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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.



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.


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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