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The HUA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic


By the end of 2013, the HUA Clinic surpassed the number of 12,000 dog and cat patients, preventing over 1 million births. Beginning at the opening day in October of 2003, the clinic gained huge popularity across the four corners of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and far into central Nebraska. A long waiting list of clients grew.

The 35-dollar fee requested by the clinic (and waived if it is a burden) includes tests, vaccinations, and anything else our animal welfare veterinarian and staff can do for the health and comfort of the animals.

The clinic, with its state of the art equipment, operates under the high professional standards of our veterinarian, Dr. James Gigstad of Nebraska City. All patients receive pain and antibiotic injections, and oxygen and intravenous support are available at all times. Recovery time is carefully monitored by the clinic staff.

We send our most sincere gratitude to the benefactors of the clinic who make it all possible. The vicious cycle of reproduction has ended in many feral cat colonies. Pitiful big farm dogs have had their last litter of puppies. Many families of limited means will not face the burden of unwanted litters. Animal rescue volunteers working to end the misery have the help that they so greatly deserve. We thank you for caring and helping with this mission of mercy that is so dear to our hearts.

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Spay and Neuter Facts

  • Based on statistics published on the web site of The Humane Society of the United States in 2006:
  • The Estimated ratio of canines to felines is 30:70.
  • Feline average years of fertility: 7
  • Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3
  • Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6
  • Canine average years of fertility: 6
  • Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
  • Average number of puppies in a canine liter: 6-10

Number of Animals Helped and Births Prevented at the Clinic

Year Total Animals Altered Dogs Puppies Prevented Cats Kittens Prevented Total Estimated Pups & Kittens Prevented by HUA Clinic
2003 38 17 1,632 21 2205 3,837
2004 840 253 24,288 587 61635 85,923
2005 854 263 25,248 591 62055 87,303
2006 1,132 431 41,376 701 73605 114,981
2007 1,332 496 47,616 836 87780 135,296
2008 1,297 464 44,544 833 87465 132,009
2009 1,419 616 59,136 803 84315 143,451
2010 1,473 566 54,336 907 95235 149,571
2011 1,176 387 37,152 789 82845 119,997
2012 1,336 510 48,960 826 86730 135,690
2013 1,287 453 43,488 834 87570 131,058
Totals 12,184 4,456 427,776 7728 811440 1,239,216




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   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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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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