No-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Dedicated to the relief of suffering.
Hearts United for Animals takes in the lost, afraid, and abused creatures and provides everything possible to relieve their suffering, restore their health, and most of all love to restore their spirits.
Our shelter is located on over 60 acres of farmland in Southest Nebraska - only an hour away from Lincoln. The location, our dedication to ending puppy mills and our no-kill mission made HUA the perfect place to go for dogs rescued in 2013 from a Lancaster County puppy mill. After much activism on the part of HUA supporters including television, newspaper, internet attention and many protests, the puppy mill was shut down and the owner sentenced to not own dogs again for a period of two years, strict probation and monetary fines.
There are five housing areas for our animals that are temperature controlled year round. Many large play and exercise yards are used daily for our dogs and all of the larger ones in permanent housing areas have indoor/outdoor runs.
Our typical animal population is over 400 dogs and 25 cats that have nowhere else to go.
Hearts United for Animals started began in 1989. HUA provides the best for our animals as they await their forever home. They are given the best food, veterinary care, beds, blankets, toys and most of all love. Those that are not adopted stay with us for the remainder of their lives as Sanctuary Sweethearts.
Yet, we are so much more than that. We are truly Hearts United. Our dedication to and efforts in Lancaster County run deep.
In 2013 Hearts United for Animals spent over $47,000 in Lancaster County for veterinary care and supplies. This sum includes emergency veterinary care for families whose pets were suffering from trauma injuries or other illnesses or needed medication and were not being admitted to veterinary clinics due to lack of funds.
HUA has rescued 53 dogs and cats from Lancaster County over the past year. Twenty three still reside at HUA along with many others from prior years who are living out their lives at the HUA Sanctuary, unadoptable due to behavioral or medical issues. The cost to house and provide care for dogs and cats who arrived at the HUA shelter from Lancaster County in prior years who have not been adopted totaled $49,000 for the year 2013. For dogs who arrived from Lancaster County in the year 2013 the cost was $66,250.
Seven to ten animals on average are housed for Lancaster County victims of domestic abuse and the homeless each year while they work on finding housing arrangements so that they can be reunited with their pets. The service, called Tia's Place, is provided at no cost. The animals are often housed at HUA for many months. The expenses in 2013 for Lancaster County were $8,750.
Since 2006 the HUA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has served over 550 animals of low-income families from Lancaster County, providing spay/neuter and vaccinations all for fee of only $35, which is waived if it is a hardship. The low cost spay neuter clinic operates at a deficit of $55,000 each year, as it is a chartable service provided for those who could otherwise not afford it. 71 animals from Lancaster County were served in 2013 at a cost of $3,025.
92 animals were adopted to Lancaster County residents in 2013. All were spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on shots and heartworm tested as well as provided any other medical care needed. The average loss per dog adopted is $1,250 due to length of stay and increased care for special needs animals.
HUA currently has 29 animals that are fostered by Lancaster county residents. HUA covers all medical costs for the life of the animal. The foster home program provides care for dogs and cats that would otherwise not have homes and also provides companion animals for families that would face hardship providing for pets. Many foster pet parents are elderly or on fixed incomes.
HUA assists with approximately 800 inquiries per year from Lancaster County residents needing behavioral advice, assistance with rehoming a pet, assistance with emergency medical expenses, pet food or housing. This represents 225 hours per year of staff and volunteer time.
HUA currently has 53 active Lancaster County volunteers.
In 2012 HUA ran their own PSA where James Lipton, of Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo, featured the puppy mill rescue work that HUA does, assisting in shutting down sub-standard breeding facilities. Veterinary expenses from our most recent rescue of Lancaster County puppy mill dogs totaled over $25,000, and several are still in our care due to their age and extensive medical needs. Your contributions are appreciated and help to give so many dogs and cats their lives back.