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Animal rescue needs volunteers, foster homes


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Mercy Rescue and Adoption Inc. is more than just a nonprofit organization. It’s a family that cares for and nurtures families of animals lost throughout our town of North Vernon and cities all over.

In an interview with Debbie L. Hofelich and her husband, Bob Willhite, I discovered a lot of information about Mercy Rescue and Adoption that not many people would know. Hofelich and Willhite, active members in Mercy Rescue and Adoption, have saved 19 cats since the fall of 2005, when Mercy Rescue began. They have saved and nurtured a very outstanding cat that was absolutely purr-fect. Their kitty, Hercules, was the most interesting and heart-wrenching story that I have heard.

Hercules was found on the side of the road where he and his siblings were heartlessly thrown out of a moving vehicle in a bag. With a broken femur and a few minor injuries, the 1½-pound Hercules courageously survived. Willhite and Hofelich took Hercules in, as well as the other cats, and nurtured him back to health. Unfortunately, Hercules’ siblings did not survive.

Interested in helping? Mercy Rescue benefits from donations but needs more volunteers and foster parents to help with these abandoned animals. Not only does Mercy Rescue save abused and tortured animals, it rescues feral and abandoned animals.

Mercy Rescue runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, as well as a volunteer program. To get more information about it, call Judy Stoner at 812-346-8751, or send an email to mercyresue@petfinder.com. Annie Poore, a teacher at Jennings County High School, also has more information.

Kayla Peak is a senior at Jennings County High School.

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