Mazie’s Mission has a multi-tiered approach to animal welfare. We started The Mission by rescuing as many special needs animals as we could, cured them, and placed them in forever homes. These animals were extremely ill pets or animals destined for euthanasia.
In January, 2014 we opened a non-profit veterinary clinic that serves rescue organizations only. The Mission desires to lease this facility short term while we are looking for appropriate land to build the permanent facility. We need 30 to 50 acres to build an ‘Animal Welfare Compound’ that will become synonymous with No-Kill.
We hope the clinic will fund land purchase. Once the land has been secured, donations will help build a clinic and holding facilities for the animals. Dr. Shults will continue to serve rescues only. We would be thrilled if this was wildly successful and other vets in other large cities followed suit. If we can make vet care much cheaper for rescues, then they will rescue more animals, then the euthanasia rate will decrease.
Dr. Shults is currently training in Veterinary Forensics so we can be a driving force in puppy mill seizures, animal cruelty/neglect cases, and hoarding situations. She hopes to aid prosecutors and law enforcement in bringing justice to the innocent.
During her 13 years in private practice, she saw rescue organizations struggling to stay afloat, often not able to pay for care even if they desperately wanted to. She also saw many selfish owners who asked that their animals be put to sleep because of their ignorance and narcissism. Dr. Shults truly began to feel she was treating the owner instead of the patient. What she really wanted was to use her skill and knowledge the way it was supposed to be used: to cure what could be cured instead of what she was allowed to cure by an owner.
Mazie’s Mission is named after Dr. Shults’ dog Mazie. Dr. Shults adopted her 10 years ago from a shelter and they developed a bond that was uncanny. She was not beautiful or overly trainable, she was just a cool dog. She also developed many diseases over her lifetime including hypothyroidism and Cushings disease. Dr. Shults was treating both quite successfully until Mazie was diagnosed with lymphoma on Dec 23, 2009. Chemotherapy was attempted but discontinued when she deteriorated. She was put to rest in April 2010. We can not wait to see her at the bridge.