Hearts United for Animals
HUA - Omaha, NE


be my buddy
Born: 01/25/2011
54 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.

It appears to us as though the abuse and captivity was a little rougher on Ponca than the rest of the gang. She has some scarring on her face that is probably an indication of her constant attempts to escape. She is a sensitive soul and must have been slowly going insane inside her wire walls. Ponca is just fine now, though. Better than fine. She is in love with everyone and has the very charming habit of wrapping her body in and around our legs to get as close as she can. She doesn't just delight in human contact, she craves it. She is rarely without a smile plastered on her gorgeous face and pulls out all the stops for attention. She is sleek, smart, gentle,incredibly loving and undeniably special.
Buddy Messages (2)
Her Buddy, Judith Neal, from Council Bluffs, IA, sent her this message: "I love greyhounds & I love you, Ponca! I am so glad you are finding the love & care you rightfully deserve! I have adopted 3 racers in the past & hope you find your fur-ever home soon!" Ponca sends Judith many beautiful smiles as she bounds around the acreage, along with many enthusiastic kisses and grateful hugs!
Her Buddy, Soundarya Vempalli from Bloomington, IL, sent her this message: "I feel so sorry for the pain you went through. I wish n pray that you find a new home.. and a loving family. Love you." Ponca sends Soundarya many grateful hugs and little 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.