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October 13th Was a Beautiful Day
On the morning of October 13th, the HUA shelter received 38 very special deliveries.  Thanks in great part to Captain Peter Rork, co-founder of Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC), and Take Paws Rescue in Louisiana, we were able to save these precious lives from certain death in over-crowded shelters in southern Louisiana.  The disastrous floods in August left hundreds of thousands of people and animals homeless.  Shelters were already bursting at the seams and the devastation put them far beyond capacity.  Stories in the news spoke of fast rising river waters causing animal shelters to hastily evacuate.  Horrified workers had no choice but to release dogs from kennels to let them swim onto rooftops. Foster homes were flooded as well and good people who adored their animals were forced to flee for their lives. The passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards after Hurricane Katrina allows rescuers to save pets as they would people, but the numbers were staggering.                   It was a beauitful day for flying the friendly skies, and the wonderful Peter Pilot landed gently and safely.   HUA staff, volunteers and members of the press were at the Nebraska City Municipal Airport to greet the anxious passengers.  Crates were transferred from the privately-owned Cessna and loaded into three vans and two SUV's that were ready to head to the shelter.                                                   Once back at HUA, the dogs were carefully unloaded, given some cool, fresh water and were assigned their very own volunteers to take them for walks in the wide open fields.  They were thrilled to stretch their legs and smell all the new smells as we humans grinned from ear to ear watching these cuties having such fun out in the sunshine.                                                                                         The Louisianans had been in shelters prior to this massive effort and faced certain euthanasia.  They had been in the shelters long enough that there was no hope of reuniting them with their families.  Take Paws Animal Rescue pulled these dogs from the brink of death and Peter Pilot brought them safely to HUA.  Their kindness and determination are to be commended and we are overwhelmed with gratitude. We would also like to thank KETV, WOWT 6, KMTV and 1011 NEWS for reporting on this story, and Minda Haas Kuhlmann for her amazing photographs. This was a very different rescue experience for us here HUA.  No horribly sick or terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs turned over by their families, no dogs that were out fending for themselves and starving in the streets.  The size of this group alone will make spaying and neutering costly.  Eighty percent of the dogs in the flood-affected parishes have heartworm disease and we expect to turn up quite a few positive tests.  Treatment for heartworms is long, ardous and expensive.  The good news is that the Louisanans are happy, silly, hopeful youngsters who are already having the times of their lives and receiving copious amounts of love. October 13, 2016, was a beautiful day, made even more so by people's dedication to and compassion for animals. As always, your support means the world to the dogs at HUA.  If you would like to help with the Louisianans' care, please click below.          If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua     We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these missions of mercy possible.     Hearts United for AnimalsPO Box 286    Auburn, NE  68305 Ph 402-274-36 hua@hua.org www.hua.org A national no-kill shelter & sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering.
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The Autumn Arrivals
September 29th was a beautiful day in central Nebraska, made even more so for HUA manager John and dedicated volunteer Trudy, who drove there to rescue 22 souls from lives of misery.  These precious dogs had finally escaped the horrors of a puppy mill.  The poor things were scared out of their minds but seemed to understand that help had arrived.                             Among the group were Yorkies, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, a Schnauzer, and a Bull Terrier. The puppy miller did not discriminate and bred whatever she could get her hands on. Zoe, a tiny Yorkie weighing in at a mere three pounds, was brought to the vet for immediate medical attention.  Her right eye is dying due to previous trauma, and her left eye is severely dry.  Her patellas are very bad.  Her teeth are rotten and putrid. A paw is broken, and she has whipworms.                                                                                                         Sage, another very small Pomeranian, had one huge matt on his back side that pulled away from his body, leaving painful sores on both sides.                          Aster Schnauzer is emotionally broken.  He shakes and cringes and is terrified of human contact.                                                         Emotions always run high during puppy mill rescues.  The initial relief we feel at having the dogs in our arms is quickly overshadowed by feelings of frustration and disgust once we begin emotional and physical assessments.  Staff and volunteers have done this important work for many years and have learned to look for silver linings in every cloud to keep spirits boosted.   Over the weekend, tiny Goldie Pomeranian surprised us with something that gave us pause to consider                                      the miracles of rescue work.  These precious lives will never know a single moment of terror.  They will never be hungry, cold, ignored, or neglected.  They will grow into happy, cherished, spoiled members of their families and their mother will never again be forced to suffer through the pain of pregnancy and childbirth.  As always, your support is appreciated. If you would like to contribute toward the care of the Autumn Arrivals, please click below.  We will work tirelessly for as long as is needed to heal their bodies and their broken spirits, and that every day for the rest of their lives is spent making up for the years of suffering. If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua  
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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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