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A call came in from Nyla, a good friend of Hearts United for Animals, and volunteer for Nebraska Dachshund Rescue.  She was very upset because she had encountered a family selling very sick puppies in the parking lot of a store in Omaha.  She begged them to turn the puppies over to her so she could get them help, but they would not.  She got their information and called HUA to see what could be done.  After a couple of days passed the people agreed to give up two of the puppies.  They came to HUA and Justin, a cute little red fellow, fell very ill with parvo.  He was rushed to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha on a Friday night.  Soon after his arrival a call came in that a little pup who looked just like Justin had arrived at the Emergency Clinic with instructions to euthanize.  The clinic called us and asked if we would take over her care as they felt she could be saved.  We said yes, absolutely.  We then found out that she was rescued by a local group who could not afford her care and that she was in fact Justin's sister.  They had one more boy who was also falling ill with parvo.  We agreed to take over his care and they brought him to the Emergency Clinic immediately.  While Justin, Selena and Jonah were being cared for Nyla and the other group were working to save two more.  The same family had been keeping a total of six puppies in their bathtub.  We had all but two of them, chocolate labs from another litter.  We convinced the family that since the others were ill the labs would soon be ill as well.  They agreed to give them up and met an HUA volunteer to hand them over.  They were lethargic and bleeding and were rushed right to the Emergency Clinic to be with the others.  As Sheldon and Spencer were arriving, Justin's brother Jordan who had been at HUA for a few days fell ill and was rushed in as well.  That made a total of six sick puppies receiving emergency care in Omaha.  The entire isolation ward at the clinic was full with HUA pups.  They all received round the clock care with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

On Monday morning they were all still quite ill.  It was touch and go as to whether they would survive.  Justin would rally and then fall again.  We were so frightened that he may succumb.  Jordan had a secondary infection causing an extremely high fever.  They were all transferred to Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha where they would receive care for the entire week.  One by one each of them perked up and became healthy.  Expenses for this rescue were huge.  It was something most groups would not be able to handle, but we knew our supporters would rally and help to pay the nearly $5,000 that it cost for the week of care to save their lives.  Each of them are so very precious and we could not let them go without a fight.  Many pups don't survive parvo and with the extreme lack of care they had in their 8 weeks of life so far it was truly a miracle that each and every one of the six survived.

We would like to extend our thanks to Nyla, the Animal Emergency Clinic and Mobile Animal Clinic for their tireless efforts to save them and also to our wonderful supporters.  Because of you these pups will have happy, healthy lives and be adopted to wonderful homes where they will be cherished and loved forever.


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Dulcea and her pals at Hearts United for Animals would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day and thank you so much for your generous support that saved their lives and allows them to be happy as Sanctuary Sweethearts.  The Sanctuary Sweetheart program is for dogs who are not adoptable due to age, medical or behavioral condition.  Dulcea came from a horrible puppy mill in Nebraska.  Her eyes were so severely damaged that they both had to be removed to spare her further suffering.  When she came to HUA several years ago she was on death's door, but today she is the happiest, spunkiest little ray of sunshine you could ever imagine.  She has a permanent foster home with Aunt Jean, who is Florence Nightingale and Mother Theresa wrapped into one for so many downtrodden, sick and forlorn animals who have come through our doors.  Jean talks to Dulcea all day so that she knows where to find her and feels comfort at all times.  Dulcea has surprised everyone by learning to hop into bed by herself and even do stairs.  She has been known to make special guest appearances at local events urging the public to adopt rather than buy animals from pet stores.  People say, "oh she must be tired, she is sleeping".  When she is in her snuggle sac with Jean it looks as if her eyes are closed and she is napping.  Jean then explains that she isn't sleeping, she just does not have eyes due to the abuse at the puppy mill.  We are sure that many people are now spreading the word to their friends about how the parents of pet store puppies are treated due to the special public appearances by our dear little Dulcea.

Dulcea has also been an activist in pet store protests.  Twice she came out to help HUA protest the Petland at the corner of 120th and West Center Road in Omaha.  This Valentine's Day she is proud to announce success!  The Petland store closed for good this month...an amazing gift to the puppy mill dogs.  No longer will sick puppies whose parents suffer in large commercial breeding establishments be sold here.  We thank Dulcea for her efforts to help fight for those still suffering in the puppy mills.

From our Sweethearts to yours, we wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day.  To learn more about Dulcea and her other Sanctuary Sweetheart friends please visit their special webpage.  For just $25/mo you can sponsor a HUA Sanctuary Sweetheart.

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Another Missouri puppy mill is closed for good!  The dogs had just hours to be out before they were to be killed.  Hearts United for Animals spoke for the last of the dogs who had no rescue groups speak for them.  All were saved, and just in the nick of time.  Our good friends Kent and Alma from Midwest Wheaten Rescue saved the Wheaten Terriers and transported the remaining dogs to HUA.  We thank them for their tireless efforts to save these precious souls.  The group included Chihuahuas, Papillions, a Bichon, a Poodle, a Silky Terrier, a Yorkshire Terrier and two Dachshunds.  They were filthy and the smell was horrible.  The Bichon was in especially bad shape, unable to even see from all of the overgrown, matted fur.  That didn't stop him from doing a happy dance and flashing us a big, grateful smile upon his arrival.  They will all have baths and grooming appointments soon.  We fear that one older Chihuahua girl may be pregnant.  She will see the vet first.  A ten year old dachshund fellow is reported to have injuries to his back in three places, but he too was full of excitement and happiness to arrive at HUA.

The breeder said that she could no longer stay in business because she cannot comply with the new regulations in Missouri meant to provide comfort and care to dogs in breeding facilities.  We are hearing this from many Missouri breeders who are going out of business.  They should be going out of business if they cannot provide the most basic of care and for that we are grateful.  We are hopeful that this is just the start of many more Missouri mill closings yet to come.  For the dogs rescued yesterday it is the start of a wonderful new life that they would not have been able to imagine.  Until yesterday all they knew were cold, filthy cages.  No love.  No vet care.  Just misery.  Today is the beginning of the rest of their wonderful, precious lives.

To contribute to the care of this latest group of mill rescues please click here to access our donation page or text to donate on our Facebook app.  We could not do what we do without you.

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Twenty dogs will be having a very Happy New Year thanks to the efforts of Hearts United for Animals and Almost Home Canine Rescue. In late December Julie Lavin with Almost Home delivered Havanese, a Papillion and a little Cavalier King Charles puppy to start their new lives at HUA. The little Cavalier pup had surgery on both of his knees at a specialist in Omaha just after the New Year began. He is doing remarkably well and will be off to a wonderful new home when his recovery his complete. The Havanese are having the time of their lives enjoying socialization time with the volunteers at HUA.

Shortly after the arrival of the Iowa and South Dakota dogs several very tiny Chihuahuas arrived from a Nebraska puppy mill. The dogs were much too tiny and delicate to be bred, but they were anyway. Three pups were in the group and we are thankful that they will not grow up in a wretched Nebraska mill. Pecan, an older chihuahua girl, has back legs so deformed that she can barely walk, but that didn't stop them from breeding her. She will see a specialist in Omaha this week to see if there is anything that can be done. She crawls mostly using her front legs to get around. The muscles on her hips are weak and oddly formed, probably from years of being unable to walk correctly. Despite her problems she is one very happy girl, just so joyful to be rescued! She and all of her friends will be provided with the best care that we have to offer. In the year 2012 we resolve to do all we can to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and rescue many more dogs who are so desperately in need.  Please help us help the puppy mill dogs by clicking here to donate toward their care.

Pecan - tiny Chihuahua girl with malformed legs


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At first it seemed that if Lucky did not have bad luck he would have no luck at all.  He was found wandering and starving with a front leg injury.  He was clearly in distress but was happy to arrive at HUA where he was given wonderful meals and taken in for evaluation by a specialist for his leg.  Unfortunately the leg injury was old and the tendons had wrapped around, healing so poorly that they could not be repaired.  Lucky had to have a front leg amputated.  He did very well with the surgery and was a model patient.  He became a favorite at the vet clinic in Omaha where he spent several days recovering.  During that time his heartworm test came back and it was bad news.  Lucky is heartworm positive.  We were in despair over all this poor, adorable, loving boy had to go through and the tough road ahead.

When Lucky arrived at the vet he did not even have a name.  Our first concern was to get him care quickly.  Upon receiving the news about his heartworm diagnosis the vet said "well we just wanted you to know we have named him Lucky."  We said really?  Why?  At first we thought it was a joke.  Dr Jensen then went on to explain that as the staff discussed it they decided that any dog who was in that bad of a situation, who turned out to be such a loving, happy dog in spite of all his troubles and found people who cared so deeply about him, loving him and wanting to heal him in spite of all his afflictions was actually pretty darn lucky.  We thought that was such a sweet sentiment that we decided Lucky would be his name.  All of the techs at the clinic continue to inquire about Lucky, the dog with such heart and spirit.  They want him to find a wonderful home, as they just can't imagine a dog who deserves it more.  Lucky has had no trouble with his amputation.  When we went to pick Lucky up from the clinic he ran out to greet us, jumped up for treats and to show us his favorite bone that had been given to him as a gift by the clinic staff.  We could go on about what a great dog Lucky is, but we think the look on his face says it all.  He is happy and loved and that is all that matters to him.

Lucky will be going through his heartworm treatments and is scheduled to be done around Valentine's Day.  He will have big piles of blankets to rest in while he recovers and people at the shelter to dote on him, which he completely adores.  Lucky is looking forward to a great New Year of happiness, healing and hopefully a home with a family of his very own.

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