A Puppy Story, Rescue of 10 Dogs Soon Turns into 22

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Nine dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation in southeast Nebraska.  One dog was rescued from a city pound in Iowa.  It all seemed like typical days at the shelter until we realized that Bally, rescued from the hoarder home, and Joy, rescued from a pound in Iowa were just days away from giving birth.  As all of the new rescues settled in Joy and Bally began preparations for the arrival of their babies.  Joy, a small mixed breed girl resembling a border collie, was first to deliver 5 lovely babies.  From the moment Joy was rescued she had the biggest smile on her lovely face.  Everyone was completely smitten with her.  The birth of the little ones went without complication and she and the babies soon moved to a foster home where they are enjoying themselves tremendously and receiving wonderful care.  Just days later, Bally, a mixed breed resembling a jack russell terrier, began giving birth to 7 lovely babies, each so unique and different in color.  Mom and babies all did well and are at the shelter rooming right next to the office in a large space with many snuggly blankets.  Bally was underweight from the bad conditions she came from but she is now enjoying her endless buffet of good food at HUA.  She gets to go for walks several times a day on the shelter grounds which she loves, but she is always anxious to get back to her sweet little babies.  She is very protective of them and such a good mom.  Like Joy, she has a constant smile on her face.  She is such a dear girl who is so happy to be rescued and have a warm, loving place to take care of her pups.

Joy’s babies were named by our Facebook fans.  All of their names mean happiness and joy.  They are Bliss, Felicity, Freude, Kiyo, and Khushi.  Bally’s Lucky 7 babies will be named after casinos in Las Vegas, as was Bally.  The best news of all is that Joy has been adopted by her foster mom!  Once the pups are old enough they will be on our website for adoption.  We are sure Bally will have adoption offers in no time as well, as she is one of the sweetest, most intelligent, fun little dogs we have known.  She will need to stay to finish out her mom duties for several more weeks before she can be adopted.  Both she and Joy will be spayed and all of the pups will be spayed or neutered before they are placed, because while darling puppies are more fun than a barrel of monkeys, it is not something that we wish to have happen ever again.  These moms and babies deserve to have lives of luxury in wonderful homes where they will not contribute to the overpopulation problem or have the stress or health problems associated with breeding.  We will make sure that happens for them.

If left at the city pound in Iowa Joy and her unborn babies would have been euthanized.  If left in the hoarder home Bally would have given birth in such filthy conditions that it would have been unlikely for her babies to have survived.  We wish to extend sincere thanks to all who helped in these rescues and especially to our supporters who help us save lives whether it be 1, 2, 10, 22 or 100 at a time.  To Joy, Bally, their 12 babies and the other 8 rescued from the hoarder home, your support means the world.  You have helped us to save their precious lives.  Donations for their care can be made online at www.hua.org.

New Billboards Help To End Puppy Mills!

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Hearts United for Animals is spreading the word – End Puppy Mills!  To us it is personal.  Every day we see the damage that puppy mills do.  We take in the parents of those cute pet store puppies and witness first hand the tragic results of the confinement and neglect.  There are as many as 10,000 puppy mills operating in the US today.  The majority of them are in our own backyard, with Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska being the top puppy mill states.  Many of them have hundreds of dogs confined in horrible conditions, often with the dogs living on wire floors for their entire lives, their feet never touching grass.  Some have dangerous makeshift climate control, but others have none at all causing the dogs to freeze in winter and swelter in the summer.  The parents of pet store puppies are confined for years with no healthcare while they are bred over and over.  They arrive with hernias, mammary tumors, heart conditions and broken jaws caused from severe dental infections left untreated, as well as damaged eyes, intestinal parasites, lice, and patellas that luxate so badly that some cannot walk at all.  During one recent rescue volunteers found a frog living in the fur of a little Pomeranian.  She was so badly matted that her back paws got stuck in her fur and she tore her knees out of their sockets trying to free them.  She required operations on both knees and is going through several weeks of recovery to be able to walk again.  A sheltie who had no fur on her face, just raw infected skin, was also rescued that day.  They were both recent mothers who to the breeder existed only to make puppies for profit.  Hearts United for Animals has rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills, each with similar stories.  Our dream is that one day we will not need to exist, that puppy mills will be out of business.  There is only one way to accomplish this and it is to educate the public not to ever buy from a pet store.  One Omaha pet store tells the customers that the puppies come from a farm in Iowa.  It is not a lie.  They do.  Those farms in Iowa are puppy mills and the conditions are more atrocious than the puppy buying public could ever begin to imagine.  The parent dogs suffer grave physical and emotional harm.  Visit our friends at Iowa Voters for Companion Animals to see those farms.  The same exists in Missouri as well as Nebraska.  The dogs who are rescued are very fortunate.  Many times when the dogs are no longer productive they are shot, clubbed over the head or thrown in pens to starve to death.  We know that this is not ok with the public, but that many don’t know that these conditions exist.  That’s why our new billboards on I-80 and 84th St in Omaha are delivering the message to over 80,000 cars passing by each day.  There is only one way to really stop puppy mills, and that is to educate the public to stop buying from pet stores.  If there is no demand there will be no need for supply.  You can help end puppy mills by telling your friends “Don’t Shop.  Adopt.”  Let them know why.  Let them know what the parents of these pet store puppies endure.  Encourage them to visit our website to learn more and read the stories of the rescued puppy mill parents for adoption at HUA.

With the help of our friends at Bozell and world famous photographer David Radler, three designs featuring HUA shelter dogs for adoption were chosen to be displayed throughtout the month of Septemeber:

Click here to donate to the campaign so that the billboards can come back in December, one of the biggest puppy buying months of the year.  If you would like to bring the billboard campaign to your area please write to lori@hua.org.  Our friends at Bozell were very passionate about this project and donated weeks of their time and many resources to help us spread the word.  Please drop by their Facebook page and thank them for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the dogs.  To learn more about the puppy mill rescues at Hearts United for Animals please watch this special video message from James Lipton:

Hemi’s Heart Was Broken – But She Is Healed And Ready To Go, Go, Go To A New Family!

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Hemi was turned into Hearts United for Animals by a family who realized that she would grow too big for their landlord to accept at their apartment.  She had been given to them by someone else at the age of only 5 months, perhaps a backyard breeder.  As soon as Hemi arrived we realized she was lethargic for a puppy and we were able to feel the blood coursing through her heart valve under her arm.  We knew that was drastic and took her to Omaha to be evaluated right away.  Hemi was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which is an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart that did not close after birth. It is the worst case that we have seen. Without surgical treatment, over 50% of dogs pass from heart failure within one year.

Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha recently upgraded their equipment and facilities to be able to accommodate major surgeries that used to have to be performed at K-State or Iowa State.  Dr Merkley came in to perform the operation with the help of Dr Ellis Jensen from Mobile.  It is a very delicate operation with much opportunity for the worst to happen, but luck and skill were on Hemi’s side and she came through it better than the surgeons even imagined that she would.  That night Hemi walked into the Animal Emergency Clinic on her own for overnight observation.  She spent another week at Mobile being monitored but she let everyone know that she felt great and was ready to go!  Dr Jensen said that within a day of her operation it was like flipping on a switch. Hemi had found high gear.  She leapt around the clinic showering the staff with hugs and kisses.

Hemi had a long recovery of rest and confinement at HUA, which she did not appreciate, but toys and regular visits made it easier on her.  She really just wanted to run and play.  Hemi is now fully recovered and is running and playing like a happy young Labradoodle should be.  She loves her tennis balls, loves to play with her teddy bear and adores walks with the people.  Hemi says enough of shelter and hospital life, she’d like a family asap!  She should have no lasting effects from the operation.  She is good as new and ready to go, go, go!

Hemi’s operation cost $4,000 and we wish to thank all of the dedicated supporters who make it possible for Hearts United for Animals to provide these life saving operations when needed.  It means the world to us, and it definitely means the whole big wide world to Hemi who will soon be off on the best adventures of her life.  Click here to donate to our medical fund so that we can stand ready to help more dogs like Hemi who so desperately need us.  For adoption information please write to tera@hua.org or click here to visit Hemi’s adoption page.

37 Dogs Rescued from Horrible Conditions in South Dakota

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A sheriff of a small town in South Dakota called one of our directors, Julie, who is also involved with Almost Home Canine Rescue, about 30 Pomeranians who were starving with no water. They were living in a patch of noxious weeds taller than people. The owner had planned on shooting them, but she was allowed to willfully surrender them. It was very difficult as many had to be caught with catchpoles. Many were so afraid that their only response was to bite – many completely feral.

30 Poms were caught, along with one cat who did not survive. The cat was on top of a doghouse unresponsive and covered in flies.  He was humanely euthanized upon arrival at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha.  Working in the heat and filth caused some rescuers to get sick. Newborn pups were found under boards with the mother eating a dead bird. There was no food or water on the place. Julie said it was one of the worst things she has ever seen.

Fifteen of the dogs were transported immediately to Hearts United for Animals. The other dogs went to Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota and Brookings Humane Society in South Dakota.

Two days later the sheriff’s department went back with Julie to check to make sure no animals had been hidden.  They found 6 more Pomeranians and a Sheltie who has mange so badly that her face is open and raw.  One of the Poms is pregnant and due to give birth at any moment.  They had been hidden at the very back of the property in weed patches.  One of the Poms had fur so terribly matted that a frog was living in it.  The Sheltie and 2 of the Pomeranians came to Hearts United right away.  The pregnant one is staying in foster care at Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota.

To make a donation for the 18 dogs in the care of Hearts United for Animals, text GIFT to 20222 to make a $10.00 donation or you can make a donation online at www.hua.org.  They will have extensive medical needs.  So far we have found abcesses from injury and bad teeth, pyoderma infections on some of their faces and bodies, patches of vermin living on their skin under their coats that were so badly matted, circulatory problems from having fur tangled around their legs rendering the legs unusable, and we anticipate more to come once all of their vetting is done.

Please check out our Facebook page for updates on the dogs and to sign an online thank you card for Tim, Nicole and Roger – the sheriffs who worked so diligently to make sure these dogs were saved from an awful fate and given the chance at wonderful lives.  Thank you so much for your support.  Your contributions allow us to rescue and care for dogs from horrible situations like this.

 

New Arrivals – Nebraska Puppy Mill Dogs Rescued & Receiving Care at Hearts United for Animals

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Transporters Rachel and Michael called from the road to say that the dogs they just rescued from a Nebraska Puppy Mill were in very bad condition.  As a Hearts United for Animals employee Rachel has transported and rescued many puppy mill dogs, so we knew it had to be bad when she was so shocked and appalled.  She said the smell was atrocious, the dogs were covered in mats, extremely filthy and worst of all they were crawling with lice.  Our hearts broke when we heard this news.

Nothing could have prepared us for seeing it in person when they arrived.  The cocker spaniels had huge clumps of feces and dried food hanging from their ears.  A sweet little pekingese was missing one eye and had mats the size of a baseball on his head and belly.  One cocker spaniel girl was so sick and downtrodden that she was lying  stiff with her face in the back of her crate unwilling to move or look at us.  When we did gently lift her from the crate we saw that both eyes were badly infected with masses hanging out of them.  Some of the little ones were so happy to be rescued that they sang the entire trip, making gentle noises to make friends with their rescuers.  One little tiny pomeranian was very happy to be rescued but is also quite ill.  All of their teeth are bad, but his are hanging on by a thread.  He has a cough and is breathing hard which we suspect may mean infection from his awful teeth has gone to his heart.  He is twelve years old.  He was not well enough to even finish having his bath on his first full day at HUA.  Caregivers had to stop and let him rest as he was too stressed and ill to continue.

Political games are the order of the day in Nebraska, as nearly every state, but these dear dogs are the pawns who pay the price.  Their health will be restored as best as it possibly can be under the care of HUA.  They will have good food, comfortable beds and be clean for the first time in their lives.  Hopefully they will find families who love them so that they can try to forget the misery of the first eight to twelve years of their lives.  But it doesn’t make it ok that this happened to them in the first place.  Inspectors of these horrific facilities walk a fine line.  They try to gain compliance in places where it cannot happen, all because the state wants to keep them in business.  Senators walk a fine line of trying to appease breeders and rescuers so that their constituencies remain happy, but in the end money wins out.  Breeders stay in business even when their conduct is criminal, just so that the dirty business of dog breeding in the state can remain promoted, falling under the umbrella of keeping agriculture strong in Nebraska.  Bills are watered down to the point of being ineffective and the small number of control measures in place are ignored for the good of the pockets of the breeders.  There is no consideration for what happens to the dogs after the breeders are done using and abusing them for years, or the extreme cost to the rescues who take on the responsibility to repair the years of neglected medical needs.  Most of all there is no thought for the suffering dogs.  The breeder of these dogs may have gotten rich of off the offspring they produced, but we are here to say that they are clearly morally bankrupt and it should be something that the state is ashamed to support.

Please go to www.hua.org to donate for the care of these dogs.  Your kind support enables us to continue to rescue and rehabilitate these sweet souls who so desperately need us.

5 Week Old Rocky is Fighting to Survive

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Poor little Rocky had one of the roughest starts to life we’ve ever heard of.  When he was rescued by a friend and brought to HUA we were completely horrified.  Both of his eyes were badly damaged.  He fit in the palm of our hands he was so tiny.  He still had the strength to cry out in pain and hunger, begging us for help.  He was rushed immediately to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha.  They said he was the worst cases of starvation and dehydration they had ever seen.  He could not blink his painful little eyes because he was so dehydrated.  They fed him his first solid meal of canned food ever and he gobbled it up so fast that he got the hiccups.  They immediately put him on warmed IV bags as make shift hot water bottles and started him on small amounts of morphine for the pain.  He was full of worms so he received medicine for that too.  Soon he was passed out, sleeping like the tiny, precious little baby that he is, with a full tummy and relief from the pain he had been experiencing since he was only 2 weeks old.

On Monday morning, after spending the weekend at the Animal Emergency Clinic, he transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic where he would spend the week receiving further tests and care.  They found that he had giardia and had only half of the red blood cells and blood proteins that he should have.  The good news came a few days later that he is capable of making red blood cells, so with continued good nutrition and care he should rebound without transfusions.  He also made a trip that Monday to Veterinary Eye Specialists of Nebraska.  Dr McIlnay said that after approximately a month he can have his badly damaged eye removed assuming he has regained his health enough to do so.  He is much too small and weak to undergo any operations right now.  His other eye, also damaged but not as badly, has no pressure, no sensitivity to light and will also likely be better off being removed.

With each passing day Rocky appears to gain strength and spunk.  Dr Jensen at Mobile Animal Clinic says that he isn’t thriving, but he isn’t failing either.  We are working hard to turn that around and help him thrive.  On Thursday he was able to transfer to foster care where he is eating every couple of hours.  He chews on his foster mom’s fingers when he is hungry.  He is eating and well on his own now but still needs to drink from a syringe.  He has antibiotic eye ointment treatments in both eyes 6 times a day.  He loves his soft bed, blankets and many toys.  He has a heating pad under his bed to make sure he is warm.  Most of all he loves to be cuddled and hugged.  It’s his favorite thing ever.  He will continue to go in once a week to be weighed and have follow up blood tests.  Weight gain will be a very good sign that he is starting to thrive.  Rocky is doing his best to study hard for his weigh in test this coming week.  He likes it when his foster mom warms up his canned food and puts a little water it in for him.  He is eating over a half a can a day now.

Rocky’s breeder will go on to sell his litter mates without much of a thought of the money that should have been spent on Rocky’s care.  We know that.   We see it all the time.  But this particular case has hit us hard, really punched us in the gut.  It is one of the most tragic things we’ve ever seen.  It drives home how reckless and disgusting the dog breeding business can be, whether a full fledged puppy mill or a poor, uneducated, unkind backyard breeder as in this case.  We received word that this happened when Rocky was only two weeks old, and that it was an injury from his mother or litter mates.  We are hard pressed to believe that was the means of injury, and so is our veterinarian.  This steels our resolve to educate the public never to buy puppies from pet stores, puppy mills or backyard breeders.  Without demand breeders like this would have no reason to fill orders for the supply of sick, neglected puppies they churn out.

We would like to extend many heartfelt thanks to our wonderful veterinary clinics who always come to the rescue at moment’s notice, and to all of our supporters who have been rooting for Rocky and donating for his emergency and extended care.  He has many fans, and if love can pull him through he is certain to grow big and strong very soon!  Please visit our donation page at www.hua.org if you would like to donate toward Rocky’s care, or feel free to mail a donation to the shelter at Hearts United for Animals PO Box 286, Auburn, NE 68305.

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Parvo Puppy Update – Ready for Adoption!

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All of the puppies survived!  They are now fat, happy, healthy and having a great time playing and enjoying themselves.  They had their photo session last weekend and are now up for adoption.  They were nicknamed “The Bathtub Puppies” at Mobile Animal Clinic, where they spent a week recovering after they left the emergency hospital.  It was touch and go, as some would rally and then slip backward but against the odds every one of them has returned to normal health.  The total expense to Hearts United for Animals, not including their routine spay neuters and vaccines, was $5,200.  Donations for their bills are still needed.  It was a leap of faith that most rescues could not take on, but we could not turn our backs on them and we knew that our wonderful supporters would come through for the sick babies.  They are growing large, with big, well fed bellies.  Their eyes are bright and happy and their coats are soft and clean.  They love snuggling in blankies and playing with each other and with all of their new toys.  Many thanks to those who contributed and continue to contribute to help us save precious lives.  Justin, Jordan, Jonah, Selena, Sheldon and Spencer thank you and are forever grateful.  We also wish to thank the Animal Emergency Clinic and Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha who worked tirelessly to save them.  These dogs journey from being left dying in a bathtub to being saved and restored to heath is one that took many hands and hearts working together.

Donations can be made online at www.hua.org or mailed to Hearts United for Animals PO Box 286 Auburn, NE  68305.

Please enjoy their “after” photos and help us spread the word that they are looking for wonderful families to adopt them!

HUA Saves Six Sick Puppies

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A call came in from Nyla, a good friend of Hearts United for Animals, and volunteer for Nebraska Dachshund Rescue.  She was very upset because she had encountered a family selling very sick puppies in the parking lot of a store in Omaha.  She begged them to turn the puppies over to her so she could get them help, but they would not.  She got their information and called HUA to see what could be done.  After a couple of days passed the people agreed to give up two of the puppies.  They came to HUA and Justin, a cute little red fellow, fell very ill with parvo.  He was rushed to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha on a Friday night.  Soon after his arrival a call came in that a little pup who looked just like Justin had arrived at the Emergency Clinic with instructions to euthanize.  The clinic called us and asked if we would take over her care as they felt she could be saved.  We said yes, absolutely.  We then found out that she was rescued by a local group who could not afford her care and that she was in fact Justin’s sister.  They had one more boy who was also falling ill with parvo.  We agreed to take over his care and they brought him to the Emergency Clinic immediately.  While Justin, Selena and Jonah were being cared for Nyla and the other group were working to save two more.  The same family had been keeping a total of six puppies in their bathtub.  We had all but two of them, chocolate labs from another litter.  We convinced the family that since the others were ill the labs would soon be ill as well.  They agreed to give them up and met an HUA volunteer to hand them over.  They were lethargic and bleeding and were rushed right to the Emergency Clinic to be with the others.  As Sheldon and Spencer were arriving, Justin’s brother Jordan who had been at HUA for a few days fell ill and was rushed in as well.  That made a total of six sick puppies receiving emergency care in Omaha.  The entire isolation ward at the clinic was full with HUA pups.  They all received round the clock care with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

On Monday morning they were all still quite ill.  It was touch and go as to whether they would survive.  Justin would rally and then fall again.  We were so frightened that he may succumb.  Jordan had a secondary infection causing an extremely high fever.  They were all transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha where they would receive care for the entire week.  One by one each of them perked up and became healthy.  Expenses for this rescue were huge.  It was something most groups would not be able to handle, but we knew our supporters would rally and help to pay the nearly $5,000 that it cost for the week of care to save their lives.  Each of them are so very precious and we could not let them go without a fight.  Many pups don’t survive parvo and with the extreme lack of care they had in their 8 weeks of life so far it was truly a miracle that each and every one of the six survived.

We would like to extend our thanks to Nyla, the Animal Emergency Clinic and Mobile Animal Clinic for their tireless efforts to save them and also to our wonderful supporters.  Because of you these pups will have happy, healthy lives and be adopted to wonderful homes where they will be cherished and loved forever.

Help Pecan & Her Pals – Please Attend Our March 8th FUNdraiser At Soggy Paws In The Old Market

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For three years Pecan crawled using only her front legs to carry her.  She was held captive in a puppy mill, forced to breed over and over, even though she had such a bad genetic defect in both legs that she could not walk.  Fortunately for Pecan she came into our care here at Hearts United for Animals.  Pecan was evaluated by a specialist at Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha who felt that he could give her 90% improvement in function and complete reduction in pain.  Pecan is now back from her big operation and is already a new gal.  She is so happy to be free of pain and is excited to be able to stand and take steps.  Her surgery cost $3,000.  She isn’t fully recovered yet, but she is well on the way to being a happy, healthy, loved companion for a very lucky family.

Several Omaha Old Market businesses heard Pecan’s story, and about the 47 other puppy mill dogs that we have rescued since January 1st, all needing extensive medical care.  They are pulling together to hold a super fun fundrasier for the puppy mill survivors at HUA.  Please consider attending.  We would love to see you and your HUA alums.

Here is the press release put out by our good friends at Bozell:

Old Market Business Community Rallies Together for Hearts United Fundraiser

(Omaha, NE, Feb. 13, 2012)—Meet a local author, sip wine and more in support of abandoned and mistreated animals—and bring your pet! Three Old Market businesses are coming together to host a fundraiser for Hearts United for Animals, a nonprofit animal shelter specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of puppy mill dogs.

“We are grateful to the Old Market business community for its support in helping us build our mission to care for pets who need shelter and finding new, loving homes for them,” said Lori Hook of Hearts United for Animals.

The event will run 4 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 8, at Soggy Paws, located at 1401 Jackson St. The event is organized by Bozell, a Hearts United supporter and marketing partner.

During the event, Soggy Paws invites dog owners to come in to give their dog a bath, buy their furry friend a toy or treat and to check out the newly completed doggy daycare center. A percentage of sales will be donated to Hearts United. Readers are also invited to meet Omaha author and rescue dog owner Robin Donovan, and purchase their own signed copy of her debut novel Is It Still Murder, Even if She was a Bitch? A percentage from book sales will go to Hearts United. Wine lovers can sip on a selection from The Zin Room for $3 a glass, with $1 per glass going to Hearts United. Anyone and everyone can stop by to mingle and enjoy coffee and light hors d’oeuvres.

And most importantly, animal lovers can donate to Hearts United, learn more about the organization’s work for abandoned and abused pets, and learn how to adopt their next forever friend.

You can RSVP here on our Facebook event page or email lori@hua.org to let us know you will be attending.  We would like to extend our deep gratitude to Bozell, Soggy Paws, Robin Donovan author of “Is It Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch?” and The ZIN Room.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Sanctuary Sweethearts at HUA

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Dulcea and her pals at Hearts United for Animals would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you so much for your generous support that saved their lives and allows them to be happy as Sanctuary Sweethearts.  The Sanctuary Sweetheart program is for dogs who are not adoptable due to age, medical or behavioral condition.  Dulcea came from a horrible puppy mill in Nebraska.  Her eyes were so severely damaged that they both had to be removed to spare her further suffering.  When she came to HUA several years ago she was on death’s door, but today she is the happiest, spunkiest little ray of sunshine you could ever imagine.  She has a permanent foster home with Aunt Jean, who is Florence Nightingale and Mother Theresa wrapped into one for so many downtrodden, sick and forlorn animals who have come through our doors.  Jean talks to Dulcea all day so that she knows where to find her and feels comfort at all times.  Dulcea has surprised everyone by learning to hop into bed by herself and even do stairs.  She has been known to make special guest appearances at local events urging the public to adopt rather than buy animals from pet stores.  People say, “oh she must be tired, she is sleeping”.  When she is in her snuggle sac with Jean it looks as if her eyes are closed and she is napping.  Jean then explains that she isn’t sleeping, she just does not have eyes due to the abuse at the puppy mill.  We are sure that many people are now spreading the word to their friends about how the parents of pet store puppies are treated due to the special public appearances by our dear little Dulcea.

Dulcea has also been an activist in pet store protests.  Twice she came out to help HUA protest the Petland at the corner of 120th and West Center Road in Omaha.  This Valentine’s Day she is proud to announce success!  The Petland store closed for good this month…an amazing gift to the puppy mill dogs.  No longer will sick puppies whose parents suffer in large commercial breeding establishments be sold here.  We thank Dulcea for her efforts to help fight for those still suffering in the puppy mills.

From our Sweethearts to yours, we wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  To learn more about Dulcea and her other Sanctuary Sweetheart friends please visit their special webpage.  For just $25/mo you can sponsor a HUA Sanctuary Sweetheart.

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