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EveB1Late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve two gentlemen came to the HUA shelter to report a beautiful dog lying in a field in a pool of blood, unable to move.  They tried to pick her up to bring her to Hearts United for Animals for help but she would not let them come near her, giving them warning signals that she was in pain and did not want to be touched.  HUA employees followed them to the field where they found her 30 feet from the railroad tracks.  She was unable to walk and although she wanted help she also did not want to be touched.  John from HUA was able to gently convince her that he was there to help and would be very careful with her.  She had a laceration under her eye and her back legs were very painful.  She stopped at the HUA shelter to have an injection of pain medication and was then on her way to Urgent Pet Care in Omaha.  It was found that this beautiful girl had three breaks in her pelvis with not much left of her sacrum.  She was kept comfortable at Urgent Pet Care over the holiday and then transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha where Dr Merkley, an orthopedic specialist, was called in to evaluate her.  Although he knew it would be a very difficult operation he was willing to try.  The surgery happened a week later after swelling went down, nerve damage assessments had been performed, and her lacerations and mouth injuries were attended to.  Because of her facial/jaw injuries she had to be syringe fed for nearly two weeks.

To commemorate her late day New Year's Eve rescue she was named Eve.  Eve's operation was lengthy and difficult.  She spent a week recovering on heavy pain meds and has just returned to Hearts United for Animals where she will spend the next eight to ten weeks completing her recovery.  She is now able to eat soft people food on her own, with chicken and hamburger being her favorites.  Eve had many special visitors and gifts sent to her during her two week stay in the veterinary hospitals in Omaha.  People were kind enough to cook her food, send her plush toys and blankets and stop by to wish her well.  We are not sure what type of dog Eve is but it has been suggested that she may have some Irish Wolfhound in her background, or Scottish Deerhound.  She is three years old and after her recovery is complete will be looking for a special family to call her own.  We will continue to assess her needs as she recovers to see if she will be able to do stairs or if a ranch style home would be best for her.  If you are interested in adopting Eve please email tera@hua.org.  Donations for Eve's care and recovery can be made online by clicking here.  Your support makes success stories like Eve's possible.  Eve sends many thanks from the bottom of her heart to everyone who has helped to care for her and save her life.

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Nine month old Rex saved his family last night when home invaders broke into their home, threw the woman of the house to the ground and held her by the throat.  Rex charged the intruders and was shot by the second one.  They fled and have not yet been captured.  Rex sustained severe injury to his left front leg where the bullet entered and has a broken toe on his right rear foot where the bullet exited.  Rex was transported to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha in severe distress and pain from the bullet wounds.  The family was so very proud of Rex, and yet devastated because they did not have the funds they would need in order to save his life.  The clinic called an Hearts United for Animals director at 2:00 am asking if HUA would help to save Rex's life, and hopefully his leg.  There was no hesitation.  Rex was truly a hero and deserved every chance to recover and go home to his beloved family.  Efforts began immediately to stabilize him and and get him comfortable with pain medication.  This morning he was transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic, HUA's preferred veterinary clinic in Omaha, where he has been given the largest recovery suite with a big bed, although being an Akita/Husky mix he prefers the cool floor most of the time.  The best orthopedic specialist in Omaha was called in to review Rex's x-rays and it was determined that although the operation will be intricate, he believes he can save Rex's leg.  The biggest risk now is infection.  Because of the bullet wound and bone fragments Rex will need to be on IV antibiotics until Tuesday, when the infection should subside enough to safely perform the operation that involves many pins and plates.  He will be hospitalized at Mobile Animal Clinic for approximately a week and then will have a 12 week recovery period when he goes home to his family.  The family is beyond grateful for Hearts United for Animal's help in saving Rex, who they call their hero and their big fluff ball.  The expenses for Rex are expected to total $6,000.  Both of his veterinarians are contributing to decrease the amount and Rex has received a substantial donation from another wonderful HUA supporter and board member.  It will be a long road, and donations for our emergency medical fund are always needed.  Please donate online at www.hua.org and note "emergency medical fund" or "Rex" in the comment section or click here to go directly to our donation page.  We are also offering a $5,000 private reward for the capture and conviction of the criminals who shot Rex.  Please contact the Omaha Police Department Crime Stoppers Unit at 402-444-STOP with tips, or you can write to us at hua@hua.org and we will pass along the information to the Omaha Police Department.

Today we received this message from Erin at the Animal Emergency Clinic regarding her experience with Rex last night and the work HUA does to help dogs in desperate need.  She agreed that we could share it with you:

Dear HUA,

I have been a vet tech at the Animal Emergency Clinic for almost 10years now. During that time I have cared for many animals, some only needed a little care, others needed a miracle. I have witnessed animals that have walked out of our hospital when nobody thought they would be able to. Last night, when Rex and his family came to us I was so proud of him for saving his family. He is a hero! When I learned that his family may not have the funds to help him, I was devastated. Here was this beautiful, stoic puppy that did the only thing that he knew to do to keep the people he loved safe, but because of finances his future was unknown. I left work at about 1:30am knowing that the family was still searching for a way to help him. One of my assistants called me and asked what they should do, and I could only think of one last try, and that was to call you! Later I got a message saying that you had agreed to pay for the medical bills so this family could take there precious friend home. I was in tears when I heard the news. I have cared for many animals that your rescue has stepped in and saved. Sometimes I forget why I am in this profession, and last night I was reminded that it is to help those that cannot help themselves. I just wanted to tell you that your rescue and the many people that are a part of it are angels and I will never forget how generous and wonderful you are.

Thank you, for always being there, when sometimes others can't.

Erin Rankin

Our hearts are touched by this special message which highlights the importance of the work we do, and of course also we are deeply touched by Rex today.  The HUA board member who took the call has been to visit him several times today and he is doing very well, quite relaxed and sedated, being kept comfortable by his pain meds.  His family is making regular visits to see their precious boy as well.  Many thanks to all of our supporters who make this important work possible for dogs like Rex.

Please visit our Facebook page for updates on Rex and to see the links to the news coverage of his story.  More photos are posted below.

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Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County yesterday.  They were living outdoors in piles of feces.  They were starving, full of worms and dehydrated because their water dishes were too frozen to get a drink.  The cages were made of makeshift wires and latches were bailing wire.  One very precious little staghound named Laurel is having an emergency amputation of her tail today because it was so badly injured from the cage wires and infected from the filth.  The HUA veterinarian feared she would die of infection if they did not operate immediately.

The dogs, mainly staghounds, greyhounds and coonhounds, were being bred for hunting.  Rick Herchenbach from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Thurston County Sheriff and the Thurston County Attorney all did a marvelous job of following up on complaints and worked very quickly to make sure the dogs were able to be rescued immediately.  HUA rescuers worked to carry the dogs on ice, through dead carcasses of smaller animals to get them to warmth and safety in their travel crates in the HUA van.  They were taken immediately to a veterinarian where they are all having thorough check ups and receiving wonderful care. We also wish to thank KETV and Action 3 news in Omaha for reporting the story to help raise funds for their care.  HUA anticipates that the veterinary bills for these dogs will be in the thousands.  Donations can be made online at www.hua.org.

Without support from the public HUA would not be able to rescue dogs like these who so desperately need us.  Thank you for always being there to make sure that dogs in need can be rescued and receive the care they need.  Please pass on their story and watch the video taken at the scene yesterday.

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On Thursday morning Hearts United for Animals received an email with a picture of a lonely, starved white Boxer.  He had been held for several weeks in a small town pound pending the trial of an abuse/neglect case.  The pound had no indoor space, only outdoor pens.  Our hearts broke when we realized this dear boy had been out in the blizzard the night before.  But the good news was that the case had ended, a plea had been reached and he was free to go to rescue.  A local family heard of Noah's plight and drove him two hours on the icy, snowy roads to safety at HUA.  Noah huddled in the car with their daughter Kristin for the first warmth and comfort he had ever known.  He arrived at 6:00 p.m. Thursday night.

John, who has worked at HUA for 10 years, said that he has not ever witnessed a dog in this bad of condition who was still alive.  When Noah arrived he was weak, but his tail wagged with gratitude.  He quickly gulped down several cups of food and soon settled into a pile of comforters that John warmed up in the dryer for him.  John says that Noah is very sweet, all love and affection.  He is skin and bones and has sores from severe parasite infestation.  Scars were found on Noah's neck and front legs, where we think he was bound with rope, possibly used as a bait dog or being trained to fight.

Friday night was the most special night of Noah's life.  Noah is 4 years old, and it was his first night ever spent indoors.  His rescuers chose the name Noah for him because it means peace, rest and comfort, which Noah has been granted for the first time in his life.

Noah will have a long road ahead in his recovery.  Most dogs would not have survived this far, but with excellent veterinary care, good food, comfort and love at HUA, we are hopeful that Noah will soon be plump, healthy and available for adoption to a family who will make up for all of the bad things that have happened to him.  Most dogs take for granted that they will be loved, have a warm place to sleep and food to keep them healthy and strong.  But Noah will never take his new found comforts for granted.  He will always be grateful, because he knows what it means to do without, to barely survive, holding onto hope that there might be something better if he can just hang on.  That something better has come for Noah.  This is a new beginning, one he will treasure always.

Please watch the lovely YouTube video that Noah's young rescuer made for him about his journey to HUA -





 



 

If you would like to help Noah on his journey to recovery please consider a donation for his care.  Donations through the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.  Also, if you mention Noah in the comment section of the donation form you will be entered into a drawing that will be held on Dec 31st to receive an 8x10 custom pet portrait by Terry Stanley, a wonderful artist who was very moved by Noah's story.

Thank you for your support.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on Noah.  Our volunteers are planning a very special Christmas dinner for Noah and his pals at HUA.  We will post photos on Facebook for everyone to see Noah's very special Christmas.

 

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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.

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