All NHS adoptions are done on a first-come, first-served basis, so using our queue system to get in line remotely can pay off!
The queue system was implemented during the pandemic. You don't have to be here to get in line to see a pet. You don't have to stay here to keep your place in line. You can do everything online until you meet the pet, but you can also drop in and do everything in person.
Want to be ready to adopt whenever you find the right pet? Fill out the proper application below to get pre-approved.
Hours are: Monday-Friday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Starting the adoption process from home
How much do adoptions cost?
The adoption fee for pets will be listed inside each particular animal's bio on our website. That does not include the licensing fee.
How old do I have to be to adopt?
Because Nebraska’s legal age to sign a contract is 19, we ask that all adopters are at least 19 years old. Please bring a valid form of ID.
What do you mean by 'virtual' line?
That just means you don't need to physically be at the building if there is a long line! Get some errands done, relax at home, stay at work - whatever you prefer. You just need to be at the building when you reach the front of the line. This has proven to be helpful for adopters not to have to sit and wait during busy days.
I rent my home/apartment. Can I still adopt?
You need landlord approval for a pet. Please come prepared to show your pet policy, have a signed notification that your landlord approves, or the phone number to call and verify your landlord's requirements.
What restrictions do the animals have?
We do our best to be as transparent as possible. Please read the animal bios on the website, which will list any restrictions (such as kids, backyards, apartments, other animals, etc.). These restrictions are put in place for the benefit of both the adopters and the animals. We do our best to ensure successful adoptions!
Are the dogs good with cats?
Sometimes it can be hard to know, as there isn't a very good way to test for it that wouldn't add unnecessary stress to both the cat and dog. We use information from previous households to make determinations, but that often isn't readily available.
What's a critter?
Any adoptable animal that isn't a cat, dog or horse.
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, email email@example.com 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, please start by filling out the Diamond Dog online survey. A representative will get back with you once the application is filled out. Please include the animals name and ID number in your inquiry.
Contact our horse program at 402-444-7800, ext. 2286, or send an email for more information or to set up an appointment.
Omaha Area PetSmart Cat Adoptions
Keep in mind that adoptions at these locations are with cash or check only.