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Things We Always Need


Money buys several THOUSAND pounds of food a month. The dogs have a special diet. To make sure they don't get sick from changing foods we feed only one kind of food that we have shipped in especially for their optimum health. One shipment of food costs about $7,000.

Emergency care for dogs and cats. One trip to the emergency room can cost $1,000. A back or heart operation can easily cost $3,000. Vaccines to protect thousands of puppies. Thousands of animals come through our low cost spay/neuter clinic each year and each is in need of more than the $25 fee will provide. We operate the clinic at a deficit as a public service.

Altering for every dog and cat that comes through HUA. The average cost is $125 for a healthy animal. Many need other work such as dental extractions, tumors removed, hernias repaired, antibiotics. The cost for a routine mill dog spay/neuter/dental and other items that we almost always find would on average be at least $500 if a specialist is not needed, and often times they are needed which runs into the thousands. And all the health care and preventative medicines that keep the guys and gals of HUA in tip top condition once they are with us. (Not to mention some toys and treats too!)

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Gift Cards

Gift cards to Wal-mart, Pamida, Office Depot, Office Max, Petco, Petsmart or Sam's Club help us to buy the supplies we need at stores that are located near us. The dogs especially like Sam's Club as that is where their very favorite treats come from!

Miscellaneous Needs

  • Figure 8 Harnesses for the dogs. We need all sizes but Medium and Small are the most used.
  • Stamps
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Blankets and towels
  • Adjustable collars
  • Stainless steel bowls that cannot tip over
  • Heartgard Plus
  • Airline kennels - Vari-kennel brand is what we use to fly dogs to their new homes.
  • Pens, paper, tape
  • Gerber Baby Meat Sticks for dogs from puppymills. Sometimes if a dog will eat nothing else, they will eat these, and it is a great way to give pills.
  • Leashes
  • Hard chew toys (not rawhide or Greenies as they can be dangerous for the dogs)
  • Soft treats for puppymill dogs without teeth
  • Lasix
  • Heavy duty clippers
  • Scissors - many pairs
  • Packaging tape
  • Great Dane size open wire crates
  • Cat litter
  • Frontline
  • Various size grooming combs and brushes - Furminators are great!
  • Copy Paper and Manilla File Folders
  • Photo style paper for printing photographs
  • Laundry soap and bleach (any liquid soap)
  • Self-laminating pages for the dog's pictures and names on their apartment doors.
  • Newspapers so the dogs can do their daily business and keep up to speed with global issues. We ask that newspapers have the slick inserts removed as it takes up valuable staff time to separate them.

And the dogs have personally requested...TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS, TOYS, TREATS...(Favorite toys include booda bones, chewmen, rope toys, balls, kongs. The dogs destroy vinyl toys immediately. We don't give the dogs rawhides or Greenies.)

Any food donated to the shelter will be used for the food pantry at the low cost spay/neuter clinic because the HUA dogs are on a controlled diet of only one brand of food (to prevent stomach upset).

You can mail any donation to:

Box 286
Auburn, NE 68305


73420 638th Ave.
Auburn, NE 68305

Thank you!


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   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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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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