Local non-profit helps save dog’s life

By: Lauren Fabrizi

A Lincoln family’s dog is able to walk again after a local non-profit helped save its life.

About three weeks ago, Brandi, a lab-beagle mix, was hit by a car. Her pelvis was shattered from the impact, and her owners, Alan Wilder and Lisa McCoy, thought they might have to put her down.

That’s when Hearts United for Animals stepped in.

“Long behold, here she is, all fixed up,” Wilder said.

Hearts United for Animals is a no kill animal shelter located just south of Nebraska City. When the organization got word the family couldn’t pay for Brandi’s surgery expenses, it helped out.

Now, Brandi’s walking again and her family couldn’t be more thankful.

“She’s alive, I’m alive” Wilder said.

 “She’s like one of our children,” McCoy added. “We couldn’t imagine life without her.”

Since Hearts United for Animals is a non–profit, it relies on donations. This past week, the organization raised about $173,000 from this year’s Give to Lincoln Day, which is the most it’s ever received from the annual fundraiser.

“We were just ecstatic that we did that,” Ann MacDougall of the non-profit said.

Volunteers with the shelter said that money will go toward a number of their clinics, including emergency care and spaying and neutering, as well as general funds for medical expenses. 

“All these funds are really helpful in rescuing dogs and getting them healthy again,” MacDougall said.

Volunteers said Brandi will need a sling for another week or so before she can walk on her own again.