Kayson is a beautiful, happy little fellow who was rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill by Hearts United for Animals. He is only 9 years old, but due to poor breeding practices and neglect in the puppy mill, his time left to enjoy his freedom will likely be cut short. He was SO HAPPY on the day he was rescued. He immediately snuggled himself into the arms of a volunteer and gave us the biggest, happiest smile he could muster. He was beaming! At first glance he should have been one of the most adoptable of all the dogs rescued that day. Kayson has never been made available for adoption though. His health problems are too severe. He lives in a foster home on the property at HUA. He loves his life there, but each day is a struggle to keep him alive and happy. Kayson lost nearly all of his teeth because they were rotten from years of neglect. He came through the surgery well. Then one day he completely lost use of all four legs. He was rushed into the veterinarian’s office where he spent many days and was thankfully able to recover. While he was in the hospital it was discovered that his heart was very bad. He was put on medication to try to prolong his life and try to get him well enough to have surgery for two suspicious growths. He was able to have the surgery. Not long after he got out of the hospital he began coughing uncontrollably. It was found that his trachea was collapsed. He spent two weeks on crate rest with heavy doses of cough medicine and has to have treatment added to his water to turn it to gel to help him swallow. The cold weather made it worse, so he cannot go outside on very cold days. The results of his biopsies are back and the growth on his side was cancerous and the margins were not clean. Kayson is not strong enough to have surgery again at this time. He is still battling back from his collapsed trachea problems. His fur on the tumor site has been shaved and the spot will be monitored. Through all of his battles he has remained happy, loving and the sweetest little fellow ever. He knows that everything that can be done for him is being done. When it is his time he will know he has been loved and will have appreciated every day that he was able to spend outside of a cage doing what he does best – spreading love and cheer.
Kayson’s issues were not isolated. Two of the other little tiny poms from this rescue mission who were bred for beauty and size rather than health also had major issues. One sweet little fellow who was smaller than Kayson did not make it. He passed away in an instant from a heart attack one day. Another, Zelda, had a massive stroke shortly after she was rescued and permanently lost use of one leg that was left stiff and curled up. It is a miracle that Kayson is still alive – a miracle that has been provided to him by the generous donations of the kind people who support Hearts United for Animals. Kayson will get to enjoy at least one Christmas, and maybe more. He and all of his human and canine friends are planning a party to celebrate their freedom on Christmas Day.
Kayson and his pals are the cutest, cuddliest, sweetest little dogs, but they are far from healthy. They are having their lives stolen twice. First, the many years that they spent caged with no significant human interaction or veterinary care stole the majority of their lives while they churned out puppies to be sold to pet stores. Second, once they were rescued their bodies were so damaged from poor genetics and poor care that the time they have left will be cut much shorter than it should be. Because they are forgiving, adoring, loving little dogs they hold no grudges. But we do. We do it on their behalf. We will fight for justice. We will publicize their plight in order to help save future dogs from the same fate. We will ask you to do the same. Puppy mills are for the most part not illegal. They should be, but they aren’t. We will fight for the worst ones to be shut down immediately and fight for better laws, but the bottom line is that if the public were educated not to purchase puppies from pet stores Kayson and his friends would not be suffering. Without demand the suppliers would go out of business. In honor of Kayson and the over 10,000 other dogs we have rescued from puppy mills, and in honor of those who still suffer, we have brought back our billboard campaign in Omaha. It is urging people to adopt instead of shop this holiday season and bringing the reality of puppy mills and the consequences of buying pet store puppies to light in a large digital display seen by 80,000 people per day.
Donations to HUA are being doubled through December 31st. Please consider a donation for the care of Kayson and his friends and to help us educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. Your assistance in helping us to continue these life saving missions of mercy mean so much to the the dogs.
Please donate online at www.hua.org. We will let Kayson know you are thinking about him.