A Very Special Night for Noah

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On Thursday morning Hearts United for Animals received an email with a picture of a lonely, starved white Boxer.  He had been held for several weeks in a small town pound pending the trial of an abuse/neglect case.  The pound had no indoor space, only outdoor pens.  Our hearts broke when we realized this dear boy had been out in the blizzard the night before.  But the good news was that the case had ended, a plea had been reached and he was free to go to rescue.  A local family heard of Noah’s plight and drove him two hours on the icy, snowy roads to safety at HUA.  Noah huddled in the car with their daughter Kristin for the first warmth and comfort he had ever known.  He arrived at 6:00 p.m. Thursday night.

John, who has worked at HUA for 10 years, said that he has not ever witnessed a dog in this bad of condition who was still alive.  When Noah arrived he was weak, but his tail wagged with gratitude.  He quickly gulped down several cups of food and soon settled into a pile of comforters that John warmed up in the dryer for him.  John says that Noah is very sweet, all love and affection.  He is skin and bones and has sores from severe parasite infestation.  Scars were found on Noah’s neck and front legs, where we think he was bound with rope, possibly used as a bait dog or being trained to fight.

Friday night was the most special night of Noah’s life.  Noah is 4 years old, and it was his first night ever spent indoors.  His rescuers chose the name Noah for him because it means peace, rest and comfort, which Noah has been granted for the first time in his life.

Noah will have a long road ahead in his recovery.  Most dogs would not have survived this far, but with excellent veterinary care, good food, comfort and love at HUA, we are hopeful that Noah will soon be plump, healthy and available for adoption to a family who will make up for all of the bad things that have happened to him.  Most dogs take for granted that they will be loved, have a warm place to sleep and food to keep them healthy and strong.  But Noah will never take his new found comforts for granted.  He will always be grateful, because he knows what it means to do without, to barely survive, holding onto hope that there might be something better if he can just hang on.  That something better has come for Noah.  This is a new beginning, one he will treasure always.

Please watch the lovely YouTube video that Noah’s young rescuer made for him about his journey to HUA -

 

 

If you would like to help Noah on his journey to recovery please consider a donation for his care.  Donations through the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.  Also, if you mention Noah in the comment section of the donation form you will be entered into a drawing that will be held on Dec 31st to receive an 8×10 custom pet portrait by Terry Stanley, a wonderful artist who was very moved by Noah’s story.

Thank you for your support.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on Noah.  Our volunteers are planning a very special Christmas dinner for Noah and his pals at HUA.  We will post photos on Facebook for everyone to see Noah’s very special Christmas.

 

HUA Saves Squirrel and His Pals from Nebraska & South Dakota Puppy Mills

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Squirrel was rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill.  He is three years old and weighed in at only 2 pounds.  Hearts United for Animals rescuers could not believe how little he was and that he was not a puppy.  Even though he was underweight and in pain from horrible infection in his mouth he still squirmed and giggled and played like a pup.  He was so happy, and so relieved to be rescued.  He could not believe his good fortune.  Squirrel had to gain some weight and have antibiotics before he was strong enough to have his mouth treated.  He is a voracious eater and it didn’t take long.  He now weighs in at 2.5 pounds, which will be close to his ideal weight.  At his first vet visit this precious boy lost 22 teeth.  That should not ever happen with a dog so young, but little Squirrel is the product of poor nutrition and lack of vet care at a puppy mill.  This dear boy holds no grudges though.  He recovered quickly and feels so much better now that he is well cared for at Hearts United for Animals.  Every day he showers his rescuers with kisses and runs and dances with delight at all of the love and care he has found at HUA.  He is a fearless, happy, fun little fellow who will be so excited to have a forever home.

Thirty other dogs were arriving at the same time as Squirrel, all from Nebraska and South Dakota puppy mills.  The South Dakota rescue took place late at one frigid night.  The situation was critical and the dogs had to leave immediately, so rescuers left the comfort of their own warm homes to bring the dogs to warmth and safety.  Many of the new mill dogs were in as bad or worse condition as their little pal Squirrel.  Most were happy, but some were still too sad and afraid to believe their new good fortune.  Little Frank Sinatra, a Pomeranian with striking blue eyes, was the most afraid.  He wants to trust us but is still working on it.  He is a gorgeous young fellow who breaks our hearts every day.  He needs more time, but we will reach him.  Many of the dogs were older and their bodies were giving out from being bred over and over, but with excellent vet care at HUA, good nutrition and love they are recovering.  Two little Japanese Chin pups were thrown out by the puppy mill at only 8 weeks old.  One of the little fellows has an extreme underbite making him undesirable for sale to pet stores and the other dear little one cannot use one back leg at all and the other is weak.  Once he grows strong enough HUA will provide operations at a specialist for both of his back legs in hopes that he will be able to walk normally.

Squirrel enjoys being the greeter to the new dogs arriving from mills, helping us to let them know that their lives have changed for the better and that brighter days have arrived.  He and all of his pals thank you from the bottom of their hearts for helping them to heal physically and emotionally from all of the suffering they have endured for years.  This will be a very Merry Christmas for 30 dogs who just a few weeks ago were held prisoner in rusty wire cages, suffering from neglect by humans.  You have made it possible for their bodies to be warm and free of pain, and their hearts to be happy this holiday season.  Visit the album below to see all of these dear souls who will be celebrating a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year at HUA.

Even more exciting news, if you donate before Dec 31st to help with the expenses for these dogs and future rescues, your donation will be matched by a generous donor!  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help animals in need.

 

HUA Rolls out Fix Omaha! FREE Spay/Neuter Services

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Hearts United for Animals is excited to announce a new FREE spay/neuter program for low income families in the Omaha metro area.  Through grant funding provided by the Yahoo Employee Foundation we will be able to provide 60 free spay/neuters and provide vaccines as well.  Hearts United for Animals will also help with wellness examinations and other immediate needs through our emergency medical fund.

There are several great low cost options in Omaha, but we have found that the very neediest of families could not afford these options.  The calls that we receive about unwanted litters of puppies, many of whom contract parvo and need thousands of dollars of life-saving medical care are heartbreaking, and easily preventable.  Depressed areas of Omaha will now have access to free spay/neuter services to prevent this tragedy from occurring.  We will walk the families through the process and let them know all of the benefits of spay/neuter.  In addition to helping decrease the numbers of animals euthanized in shelters each year due to overpopulation the altered animals will reap both health and behavioral benefits.  Spay/neuter decreases the likelihood of uterine, mammary and testicular cancers – deadly cancers that take the lives of more than 50% of the animals afflicted.  Families will no longer have to deal with females in heat.  Males will be less aggressive, less destructive and less likely to roam far from home.  Children will be taught the responsibilities of pet ownership, and that the miracle of birth is no miracle at all when 3 to 4 million pets are dying in shelters each year because there are not enough homes.

We wish to continue the program after the first 60 surgeries are performed.  If you would like to donate to keep the program going now is a great time to so because every donation made now through the end of December 2012 will be matched up to $100,000!  For the amount of $5,000 we can spay/neuter 60 more dogs, and hope to be able to expand to cats as well.  Please put “Fix Omaha” in the comment line of your donation.  Donations can be be made online by clicking here or checks can be mailed to Hearts United for Animals PO Box 286  Auburn, NE  68305.  If you would like to help distribute flyers in the Omaha area please contact lori@hua.org.

Thank you so much for your support, which enables us to save lives and prevent suffering.  Many thanks also to Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha who is partnering us on this very special mission of mercy.  As always, the HUA low cost spay/neuter clinic in Auburn continues to operate each Wednesday, with over 10,500 animals altered to date.  Clients are welcome from any city or state and all animal types are accepted.  The HUA Clinic number is 402-274-3679.  The Omaha number is 402-990-3005.

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