Hearts United for Animals Helps Hero Dog Shot While Protecting His Family – REWARD OFFERED

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Nine month old Rex saved his family last night when home invaders broke into their home, threw the woman of the house to the ground and held her by the throat.  Rex charged the intruders and was shot by the second one.  They fled and have not yet been captured.  Rex sustained severe injury to his left front leg where the bullet entered and has a broken toe on his right rear foot where the bullet exited.  Rex was transported to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha in severe distress and pain from the bullet wounds.  The family was so very proud of Rex, and yet devastated because they did not have the funds they would need in order to save his life.  The clinic called an Hearts United for Animals director at 2:00 am asking if HUA would help to save Rex’s life, and hopefully his leg.  There was no hesitation.  Rex was truly a hero and deserved every chance to recover and go home to his beloved family.  Efforts began immediately to stabilize him and and get him comfortable with pain medication.  This morning he was transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic, HUA’s preferred veterinary clinic in Omaha, where he has been given the largest recovery suite with a big bed, although being an Akita/Husky mix he prefers the cool floor most of the time.  The best orthopedic specialist in Omaha was called in to review Rex’s x-rays and it was determined that although the operation will be intricate, he believes he can save Rex’s leg.  The biggest risk now is infection.  Because of the bullet wound and bone fragments Rex will need to be on IV antibiotics until Tuesday, when the infection should subside enough to safely perform the operation that involves many pins and plates.  He will be hospitalized at Mobile Animal Clinic for approximately a week and then will have a 12 week recovery period when he goes home to his family.  The family is beyond grateful for Hearts United for Animal’s help in saving Rex, who they call their hero and their big fluff ball.  The expenses for Rex are expected to total $6,000.  Both of his veterinarians are contributing to decrease the amount and Rex has received a substantial donation from another wonderful HUA supporter and board member.  It will be a long road, and donations for our emergency medical fund are always needed.  Please donate online at www.hua.org and note “emergency medical fund” or “Rex” in the comment section or click here to go directly to our donation page.  We are also offering a $5,000 private reward for the capture and conviction of the criminals who shot Rex.  Please contact the Omaha Police Department Crime Stoppers Unit at 402-444-STOP with tips, or you can write to us at hua@hua.org and we will pass along the information to the Omaha Police Department.

Today we received this message from Erin at the Animal Emergency Clinic regarding her experience with Rex last night and the work HUA does to help dogs in desperate need.  She agreed that we could share it with you:

Dear HUA,

I have been a vet tech at the Animal Emergency Clinic for almost 10years now. During that time I have cared for many animals, some only needed a little care, others needed a miracle. I have witnessed animals that have walked out of our hospital when nobody thought they would be able to. Last night, when Rex and his family came to us I was so proud of him for saving his family. He is a hero! When I learned that his family may not have the funds to help him, I was devastated. Here was this beautiful, stoic puppy that did the only thing that he knew to do to keep the people he loved safe, but because of finances his future was unknown. I left work at about 1:30am knowing that the family was still searching for a way to help him. One of my assistants called me and asked what they should do, and I could only think of one last try, and that was to call you! Later I got a message saying that you had agreed to pay for the medical bills so this family could take there precious friend home. I was in tears when I heard the news. I have cared for many animals that your rescue has stepped in and saved. Sometimes I forget why I am in this profession, and last night I was reminded that it is to help those that cannot help themselves. I just wanted to tell you that your rescue and the many people that are a part of it are angels and I will never forget how generous and wonderful you are.

Thank you, for always being there, when sometimes others can’t.

Erin Rankin

Our hearts are touched by this special message which highlights the importance of the work we do, and of course also we are deeply touched by Rex today.  The HUA board member who took the call has been to visit him several times today and he is doing very well, quite relaxed and sedated, being kept comfortable by his pain meds.  His family is making regular visits to see their precious boy as well.  Many thanks to all of our supporters who make this important work possible for dogs like Rex.

Please visit our Facebook page for updates on Rex and to see the links to the news coverage of his story.  More photos are posted below.

 

 

Turbo Announces An Exciting Way for You to Help HUA On May 16th!

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Turbo has been waking up every morning, looking at the calendar, and hoping that Thursday, May 16th, will arrive soon!  Today he realized that it is getting very close, so he wanted to make sure to tell all of his friends to save the date.  All donations made to Hearts United for Animals on May 16th through the Give to Lincoln Razoo web page will qualify our shelter and sanctuary for a proportional share of a $200,000 match pool of funds from the Lincoln Community Foundation.  Turbo heard that last year the shelter was in the top spot for donations all day and that over $65,000 was raised to help the animals at HUA.  He is an excellent mathematician and he knows how far that much money goes to help dogs and cats in need.  He is also up to speed on technology and suggests that if you have a smart phone you may wish to plug in a calendar reminder that says “Turbo says to donate online at http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/hua“.  Turbo and his friends will be cheering us on and watching the totals on the Give to Lincoln Day website on the 16th, as well as following all of the exciting happenings on our Facebook page.  They know that so many deserving animals can be helped through your generous donations and matching funds from the Lincoln Community Foundation.  Turbo has promised all of his buddies a round of special treats at the end of the day if we can beat last year’s total.  He doesn’t need much of an excuse to throw a party, but we think that would be a great reason!  Please help Turbo meet his goal on May 16th.

PS – Turbo has a secret that he wants to share.  If you go to our Give to Lincoln donation web page now, you can schedule your donation to happen automatically on the 16th, so there is no way you will forget.  Right above the donation button make sure it says Make This Donation Occur “On a Giving Day”.  It is that easy!

Stay up to speed with all of the latest Give to Lincoln Day and Hearts United for Animals news by becoming a fan of our Facebook page.  Turbo loves social media and wants to keep in touch with his friends.

VIDEO: HUA Rescues 19 Rock Stars from Lancaster Puppy Mill

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On April 15th, Hearts United for Animals rescued 19 dogs from miserable conditions where they had lived for years in a Lancaster County, Nebraska puppy mill.  Most of them were underweight, and all have medical issues due to severe neglect.  All of the dogs were so happy to be rescued.  They delighted in the comfort given to them by their rescuers.  They enjoyed their clean new spaces and wonderful soft food.  They lapped up their fresh, clean, abundant drinking water – something they had been lacking.

Rescuers decided that these dogs are definitely rock stars!  They came through their ordeal with such happy, positive attitudes, looking forward to their much improved new lives.  They survived, they endured, and they will become loved family members after all of their medical work is done.  Stevie Nicks, a tiny little female Brussels Griffon, was the happiest of all.  Even though she suffered from a plethora of painful conditions including a hernia, ulcerated and infected eyes, infected ears and a luxating patella, the first thing she did was to dance around the room greeting everyone with her stubby little tail wagging like crazy.  Rachel, her new caregiver at HUA, hugged her tight and assured her that every day will be a happy one from now on, full of love, goodness and hope.

As of today, Janis Joplin, a Schnauzer who was so filthy and entangled in mats that she could barely walk or see, is in the maternity ward at HUA awaiting the arrival of the last litter of pups this poor soul will ever have to give birth to.  Her health is poor.  Her mouth is horribly infected and she has a bad hernia as well as a heart condition.  Everyone was devastated to learn she was pregnant.  It means she will have to wait until after the puppies are born to have her medical conditions attended to properly.  It also puts her at huge risk for complications.  She is strong though, and continues to gain strength every day due to the good nutrition she is receiving now that she is at HUA.  She has been groomed and feels like a new dog.  Her start to a happy, healthy new life is a bit behind the others due to her pregnancy but the veterinarian caring for her is hopeful that she will come through it well.  Janis and Stevie and their friends are perfect examples of the tremendous suffering the parents of pet store puppies endure month after month and year after year.  These dogs lived in piles and piles of excrement with little food, little water, little veterinary care and obviously no regard whatsoever for anything other than the number of puppies that their broken down bodies could produce.  Please share their story with your friends and let them know that dogs like this will continue to suffer as long as the public continues to buy puppies from pet stores and on the internet.

As the newest rock stars of HUA continue to survive and thrive in their loving new environment filled with comforts they have never experienced before, they invite you to view the uplifting video of their arrival:

 

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