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Give To Lincoln Day Tomorrow (Thurs, May 29)

From: Cheri C.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:22 PM

Happy Hump Day!

You know what day it is right?

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Tomorrow (Thurs, May 29) is the 3rd Annual Give to Lincoln Day. Many of you may have participated in last week's 2nd annual Omaha Gives, which was modeled after the Lincoln event.  Both are wonderful concepts for non-profit charities, giving donors a chance to double their donations due to a pool of "matching" funds.

Daisy says, "Don't forget!"

I dropped the ball, and wasn't on top of things last week, so I didn't get an email sent out for Omaha Gives.   However, Daisy reminded me this week that the good people that rescued her from a puppy mill and gave her a home until she found me, Hearts United for Animals, are participating in Give To Lincoln Day tomorrow.  She wanted to make sure everyone knew about the event!  

There are tons of wonderful charities to choose from.  Obviously, Daisy and I have a favorite, but I don't want to slight the amazing work done by so many other groups out there helping both humans and animals. There is a $10 minimum donation, but you're welcome to donate as much as you want.  To get more details about Give to Lincoln Day, and find all the charities participating go to:

http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/giving_events/g2l14/home

One of the special things about the day is that any donation made to HUA through the Give To Lincoln site (www.givetolincoln.com) tomorrow will be MORE than doubled due to the Lincoln Community Foundation and a special foundation set up by donors just for HUA.

Here's the scoop straight from HUA:

On May 29th, HUA will once again participate in Give to Lincoln Day, sponsored by The Lincoln Community Foundation. In addition to qualifying HUA for a portion of a $300,000 match pool of funds, donations made to Hearts United for Animals for this special giving day will also be matched dollar for dollar by The Gary and Mary West Foundation, resulting in donations being matched MORE THAN DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. Our goal for the day is $150,000, double that of last year’s event. 
Funds raised will be used to help save the lives of dogs and cats in need. Please help us meet our goal by donating and spreading the word to your friends and family.

You can set up your donation now to happen on May 29th by going to http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/Hua.

It is automatically set up to run your donation on May 29th. Donations must be made through this site to qualify. For any questions or concerns please contact [address removed].

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You may remember Dachshunds Anonymous donated to HUA recently after a mill rescue where HUA saved 69 dogs, many of them dachshunds.  These dogs came in horribly neglected, malnourished, filthy, ill, and scared.  Those dogs have now been groomed, vetted, cared for, fed good food, given nice beds with warm, soft blankets, and have been loved for the first time in their lives.

They are starting to come out of their shells, show their personalities and are learning to love. They've had their shots, any needed meds, and surgeries to remove tumors, hernias and to ensure they don't ever have to have babies again.  They are getting healthy and the ones who were balding are starting to grow new coats again.  And best of all...they are getting ready to find their forever homes.

Not all are to the point that they are ready for forever homes, yet, but some are.  I thought I'd show you some before and after pix of the doxies that are ready to start looking for their homes.

Calera, before, awaiting freedom, now, looking forward to finding her forever home.   Calera was born 4/3/06.  She is a wirehair doxie and is a very sweet, friendly girl.

Keota, filthy, scared and with long untrimmed nails, now such a beauty, with confidence and pride. Keota was born 8/9/09. This 7 pound female is sweet and loving. She enjoys being outside and loves to be in the sun!

I didn't get a name on this little one, but from scared pup to happy punk rocker!  You can just see the difference of happiness and joy in the eyes (and smile!) of this precious little wire hair.

Mayetta and Onaka arriving at HUA.  Onaka (right) filthy and matted.  Mayetta (left) balding, miserable and unhealthy.

Mayetta and Onaka now.  Mayetta has fur!!!  Her beautiful coat is growing back! She is recovering quite nicely from her miserable former life.  Mayetta is a sweet little girl born 11/21/06.

And the beautiful fluffy white wirehair Onaka looks much happier all cleaned up!  She was born 9/29/07 and only wieghs 8 pounds.  Onaka is always happy, now.  She LOVES to go out to the play yards and just has a blast running around!

Roberta!

This little one is the one that has haunted me.  I see that precious, sweet face, attached to a body that is worn out by endless breeding and neglect.  Balding, bloated belly....I had just read up on Cushings Disease right before seeing this, and knew those were some of the signs.  This poor baby was never given medical treatment by the puppy millers although she was obviously ill.  They just let her suffer, and kept breeding her, allowing her to pass her Cushings down to her puppies that were sold in pet stores or online to people that thought they were getting an adorable healthy pure bred dachshund puppy.

Although I don't have a new "after" picture of her yet, her name is Roberta, and she is doing really well!  I just checked up on her and was told, "She is a happy go lucky girl. She loves attention and interacting with her caregivers and volunteers. Her hair is slowly starting to grow back and her bloated belly is starting to return to normal."

I am so happy for all 69 dogs that got out of that mill (and the many others that had been rescued before!) and now have a chance at a life as a cherished family member as they should have always been.

In addition to rescuing dogs from puppy mills, taking in strays, shelter dogs and owner surrenders, check out the HUA website (www.hua.org) to find out more about some of the other HUA programs including:

  • Emergency vet care for dogs/families in need
  • Low cost spay and neuter clinic
  • Tia's place sanctuary for pets of domestic violence
  • Sanctuary sweetheart program for dogs/cats that can't be adopted out
  • Education about puppy mills and humane treatment of animals

Any donations made tomorrow help support these programs in addition to helping the approximately 400 dogs and cats living at HUA right now.

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Like I said, HUA just happens to be special to my heart b/c of all they do for dogs (and now cats, too!) in need.  But, any charity of your choice would appreciate any donation you would be willing to give.

Pick a charity at:

http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/giving_events/g2l14/home

Donate at:

www.givetolincoln.com

Thanks so much! Have a good one!

~Cheri and Daisy (and Dusty and Georgie, too!)

 

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