“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown Mercy” – Matthew 5:7
One day, in early November 2013, a kind man was walking down the
road near his home in Abbeville, La., when he happened upon an
emaciated, sickly-looking, muddy black and pale white shape lying in a
ditch along the throughway. It was not moving. Carefully, he
approached the figure, and it lifted its small head ever slightly,
revealing her face, and the man knew the dog was still alive. He pulled
her from the runoff area and brought her home, where he contacted a
friend who knew of Animal Aid for Vermilion Area (AAVA).
friend contacted one of AAVA’s volunteer fosters, who met the man that
had found the dog. The Pit-bull mix was wrapped in a towel and quite
obviously still in distress despite having been rescued by the kind man.
When the woman fostering for AAVA took a closer look at the barely
moving dog, she noticed a nasty cut along the dog’s stomach.
Furthermore, the dog, who came to be called “Mercy,” appeared starved
and dehydrated. Mercy was only ten months old and weighed but fifteen
pounds, or roughly half what she should have weighed given her size.
Together with another AAVA foster, this woman tended to Mercy’s
stomach wound, fed her slowly but consistently to ensure she would not
overeat, and provided her with cool, clean water. Given vitamins and
treated with medicine, some of which was applied to her stomach
regularly, Mercy started perking up after just a few days in foster
care. She soon took to the foster’s son, and the two became fast
As Mercy gained health and confidence, she more than
doubled her weight to over thirty pounds, and after the new year had
started, she finally went to the vet for her spay in January 2014. She
now loves to chew rawhide and tug on rope toys, and Mercy has become
very active, playing whenever she gets the chance, especially with her
new friends—human and dog alike.
Mercy stands as a testament
to the kindness of strangers, the ability of people to band together to
help animals who cannot necessarily help themselves, and the curative
powers of a determined animal rescue such as AAVA. Without the man who
found Mercy beside the road, or the man’s friend who called AAVA, or the
foster who helped nurse Mercy to health, none of Mercy’s restoration
would have been possible, and she likely never would have made it out of
the ditch she had struggled to hide within.
Not only has
Mercy been blessed, but so too have all those people who have come
together to aid in her fight for survival. Mercy will undoubtedly make a
family happy when she is adopted, and in all likelihood, she will
shower them with her affection and appreciation by way of innumerable