Dr Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino

 Executive Director


Georgia Gregory, Rhonda Brent, Todd Smith, Angel Ricci, Professor Lisa Cain, 

Bill Tefftanais, Illyria Cabeza

Actress Erica Cotrill, Face of Mercy Mission

and 27 dedicated weekly volunteers!


"Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency" has as it's core mission the desire to receive, repair and bring back to life discarded, and no longer wanted teddy bears, to share for adoption and to present donated new bears with those ill and lonely, especially sick and homeless children.

New teddy bears are donated to children in need of cheer, joy along with financial resources when suffering from terminally ill diseases, or awaiting treatments for life threatening illnesses. Children in hospice centers truly appreciate a loving teddy bear to hold and comfort them at night. 

Our Seniors and Elder friends also benefit from Mercy Mission volunteers, and a cuddly teddy bear! Those confined in convalescent and nursing centers also delight in receiving hugs and a teddy bear to help make their life complete. Other requested services are offered our elders and many just simply appreciate a regular visit from Mercy Mission volunteers, especially around the holidays. Mercy Mission loves our friends of wisdom, and seek out resources and referral agencies to assure their welfare, and happiness. 

Many of our teddy bears put up for adoption come from broken homes, and or are left abandoned or discarded by their previous owners once the owners feel they are no longer necessary as family members of comfort and joy. Other teddy bears are simply forwarded to us for sanctuary and healing after various forms of neglect or abuse. Mercy Mission feels that no bear should ever have to leave surgery or extensive repair services once received without knowing they have a loving family waiting to help care for them, and to welcome them with loving arms! Will you adopt one of our delightful and huggable friends? 

Mercy Mission Bears are eagerly awaiting a good home and pleasant surroundings, and will prove to be "just what the Doctor ordered", in renewing your life with comfort. Please take a moment to browse our pages for additional information, and learn how you can welcome a delightful new household member in the form of a teddy bear! 

Featured in the photo above is Samson. He received love and a new home through Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency.

THANK YOU for your consideration in giving a lost and lonely teddy bear a "second chance" at life in a good home....hopefully yours!

Managed by: Coppertino and Associates Consulting Group, Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://caacg.webs.com or e-mail to [email protected]

 Our dedicated friends and medical volunteers for Mercy Mission make sure all bears received from around the world as donations are cleaned and repaired when they arrive at Mercy Mission Bear Hospital temporary facilities. Limbs. missing ears, battered noses, torn feet, damaged paws and missing body fur are re-sewn or attached by their skilled "surgical" hands and hearts!

Will you become a friend of Mercy Mission Bear Hospital?
Dr Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, Executive Director, paraded around the city of Hollywood in 2013 to celebrate with "Dudley", at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Dudley received a lot of staredowns and Marcia joined in the fun by "play acting" on the street in front of The Hollywood Reporter Star! 

"Oh life is so good...with a bear by your side", she exclaimed as she autographed anything presented her all in the name of Mercy Mission Hospital.

Will you help support Dudley and his friends by becoming a "Friend of Mercy Mission"? 

January 19, 2013, 10am, was a great day in Los Angeles county as the "Groundbreaking Ceremony" took place for the temporary Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency. The pre-fabricated "cottage" hospital was completed in record breaking time; within three days; and all present at the dedication services were overjoyed at the beauty of the cottage!

During the fall of 2015, our cottage hospital will be moved from it's temporary site to our new hospital building, planned for dedication summer 2015. The long anticipated site will share several stories of space with department units such as a Teddy Bear Adoption Agency;  Hospital "surgical" Teddy Bear Repair Department;Teddy Bear Chapel of Prayer; Teddy Bear Art Gallery and Museum; the famous TEDDY BEAR MAUSOLEUM OF THE GOLDEN WEST for Teddy Bears beyond repair; a children's "Stay and Play Station; Healing Gardens with Neptune Fountains; 

Hospital Gift Shop; Hospital Adult Daycare Walk In-Walk Out Center for fun and new friends; and more! 

Please learn more about the plans and goals of Mercy Mission Bear Hospitaal by reading the MERCY MISSION STORY!

Doctors, such as Dr Jogo seen above spoke in behalf of Staff Members & Volunteers who were on hand at the  groundbreaking Ceremony to hear and lend their support to the vision and goals of Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency!

Spielberg's studio may be interested in the tale of Wojtek who fought in the battle of Monte Cassino before ending up at Edinburgh zoo (Lady Brigid McEwen)

Forget War Horse - meet "War Bear"

Film rights have been sold for tale of ursine, who fought nazis in World War 11 

This is a true story of a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking brown bear that fought alongside Polish soldiers during some of the most significant  battles of the second world war, before spending his final years in Scotland, is about to become a Hollywood film star!

Belfast writer-director Brendan Foley has bought the film rights for Wojtek the Bear, and plans to bring it to the big screen with Ned Dowd, who worked as a producer on The Last of the Mohicans and Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

"It is an amazing story - a bit like War Horse but with humour and pathos alongside the action, and the bear is a real character," said Foley, who was struck by the emotional bond between Wojtek and the soldiers who cared for him.

The Bear Who was Officially a Member of the Polish Army During WWII 

After being invaded by Germany in the west and later by Soviet Russia in the east, the Polish government fled Warsaw but continued to fight from abroad. After Germany attacked Russia, the Russians decided to release their Polish prisoners of war, who then began re-forming into an army. In April 1942, several of these Polish units landed in Persia and began a trek through a mountainous area heading toward Egypt and Palestine to re-group under the direction of the British Army.

While in the mountains, the story goes that a group of soldiers happened on an Iranian shepherd boy who had found an orphaned Syrian brown bear cub. (Supposedly the mother had been shot and killed.) Food was scarce, so the boy agreed to trade the cub to the soldiers for some canned meat.

Whether that's actually how it happened or not, the soldiers did acquire a bear cub during their journey. They named him Wojtek, pronounced "Voytek", meaning "he who enjoys war" or "smiling warrior."

The bear quickly became something of a mascot for the soldiers, and then much more. As the author of Voytek the Soldier Bear, Garry Paulin, stated:

The Polish soldiers had come from nothing, had lost everything during the war. The bear became so much more than just a mascot to them. He was a real boost to their moral.

At this point, Wojtek became an unofficial member of the 22nd Transport Company, Artillery Division, Polish II Corp. When the company relocated to Iraq, then Syria, Palestine and Egypt, Wojtek moved with it.

While Wojtek was young, the soldiers nursed him with condensed milk placed in empty vodka bottles, then fed him fruit, honey and syrup until he was able to eat more solid foods. Knowing little about the care and feeding of bears, they eventually treated him as if he were just another solider, including giving him beer rations, which quickly became his favorite beverage. He also developed other vices over the years like smoking and eating cigarettes.
Despite his smoking habit, seemingly a lack of proper nutrition for a bear and his habitual beer drinking, Wojtek grew to be a nice sized brown bear standing in at about 6 feet tall and weighing around 485 pounds. His favorite pastime was wrestling his comrades, though he also enjoyed a good game of tug of war.

Besides these activities, Wojtek enjoyed playing with other animals. He was best friends with a Dalmatian belonging to a British liaison officer. The two animals would play and wrestle together. Not all animals were open to befriending the bear though. Wojtek at one point approached a horse in a field and was kicked in the head and neck several times. He reportedly stayed away from horses and mules after that.

In Palestine, Wojtek inadvertently helped capture a thief who broke into an ammunition compound. To the thief's surprise, besides ammunition, he found Wojtek, who often slept in there. Upon seeing the bear, the would-be thief made quite a commotion, which alerted the soldiers who then arrested the man. Wojtek was rewarded with a bottle of beer.

As the Polish Army came closer to entering the war zone in Italy in 1943, the soldiers pondered the problem of Wojtek's status, in that if he was to continue to accompany them, they'd be bringing him to the front line. This problem came to a head in 1944 in Egypt when the soldiers were headed to Naples. The port authorities refused to let the bear board the ship.

They solved the problem by giving Wojtek his own paybook, rank and serial number. They even taught him how to salute like a proper soldier. After the paperwork was filed, he was officially a member of the Polish Army in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps, and he was now allowed on the ship.

In Naples, it was British Courier Archibald Brown's job to help process Polish soldiers that had just arrived from Egypt to advance with British soldiers against German and Italian forces. But when he called Wojtek's name, no one answered.

"We looked at the roster, and there was only one person, Corporal Wojtek, who had not appeared," Brown said in an interview years later. So he asked the other soldiers why Wojtek didn't come forward. An amused soldier replied: "Well, he only understands Polish and Persian." To his great surprise, Brown was led to a cage holding a full-grown bear.

Wojtek soon proved he was more than just a mascot when, during the series of assaults known as the Battle of Monte Cassino, he put his strength to good use after being trained to carry heavy crates filled with mortar shells from the supply trucks, delivering them to the men operating the large guns on the front line.
After the battle, a likeness of Wojtek holding a shell became the official badge of the 22nd Transport Company. The image was put on vehicles, flags and uniforms.

At the end of the war, about 3,000 Polish soldiers and their bear ended up being stationed in Berwickshire, Scotland for nearly two years. As the soldiers were demobilized in 1947 and sent home, they said some heart wrenching goodbyes to Wojtek.

For his part, Wojtek found a home in the Edinburgh Zoo where he became a popular attraction. Many of his Polish servicemen friends visited him at the zoo over the years. As one of the zookeepers there said,

...his old friends would come and visit and occasionally they would jump the fence and give him a cuddle or a bottle of beer. If he heard the Polish language spoken, he would often perk up.

In the wild, Syrian brown bears typically live to about 20-30 years old. However, in captivity they can potentially live as long as 48 years, but it was not to be for Wojtek. He died in December of 1963 at the age of just 22.

TO PURCHASE THE WW 11 WOJTEK reproduction "TEDDY BEAR" ; complete with DOG TAGS and hardback book, "The War Bear Who Fought The Nazi's in WW 11 ; in support of the MERCY MISSION TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL BUILDING FUND CAMPAIGN,

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