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Memorial Plaques

The entrance to our main building is covered with granite plaques donated in memory of beloved sentient beings. The granite plaques are 12 x 12 inches. They are etched with your favorite photograph and a verse or other chosen words. The cost is $250.00. We will also provide a photograph displaying the finished plaque. This is a wonderful gift and a great honor to a beloved. If you would like to order your plaque, email hua@hua.org.



Garden of Hope

In mid-summer of 2007, a beautiful little dog named Hope died. Hope is the symbol for the puppy mill dogs. She is the HUA poster girl, the cover girl of the puppy mill brochure, and the subject of a special letter. Hope stickers have traveled all over the world on envelopes with her message about the pet store puppies. Hope has reached the Heart of millions.


In late spring of 2001, Hope was rescued from a Kansas puppy mill. The HUA volunteer who had gone to the mill to save the dogs being discarded asked the breeder, "Is this one a Chinese Hairless Crested?"

The breeder said, "No, it's a Maltese." Hope was six years old at the time and weighed 2.5 pounds. All her beautiful white hair had fallen out. A terrible infection in her mouth had spread throughout her tiny body, and she was dying. Her first months at the shelter were difficult as she barely survived the medical care needed to save her life. But her strength returned, her weight almost tripled, and this sweetest, most grateful little girl became very happy, loving her life of comfort and freedom in the finest HUA foster home with a family who adored her.

Hope developed diabetes in January of 2007, and her constitution, which was always fragile, could not cope with the progression of the disease. In spite of the best of care in her foster home and the work of veterinary specialists, Hope became very weak and went peacefully to sleep in the arms of her dedicated foster mother. Hope had reached the age of twelve.

At the HUA shelter, The Garden of Hope blooms through the growing seasons in the beauty of Chanticleer Pear, Double Red Altheas, Wine and Roses Weigela, and Madonna Crabapple - all planted in loving memory of lost family members. A walk through the garden is likely to bring tears as one reads the plaques with all the special messages. A huge center stone bears the message that this is The Garden of Hope - Hope, a precious little dog, and Hope for all the puppy mill dogs.

Hope is now a tiny white angel who will watch over the puppy mill dogs and comfort them. She will give strength to all of us who are devastated by the suffering of the mill dogs. In honor of the memory of Hope, we WILL give Hope to the mill dogs.

Please contact hua@hua.org if you would like to add a living memorial gift to be planted in the Garden of Hope. Depending on the tree or shrub the cost typically ranges from $100 to $250.


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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