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
Do you have a group interested in doing a community service project for the Nebraska Humane Society and their animals? We would love to have your assistance in supporting our animals, so look no fur-ther!
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. Contact our Education Department to come out and help kick off your drive if you like. 402-444-7800 ext 2214
- 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 their 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.
- Instead of birthday gifts for yourself, ask for items our shelter animals are in need of or ask for donations to be made to the Nebraska Humane Society instead.
- 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. Remember to not add anything that an animal could accidently swallow.
- 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. Don’t worry, we even have a book nook near the adoption kennels in case you forgot your books at home!
- Feeling crafty? Make fleece blankets and tug toys to keep the animals cozy and warm. Smaller fleece blankets make great additions to the cat kennels whereas the larger ones work great for our dogs!
- 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.