HUA’s First Annual Poolside Buffet Pawty and Fundraiser held on July 23rd, was a smashing success! Hosted by Bruce Billesbach at his gorgeous home in Ponca Hills, the benefit raised over $12,000 for the 400 canine and feline residents at HUA. The late Bexar (pronounced Bear) Billesbach, was the inspiration for the pawty. His photo greeted the party attendees and we know that Bruce’s beautiful, loving boy was with us in spirit. The night could not have been more fun! There was live entertainment, valet parking, a buffet by Metro Culinary School and over 30 lovely items on the silent auction tables. We had many $500 or more level sponsors for the benefit. Please help us thank them and support their businesses. Sponsors were Mobile Animal Clinic, Three Dog Bakery, Immediate Solutions, Rebel Interactive, Pawsitively Treasured, Ideal Construction, Woodhouse Auto Family, Tenant Data Services, and Veterinary Eye Specialists of Nebraska. We can’t thank Bruce, our sponsors, our silent auction item donors and our party attendees enough for making the night such a wonderful time to remember! Please enjoy all of the many fun photos from the event in our album in the Photos tab of our Facebook page. They were taken by Lisa Tegtmeier, HUA volunteer, and Kim Justus of Kimotofoto.com.
In your purse or on a plane, on the couch or on a train, in a bus or in your car, you can take a Chihuahua near or far! HUA has over 40 fabulous Chihuahuas looking for love. We’ve never had so many of this wonderful breed at one time. Can you, could you, should you help to find them great homes? Yes…you can, you could, you should! Take a look at all of these wonderful, smiling faces just waiting for the perfect home to call their own.
Did you know that if you have adopted from us before and your circumstances have not substantially changed that you are pre-approved? All you have to do is write to Jenny (email@example.com) and say, “Jenny, I would like to adopt a Chihuahua!”. What will Jenny say when you tell her this? She will say “That is wonderful news! Do you have one in mind or can we help choose the perfect one for you?…Would you like to travel in the car or should we put him on a plane?” Haven’t adopted from us before? Not to worry. Just fill out our online application and we’ll walk you through a simple process. Just a few easy steps…make sure you have a securely fenced yard, a vet reference check, a brief home visit to make sure we have a good match and poof – you have a new family member! We have home visitors across the continental US and can fly to most major metropolitan airports.
Why a Chihuahua? Chihuahuas are the oldest dog breed in North America, and the smallest dog breed in the world. Named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua, they are believed to have been sacred to the Mayan Indian Nation. They are amazingly devoted, loving companions who are generally easy to groom and care for. Their life span is 15 years or more. Chihuahuas typically do better with adults or families with older children. They come in many colors and can have short or long fur. Many say that Chihuahuas are like potato chips – you can’t have just one!
Please look at all these wonderful smiling faces and send this post to your friends and family. These adorable Chihuahuas need you to help them find happy homes!
Click on each dog’s picture to learn more about him/her:
On June 3rd, Hearts United for Animals took in 20 dogs from a puppy mill near Valley, Nebraska. The conditions were deplorable. The dogs suffered in pitch darkness, locked in an old dilapidated barn with no windows. Many of the dogs lived this way for years. At first they cowered in fear not knowing what to expect of their rescuers, or even what to make of the sunlight that had never before touched their beautiful faces. Tears fell from the eyes of one gorgeous little red Chihuahua as she realized her nightmare was over. She stopped shaking as she was held in the arms of an HUA staff member. Her eyes lit up, she held her head high and for the first time in her life a smile came to her face.
There were several puppies in the group. Four of the puppies were only 6 weeks old and had been separated from their mother. One of the four Papillon pups, a little girl named Mary, is very ill. She cries for her mother, from whom she never should have been separated so young, but she is taking comfort in her siblings. It will be an uphill battle but we will do all within our power to make sure that these pups survive.
The older dogs have extensive medical needs. They have rotting teeth from lack of care and poor nutrition, mouths full of infection, hernias, mammary tumors, eye infections, fur loss from stress and urine scalding from the filthy conditions. In time they will heal. They will feel better and as they feel better they will blossom into the loving, adoring, trusting companions that they always should have been. It may take time to find them the wonderful homes they deserve and at HUA they will get all of the time, medical attention and love that they need to give them their lives back.
In December 2008 Sue Sturgis, from Lincoln, Nebraska, sold her business to dedicate all her time to the love of her life – helping animals. With years of experience as a fashion coordinator and successful business owner Sue decided to open her own store, one where all profit would go to help homeless and suffering animals. Sue and her husband Darren, and two rescued dogs Emba and Muggy (the official greeters) work day and night to help provide a better life for shelter dogs and increase awareness about animal welfare issues.
The store, Cause for Paws, located at 5700 Old Cheney Road in Lincoln, Nebraska, accepts gently used clothing and accessories and household items – anything in good condition. It is not a typical second hand store. Merchandise is all of good quality, beautifully organized and tastefully displayed. It looks like an attractive level of a department store. Customers receive great personal service. People bring in donations and stay to shop.
Recently HUA directors Carol Wheeler and Sally Carter, along with Canary and Ciana, Chihuahuas rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill, stopped in to say hello at Cause for Paw and thank Sue and Darren for helping so many of the dogs in need at HUA. Ciana, who was not known to warm up quickly to new people, took an immediate liking to Sue and Darren. It was soon decided they would adopt her to become the littlest animal rescue ambassador at Cause for Paws. Ciana is carried around the store, always in Sue’s arms, and is loving her new life as storekeeper and beloved family member. Her friend Canary was soon after adopted by a wonderful family in Lincoln.
Please consider helping Cause for Paws by donating gently used items or stopping in to shop. Make sure to thank Sue and Darren for dedicating their lives to the animals in need. They are appreciated tremendously by the Hearts United for Animals organization and the animals we rescue who are so very much in need of support.
You can visit the Cause for Paws website at http://www.causeforpawslincoln.com.
It was a quiet afternoon at the shelter when a man and his teenage son pulled up in a pickup. The dad informed us that his son found a puppy in the in a ditch in the country the night before while out having a good time with his buddies and wondered if we could help. We were anticipating a Labrador, or some other typical breed for the rural areas. The son got out of the truck and presented our volunteer with a little yellow puppy who weighed less than 3 pounds. He was the most adorable little thing we’d ever laid eyes on. We of course said we were happy to take him.
We noted that the little pup was very snorty and his breathing was labored. He lapped up soft food and water but we could tell he needed immediate veterinary care, so minutes later he was on his way to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha. We were thinking antibiotics and time on oxygen would fix him up. We were very disappointed, as was the veterinary staff, to learn that he had severe injuries consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle. He had a scar on his head, his eye was red from trauma, a rib was fractured and his jaw was broken and severely displaced. We were sick about it. Despite his injuries this gorgeous little pup wagged his tail, squirmed and was so happy to be with people. The jaw break was at the TM joint making surgery not an option. The vet said that sometimes putting a tape muzzle on to make the jaw bone grow back into place works and that was our only option. It would mean syringe feeding the pup for 3 to 4 weeks until the jaw healed. We said of course, we have to try. After a weekend at the emergency hospital our little pup, now named Kid Rock for his love of the music he listened to in the car on the way to the vet, was able to come back to the shelter. The HUA staff fed him every 2 to 4 hours by syringe giving him pain meds through the syringe as well. Kid Rock was so sad and in so much pain that it broke our hearts, but we knew if he could get through it he would be the happiest, sweetest puppy ever. He whined and nuzzled his head into our arms for the first several days. Although still not happy to have his mouth taped shut, soon after he was back to himself and begging for his next feeding.
Kid Rock’s jaw has healed faster than anticipated and he now has the tape muzzle off after 3 weeks. He is still weak and fighting infection. He is eating soft food for now with two different kinds of antibiotics administered. His nasal trauma is still healing and he makes some snorting noises that sound like he is gasping to breath. He is happy as can be though and got to play with the other puppies at HUA for the first time this weekend. He thought it was positively delightful. He loves lapping up every bite of food on his own and just can’t wait to get out to lavish hundreds of kisses on his care givers. In addition to being too cute for words he has the sweetest, most loving personality.
We cannot imagine what caused someone to throw this gorgeous little pup from a moving car and leave him to die in a ditch in the country. Perhaps drugs? There is just no reason on earth for such a horrible thing to happen. We are so glad that he was found and that he had such wonderful medical care. The entire staff at two veterinary clinics have fallen madly in love with him and are as grateful as we are for the divine intervention that caused the young man and his friends to stop to check their tires at that very spot by the ditch late that night.
We are gladly accepting monetary donations for Kid Rock’s care (costs are currently at close to $1,000), and although he is not quite ready for adoption yet if you are interested please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will keep you informed of his progress. He still has some follow up vet visits to do and will need to be stronger in order to be neutered and micro-chipped but he would LOVE to have a great home waiting for him when he is ready to go.
Dooley recently came to us from a puppy mill rescue with 100 other dogs. At less than a year old he was afraid, shivering and filthy. At first it was thought that he had a vision impairment because he would occasionally run into things. However, the eye specialist said that he has perfect vision. The specialist thinks that Dooley experienced a back trauma while at the mill, which is healing ok on its own although he bunny hops a little. Soon after his many doctor visits Dooley had a massive seizure that took a day to recover from. We were so scared thinking we might lose him. It was determined by the specialists at Iowa State that he has a liver shunt. This causes him to act intoxicated due to not being able to properly process protein in his diet which is why he would sometimes run into things. The protein in his good quality diet at HUA built up and caused him to have the seizure. Dooley was evaluated and the good news is that the shunt is operable. The bad news is that it is an intricate, expensive surgery and it was also found that he has 3 bladder stones which will need to be removed at the same time. Dooley is not strong enough to survive surgery yet. He will be on medication and a special diet for another 3 to 4 weeks before he can return to Iowa State for his operations. We can tell his medicines and new low protein diet are helping already. Dooley doesn’t even know that he is sick, but without surgery he has no chance of living to see his adult years. Dooley chases bunnies in the yard, races up and down the hall doing his little bunny hop, snoozes on his special little doggie couch that he loves, and plays with the other dogs. He follows us at our feet and loves to snoop in the refrigerator (Sorry Dooley! It is only your special diet for now! After your recovery we will have all kinds of special treats ready for you to choose from!). Being held and cuddled is his very favorite thing. He is all puppy, and we hope that he can heal in time to experience what is left of his puppyhood without any complications. Dooley needs all of our healing thoughts and prayers. He has an uphill battle ahead. Dooley’s life has nearly been stolen from him due to poor breeding, abuse and lack of care at the mill. We intend to do everything in our power to made sure he has a life of health and happiness ahead of him and we are asking for your help. Donations for his medical expenses, which we estimate will be $3,300 can be made online here. We thank you and Dooley thanks you for your support, care and concern. We will post updates when Dooley goes for his operations. Please send good thoughts his way! HUA supporters are the best. We know that you will come together, as you’ve done for so many other suffering mill dogs, to help us give Dooley the health and happiness he so desperately deserves.
UPDATE: Dooley just had his surgery today 4/23/10. He did GREAT! He will be in the ICU for the next 24 to 48 hours but the vet said it just couldn’t have gone better. The liver repair went well and the bladder stones turned out to not be bladder stones but some type of small flakes (possibly due to the liver condition) that are not of any concern. Thanks to everyone who contributed to help save Dooley’s life and get him on the road to recovery! We are SOOOO happy to have this good report from Iowa State University on him tonight.
Poor Hawkeye has had a tough life. This sweet young Pomeranian fellow was born in a puppy mill in Iowa. He was released by the breeder to a rescue group in Iowa, which should have been the start of a wonderful life. Unfortunately for Hawkeye he had an awful experience. He was adopted to a family who had a large dog. The large dog attacked him, severely injuring his leg. The family then took him to a humane society where his leg was bandaged but nothing else was done. The leg became extremely infected. HUA was contacted to take him and told that his leg was so bad that it would need to be amputated. When Hawkeye arrived in our care our vet was shocked at what he found under the bandage. It was awful, but with a new laser therapy and IV antibiotics the vet refused to give up, knowing that with proper care the leg will heal. Hawkeye’s wound was cleaned, he was given pain medication and was taken daily for a week for laser treatments at Backlund Animal Hospital in Omaha where they have state of the art equipment and cutting edge treatment options. Hawkeye should be as good as new within a few more weeks. He is in GREAT spirits. He loves all the care and attention that is lavished on him. He is such a sweet, adorable, fun little fellow who in spite of all of his trauma still adores people and other dogs. We can’t wait to say that he is completely healed and ready to find a wonderful new home where he will be treated like a little prince, never to suffer again. If you are interested in adopting Hawkeye please write to email@example.com. If you would like to donate for his care (bills are currently at about $1,500) please click here and write “for Hawkeye” in the comments. If you would like to leave him a special message here or on the donation form we will be happy to deliver it to him and give him a kiss from you!
Hawkeye recovers at an HUA foster home in Omaha.
Hawkeye’s leg after it was cleaned up, a few days after laser therapy started.
HUA will be in the Pet Zone at the Omaha Home & Builders Show this week Thursday March 25th through Sunday March 28th. We will have dogs for adoption at the show and info about the adoption process. We had a great time last year. The dogs loved the attention and we made many wonderful contacts with people who knew nothing about puppy mills and were so eager to learn where the parents of pet store puppies come from. It was both fun and educational, with our main message being “Don’t Shop. Adopt.” We are looking forward to doing it again. Neema is hoping she might meet that special someone who will sweep her off her feet and show her a lifetime of love and devotion. Dulcea, our little Sanctuary Sweetheart who has no eyes, and Emily, our little princess who has no lower jaw, will be making special guest appearances begging people to learn more about puppy mills and to take pity on the poor parents of pet store puppies by adopting instead of supporting an industry of greed and abuse.
The event is at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Hours are:
|Thursday||March 25||5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday||March 26||Noon – 9:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||March 27||10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 28||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
Sweet little Emily arrived from a puppy mill with her jaw broken and dangling. She was starving, having only been given hard kibble that she could not eat. At the age of 4 she weighed only 2.5 pounds and lost most of her teeth at her first vet visit. Her teeth were completely rotten from decay and all of her ribs were showing. It was determined that the injury to her jaw could not be repaired. The operation would be too painful and for all that pain the injury was too old for the operation to be successful anyway. The doctors assured us that Emily is in no pain and will be able to live a normal life with the jaw as it is. Emily is at a foster home now where she is eating well and up to nearly 4 pounds. She is a bright, happy, beautiful little girl who is adored by all. She feels so much better, has come to love people and holds no grudges for all of the horrible things that have happened to her. One of our volunteers who wants Emily to have every opportunity to shine and find a wonderful home sent her to a professional photographer in Omaha so that she could show her smiling face and bright eyes to the world in style. Please check out Emily’s web page here: ADOPT ME – EMILY! to see her photos and read the full story of how well she is doing in her foster home. Emily also asks her friends in Nebraska to sign up for updates on the Nebraska Voter’s for Companion Animals website so that they can personally help fight puppy mills in Nebraska.
Ingrid and the Sanctuary Sweethearts at HUA would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. Hearts United for Animals is dedicated to the philosophy that all dogs deserve happy healthy lives with people who love them. Some dogs find that home with us as Sanctuary Sweethearts. They are animals who are not up for adoption for various reasons including health, age and personality issues. Ingrid is one of the senior Sanctuary Sweethearts. She has been with us for 10 years. She was rescued from a puppy mill in the year 2000 when she was only 2 years old. We do not know what happened to Ingrid to make her so fearful. She trusts no human. She is completely petrified. She is happy at the sanctuary because she knows that she can live life on her own terms. We give Ingrid the space she needs to be happy. She is free to play with her dog friends and takes much comfort in their presence. They know how fragile she is and take pride in protecting her and comforting her. Without your generous support our Sanctuary Sweethearts would not have the option of this happy place to call home, a place where they can live their lives knowing peace, joy and love. Please visit Ingrid and all of the Sanctuary Sweethearts of HUA on their own special page of our website and join us in wishing the these sweeties a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and every day.