The Nebraska Humane Society is unique among animal shelters. In addition to taking animals whose owners can no longer care for them, we provide animal control services for the Omaha Metro area. That means we are the facility that houses all animals with nowhere else to go. We don’t pick and choose who enters. Instead we offer clean kennels, warm beds, loving hearts and kind hands to every abandoned, stray and lost animal who arrives at our door. We also quarantine animals who are aggressive or who have bitten, provide a safe place for victims of cruelty and neglect, and offer temporary sanctuary for animals who have been given up by their owners. But not all of these animals can be safely placed back into the community. We fix those who we can and euthanize those beyond our repair.
We are proud to say that we have not had to euthanize a healthy, adoptable dog, for lack of space, in several years. We have, in fact, continued to push to rehabilitate and adopt out more animals with mild to complex and expensive medical conditions, as well as dogs with minor behavior challenges. With help from a “special needs fund” we continue to fix even more medically challenged dogs and adopt more with chronic medical issues.
For cats the story is not as happy. Cats are a major challenge for every shelter in the country, due to their overwhelming numbers. In recent years we have worked with the community on a limited trap/neuter/release program, fostered thousands of kittens in private homes, utilized PetSmarts and veterinary offices to house and adopt cats, and we have expanded our cat kenneling area. Still, at times, we run out of space. In late 2010 when space got perilously tight we told our community the problem and gave cats away in several free adoption offers. You, our community, responded, paving the way for us to continue this practice.
Attached you will find our animal statistics report according to the Asilomar Accords method of tabulation, along with a link to the Asilomar Accords home page.
We are proud of what we have accomplished together. Because of you we save many more lives than the national average for animal control facilities. From the animals whose lives you have helped save, thank you! It takes a community to save every life possible.