Throughout the month of December, Hearts United for Animals will run 30-and-60-second spots on Animal Planet and Bravo in several major US markets as well as the Omaha and Lincoln area, including additional spots on the 10 pm news on KETV and WOWT. We are so grateful to Mr James Lipton, of Inside the Actors Studio on Bravo, for delivering this powerful message. He is an amazing talent and a kind, compassionate man of honor. We would also like to thank Don Henley of The Eagles and co-writers, Steuart Smith and Timothy Schmit, for allowing us to use their song, “Do Something”. Their kind words and enthusiasm for the project are so appreciated.
Another big name star of the show is Telly, a 12-year old bald, blue, paralyzed Dachshund who was rescued by HUA from a horrible Nebraska puppy mill. Telly is in the 60-second version and also will be featured in an extended version in the works now. We appreciate his taking time from his busy schedule to accommodate our videographer’s request. Telly was glad to show all of his friends and fans how well he is doing with his new family, Noelle and Bob Buscher of Elkhorn, Nebraska. If he could talk he would say “Who loves ya baby?” just like his namesake who is also a famous television star.
Without our dear HUA supporters, Riki and Jerome Shaw, these commercials would not have been possible. Riki recognized the need to spread the word about puppy mills and the important mission of HUA. After visiting HUA, it became her dream to inform as many people as possible about the horrors of puppy mills and to help raise funding for HUA so that we can continue our mission of mercy to save thousands more puppy mill dogs while working to end the atrocity of puppy mills forever. Riki has traveled extensively visiting shelters and assisting with rescue efforts throughout the United States. She says that her heart remains with HUA and it has become her life’s mission to create awareness about what an exceptional place it is both in facilities and dedication.
Our friends Matt Bross and Chad Eacker at Delinea Design in Omaha worked day and night to write the scripts and bring it all together and our friends Kevin Hutchison and Karissa Tomsen at Bozell in Omaha lent their expertise in purchasing and placement as well as final details. We are so excited to see this project come together and are hopeful that the text to donate campaign will result in funding that will enable us to rescue and restore many, many more dogs who are living lives of misery and neglect in puppy mills.