Hearts United for Animals
HUA - Omaha, NE


be my buddy
Born: 01/18/2011
55 lbs

Homeward bound-adopted!

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.

This very precious little staghound underwent an emergency amputation of her tail because it was so badly injured from the cage wires and infected from the filth. The HUA veterinarian feared she would die of infection if they did not operate immediately. We were very worried about her and surrounded her with all the love we could possibly muster. Laurel is a brave soldier, though, and she has since fully recovered. She is the sweetest, most darling girl. She is also quite easy on the eyes and visitors often can be found staring in wonder as she flies about the yard. She loves going for long walks with her caregivers, and leans into us as if she never wants us to let her go. Laurel is so grateful to be free from the horror of her previous life and from the pain caused by her horrific injuries. She celebrates her freedom every second of the day.
Buddy Messages (2)
Her Buddies, Susan Riches and her furbabies, from Durango, CO, sent her this message: "Beautiful Laurel, we're so sorry for the awful treatment that you endured in that awful puppy mill, and we're glad that you're in good hands at HUA now. We know you'll take your new family members on wonderful walks and entertain them with antics running around your new yard, and we hope they find you really soon!" Laurel sends Susan and the Durango 3 many grateful hugs and gentle but big kisses!
Her Buddy, Karen Harris from Vermillion, SD, sent her this message: "We adopted a greyhound about 6 years ago from a rescue organization. I have a special place in my heart for the greys. I wish I could save them all!" Laurel sends Karen many grateful hugs and kisses!

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.