New Adoption Procedures

We are now doing all adoptions online!

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | NHS Staff

NHS is now ONLY accepting online applications, to adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing, and to avoid long wait lines. Animals will be shown by appointment following submission and review of your application. 

The Adoption Process for Dogs and Critters:

  1. Check our adopt pages for available dogs and critters 
  2. Click the photos to pull up the pet's profile to see if he or she might be a good match for your family. You can choose up to three pets you'd like to meet during your appointment. Note their names and i-d numbers. 
  3. Fill out an online application. The link is at the bottom of each pet's profile, however you can list up to three animals on an application (in other words you don't have to fill out three applications to meet three dogs).
  4. Click submit--you should get a response confirming your application has been sent.
  5. We get LOTS of applications, so you will only be contacted if you are determined to be a match for the animal or animals you selected to meet, and if they are still available. 
  6. All of the animals continue to be adopted on a first come, first served basis and shown by appointment only, so we cannot guarantee that the animals you requested to meet will still be available at the time we review your application.

The Adoption Process for Cats: 

        1.  Check the adoption pages for available cats
        2.  Click the photos to pull up a cat's profile to see if he or she might be a good match. You can note up to two cats you'd like to meet.
        3.  Fill out an adoption application which is linked at the bottom of each cat's profile. (You can list up to three cats on one application). 
        4.  Submit your application.
        5.  Once your application is accepted you will be emailed a link to shedule your own adoption appointment.
        6.  Once you schedule you will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email a day out. 
        7.  Please Note:  Scheduling an appointment does not hold a pet for you. Cats are adopted on a first come- first served basis. If the cat you chose is adopted prior to your appointment, staff will work with you to find a cat that is a good match. We have cats coming in daily, so check the site prior to your appointment to have a cat or two in mind to meet.  
        8.  When you arrive:  Please wear a mask.
        9.  Please limit your visit to two adults. To avoid elongated appointments overlapping, and to limit crowds we ask that you keep your meet-and-greets to two cats. 
      11.  Be prepared to license:   If cats are fee-waived (free) adopters in Omaha and Sarpy County will still need to pay applicable licensing fees.  

We are so grateful to adopters willing to open their home to a shelter pet and we are doing our best to continue adopting pets during this trying time.  So please keep checking the website and submitting applications for potential pets should we be unable to match you at this time.    Stay safe and healthy! 

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