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Hearts United for Animals is determined to place each dog and cat in the right home for that particular animal. We take lots of time to get to know each one and can tell you in detail about their personalities.

We have an application process. The application asks information that helps us determine whether the home would be the right one for that animal.

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Note: Due to a high volume of adoption applications being received, please allow a full 48 hours for a response to your application.

If the application is found to be a good match with a dog or cat for adoption, then we will schedule a home visit by one of our volunteers in your area. Since we are the rare shelter that does long distance adoptions, we have set very high criteria for choosing the right homes for our animals. We are exceptionally careful. We always have the best interest of the animals in mind. Very few dogs do well without a securely-fenced yard, and we rarely ever place a dog without a fenced yard. It is our job to protect and ensure the happiest, safest possible future for all of the dogs who come through our doors. Each animal is precious to us and we take our responsibilities to them very seriously. Applicants must be head of household or co-head of household and 21 years of age or older. For Local Adoptions - Once your adoption application is fully approved we will reach out to schedule a time to visit the shelter and meet your new best friend. Adoption appointment hours are 10 am to 2 pm every day except Wednesdays.

Our adoption fee is $250 for dogs and $75 for cats. The adoption fee helps offset the cost of having the dog altered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms, microchipped and provided any other medical care necessary. It costs far more than $250 dollars to provide all the medical care that the dogs require before they are adopted.

We do send dogs on airplanes to new homes if there are safe flights. The cost of the flight and travel crate is additional to the adoption fee. The cost varies depending upon the size of the dog, the airline, and the the method of shipping.

If there is ever a problem with any dog adopted from us, whatever the reason, we take the dog back. We make a lifetime commitment to the dogs that we rescue, we will either find them another home or they will live with us as Sanctuary Sweethearts. You cannot give the dog to anyone else for any reason. You need to be certain that you understand and agree with this requirement.

Please email adoptions@hua.org if you have any questions.

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NINE--NO, TEN!--NEWBORNS IN NEED
An emergency call came in to the HUA office early last week.  A family living in a town just west of the shelter had to move unexpectedly, and they were forced to abandon their dogs.  To make matters worse, two of the three adult dogs were brand new mothers, nursing a grand total of nine puppies.  Human family members stepped in to help these little dog families and called HUA for assistance.  Staff members drove to the house where the big group of tiny babes was waiting and tucked them carefully into clean, comfortable kennels with soft blankets.  When they arrived at the shelter, the new residents were quickly surrounded by staff and volunteers wanting to get a glimpse. One litter appeared to be about four weeks old and the other only two weeks old. Not much later, the family called the shelter for the second time.  A tenth puppy was on its way! The darling chocolate-colored fellow was given a bottle as soon as he arrived. He was then reunited with his mama, who was very relieved to have her brood all in one place.  We have dubbed them The Cowpokes and named all of the little cuties appropriately.       
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BIG BOY BEAR'S JOURNEY TO JOY
  BIG BOY BEAR'S JOURNEY TO JOY   In the summer of 2014 we received a call from people in a small town within an hour's drive of the shelter.  They said there was a Newfoundland living on a chain, and he was matted, filthy, and miserable.  They asked if we could do anything to help this dog. HUA representatives drove to the home right away.  Big Boy Bear was chained to an old shed.  He had a huge collar around his neck attached to the heavy chain.  He had worn a dirt circle as far as the chain would reach in an area of tall weeds.  He had a dog house that he could not get into.    
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EIGHT SHIH TZUS FROM HOUSE OF HORRORS ARRIVE AT HUA
Earlier this year, the Humane Society in a small, rural town in South Dakota received a tip about an animal abuse/hoarding situation.  What investigators found was a horror show.  Twenty small dogs, including two newborn puppies, were covered in and surrounded by indescribable filth inside an abandoned house.    It appeared that they had suffered through years of neglect.  Their fur was so matted that it was difficult to determine where their eyes or ears were.             Some had to be dug out of mounds of feces and one little girl had a wire wrapped around and embedded into her neck. Others had devastating injuries, including severely broken bones.  Rescuers were overcome with grief and disgust. HUA was recently contacted by the small shelter that had taken in these lost and damaged souls and asked if we could offer assistance to the most desperate cases.  Eight of the dogs are beyond the shelter's ability to rehabilitate, either emotionally or physically.  We were warned to expect that there is hard work and high expenses ahead. These precious animals have just arrived at HUA.  All are nearly feral, with bite histories, cowering and spinning behaviors,  heart and lung problems, and other illnesses not yet detected.  None have been spayed or neutered as they can not stand to be touched.  Tiny Gizmo actually passes out from fear when handled, which could indicate a serious heart condition. John greeted a pup that is still so traumatized and fearful of humans that he trembles, pants heavily and drools when held. Restoring health to these terribly neglected and abused dogs will be arduous and costly.  We do not yet know exactly what is in store for them, but we do know that it will take a long time and the efforts of many to get them healthy enough to be placed for adoption. They have much to overcome as their bodies and hearts heal from the years of abuse and neglect they suffered at the House of Horrors.  Without your kind support we could not help dogs like Gizmo and his friends.  Your contributions help us to rescue them from lives of misery, cure their bodies and build their spirits. To make a life-changing donation, please click here.     If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at www.razoo.com/hua.   We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these ever so important missions of mercy possible.
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