Adoption Process

Benefits of adopting from NHS, an overview of the process and fees.


So you want to add a family member? There is no better way than to adopt a shelter pet and give him or her a second chance. The Nebraska Humane Society is an open-entry shelter welcoming dogs, cats, small critters, horses and even barnyard buddies on a daily basis. While a majority of animals are housed at the main campus, some are too sensitive to be in our general adopt kennels, some are convalescing in foster homes and our horses are off-site at the Star Equine Rehabilitation Facility. You can browse available animals on our website or visit most of them in person at our campus at 90th and Fort streets.

Benefits of Adopting from NHS 

All dogs have the following services:

  • Parvo/Distemper/Kennel Cough vaccinations on intake
  • Puppies get appropriate boosters 
  • Heartworm test for dogs 6 months and older 
  • Flea and tick preventative
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchip

All cats have the following services: 

  • FVRCP Vaccinations on intake
  • Kittens get appropriate boosters
  • Feline Leukemia Test for adult cats 
  • Rabies Vaccination for cats 6 months and older
  • Flea and tick preventative 
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchip 

We also work to make the animals as comfortable as possible by bathing and grooming and offering needed medical treatments.

Please note that not all health issues are readily apparent. We appreciate your understanding that you are partnering with us to help fully rehabilitate and offer these deserving animals a second chance. 

The adoption process 

General adoptions: 

  1. Come to the shelter to check out the animals. You’ll want to meet a pet in person before taking him or her home.
  2. Because Nebraska’s legal age to sign a contract is 19, we ask that all adopters are at least 19 years old.
  3. Please bring a valid form of identification.
  4. Once you see an animal you’d like to meet, fill out an adoption survey and hand it in at customer service. The forms are located on the inside front wall of the lobby. 
  5. You’ll get a pager that vibrates when an adoption counselor is ready to get you together with your possible new pet. All adopters see animals on a first-come, first-served basis.
  6. The counselor will give you any information we have about the animal, including any medical records, previous owner information and reports from dog walkers and cat companions regarding the pet’s personality.
  7. This is a big decision—so allow yourself some time to meet and get to know your potential new pet.
  8. If you fall in love, you can leave with the pet the same day! 
  9. Adoption hours are noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. We respectfully ask that you submit your adoption survey one-half hour before we close. 

Foster Adoptions

Pets posted online as residing in Foster Care are not housed at the shelter—but are in private homes. To inquire about, or make an appointment to meet pets in foster care, please email and include the animals name and ID number in your inquiry.

Diamonds in the Ruff

These dogs are in quieter kennels in our behavior modification program because they don’t do well in the busy general adoption kennel environment. Diamond Dogs just need a little polish to shine! To inquire or make an appointment to meet these dogs email and include the animals name and ID number in your inquiry. 

Horse Adoptions

Contact our horse program at 402-444-7800, ext. 2286, or send an email for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Adoption Fees

Cats and Kittens:

  • Kittens 0 to 5 months: $125
  • Kittens 6 months to 1 year: $75
  • Cats 2 to 5 years: $50
  • Cats 6 years and older: $35 (free to people age 60 or older)
  • All cats/kittens remain 2 for the price of 1 with the adopt fee being that of the higher priced cat or kitten.

Dogs and Puppies:

  • Puppies: starting at $200
  • Dogs: $165  
  • HIPP (Hi Profile Pets): $200 and up*

Other Pets:

  • Mice: $2
  • Rats, hamsters, gerbils: $5
  • Small birds (diamond dovs, finches, parakeets), aquatic turtles, small lizards (anole/skink), frogs and toads: $15
  • Guinea pigs, rabbits, geckos: $25
  • Love birds, large doves, corn snakes: $30
  • Canaries, sockatiels, bearded dragons, pythons, boas, box turtles, tortoises, iguanas: $40
  • Ferrets, chinchillas: $50
  • Conures, quakers: $100
  • African grays, cockatoos and amazons: $300

*HIPP pets are dogs and cats who are in high demand, may be purebred and whose price at a pet store might be $600 or more. The higher fees go to help other pets who wait months to find homes. 
**Adult dogs are aged six months and older.

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