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.


7 Responses to “A Very Special Night for Noah”

  1. Carol E. Johnson Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    This is my 2nd contribution in a week for Noah’s care – I am so pleased that it is being doubled by a generous donor! Thank you, dear friend of animals! I have fostered a number of rescued Scotties only to find that they had terminal conditions such as advanced &/or multiple cancers and one with sudden rage syndrome. They were given the opportunity to experience fun, loving end-of-life experiences before passing on to the Rainbow Bridge. With Noah I can contribute to loving beginning-of-life experiences as he heals in HUA’s loving, able care. Blessings, dear Noah – we’re rooting for you as we send our warmest wishes for your health and happiness!

  2. Cherlyn Tumlin Says:
    January 17th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for saving this precious, darling boy! I can’t wait to see photos of him in a few months! God bless you, HUA!

  3. nadine jisa Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    How sad, tonight when my dog Angel and I retire for the night and snuggle, I will tell her “you are a lucky dog” I had rescued a white German Shepherd I found with a collar in a ditch about 12 years ago in the same shape as Noah. My vet told me if the dog did not eat in a few days to bring it back and he would put it to sleep. You had to really watch she did not take your hand with the food dish she was so hungry, but she lived and got well and I gave her after a year to a nephew on a farm. He had her 12 years, and said she was the best dog ever.Molly ran free for those 12 years, had a heated bed, but her best spot was on the doorstep close to his kids. She loved her family and they loved her. I hope your Noah finds a loving family.

  4. Gina Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Thank you so much for helping this great dog. He needed you and HUA was there! I hope he has gained some weight and is wagging his tail more and more. ♥

  5. HuaLori Says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks Gina. He is doing fabulous. He is up from 43 pounds to 67 pounds and enjoying putting on every pound of it.

  6. Eric Says:
    February 27th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This completely broke my heart. I rescued a boxer 4 years ago. He had been chained to the porch of an abandoned home and left to die. He had never been in a home and no human contact. Today he is a very healthy and happy boy who steals the covers on the bed. I only wish I could take in Noah and give him the same love and affection he deserves. No animal should have to go through this. Any anyone who abuses an animal should face serious jail time, there is no reason for this type of treatment. Thank you for all you do.

  7. Jen Mansky Says:
    April 8th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    What a great job you all did saving this previous baby!! :)
    I’m wondering how the small town pound is able to legally keep dogs is such an uncomfortable environment? Poor Noah, I don’t know how he made it with no fat, no hair, on concrete in a ND winter! :(.
    Thanks so much for saving him!
    Shame on the people who treated him so poorly :/ I hope justice was served.

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