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Hearts United for Animals

Altona

be my buddy
Scottish Deerhound
Born: 01/18/2011
Large
53 lbs
Female

Homeward bound-adopted!

Now living happily in O'Fallon, Missouri.

Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County NE in January, 2013. 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. 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 received thorough check-ups and wonderful care before arriving at the shelter.

All of these dogs, without exception, love people and are beyond sweet. For all that they lived in filthy little cages, they are clean dogs and know the bathroom is outside. The minute they had a yard, out they went. They love to run and play, and they are precious to people and one another. Because of their breeds, they must go to homes with tall fences and room to run. Additonally, given their natural instincts to hunt and chase, they can only be placed with families with no small dogs or cats.

Altona is trying to find herself. She is having trouble deciding whether she is a lady or a tomboy. Just when we think she's made her decision to be prissy and fragile, she'll flop on her back, rolling wildly in the grass with her feet straight up in the air and her mouth wide open with laughter. Conversely, just when we think she's made her decision to be one of the guys, she will sit prettily and daintily at our feet, offering up the nicest of sweet handshakes. We don't give a hoot which personality Altona ends up going with as we adore both of them. Altona loves her walks and often brings a toy with her in case she wants to liven up the place. She is a sweet, tender, silly lover whose joy shines so bright you can't help but to bask in the presence of it.
Buddy Messages (1)
Her Buddy, Terie Overby from McKinney, TX, sent her this message: "Altona, You must be relieved to be in the good care of HUA now, and it is just the beginning of a wonderful future for you. I bet you'll bring lots of fun and lots of love to your new family, and I hope that family comes to adopt you real soon!" Altona sends Terie many grateful kisses, hugs and little hand shakes!

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Thanks for Visiting Our Animals!

Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Hearts United for Animals does long distance adoptions if there are safe flights and we have volunteers in the area to do a home visit. We require an application, references and a home visit to adopt one of our dogs. Our dogs are all spayed or neutered and are current on health care. We can cat test a dog if requested. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we can give you more information on each dog if you click the Adoption Info & Application link above. Buddies are people who support the dog and send them love while they are waiting for their new home. The dog does not live with the buddy.

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