MercyFull Project: Who They Are and What They Do

Heather, mother of the Ranch puppies, hugging one of the volunteers, Victoria Toral. Although Heather’s breed is unknown, her loving, stubborn, sweet personality is not.

Debra Garcia


Debra Garcia, Features Editor/Business Manager

   Mercy Full Project celebrated its one year anniversary on Sat. 17.  by hosting an adoption drive in Dover, Fl. Many dogs, cats, kittens and puppies found their forever homes with a lot of amazing people. 

   For those who do not know, Mercy Full Project is an animal rescue/ environment-saving organization that tries to spread empathy, kindness and love while making the world a better place. 

   Heydi Acuna, the founder of Mercy Full Project, started this journey because of her empathy and love for all animals and people in need. “Since I was a little kid I saw how much love and kindness the world needs. Especially with the ones that can’t help themselves like animals and the environment. It’s our duty to maintain a balance in the world that God created for us. “ says Acuna. 

   Saturday’s event found homes for over 20 animals and Mercy Full received over $400 in donations. This money will in turn be used to help animals with medical problems, as well as help feed hungry families and clean the environment.

   Due to the pandemic, many families had to get rid of their pets, leaving them on the streets or in unsafe shelters. “We saw people dumping their pets on the streets because the shelters were not taking any more animals,” says Acuna. Thanks to Mercy Full, many of these animals are rescued and then fostered until they are ready to be adopted. 

   One special dog that was up for adoption at the event was Dante. Dante is a great dane that came into the hands of Mercy Full about two months ago. When he was found, his skin was up to his bones, he was bleeding everywhere. His previous family did not know he would get so big, so they kept him outside, barely feeding him. 

   Now, he’s transformed thanks to his foster mom at Mercy Full, as well as any donors who help pay for his medical bills. 

   Saturday’s project put many different dogs and cats on display to find their ‘furever’ homes. The most popular of these were the “fruit puppies”. Welsh springer spaniel collie pups all named after a fruit. For example, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Mango and so on.   

   Mercy Full also had a group of puppies called the “Ranch  puppies.” These pups were the offspring of another dog at the event, Heather. Heather came to Mercy Full from a shelter who did not know her breed. She was deemed a pitbull but looks nothing like one. 

    Mercy Full Project promotes their organization all the time. They have a website, Facebook, Instagram and even reach out to larger rescues to participate in local events and form partnerships. 

    It is safe to say that Saturday’s event was a big success. As said before, many dogs and cats were adopted, a lot of donations were received. Most importantly, more people learned about Mercy Full, helping spread the name and awareness to their cause. 

   Anyone interested in helping the organization by volunteering, fostering or donating, please visit their social media and reach out.