Animals hold a special place in our hearts. Our four-legged friends often times make our homes complete. We have seen some great stories in sports and entertainment involving our furry friends. In fact, this week fresh off of his team’s Super Bowl victory Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi will help give 109 puppies from a local animal shelter new homes. He pledged to pay the adoption fees for the dogs that were in the Kansas City Pet Project as of February 2nd. Rachel Ray then said she would pay for food for all 109 pups. Two great gestures.
However, I want to recognize one of our furry friends’ greatest allies.
Hearts United for Animals is the largest no kill animal shelter and sanctuary in the entire state of Nebraska. This place over the years has won countless awards and has had many stories done on them. They even won the Smithsonian Award for being the most state of the art no kill shelter.
The place was started by Carol Wheeler in the late 80s and since then has grown Nationwide. She, her staff, and countless volunteers have worked through blood, sweat, and tears to keep the sanctuary up and running.
Their property sits just outside the town of Auburn, Nebraska, and consists of an Intake Building, two large dog Villas and a large and medium dog three-section condo Homeward Bound building which is mainly for smaller dogs and a cat playhouse. Then they have their own clinic building there where they offer low-cost spay/neuter services. They also have their own doggie gym there and an agility field. Each building, the dogs have indoor and outdoor access to many play yards. The shelter also specializes in adoptions as well.
These wonderful people there work with other rescue organizations around the world to help with shutting down puppy mills and breeding mills.
Hearts United is dedicated to helping dogs and cats who have been abused and left to die. They socialize them and get them the best medical help there is. They also have set up a fund to help people who have pets and can’t afford their medical expenses.
So far, they have rescued close to 10,000 dogs over the years. Every animal there also has what they call a buddy, which is a sponsor that donates to the care of each animal there.