Nine dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation in southeast Nebraska. One dog was rescued from a city pound in Iowa. It all seemed like typical days at the shelter until we realized that Bally, rescued from the hoarder home, and Joy, rescued from a pound in Iowa were just days away from giving birth. As all of the new rescues settled in Joy and Bally began preparations for the arrival of their babies. Joy, a small mixed breed girl resembling a border collie, was first to deliver 5 lovely babies. From the moment Joy was rescued she had the biggest smile on her lovely face. Everyone was completely smitten with her. The birth of the little ones went without complication and she and the babies soon moved to a foster home where they are enjoying themselves tremendously and receiving wonderful care. Just days later, Bally, a mixed breed resembling a jack russell terrier, began giving birth to 7 lovely babies, each so unique and different in color. Mom and babies all did well and are at the shelter rooming right next to the office in a large space with many snuggly blankets. Bally was underweight from the bad conditions she came from but she is now enjoying her endless buffet of good food at HUA. She gets to go for walks several times a day on the shelter grounds which she loves, but she is always anxious to get back to her sweet little babies. She is very protective of them and such a good mom. Like Joy, she has a constant smile on her face. She is such a dear girl who is so happy to be rescued and have a warm, loving place to take care of her pups.
Joy's babies were named by our Facebook fans. All of their names mean happiness and joy. They are Bliss, Felicity, Freude, Kiyo, and Khushi. Bally's Lucky 7 babies will be named after casinos in Las Vegas, as was Bally. The best news of all is that Joy has been adopted by her foster mom! Once the pups are old enough they will be on our website for adoption. We are sure Bally will have adoption offers in no time as well, as she is one of the sweetest, most intelligent, fun little dogs we have known. She will need to stay to finish out her mom duties for several more weeks before she can be adopted. Both she and Joy will be spayed and all of the pups will be spayed or neutered before they are placed, because while darling puppies are more fun than a barrel of monkeys, it is not something that we wish to have happen ever again. These moms and babies deserve to have lives of luxury in wonderful homes where they will not contribute to the overpopulation problem or have the stress or health problems associated with breeding. We will make sure that happens for them.
If left at the city pound in Iowa Joy and her unborn babies would have been euthanized. If left in the hoarder home Bally would have given birth in such filthy conditions that it would have been unlikely for her babies to have survived. We wish to extend sincere thanks to all who helped in these rescues and especially to our supporters who help us save lives whether it be 1, 2, 10, 22 or 100 at a time. To Joy, Bally, their 12 babies and the other 8 rescued from the hoarder home, your support means the world. You have helped us to save their precious lives. Donations for their care can be made online at www.hua.org.