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Memorial Plaques

The entrance to our main building is covered with granite plaques donated in memory of beloved sentient beings. The granite plaques are 12 x 12 inches. They are etched with your favorite photograph and a verse or other chosen words. The cost is $250.00. We will also provide a photograph displaying the finished plaque. This is a wonderful gift and a great honor to a beloved. If you would like to order your plaque, email hua@hua.org.

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Garden of Hope

In mid-summer of 2007, a beautiful little dog named Hope died. Hope is the symbol for the puppy mill dogs. She is the HUA poster girl, the cover girl of the puppy mill brochure, and the subject of a special letter. Hope stickers have traveled all over the world on envelopes with her message about the pet store puppies. Hope has reached the Heart of millions.

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In late spring of 2001, Hope was rescued from a Kansas puppy mill. The HUA volunteer who had gone to the mill to save the dogs being discarded asked the breeder, "Is this one a Chinese Hairless Crested?"

The breeder said, "No, it's a Maltese." Hope was six years old at the time and weighed 2.5 pounds. All her beautiful white hair had fallen out. A terrible infection in her mouth had spread throughout her tiny body, and she was dying. Her first months at the shelter were difficult as she barely survived the medical care needed to save her life. But her strength returned, her weight almost tripled, and this sweetest, most grateful little girl became very happy, loving her life of comfort and freedom in the finest HUA foster home with a family who adored her.

Hope developed diabetes in January of 2007, and her constitution, which was always fragile, could not cope with the progression of the disease. In spite of the best of care in her foster home and the work of veterinary specialists, Hope became very weak and went peacefully to sleep in the arms of her dedicated foster mother. Hope had reached the age of twelve.

At the HUA shelter, The Garden of Hope blooms through the growing seasons in the beauty of Chanticleer Pear, Double Red Altheas, Wine and Roses Weigela, and Madonna Crabapple - all planted in loving memory of lost family members. A walk through the garden is likely to bring tears as one reads the plaques with all the special messages. A huge center stone bears the message that this is The Garden of Hope - Hope, a precious little dog, and Hope for all the puppy mill dogs.

Hope is now a tiny white angel who will watch over the puppy mill dogs and comfort them. She will give strength to all of us who are devastated by the suffering of the mill dogs. In honor of the memory of Hope, we WILL give Hope to the mill dogs.

Please contact hua@hua.org if you would like to add a living memorial gift to be planted in the Garden of Hope. Depending on the tree or shrub the cost typically ranges from $100 to $250.

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Broken Hearts from Louisiana
On October 13th, thirty eight dogs flew into Nebraska City from a flood-ravaged parish in southern Louisiana. These dogs had been in overcrowded shelters and when the flood waters hit, rescuers were forced to hastily make room for newly displaced dogs who had some hope of finding their families. If not, our precious cargo surely would have been euthanized. This rescue was different for the folks at HUA--no sick and terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs abandoned or dumped, or no cases of abuse or neglect.  We met a happy, silly, bouncy bunch of pups ready to conquer the world!                                                             Then came the crushing blow.  Not surprisingly but quite unfortunately, over a quarter of the Louisianans have tested positive for heartworm disease, a terrible and potentially fatal disease.  We were prepared for the possibility that some of the dogs would be infected due to the massive mosquito population in the flooded areas, but were saddened at the high number.                      Treatment for heartworms is long, arduous, unpleasant and expensive. The average cost per dog is approximately $1000 and oftentimes higher. Antibiotics and steroids are administered, followed by at least 60 days in which the dog must receive a series of painful injections into the muscle. To make matters worse, the dog must be kept on strict rest in their playpens in order to prevent an increase in the rate at which heartworms can travel through the heart and lungs.   We were devastated to have to deliver the horrible news to these magical survivors that they will not be going home for the Holidays.  After all they've been through they deserve to live the best of all lives and they deserve a fresh, new start right now. Sadly,  they will have to tough it out before that can happen but we will be with them every step of the way.  We will climb into their comfortable playpens for long talks, we will provide extra treats, we will hold their paws when the needles hurt, we will love them back to health.                                                          If you would like to  help cover the cost of treatment for these precious souls please click to donate below.   All donations up to $50,000 from now until the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to several amazing contributors!  We are deeply grateful for your support that allows us to continue with these missions of mercy.  If not for you, none of it would be possible.    TO MAKE A LIFE-CHANGING DONATION, PLEASE CLICK BELOW. If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua     We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these missions of mercy possible.     Hearts United for AnimalsPO Box 286    Auburn, NE  68305 Ph 402-274-36 hua@hua.org www.hua.org A national no-kill shelter & sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering.
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October 13th Was a Beautiful Day
On the morning of October 13th, the HUA shelter received 38 very special deliveries.  Thanks in great part to Captain Peter Rork, co-founder of Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC), and Take Paws Rescue in Louisiana, we were able to save these precious lives from certain death in over-crowded shelters in southern Louisiana.  The disastrous floods in August left hundreds of thousands of people and animals homeless.  Shelters were already bursting at the seams and the devastation put them far beyond capacity.  Stories in the news spoke of fast rising river waters causing animal shelters to hastily evacuate.  Horrified workers had no choice but to release dogs from kennels to let them swim onto rooftops. Foster homes were flooded as well and good people who adored their animals were forced to flee for their lives. The passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards after Hurricane Katrina allows rescuers to save pets as they would people, but the numbers were staggering.                   It was a beauitful day for flying the friendly skies, and the wonderful Peter Pilot landed gently and safely.   HUA staff, volunteers and members of the press were at the Nebraska City Municipal Airport to greet the anxious passengers.  Crates were transferred from the privately-owned Cessna and loaded into three vans and two SUV's that were ready to head to the shelter.                                                   Once back at HUA, the dogs were carefully unloaded, given some cool, fresh water and were assigned their very own volunteers to take them for walks in the wide open fields.  They were thrilled to stretch their legs and smell all the new smells as we humans grinned from ear to ear watching these cuties having such fun out in the sunshine.                                                                                         The Louisianans had been in shelters prior to this massive effort and faced certain euthanasia.  They had been in the shelters long enough that there was no hope of reuniting them with their families.  Take Paws Animal Rescue pulled these dogs from the brink of death and Peter Pilot brought them safely to HUA.  Their kindness and determination are to be commended and we are overwhelmed with gratitude. We would also like to thank KETV, WOWT 6, KMTV and 1011 NEWS for reporting on this story, and Minda Haas Kuhlmann for her amazing photographs. This was a very different rescue experience for us here HUA.  No horribly sick or terrified puppy mill dogs, no dogs turned over by their families, no dogs that were out fending for themselves and starving in the streets.  The size of this group alone will make spaying and neutering costly.  Eighty percent of the dogs in the flood-affected parishes have heartworm disease and we expect to turn up quite a few positive tests.  Treatment for heartworms is long, ardous and expensive.  The good news is that the Louisanans are happy, silly, hopeful youngsters who are already having the times of their lives and receiving copious amounts of love. October 13, 2016, was a beautiful day, made even more so by people's dedication to and compassion for animals. As always, your support means the world to the dogs at HUA.  If you would like to help with the Louisianans' care, please click below.          If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua     We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these missions of mercy possible.     Hearts United for AnimalsPO Box 286    Auburn, NE  68305 Ph 402-274-36 hua@hua.org www.hua.org A national no-kill shelter & sanctuary, dedicated to the relief of suffering.
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The Autumn Arrivals
September 29th was a beautiful day in central Nebraska, made even more so for HUA manager John and dedicated volunteer Trudy, who drove there to rescue 22 souls from lives of misery.  These precious dogs had finally escaped the horrors of a puppy mill.  The poor things were scared out of their minds but seemed to understand that help had arrived.                             Among the group were Yorkies, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, a Schnauzer, and a Bull Terrier. The puppy miller did not discriminate and bred whatever she could get her hands on. Zoe, a tiny Yorkie weighing in at a mere three pounds, was brought to the vet for immediate medical attention.  Her right eye is dying due to previous trauma, and her left eye is severely dry.  Her patellas are very bad.  Her teeth are rotten and putrid. A paw is broken, and she has whipworms.                                                                                                         Sage, another very small Pomeranian, had one huge matt on his back side that pulled away from his body, leaving painful sores on both sides.                          Aster Schnauzer is emotionally broken.  He shakes and cringes and is terrified of human contact.                                                         Emotions always run high during puppy mill rescues.  The initial relief we feel at having the dogs in our arms is quickly overshadowed by feelings of frustration and disgust once we begin emotional and physical assessments.  Staff and volunteers have done this important work for many years and have learned to look for silver linings in every cloud to keep spirits boosted.   Over the weekend, tiny Goldie Pomeranian surprised us with something that gave us pause to consider                                      the miracles of rescue work.  These precious lives will never know a single moment of terror.  They will never be hungry, cold, ignored, or neglected.  They will grow into happy, cherished, spoiled members of their families and their mother will never again be forced to suffer through the pain of pregnancy and childbirth.  As always, your support is appreciated. If you would like to contribute toward the care of the Autumn Arrivals, please click below.  We will work tirelessly for as long as is needed to heal their bodies and their broken spirits, and that every day for the rest of their lives is spent making up for the years of suffering. If you prefer Paypal, it is accepted on our Razoo site at: http://www.razoo.com/hua  
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