Ruskin Gets a New Coat for Christmas

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When Ruskin first arrived at HUA he had no coat at all.  He was riddled with mange and had only one little speck of fur by his tail.  His skin was burning hot to the touch because he was so full of infection.  Ruskin arrived at a city pound in Kansas in this condition and there was no way the pound could afford the time or money to try to heal him.  He was scheduled to die if a rescue group didn’t step forward.  No breed rescue would take him because in his condition there were no guesses as to what breed he might actually be.  With help from our friends in Kansas Ruskin was soon on his way to HUA.  Even though he was in pure misery he greeted us happily with his stubby little tail wagging 100 miles an hour.  Ruskin is a very smart boy.  He knew that he had been saved and had arrived at a safe place where the people would help him.  It took months of treatment but finally Ruskin grew a gorgeous brownish red coat. It has become clear that he is mostly Shar Pei.  He is so gorgeous and soft.  People who met him when he first arrived at HUA cannot believe he is the same dog.  Ruskin is now happier than ever.  He didn’t even know that he could feel this good, and he is elated.  He is learning to sit and stay.  He adores people so very much and will do anything to please them.  He wakes up with his tail wagging and even wags his tail as he drifts off to sleep, realizing that his new found health, happiness and second chance at life is not a dream.  We would like to send a big thank you to all of our supporters who help to make happy endings like Ruskin’s possible.

Click Here to Visit Ruskin’s Adopt Me Page!

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Ruskin at the Pound, Desperately Awaiting Rescue

Welcome to our new website!

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While we loved the old website and hated to see it go away, it was time for a change. The dogs deserve the latest technology to tell their stories and help them find new homes. We hope you enjoy our new site. As we’ve added more buildings and therefore more animals for adoption over the past couple of years the old site has become burdensome and hard to keep up with. With our new streamlined abilities to post pets they won’t have to wait as long for their forever home. Also due to growth in the number of animals displayed on the site we have added search functions for you to help narrow your choices (although we suggest if you have time click the “view all” option since everyone of our sweet dogs and cats would love to steal a few seconds of your time and a piece of your heart). You can now check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from the links at the bottom of the pages and of course right here on our new blog! We invite you to join in the fun. You can also help our new website in the rankings by visiting us every day, as higher traffic counts will help get us bumped up in the ranks. If you experience any issues with the website please e-mail lori@hua.org. Enjoy!

We’re telling 80,000 people per day, “Don’t Shop. Adopt.”

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At HUA we see the suffering that puppy mills cause every single day. If we hope to end this horrible practice of holding dogs prisoner year after year with no love and companionship and little or no health care we need to spread the word. The only way to end the suffering is to inform the public that they are contributing to the misery of the parents of pet store and internet sale puppies every time they purchase a pup. The parents of those cute little pups breed litter after litter, stuck in wire cages for year after year without good food, fresh water or even a blanket or bed to call their own. They never touch grass. They are often riddled with infections and tumors. To spend money on the parents of the pups would cut into the profits of the puppy millers so the harsh reality is that they leave them to suffer until they are no longer profitable. The lucky ones make it to rescue after half or more of their lives have been taken from them. The others are not so lucky.

Recently a breeder arrived at HUA and pulled this Bichon from the trunk of her car, along with a Cocker Spaniel who was riddled with mammary tumors. She said she was going out of business because sales are down. While we were horrified at the condition of the dogs and their means of transportation it was certainly good news that she is going out of business. One retail outlet that she sold puppies to is very close to our billboard on Interstate 80 in Omaha. That retailer of puppies tells the public that they do not buy from puppy mills, however this clearly proves otherwise:

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UPDATE: The billboard will be back in digital form the week of Christmas! Look for us on I-80 and 84th Street, and remember to tell your friends, “Don’t Shop. Adopt.”

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