Shelter Closure Updates

Check here for the latest updates regarding the canine illness at Nebraska Humane Society

NHS Canine Illness Updates

Starting 6/18/2024, the Nebraska Humane Society will be open for cat and critter adoptions, along with "clean break" dogs. Other select services will resume.

Lab results indicate the most likely cause of the respiratory infection among dogs at NHS is canine pneumovirus. This has become an increasingly common cause of respiratory infections in shelter dogs worldwide, and it can open the door to other complications, such as pneumonia. 

NHS, which initially suspected the disease to be a case of 'Strep Zoo,' has operated in an emergency capacity since Sunday, June 9. We closed adoptions and halted non-emergency intake to better protect both the pets in our care and in the community. We are housing all incoming animals separate from our existing population, and we have deep cleaned every inch of potentially-contaminated areas numerous times in accordance with our established protocols.

Please know that the shelter population is a reflection of our community, so you should be cautious when visiting areas with large populations of dogs.

We deeply appreciate the continued understanding and support of our community through this situation. We can confidently say these protocols being in place saved lives and will continue to do so.

Shelter Emergency Operations

  • The safety of pets is our No. 1 concern. We will continue to operate in a similar emergency format until further notice.
  • Anyone who needs to surrender a pet is urged to exhaust all efforts to re-home their pet before contacting the shelter. Visit this page for more info and resources. Emergency intake includes medical emergencies, aggression, and any situation involving an injury to a human or an animal.
  • NHS is open for some dog adoptions as we care for the animals in our shelter to ensure this does not spread to pets already in homes. The available dogs are "clean break" dogs who have been kept separate from our existing shelter population in sanitized areas. See available dogs here.
  • If anyone who has adopted a dog since June 2 sees their pet experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughing, discharge from the nose, and depression, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
    • Area vets are being encouraged to contact the NHS medical team to report any suspect cases and for further follow up at 402-444-7800 ext.2926. 
  • If you find a stray and can hold onto the pet, that action can keep the shelter population down and will help minimize potential exposure of that animal. NHS can offer supplies and other help. Contact Animal control at 402-444-7800 X1.

Camp Kindness will resume, with modifications in place.

If your child is registered for camp, you will be contacted by a member of our education team.

All training classes have been suspended

This includes Drop-In classes and Playgroups.

Adoptions are Open

Our main lobby and cat/critter adoption areas are considered "green zones," meaning it is safe from contamination. Dogs that are available for adoption have been housed separately from the affected population. Individuals wanting to meet an available dog should fill out an application online first, if possible.

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