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Justin lived a privileged life. He was adored by Arlene for five years. He had never known unhappiness or grief. Then Arlene died. None of her four children would take care of her beloved Justin. He was abandoned and left to die in the pound in New Jersey. His weight dropped from 21 to 14 pounds. He was grieving for the person he loved and the life he lost. Justin was saved by HUA, and he is now dearly loved by Frances. Arlene never imagined that all of her children would refuse to take care of Justin. We know that she would be very sad that Justin suffered so much.

One of the greatest gifts of love that we can give our companion animals is to make certain that they are cared for if something should happen to us. Many people think that their family or their friends will care for their beloved friends. Unfortunately we can tell you story after story of dogs and cats who were abandoned after their people passed away. Consider that out of every litter of 7 puppies, 5 of them will have 3 different homes by the time they are 2 years old. Only 1 out of 7 will live in the same home for its entire life. An older dog will fare even more poorly. Your precious friend could end up being tossed from one home to another, confused and lost, only to end up in a pound where it will die sad and alone. Think carefully about the needs of your companion and make the decision in advance about who will care for them. Discuss it with the person you have chosen. Talk to them about the animal's needs and be sure they are willing to undertake the responsibility. Include the information about the caretaker in your will.

Tell your family about your decision and tell your vet. Make a notebook of all of the information about the animals wants, needs, likes and dislikes. Determine whether you need to provide in your will for the costs of caring for your friend.HUA has created a pLegacy-of-Love-Bookrogram called Legacy of Love where we will agree to care for companion animals who are left behind when their people pass on. The animals would stay at the shelter and be safe and loved for the rest of their lives. They would not be up for adoption so there would be no possibility that they would ever be abandoned. If you would like more information on this program, just send us an email to hua@hua.org and we will send you information.

Also, HUA has prepared a booklet that lists all of the information that anyone would need to care for your precious friend. You just fill in the blanks. The categories and detail are extensive to insure that you don't forget anything. (It's also amusing!) We also ask that you keep us updated on important information such as veterinary records and medical conditions. These books are e-mailed to people who enroll their animals in the Legacy of Love program so that we know everything we can about the animals.

Look into the eyes of your best friend and promise them that they will be cared for forever.

Give them a Legacy of Love.

 

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EIGHT SHIH TZUS FROM HOUSE OF HORRORS ARRIVE AT HUA
Earlier this year, the Humane Society in a small, rural town in South Dakota received a tip about an animal abuse/hoarding situation.  What investigators found was a horror show.  Twenty small dogs, including two newborn puppies, were covered in and surrounded by indescribable filth inside an abandoned house.    It appeared that they had suffered through years of neglect.  Their fur was so matted that it was difficult to determine where their eyes or ears were.             Some had to be dug out of mounds of feces and one little girl had a wire wrapped around and embedded into her neck. Others had devastating injuries, including severely broken bones.  Rescuers were overcome with grief and disgust. HUA was recently contacted by the small shelter that had taken in these lost and damaged souls and asked if we could offer assistance to the most desperate cases.  Eight of the dogs are beyond the shelter's ability to rehabilitate, either emotionally or physically.  We were warned to expect that there is hard work and high expenses ahead. These precious animals have just arrived at HUA.  All are nearly feral, with bite histories, cowering and spinning behaviors,  heart and lung problems, and other illnesses not yet detected.  None have been spayed or neutered as they can not stand to be touched.  Tiny Gizmo actually passes out from fear when handled, which could indicate a serious heart condition. John greeted a pup that is still so traumatized and fearful of humans that he trembles, pants heavily and drools when held. Restoring health to these terribly neglected and abused dogs will be arduous and costly.  We do not yet know exactly what is in store for them, but we do know that it will take a long time and the efforts of many to get them healthy enough to be placed for adoption. They have much to overcome as their bodies and hearts heal from the years of abuse and neglect they suffered at the House of Horrors.  Without your kind support we could not help dogs like Gizmo and his friends.  Your contributions help us to rescue them from lives of misery, cure their bodies and build their spirits. To make a life-changing donation, please click here.     If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at www.razoo.com/hua.   We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these ever so important missions of mercy possible.
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