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Turbo has been waking up every morning, looking at the calendar, and hoping that Thursday, May 16th, will arrive soon!  Today he realized that it is getting very close, so he wanted to make sure to tell all of his friends to save the date.  All donations made to Hearts United for Animals on May 16th through the Give to Lincoln Razoo web page will qualify our shelter and sanctuary for a proportional share of a $200,000 match pool of funds from the Lincoln Community Foundation.  Turbo heard that last year the shelter was in the top spot for donations all day and that over $65,000 was raised to help the animals at HUA.  He is an excellent mathematician and he knows how far that much money goes to help dogs and cats in need.  He is also up to speed on technology and suggests that if you have a smart phone you may wish to plug in a calendar reminder that says "Turbo says to donate online at http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/hua".  Turbo and his friends will be cheering us on and watching the totals on the Give to Lincoln Day website on the 16th, as well as following all of the exciting happenings on our Facebook page.  They know that so many deserving animals can be helped through your generous donations and matching funds from the Lincoln Community Foundation.  Turbo has promised all of his buddies a round of special treats at the end of the day if we can beat last year's total.  He doesn't need much of an excuse to throw a party, but we think that would be a great reason!  Please help Turbo meet his goal on May 16th.

PS - Turbo has a secret that he wants to share.  If you go to our Give to Lincoln donation web page now, you can schedule your donation to happen automatically on the 16th, so there is no way you will forget.  Right above the donation button make sure it says Make This Donation Occur "On a Giving Day".  It is that easy!

Stay up to speed with all of the latest Give to Lincoln Day and Hearts United for Animals news by becoming a fan of our Facebook page.  Turbo loves social media and wants to keep in touch with his friends.

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On April 15th, Hearts United for Animals rescued 19 dogs from miserable conditions where they had lived for years in a Lancaster County, Nebraska puppy mill.  Most of them were underweight, and all have medical issues due to severe neglect.  All of the dogs were so happy to be rescued.  They delighted in the comfort given to them by their rescuers.  They enjoyed their clean new spaces and wonderful soft food.  They lapped up their fresh, clean, abundant drinking water - something they had been lacking.

Rescuers decided that these dogs are definitely rock stars!  They came through their ordeal with such happy, positive attitudes, looking forward to their much improved new lives.  They survived, they endured, and they will become loved family members after all of their medical work is done.  Stevie Nicks, a tiny little female Brussels Griffon, was the happiest of all.  Even though she suffered from a plethora of painful conditions including a hernia, ulcerated and infected eyes, infected ears and a luxating patella, the first thing she did was to dance around the room greeting everyone with her stubby little tail wagging like crazy.  Rachel, her new caregiver at HUA, hugged her tight and assured her that every day will be a happy one from now on, full of love, goodness and hope.

As of today, Janis Joplin, a Schnauzer who was so filthy and entangled in mats that she could barely walk or see, is in the maternity ward at HUA awaiting the arrival of the last litter of pups this poor soul will ever have to give birth to.  Her health is poor.  Her mouth is horribly infected and she has a bad hernia as well as a heart condition.  Everyone was devastated to learn she was pregnant.  It means she will have to wait until after the puppies are born to have her medical conditions attended to properly.  It also puts her at huge risk for complications.  She is strong though, and continues to gain strength every day due to the good nutrition she is receiving now that she is at HUA.  She has been groomed and feels like a new dog.  Her start to a happy, healthy new life is a bit behind the others due to her pregnancy but the veterinarian caring for her is hopeful that she will come through it well.  Janis and Stevie and their friends are perfect examples of the tremendous suffering the parents of pet store puppies endure month after month and year after year.  These dogs lived in piles and piles of excrement with little food, little water, little veterinary care and obviously no regard whatsoever for anything other than the number of puppies that their broken down bodies could produce.  Please share their story with your friends and let them know that dogs like this will continue to suffer as long as the public continues to buy puppies from pet stores and on the internet.

As the newest rock stars of HUA continue to survive and thrive in their loving new environment filled with comforts they have never experienced before, they invite you to view the uplifting video of their arrival:

 

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Meet Kylie.  She is one of over 10,000 dogs that Hearts United for Animals has rescued from puppy mills.  The puppy mill that Kylie was rescued from was located right here in Nebraska, not far from Omaha.  She did not have a name.  She was only a number.  She did not ever have a bath or a haircut.  The mats on her face were so bad that by the time she was rescued she could not even see through all of the snarled fur.  She lived her entire life in a cage, her feet never touching grass, receiving no love, never getting to experience the simplest pleasures of being a dog.  Her only purpose was to churn out puppies to be sold to pet stores.  She has scars from c-sections and had horrible ear and mouth infections.

Kylie was rescued the day after Valentine’s Day.  When she arrived she cowered in a corner, afraid to be touched by humans.  After her first bath and grooming she became a new dog.  She danced with delight at how wonderful she felt.  She couldn’t believe the big new world in front of her that she could actually see for the first time in years!  She clung to her rescuers, showing her gratitude and adoring every moment of being loved and comforted.

Her friends the Elkhound puppies who were rescued with her are terribly afraid of humans.  At only 5 months old they don't expect that people will be nice to them.  Mason pup can barely walk.  He hobbles along in pain as both of his back legs are very deformed.  His brother Lamar is a little better, but along with Mason will need expensive orthopedic surgery in order to lead a normal pain free life.  They will be given that chance because of Hearts United for Animals and our wonderful supporters.

Please remember Kylie and her friends when you see those cute puppies in the pet store.  Buying those cute little puppies keeps puppy mills in business and ensures that the parents of those pet store puppies will continue to suffer for years and years.  You have the power to stop puppy mills.  Please do not support stores that sell puppies.  Use your wallet to send them the message that no matter how cute those puppies are, the lack of care that their parents endure in the mass breeding facilities is not acceptable.

Please visit www.hua.org to learn more about puppy mills and to visit Kylie and her 400 friends at Hearts United for Animals who are available for adoption.  You can also make a donation to help Hearts United for Animals mission to shut down puppy mills and rescue and rehabilitate dogs like Kylie, Mason, Lamar and their friends.

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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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