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Hearts United for Animals is spreading the word - End Puppy Mills!  To us it is personal.  Every day we see the damage that puppy mills do.  We take in the parents of those cute pet store puppies and witness first hand the tragic results of the confinement and neglect.  There are as many as 10,000 puppy mills operating in the US today.  The majority of them are in our own backyard, with Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska being the top puppy mill states.  Many of them have hundreds of dogs confined in horrible conditions, often with the dogs living on wire floors for their entire lives, their feet never touching grass.  Some have dangerous makeshift climate control, but others have none at all causing the dogs to freeze in winter and swelter in the summer.  The parents of pet store puppies are confined for years with no healthcare while they are bred over and over.  They arrive with hernias, mammary tumors, heart conditions and broken jaws caused from severe dental infections left untreated, as well as damaged eyes, intestinal parasites, lice, and patellas that luxate so badly that some cannot walk at all.  During one recent rescue volunteers found a frog living in the fur of a little Pomeranian.  She was so badly matted that her back paws got stuck in her fur and she tore her knees out of their sockets trying to free them.  She required operations on both knees and is going through several weeks of recovery to be able to walk again.  A sheltie who had no fur on her face, just raw infected skin, was also rescued that day.  They were both recent mothers who to the breeder existed only to make puppies for profit.  Hearts United for Animals has rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills, each with similar stories.  Our dream is that one day we will not need to exist, that puppy mills will be out of business.  There is only one way to accomplish this and it is to educate the public not to ever buy from a pet store.  One Omaha pet store tells the customers that the puppies come from a farm in Iowa.  It is not a lie.  They do.  Those farms in Iowa are puppy mills and the conditions are more atrocious than the puppy buying public could ever begin to imagine.  The parent dogs suffer grave physical and emotional harm.  Visit our friends at Iowa Voters for Companion Animals to see those farms.  The same exists in Missouri as well as Nebraska.  The dogs who are rescued are very fortunate.  Many times when the dogs are no longer productive they are shot, clubbed over the head or thrown in pens to starve to death.  We know that this is not ok with the public, but that many don't know that these conditions exist.  That's why our new billboards on I-80 and 84th St in Omaha are delivering the message to over 80,000 cars passing by each day.  There is only one way to really stop puppy mills, and that is to educate the public to stop buying from pet stores.  If there is no demand there will be no need for supply.  You can help end puppy mills by telling your friends "Don't Shop.  Adopt."  Let them know why.  Let them know what the parents of these pet store puppies endure.  Encourage them to visit our website to learn more and read the stories of the rescued puppy mill parents for adoption at HUA.

With the help of our friends at Bozell and world famous photographer David Radler, three designs featuring HUA shelter dogs for adoption were chosen to be displayed throughtout the month of Septemeber:







Click here to donate to the campaign so that the billboards can come back in December, one of the biggest puppy buying months of the year.  If you would like to bring the billboard campaign to your area please write to lori@hua.org.  Our friends at Bozell were very passionate about this project and donated weeks of their time and many resources to help us spread the word.  Please drop by their Facebook page and thank them for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the dogs.  To learn more about the puppy mill rescues at Hearts United for Animals please watch this special video message from James Lipton:

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Hearts United for Animals is spreading the word - End Puppy Mills!  To us it is personal.  Every day we see the damage that puppy mills do.  We take in the parents of those cute pet store puppies and witness first hand the tragic results of the confinement and neglect.  There are as many as 10,000 puppy mills operating in the US today.  The majority of them are in our own backyard, with Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska being the top puppy mill states.  Many of them have hundreds of dogs confined in horrible conditions, often with the dogs living on wire floors for their entire lives, their feet never touching grass.  Some have dangerous makeshift climate control, but others have none at all causing the dogs to freeze in winter and swelter in the summer.  The parents of pet store puppies are confined for years with no healthcare while they are bred over and over.  They arrive with hernias, mammary tumors, heart conditions and broken jaws caused from severe dental infections left untreated, as well as damaged eyes, intestinal parasites, lice, and patellas that luxate so badly that some cannot walk at all.  During one recent rescue volunteers found a frog living in the fur of a little Pomeranian.  She was so badly matted that her back paws got stuck in her fur and she tore her knees out of their sockets trying to free them.  She required operations on both knees and is going through several weeks of recovery to be able to walk again.  A sheltie who had no fur on her face, just raw infected skin, was also rescued that day.  They were both recent mothers who to the breeder existed only to make puppies for profit.  Hearts United for Animals has rescued over 10,000 dogs from puppy mills, each with similar stories.  Our dream is that one day we will not need to exist, that puppy mills will be out of business.  There is only one way to accomplish this and it is to educate the public not to ever buy from a pet store.  One Omaha pet store tells the customers that the puppies come from a farm in Iowa.  It is not a lie.  They do.  Those farms in Iowa are puppy mills and the conditions are more atrocious than the puppy buying public could ever begin to imagine.  The parent dogs suffer grave physical and emotional harm.  Visit our friends at Iowa Voters for Companion Animals to see those farms.  The same exists in Missouri as well as Nebraska.  The dogs who are rescued are very fortunate.  Many times when the dogs are no longer productive they are shot, clubbed over the head or thrown in pens to starve to death.  We know that this is not ok with the public, but that many don't know that these conditions exist.  That's why our new billboards on I-80 and 84th St in Omaha are delivering the message to over 80,000 cars passing by each day.  There is only one way to really stop puppy mills, and that is to educate the public to stop buying from pet stores.  If there is no demand there will be no need for supply.  You can help end puppy mills by telling your friends "Don't Shop.  Adopt."  Let them know why.  Let them know what the parents of these pet store puppies endure.  Encourage them to visit our website to learn more and read the stories of the rescued puppy mill parents for adoption at HUA.

With the help of our friends at Bozell and world famous photographer David Radler, three designs featuring HUA shelter dogs for adoption were chosen to be displayed throughtout the month of Septemeber:







Click here to donate to the campaign so that the billboards can come back in December, one of the biggest puppy buying months of the year.  If you would like to bring the billboard campaign to your area please write to lori@hua.org.  Our friends at Bozell were very passionate about this project and donated weeks of their time and many resources to help us spread the word.  Please drop by their Facebook page and thank them for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the dogs.  To learn more about the puppy mill rescues at Hearts United for Animals please watch this special video message from James Lipton:

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Hemi was turned into Hearts United for Animals by a family who realized that she would grow too big for their landlord to accept at their apartment.  She had been given to them by someone else at the age of only 5 months, perhaps a backyard breeder.  As soon as Hemi arrived we realized she was lethargic for a puppy and we were able to feel the blood coursing through her heart valve under her arm.  We knew that was drastic and took her to Omaha to be evaluated right away.  Hemi was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which is an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart that did not close after birth. It is the worst case that we have seen. Without surgical treatment, over 50% of dogs pass from heart failure within one year.

Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha recently upgraded their equipment and facilities to be able to accommodate major surgeries that used to have to be performed at K-State or Iowa State.  Dr Merkley came in to perform the operation with the help of Dr Ellis Jensen from Mobile.  It is a very delicate operation with much opportunity for the worst to happen, but luck and skill were on Hemi's side and she came through it better than the surgeons even imagined that she would.  That night Hemi walked into the Animal Emergency Clinic on her own for overnight observation.  She spent another week at Mobile being monitored but she let everyone know that she felt great and was ready to go!  Dr Jensen said that within a day of her operation it was like flipping on a switch. Hemi had found high gear.  She leapt around the clinic showering the staff with hugs and kisses.

Hemi had a long recovery of rest and confinement at HUA, which she did not appreciate, but toys and regular visits made it easier on her.  She really just wanted to run and play.  Hemi is now fully recovered and is running and playing like a happy young Labradoodle should be.  She loves her tennis balls, loves to play with her teddy bear and adores walks with the people.  Hemi says enough of shelter and hospital life, she'd like a family asap!  She should have no lasting effects from the operation.  She is good as new and ready to go, go, go!

Hemi's operation cost $4,000 and we wish to thank all of the dedicated supporters who make it possible for Hearts United for Animals to provide these life saving operations when needed.  It means the world to us, and it definitely means the whole big wide world to Hemi who will soon be off on the best adventures of her life.  Click here to donate to our medical fund so that we can stand ready to help more dogs like Hemi who so desperately need us.  For adoption information please write to tera@hua.org or click here to visit Hemi's adoption page.

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Hemi was turned into Hearts United for Animals by a family who realized that she would grow too big for their landlord to accept at their apartment.  She had been given to them by someone else at the age of only 5 months, perhaps a backyard breeder.  As soon as Hemi arrived we realized she was lethargic for a puppy and we were able to feel the blood coursing through her heart valve under her arm.  We knew that was drastic and took her to Omaha to be evaluated right away.  Hemi was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which is an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart that did not close after birth. It is the worst case that we have seen. Without surgical treatment, over 50% of dogs pass from heart failure within one year.

Mobile Animal Clinic in Omaha recently upgraded their equipment and facilities to be able to accommodate major surgeries that used to have to be performed at K-State or Iowa State.  Dr Merkley came in to perform the operation with the help of Dr Ellis Jensen from Mobile.  It is a very delicate operation with much opportunity for the worst to happen, but luck and skill were on Hemi's side and she came through it better than the surgeons even imagined that she would.  That night Hemi walked into the Animal Emergency Clinic on her own for overnight observation.  She spent another week at Mobile being monitored but she let everyone know that she felt great and was ready to go!  Dr Jensen said that within a day of her operation it was like flipping on a switch. Hemi had found high gear.  She leapt around the clinic showering the staff with hugs and kisses.

Hemi had a long recovery of rest and confinement at HUA, which she did not appreciate, but toys and regular visits made it easier on her.  She really just wanted to run and play.  Hemi is now fully recovered and is running and playing like a happy young Labradoodle should be.  She loves her tennis balls, loves to play with her teddy bear and adores walks with the people.  Hemi says enough of shelter and hospital life, she'd like a family asap!  She should have no lasting effects from the operation.  She is good as new and ready to go, go, go!

Hemi's operation cost $4,000 and we wish to thank all of the dedicated supporters who make it possible for Hearts United for Animals to provide these life saving operations when needed.  It means the world to us, and it definitely means the whole big wide world to Hemi who will soon be off on the best adventures of her life.  Click here to donate to our medical fund so that we can stand ready to help more dogs like Hemi who so desperately need us.  For adoption information please write to tera@hua.org or click here to visit Hemi's adoption page.

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A sheriff of a small town in South Dakota called one of our directors, Julie, who is also involved with Almost Home Canine Rescue, about 30 Pomeranians who were starving with no water. They were living in a patch of noxious weeds taller than people. The owner had planned on shooting them, but she was allowed to willfully surrender them. It was very difficult as many had to be caught with catchpoles. Many were so afraid that their only response was to bite - many completely feral.

30 Poms were caught, along with one cat who did not survive. The cat was on top of a doghouse unresponsive and covered in flies.  He was humanely euthanized upon arrival at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha.  Working in the heat and filth caused some rescuers to get sick. Newborn pups were found under boards with the mother eating a dead bird. There was no food or water on the place. Julie said it was one of the worst things she has ever seen.

Fifteen of the dogs were transported immediately to Hearts United for Animals. The other dogs went to Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota and Brookings Humane Society in South Dakota.

Two days later the sheriff's department went back with Julie to check to make sure no animals had been hidden.  They found 6 more Pomeranians and a Sheltie who has mange so badly that her face is open and raw.  One of the Poms is pregnant and due to give birth at any moment.  They had been hidden at the very back of the property in weed patches.  One of the Poms had fur so terribly matted that a frog was living in it.  The Sheltie and 2 of the Pomeranians came to Hearts United right away.  The pregnant one is staying in foster care at Almost Home Canine Rescue in South Dakota.

To make a donation for the 18 dogs in the care of Hearts United for Animals, text GIFT to 20222 to make a $10.00 donation or you can make a donation online at www.hua.org.  They will have extensive medical needs.  So far we have found abcesses from injury and bad teeth, pyoderma infections on some of their faces and bodies, patches of vermin living on their skin under their coats that were so badly matted, circulatory problems from having fur tangled around their legs rendering the legs unusable, and we anticipate more to come once all of their vetting is done.

Please check out our Facebook page for updates on the dogs and to sign an online thank you card for Tim, Nicole and Roger - the sheriffs who worked so diligently to make sure these dogs were saved from an awful fate and given the chance at wonderful lives.  Thank you so much for your support.  Your contributions allow us to rescue and care for dogs from horrible situations like this.

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