Hearts United for Animals
HUA - Omaha, NE


be my buddy
Born: 06/08/2008
12 lbs

Homeward bound-adopted!

Now living happily in Fort Collins, CO.

For close to five years, Hansel and Gretel lived in puppy mills. They were bounced around and sold between millers because of their stellar production. What they went through before they finally made it to HUA is something we cannot even fathom. Gretel has had her spirit broken by her horrific experiences. She is terrified of people. She is sad and scared and can barely bring herself to allow kind touches. She is certain she will be beaten and screamed at, or starved and forgotten. She cannot shake that "deer in headlights" look, even when we are just gently speaking to her. We are going slowly with socialization with this poor, precious animal so that she can put the trauma of her past behind her at her own pace. We have seen thousands of dogs come through our doors that acted just like Gretel, and the vast majority of them came around to understanding that not all people are bad and they learned to trust and love us. We have faith that Gretel will get there, too, and we want her to experience the safety and comfort of a home sooner rather than later. It will take some time for Gretel to completely trust humans but we know she can do it. She will need patience and a gentle hand, but the day will come when she will run through the yard with the breeze in her hair and a tiny smile on her face, and her family will be there to witness the incredible wonder of healing through the power of love.
Buddy Messages (2)
Her Buddy, Bob Bertz, from Madison, CT, sent her this message: "Dear little Gretel, your story reminds me of our puppy mill dog - she arrived at our home completely broken and terrified. It has taken her a few years, but she is a happy girl now. We hope you find a patient and loving home that will allow you to recover at your own pace. We send you our love!" Gretel sends Bob and his very lucky puppy lots of little cuddles and many trusting gazes from her beautiful brown eyes.
Her Buddy, Dweezel Dachshund from Edmonds, WA, sent her this message: "Hi Gretel, My name is Dweezel Dachshund. I would love to be your buddy until you find a forever family that will show you how wonderful people can be. My mom Carolyne sends lots of hugs and kisses and I send lots of licks." Gretel sends Dweezel lots of little licks in return, and sends Carolyne many grateful hugs and kisses, too!

adoption info


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.