Update: Our kennel space crisis is even tighter after the shelter suffered significant flood damage from a broken pipe, especially in our medical department. To continue taking care of animals without a home, we are unable to take surrendered pets at this time. If you need to surrender, we ask that you hold onto your pets for a little longer or consider other options, such as those listed below.
Giving up a pet is a heart-wrenching decision, but sometimes there seems to be no other option for a pet owner. We understand that financial concerns, illness, moving to a home that won’t accept pets and unwanted litters can put owners in a no-win situation.
The Nebraska Humane Society offers resources to help keep animals in loving homes, and we urge pet owners to consider other options before deciding to surrender their animals. Due to limited space, NHS needs to limit the number of animals in shelter. We are still taking all strays from our jurisdiction. But we are accepting owner-surrendered animals only as a last resort. Below are steps to help keep your pet in your home or alternative methods to rehome them without bringing them into the shelter.
If you are a resident of Omaha or Sarpy County and are unable to keep your pet for safety reasons, eviction, the pet is sick, injured or aggressive etc., and you've exhausted all other rehoming methods, our staff will evaluate and accept pets on a case-by-case basis at the shelter.
Hours: Weekdays Noon-7 p.m. / Weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Animal control will pick up a pet for surrender in an emergency situation if the animal is sick, injured or aggressive. There is a $50 fee for this service. Contact dispatch at 402-444-7800, ext. 1.