Activities for Children
Does your child love animals? Below you'll find some activities that are fun for the entire family!
Read to the animals
Animals at NHS LOVE story time! We encourage kids of all ages (or adults!) to visit the shelter and read to the dogs, cats and even critters. There’s no need to sign up; just drop by anytime during adoption hours (12-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). We have a little library on site, or you can bring your own books. Little ones must have an adult with them!
Community Service Projects
Here are some ideas for your group to help animals at the Nebraska Humane Society.
- Host a penny or coin drive. Call it Pennies for Paws, Dimes for Dogs or Cash for Cats … Whatever you call it, it’s amazing how fast pocket change can add up and provide basic necessities for animals at the shelter.
- Bake homemade treats and bring them to the shelter. Please use a safe and nutritional recipe. The recipes are listed above.
- Host a garage sale, bake sale, car wash, or other event to earn money for the shelter animals. One person’s junk might be an animal’s best hope for the future.
- Sponsor a “special privilege day” at your school, where students or staff must pay for a privilege like chewing gum, wearing hats, wearing jeans, etc.
- Make the sacrifice and bypass your own birthday or holiday gifts for a donation to the animals.
- Host a fun run or tournament to benefit the animals. It’s a win-win!
- Feeling artsy? Design bandanas with adoptable messages for the animals in the shelter to wear.
- Spend a morning or afternoon at the shelter reading to the animals during adoption hours. All we ask is for minors to be accompanied by an adult.
- Feeling crafty? Make fleece blankets and tug toys to keep the animals cozy and warm.
- Form an animal welfare club at your school or organization that meets regularly to discuss animal topics and complete service projects.
- Hold a neighborhood or community drive to collect items found on our wishlist.
- Become an ambassador. Create an educational presentation and choose an audience. Choose from a variety of topics: responsible pet ownership; ways to support your local shelter; how to solve pet overpopulation, showing empathy, kindness, compassion and respect for animals; what to do about cruelty and neglect; the mission and purpose of an animal shelter, etc.