This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is spotlighting the Central Nebraska Humane Society in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS) was established in 1967, by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community. CNHS is located in the northeast corner of Grand Island, Nebraska. Annually, over 2,500 animals are handled. The organization is staffed with dedicated, compassionate and trained employees, as well as volunteers that assist and enjoy a wide range of involvement from helping with special care needs, fostering, promotional events and educational programs.
The CNHS 15,000 square-foot facility provides 30 adoptable dog kennels, a small dog and puppy room capable of showcasing 15 adoptable pets, five Get Acquainted rooms, a large meeting room for exercising dogs or hosting meetings or other activities, two large cat and kitten play rooms and 25 adoptable cat kennels. Other areas include a medical room with grooming equipment, kitten nursery, and kennels for lost dogs and cats. On the grounds are a pet cemetery, an off leash exercise pen, and outdoor exercise areas for dogs to enjoy being outside everyday. This support makes the Central Nebraska Humane Society the largest non-profit 501(c)3 organization in central Nebraska providing for the well-being and adoption of pets.
The mission of the Central Nebraska Humane Society is to provide shelter to lost and homeless animals, to educate the community about the humane care and treatment of all animals, to advocate animal welfare, and to further the bond between people and animals. CNHS pet adoptions and returns of missing/lost pets have steadily increased. Since 2010, over 1,000 pets have found forever homes every year. Over 700 pets are reunited with their owners annually.
No animals served by the Central Nebraska Humane Society are euthanized due to space limitations. Animals served by CNHS are not limited on the time they may stay in the shelter. Animals that are medically and behaviorally sound are cared for until they are placed in a forever home or are transferred to another rescue organization more apt to their needs.
CNHS provides the following services to the local community:
- Adoption of unclaimed stray and surrendered animals
- Resources and referrals for adopting
- Reuniting lost pets with their owners
- Care for stray, abandoned and surrendered pets
- Pet counseling and information
- Microchipping for owned cats and dogs
- Engraved Identification Tags
- A fun place to celebrate your child’s birthday
- Pet products are available in our Bark Avenue Boutique
- Pet Licenses (for Grand Island residents)
- Burial in “Our Friends” pet cemetery
When you adopt a pet from CNHS you get more than a great pet. Before you come to the shelter to find a new furry family member, please call ahead of time to verify availability of specific pets. Some pets are in foster homes and available to meet by appointment only.
Interested in volunteering with the Central Nebraska Humane Society? Volunteers are needed to assist with:
- Exercising dogs
- Socializing timid cats and dogs
- Brushing or grooming cats and dogs
- Fostering special needs animals
- Helping with Adopt-A-Pet functions
- Making follow-up phone calls to adopters
- Helping in the Bark Avenue Boutique
All volunteers must be 16 years or older or accompanied by an adult while volunteering and able to commit a minimum of four hours per month.
If you aren’t ready to adopt and can’t volunteer, you can still help the homeless pets at the Central Nebraska Humane Society by making a tax-deductible donation. It’s easy to make an online donation - you can even sponsor a kennel with your very own plaque! You can also make a tribute donation or honor a special person or pet, family member or friend with a permanent Remembrance Stone in the Esther Highland Memorial Garden. In addition to monetary donations, CNHS can always use donations of cleaning and office supplies, and pet food and supplies, and other items from their wish list.
You can also support the animals by shopping at the Bark Avenue Boutique!
PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!