Smith Village Return a Success

A warm September morning was so welcoming when we returned to Smith Village.  Merciful Minis enjoyed a return visit to beautiful Smith Village in Chicago’s lovely Beverly neighborhood. Many residents greeted the Minis with heartwarming smiles as they recalled past experiences in their youth with animals they have loved ❤️Our Merciful Minis Handler Teams love their one on one time with all we visit. Handlers introduce each mini, talking about the Falabella breed, the origin and care needed to ensure the health and well being of each individual animal. In turn, seniors recall fond memories of their favored pets , sometimes returning to a past time where they are back in their childhood farm surrounded by family and those they have loved and then lost in times’ passing.  Molly tried on a stylish new cap….we may need to get her one.



A brief reflection on this journey.  Can’t believe that it will be a year next month since our FIRST VISIT.

Our Story

Following the loss of our beautiful Bay Companion, the idea of continuing to bring joy into the lives of others thru a unique partnership with horses evolved into the beginning of Merciful Minis Therapy Horses.

The goal of the “Mercifuls” is to improve the emotional and physical well-being of others through the interaction of miniature therapy horses. To this date, we have visited the sick, the elderly, Veterans’ organizations, and summer camps for those less abled. Our volunteers and horses have completed coursework and then were evaluated by Pet Partners International, a world- wide therapy animal organization.

 As a non- profit organization we are extremely grateful for donations to support the physical care of the animals, expenses incurred to transport our team to and from each visit, and the maintenance of our aging truck and trailer. We hope in the future to broaden our base of those we are able to visit as our core of volunteers and additional resources increase.


Thank you for your support of the Merciful Minis!  


Merciful Minis have been busy.  Another return trip Saturday, September 9th to Lexington. 21369558_10210999523239169_810230344459592995_n21433109_10210999495678480_3150013062071416238_n21433234_10211000624066689_2817282736341286384_nThe Merciful Minis visited beautiful Lexington Rehab in Elmhurst. They stopped to visit each in attendance, accepting an outreach of love and affection from more than twenty seniors including a special stop at the outside gazebo.

Meet the Mini’s Day September 2, 2017

Our thanks go to Karen Thompson who opened her heart and home to Merciful Minis first ever fund raiser.  So many people.  So much fun!  Meet the Minis Day was a GREAT success

. Thank you to one and all that came out to support, love and donate to the Merciful Minis Mercy and Molly. And for the first time minis Rae and Hawk made their first public appearance. Thank you Patty Ulbricht and Laura Berry for sharing these wonderful Falabellas with all of us. A special thank you to Karen Thompson for opening her home and her heart to host this wonderful event. Thank you also goes to Marsha, Jackie, Eloise Shimkus Trudy, Martha Arambula, Eddie, Chris, Rebecca Walker-Meredith, Dayanna, Arturo, and Marria for overseeing the stations, Mike, Steve, Norm, and Tom for assisting as needed. Without your help we could not have had such a wonderful event like today. Thank you again one and all.