years from only 25 baskets to 130 baskets last year. As one might imagine one of the rewards of participating in the Holiday Pet Basket distribution include wonderful experiences like the year we met “Beethoven” and his loving owner, Ruby. 

Ruby referred to the fluffy, playful lab-mixed breed dog as her “son” who would always follow her closely.  We got to see him prancing and dancing due to all of the excitement of the pet basket distribution awaiting his goodies and treats. Ruby explained how much Beethoven meant to her, that he was family to her since his enthusiastic companionship provided her with a smile everyday. He also helped to keep her warm in the cold evenings, as well as protected her and guarded her from other dangers. She went on to tell of Beethoven’s heroic act when he awakened her one night after her sleeve caught fire while she slept too near a fire, saving her from serious injury or worse.  She had always been grateful to him for this and other protective acts that he has performed since he was a pup, only a few years ago. He, too, was clearly grateful to her for saving him from drowning when he was thrown into the Sacramento River by someone in a gunny sack. Seeing these two very special companions together, Ruby’s smiling face and Beethoven’s wagging tail, while she opened up his gifts from Santa was heartwarming to all of us.  You can see for yourself in the photo we took of them and why experiences like this help keep us motivated to reach out to contributors, who we count on, to help us make this event happen annually.

We need your help to continue the Mercer Clinic for the pets of the homeless and the Mercer Clinic Holiday Pet basket program. 

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