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Tia's Place

Providing refuge, love, comfort and security for pets of families fleeing domestic violence.

Tia was beaten in the head with a baseball bat. The blows devastated her face, blinded her in one eye and destroyed her teeth. She was left at the farm house to die along with her unborn puppies. Somehow she lived, gave birth to the puppies and kept them alive until a neighbor told HUA about her. HUA went immediately to rescue this amazing girl. She watched as each of her puppies was carefully loaded into the shelter van. Then she was gently lifted inside. Although she had every reason to fear people, she was trusting and grateful for the kindness.

Tia Before Surgery

Tia had four surgeries at the University of Iowa Vet School in Ames Iowa first to rebuild her face to provide some comfort, to repair her teeth that were open roots causing enormous pain and to remove lumps that were determined to be cancerous. Tia lived at HUA for three years. She was lavished with love and care until she died of cancer.

In honor of her spirit, Tia's Place was created. Tia's Place provides refuge to pets of families who are fleeing domestic violence. Many times people are reluctant to leave an abusive situation because they will not leave their pets. The temporary abuse shelters to not allow pets. Abusers know this fact and often say that if the person leaves the pet will be killed. Often children and pets are the subject of the abuse themselves. So Tia's Place offers refuge for these pets. We will keep the pets safe until the family can create a new life then they can get their pet back. If they are unable to retrieve their pet, we will find a new home for the pet.

Please email us at hua@hua.org or call us at 402-274-3679 if you are in need of emergency temporary housing for your pet.

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Broken Hearts from Louisiana
On October 13th, thirty eight dogs flew into Nebraska City from a flood-ravaged parish in southern Louisiana. These dogs had been in overcrowded shelters and when the flood waters hit, rescuers were forced to hastily make room for newly displaced dogs who had some hope of finding their families. If not, our precious cargo surely would have been euthanized. This rescue was different for the folks at HUA--no sick and terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs abandoned or dumped, or no cases of abuse or neglect.  We met a happy, silly, bouncy bunch of pups ready to conquer the world!                                                             Then came the crushing blow.  Not surprisingly but quite unfortunately, over a quarter of the Louisianans have tested positive for heartworm disease, a terrible and potentially fatal disease.  We were prepared for the possibility that some of the dogs would be infected due to the massive mosquito population in the flooded areas, but were saddened at the high number.                      Treatment for heartworms is long, arduous, unpleasant and expensive. The average cost per dog is approximately $1000 and oftentimes higher. Antibiotics and steroids are administered, followed by at least 60 days in which the dog must receive a series of painful injections into the muscle. To make matters worse, the dog must be kept on strict rest in their playpens in order to prevent an increase in the rate at which heartworms can travel through the heart and lungs.   We were devastated to have to deliver the horrible news to these magical survivors that they will not be going home for the Holidays.  After all they've been through they deserve to live the best of all lives and they deserve a fresh, new start right now. Sadly,  they will have to tough it out before that can happen but we will be with them every step of the way.  We will climb into their comfortable playpens for long talks, we will provide extra treats, we will hold their paws when the needles hurt, we will love them back to health.                                                          If you would like to  help cover the cost of treatment for these precious souls please click to donate below.   All donations up to $50,000 from now until the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to several amazing contributors!  We are deeply grateful for your support that allows us to continue with these missions of mercy.  If not for you, none of it would be possible.    TO MAKE A LIFE-CHANGING DONATION, PLEASE CLICK BELOW. If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua     We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these missions of mercy possible.     Hearts United for AnimalsPO Box 286    Auburn, NE  68305 Ph 402-274-36 hua@hua.org www.hua.org A national no-kill shelter & sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering.
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October 13th Was a Beautiful Day
On the morning of October 13th, the HUA shelter received 38 very special deliveries.  Thanks in great part to Captain Peter Rork, co-founder of Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC), and Take Paws Rescue in Louisiana, we were able to save these precious lives from certain death in over-crowded shelters in southern Louisiana.  The disastrous floods in August left hundreds of thousands of people and animals homeless.  Shelters were already bursting at the seams and the devastation put them far beyond capacity.  Stories in the news spoke of fast rising river waters causing animal shelters to hastily evacuate.  Horrified workers had no choice but to release dogs from kennels to let them swim onto rooftops. Foster homes were flooded as well and good people who adored their animals were forced to flee for their lives. The passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards after Hurricane Katrina allows rescuers to save pets as they would people, but the numbers were staggering.                   It was a beauitful day for flying the friendly skies, and the wonderful Peter Pilot landed gently and safely.   HUA staff, volunteers and members of the press were at the Nebraska City Municipal Airport to greet the anxious passengers.  Crates were transferred from the privately-owned Cessna and loaded into three vans and two SUV's that were ready to head to the shelter.                                                   Once back at HUA, the dogs were carefully unloaded, given some cool, fresh water and were assigned their very own volunteers to take them for walks in the wide open fields.  They were thrilled to stretch their legs and smell all the new smells as we humans grinned from ear to ear watching these cuties having such fun out in the sunshine.                                                                                         The Louisianans had been in shelters prior to this massive effort and faced certain euthanasia.  They had been in the shelters long enough that there was no hope of reuniting them with their families.  Take Paws Animal Rescue pulled these dogs from the brink of death and Peter Pilot brought them safely to HUA.  Their kindness and determination are to be commended and we are overwhelmed with gratitude. We would also like to thank KETV, WOWT 6, KMTV and 1011 NEWS for reporting on this story, and Minda Haas Kuhlmann for her amazing photographs. This was a very different rescue experience for us here HUA.  No horribly sick or terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs turned over by their families, no dogs that were out fending for themselves and starving in the streets.  The size of this group alone will make spaying and neutering costly.  Eighty percent of the dogs in the flood-affected parishes have heartworm disease and we expect to turn up quite a few positive tests.  Treatment for heartworms is long, ardous and expensive.  The good news is that the Louisanans are happy, silly, hopeful youngsters who are already having the times of their lives and receiving copious amounts of love. October 13, 2016, was a beautiful day, made even more so by people's dedication to and compassion for animals. As always, your support means the world to the dogs at HUA.  If you would like to help with the Louisianans' care, please click below.          If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua     We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these missions of mercy possible.     Hearts United for AnimalsPO Box 286    Auburn, NE  68305 Ph 402-274-36 hua@hua.org www.hua.org A national no-kill shelter & sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering.
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The Autumn Arrivals
September 29th was a beautiful day in central Nebraska, made even more so for HUA manager John and dedicated volunteer Trudy, who drove there to rescue 22 souls from lives of misery.  These precious dogs had finally escaped the horrors of a puppy mill.  The poor things were scared out of their minds but seemed to understand that help had arrived.                             Among the group were Yorkies, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, a Schnauzer, and a Bull Terrier. The puppy miller did not discriminate and bred whatever she could get her hands on. Zoe, a tiny Yorkie weighing in at a mere three pounds, was brought to the vet for immediate medical attention.  Her right eye is dying due to previous trauma, and her left eye is severely dry.  Her patellas are very bad.  Her teeth are rotten and putrid. A paw is broken, and she has whipworms.                                                                                                         Sage, another very small Pomeranian, had one huge matt on his back side that pulled away from his body, leaving painful sores on both sides.                          Aster Schnauzer is emotionally broken.  He shakes and cringes and is terrified of human contact.                                                         Emotions always run high during puppy mill rescues.  The initial relief we feel at having the dogs in our arms is quickly overshadowed by feelings of frustration and disgust once we begin emotional and physical assessments.  Staff and volunteers have done this important work for many years and have learned to look for silver linings in every cloud to keep spirits boosted.   Over the weekend, tiny Goldie Pomeranian surprised us with something that gave us pause to consider                                      the miracles of rescue work.  These precious lives will never know a single moment of terror.  They will never be hungry, cold, ignored, or neglected.  They will grow into happy, cherished, spoiled members of their families and their mother will never again be forced to suffer through the pain of pregnancy and childbirth.  As always, your support is appreciated. If you would like to contribute toward the care of the Autumn Arrivals, please click below.  We will work tirelessly for as long as is needed to heal their bodies and their broken spirits, and that every day for the rest of their lives is spent making up for the years of suffering. If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua  
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