Squirrel was rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill. He is three years old and weighed in at only 2 pounds. Hearts United for Animals rescuers could not believe how little he was and that he was not a puppy. Even though he was underweight and in pain from horrible infection in his mouth he still squirmed and giggled and played like a pup. He was so happy, and so relieved to be rescued. He could not believe his good fortune. Squirrel had to gain some weight and have antibiotics before he was strong enough to have his mouth treated. He is a voracious eater and it didn't take long. He now weighs in at 2.5 pounds, which will be close to his ideal weight. At his first vet visit this precious boy lost 22 teeth. That should not ever happen with a dog so young, but little Squirrel is the product of poor nutrition and lack of vet care at a puppy mill. This dear boy holds no grudges though. He recovered quickly and feels so much better now that he is well cared for at Hearts United for Animals. Every day he showers his rescuers with kisses and runs and dances with delight at all of the love and care he has found at HUA. He is a fearless, happy, fun little fellow who will be so excited to have a forever home.
Thirty other dogs were arriving at the same time as Squirrel, all from Nebraska and South Dakota puppy mills. The South Dakota rescue took place late at one frigid night. The situation was critical and the dogs had to leave immediately, so rescuers left the comfort of their own warm homes to bring the dogs to warmth and safety. Many of the new mill dogs were in as bad or worse condition as their little pal Squirrel. Most were happy, but some were still too sad and afraid to believe their new good fortune. Little Frank Sinatra, a Pomeranian with striking blue eyes, was the most afraid. He wants to trust us but is still working on it. He is a gorgeous young fellow who breaks our hearts every day. He needs more time, but we will reach him. Many of the dogs were older and their bodies were giving out from being bred over and over, but with excellent vet care at HUA, good nutrition and love they are recovering. Two little Japanese Chin pups were thrown out by the puppy mill at only 8 weeks old. One of the little fellows has an extreme underbite making him undesirable for sale to pet stores and the other dear little one cannot use one back leg at all and the other is weak. Once he grows strong enough HUA will provide operations at a specialist for both of his back legs in hopes that he will be able to walk normally.
Squirrel enjoys being the greeter to the new dogs arriving from mills, helping us to let them know that their lives have changed for the better and that brighter days have arrived. He and all of his pals thank you from the bottom of their hearts for helping them to heal physically and emotionally from all of the suffering they have endured for years. This will be a very Merry Christmas for 30 dogs who just a few weeks ago were held prisoner in rusty wire cages, suffering from neglect by humans. You have made it possible for their bodies to be warm and free of pain, and their hearts to be happy this holiday season. Visit the album below to see all of these dear souls who will be celebrating a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year at HUA.
Even more exciting news, if you donate before Dec 31st to help with the expenses for these dogs and future rescues, your donation will be matched by a generous donor! Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help animals in need.