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Homeless Man and His Dog Need Help to Stay Together

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BuckUpdate2.jpgTracy rescued Buck when he was just a baby.  Buck was tied outside where neighbors would watch him fall off the porch, suspended by his leash, just short of being able to put his little paws on the ground and strangling himself.  They would help him out only to have it happen again.  Finally Tracy came along and gave him a home where he would be safe.  Returning the favor for being rescued, Buck rescued Tracy.  Tracy had Buck certified as a therapy dog to help him with his PTSD.  Buck became his best friend and helps him tremendously with his mental illness.  Several months later Tracy received a call saying that his mother in Nebraska was in ill health, that he needed to come be with her and get her set up in a permanent care facility.  Tracy was able to

scrape up enough money to travel from California to Nebraska to help his indigent mother.  He and Buck stayed with friends, but soon those friends got evicted from their home.  Tracy and Buck ended up at a gas station in Omaha with nothing more than a backpack and a bag of dog food that had only a few kibbles left in it. 

 

The kind woman who worked at the gas station knew what it was like to be homeless and have nowhere to go.  Late last year she had been the victim of domestic abuse, escaping with only her pets and the clothes on her back.  She let Buck and Tracy stay at the gas station for hours while she helped find resources for them.  By that evening a local charity had paid for a hotel for them to stay in, one where Buck was welcome too.  The gas station clerk had an HUA Omaha Director's phone number memorized from when she needed help with her dog and two cats last year.  Her animals stayed at HUA for several months while she got back on her feet after she escaped domestic violence.  She passed that number on to Tracy who called saying that he needed food for Buck.  Within two hours an HUA Omaha Director met Tracy and Buck at their hotel with the brand of food that Buck needed to keep his sensitive tummy happy and full.  Knowing that they could be without a roof over their heads at any moment, Tracy requested that the bag not be too big so that they could carry it on foot and on the bus if needed.

 

 

HUA volunteers have made two more trips to visit Tracy and Buck, taking them more bags of food and a collar, harness and leash.  Their needs are modest, but to Tracy it means the world to have the resources he needs to keep Buck with him.  They would be lost without each other.

 

Tracy desperately wants to repay the favor for the help that he and Buck are receiving.  He has asked us to share his story so that others in his situation might be helped as he and Buck have been.  It is his way of expressing his gratitude for the small gifts that have meant that he can keep his best friend happy, healthy and by his side.

 

Today we are asking that you please donate a buck to help Buck and Tracy and other owners and animals in need.  It means everything to a pet and their person to be able to stay together.  Buck and Tracy's story is one of many that HUA helps with throughout the year.  Your support means that families can stay together, grateful beyond words for the modest gifts that help them to rebuild their lives.

 

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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