About NHS

The Nebraska Humane Society provides education, gives shelter, encourages adoption and promotes responsible pet ownership.

About NHS

The Nebraska Humane Society was founded in 1875. It is the fifth oldest humane society in the nation, and, today, is also one of the largest. We offer shelter to animals who have no place to call home and provide vital services to them and to the people who love them. Every year, more than 30,000 animals, including wildlife, find their way to our doors. Through our programs, we touch the lives of more than 200,000 people annually with our message of compassion and humane treatment for all living creatures. We are housed on a 13-acre campus with four buildings, 150 dedicated staff members and 600 volunteers.

We provide animal medical services to animals in our care. We offer training classes and behavior modification programs, a low cost spay/neuter center, humane education programs, a free behavior help line, a pet food pantry for residents in economic distress, Project Pet Safe for companion pets of victims of domestic abuse, and Animeals, a program to deliver pet food to elderly pet owners who no longer have the freedom or ability to leave their homes.

We are active advocates for animal welfare in our state, having written and lobbied the Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Unicameral and local city councils to close puppy mills, to stop dog fighting, to insist on responsible pet ownership guidelines and to enforce dangerous dog ordinances. We are contracted to provide animal control services to Omaha and all of the communities within Sarpy County, providing shelter and a second chance to all of the stray, lost, abandoned, and often abused animals roaming loose in our jurisdiction. Our innovative Molly Project works to rehabilitate unruly, aggressive and fearful dogs, who, just a few years ago, would have been considered ‘‘unadoptable and untreatable.” In it’s first 4 years this program successfully placed, and kept in homes, almost 2,000 “unadoptable” dogs. 

Our history 

The Nebraska Humane Society was founded in 1875. The organization was originally established for the protection of both animals and children. In the mid 1940’s, state agencies began to embrace child welfare issues, leaving the Nebraska Humane Society as the sole organization within the Omaha area designated for the protection of animals.

Our mission

The Nebraska Humane Society protects, saves and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

Our vision

A good home for every pet. To achieve that, we will be working more and more, outside the shelter to offer support and guidance for all pet owners.

How we are funded

NHS is a private, not for profit 501-C3 organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. As a non-profit agency we rely on private donations to keep our doors (and kennels) open. We do not receive tax dollars, nor do we receive any portion of dues or donations paid to national animal welfare agencies. 

We rely on donations from annual donors who include individuals, corporations and foundations to fund the cost of sheltering tens of thousands of animals, our animal medical program, animal care facilities, adoption counseling, pet training and our behavior modification program, The Molly Project. NHS also works to generate income through our adoption fees, Animal Outfitters retail store and services such as training classes, humane education camps, and private pet cremations. 

NHS provides education, gives sanctuary to animals, encourages adoptions and promotes responsible pet ownership.

You Can Help Save A Life

Adopt A New Best Friend

You are the answer to providing homeless pets a second chance. Adopt, don’t shop and offer deserving pets a bright future.

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Rescuing, Rehabilitating and Rehoming animals is not cheap…but it’s the right thing to do. Help us fund lifesaving treatments and programs.

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Get Involved

You can make a huge difference in the lives of shelter animals  by offering your time and TLC.