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Your donations help the 400 dogs and cats that call HUA home at any given time. Many of them are special needs. They have special diets, medications and require extra attention from their caregivers due to medical or behavioral issues.

HUA also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic as a charitable service for the public and has a yearly deficit of $55,000. As funding allows, HUA assists indigent owners with their pet animals that are suffering from emergency medical issues.

The cost to operate the shelter exceeds one million dollars each year. Your donations mean so much to the animals in need. Because of your support, HUA will be ready to help the next animal in need, shut down the next puppy mill and provide valuable services to the community.

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Be a Buddy

So many people love our animals and would like to adopt one but already have a full house and cannot. Now you can be that animal's "Buddy" until they get adopted! The Buddy Program allows you to provide support for a specific dog that touches your heart. The minimum donation is ten dollars per month, and the donation stops when the dog is adopted. Each Buddy gets to write a message to put on the dog's webpage! 

Due to the high cost of animal living and their soaring popularity, we're now accepting multiple buddies for each animal. After all, who ever heard of having too many friends?

You can become a Buddy by clicking on the link below and telling us who you your buddy is and what message you want on their webpage. 

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Sponsor a Sweetheart

Hearts United for Animals is dedicated to the philosophy that all dogs and cats deserve happy healthy lives with people who love them. Some animals find that home with us as Sanctuary Sweethearts. They are animals who are not up for adoption for various reasons including health, age and personality issues.

The Sanctuary Sweethearts live full, comfortable, happy lives at Hearts United. It costs about 25 dollars a month to care for these special needs dogs (and to keep them with frisbees and balls!) The Sweetheart Program allows people to sponsor one of the animals living at the shelter. We will send you a photo and information about the dog you are sponsoring and will update you on their lives during the year. The cost is twenty-five dollars a month. You can stop your donation at any time. 

You can sponsor a Sanctuary Sweetheart by clicking on the link below and telling us who you'd like to sponsor. 

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NINE--NO, TEN!--NEWBORNS IN NEED
An emergency call came in to the HUA office early last week.  A family living in a town just west of the shelter had to move unexpectedly, and they were forced to abandon their dogs.  To make matters worse, two of the three adult dogs were brand new mothers, nursing a grand total of nine puppies.  Human family members stepped in to help these little dog families and called HUA for assistance.  Staff members drove to the house where the big group of tiny babes was waiting and tucked them carefully into clean, comfortable kennels with soft blankets.  When they arrived at the shelter, the new residents were quickly surrounded by staff and volunteers wanting to get a glimpse. One litter appeared to be about four weeks old and the other only two weeks old. Not much later, the family called the shelter for the second time.  A tenth puppy was on its way! The darling chocolate-colored fellow was given a bottle as soon as he arrived. He was then reunited with his mama, who was very relieved to have her brood all in one place.  We have dubbed them The Cowpokes and named all of the little cuties appropriately.       
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BIG BOY BEAR'S JOURNEY TO JOY
  BIG BOY BEAR'S JOURNEY TO JOY   In the summer of 2014 we received a call from people in a small town within an hour's drive of the shelter.  They said there was a Newfoundland living on a chain, and he was matted, filthy, and miserable.  They asked if we could do anything to help this dog. HUA representatives drove to the home right away.  Big Boy Bear was chained to an old shed.  He had a huge collar around his neck attached to the heavy chain.  He had worn a dirt circle as far as the chain would reach in an area of tall weeds.  He had a dog house that he could not get into.    
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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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