View Our New Commercial About Puppy Mills

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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.

5 Responses to “View Our New Commercial About Puppy Mills”

  1. Hope Grant Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    So grateful to Riki Schaffer-Shaw and Jerome Shaw for their continuos and generous support by saving the lives of hundreds and hundreds of dogs from their inhumane, horrific and cruel treatment and early deaths.

  2. 60isthenew55 Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    It’s a completely wonderful ad. I know you all have been working toward this kind of thing for so long, and you should be so pleased with the results. Congratulations to everyone who made it happen!

  3. sharon connacher Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I was overjoyed to see the Hearts United TV spot. i immediately text’d the maximum amount. I just wish I could text more than $30….hopefully you will be able to continue to get the word out. So many are not aware of the dire circumstances these dogs endure. I never met a puppy mill owner; do they a have an empty spot where there heart should be?

  4. Telly Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Time flies when youre having fun! Did you guys know that I’m actually going to be TWELVE in a few months?! I appreciate that you think I am such a young buck of 9…it must be my svelte figure. Or, maybe the cart takes ’3 years off’…either way, I would not have made it to the ripe old age of 12 without the loving care of HUA. ~ Telly the Little Blue Dog

  5. Jean Says:
    December 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I would like to thank Riki and Jerome Shaw for this brilliant idea. For years I have dreamed of being able to focus on education and pr. If more people knew, this problem could be solved! The basic problem is that people JUST DON’T KNOW. The breeder and puppy mill organizations (with the Department of Agriculture, yes funded by OUR tax dollars) work hard to keep this torture secret.

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