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American Humane Presents Nebraska Humane Society with Feed the Hungry Grant

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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, June 4, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that the Nebraska Humane Society received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry fund. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) protects, saves and enriches the lives of animals in the communities it serves.

“Animals have a special place in my heart, and I am saddened to see so many being abandoned and left hungry as a result of this sweeping COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Shafiroff, national Feed the Hungry spokesperson for American Humane and renowned philanthropist. “We must ensure that rescue organizations have the basic resources necessary to care for these defenseless animals that are in dire need of a forever home.”

Like every other business or organization in America, rescue shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only struggling to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.

“NHS has long known that providing a little bit of pet food during a time of crisis can keep pets together with their families,” said Pam Wiese, Vice President Public Relations and Marketing at the Nebraska Humane Society. “This has never been more apparent then right now. For us to be able to provide just a little bit of food, might mean the difference between keeping a pet or surrendering it to the shelter. We are so grateful to American Humane because currently, we are using shelter resources to stock this pantry. Your grant… helped us stock these shelves and went a long way to putting food in hungry pets’ mouths.”

The NHS provides education, gives shelter, encourages adoption and promotes responsible pet ownership. Founded in 1875, it is the fifth oldest humane society in the nation, and today, is also one of the largest. It offers shelter to animals who have no place to call home and provides vital services to them and to the people who love them. Every year, more than 30,000 animals, including wildlife, find their way to its doors. The shelter is housed on a 13-acre campus with four buildings, 150 dedicated staff members and 600 volunteers. NHS offers animal medical services to animals in its care, training classes and behavior modification programs, a low cost spay/neuter center, humane education programs, a free behavior help line, a pet food pantry for residents in economic distress, Project Pet Safe for companion pets of victims of domestic abuse, and Animeals, a program to deliver pet food to elderly pet owners who no longer have the freedom or ability to leave their homes. American Humane’s Feed the Hungry grant will allow NHS to continue its programs, specifically the pet food pantry, even as funds have decreased.

To help shelters continue to save lives during this unprecedented crisis, consider donating today. Learn more at

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit


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The Nebraska Humane Society protects, enriches, and saves the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

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The Nebraska Humane Society is a world class facility offering safety and care for animals in our community who need our help. NHS also provides animal control services to Omaha and all of Sarpy County, upholding the laws enacted for the protection of people and animals.As an open entry shelter, we don’t turn anyone away who needs a place to go. Ever. We provide education, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet care for our community.

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In 2016 NHS:
  • Adopted out 11,097 pets
  • Spayed/neutered 6,414 dogs and cats
  • Performed 1,549 specialized surgeries
  • Fostered 2,068 animals in 241 foster homes
  • Provided behavior help to 3,197 callers
NHS also returned nearly 3,000 pets to their owners; offered low-cost training classes, spays, and neuters; offered a free pet food pantry; was a safe haven for animals of domestic violence; and provided pet safety and animal care presentations to schools across the metro.

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NHS is a private nonprofit corporation. Animal Control is funded through the cities who contract for those services, but all shelter programs including rehabilitating and rehoming of animals are funded through private donations. Our volunteers donate time and talent to walk dogs, enrich cats, counsel for adoptions, help market pets, and foster those needing TLC in their homes!

Your help becomes hope when you donate:

  • In honor or memory
  • Monthly
  • Planned giving
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Details at

Nebraska Humane Society

8929 Fort St.Omaha, NE 68134402-444-7800

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Nebraska Humane Society Judy Varner Adoption and Education Center

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The Nebraska Humane Society’s vision is to upgrade facilities, increasing their capacity to care for and adopt out more animals. The Judy Varner Adoption and Education Center (JVAEC) consisted of renovating two existing buildings and adding two new structures. The first renovation was 10,000 SF of a single-story strip mall building to be used for offices. The second renovation was 37,000 SF of the current two-story JVAEC main building. The two buildings will be linked together by a newly constructed walking path that has conditioned space.

Demolition within both buildings included the removal of concrete slabs, existing utilities, walls, and ceilings. The west building was completed first to allow staff to move in while the main building was renovated.

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What We Do

The Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) protects, saves and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

At NHS, we love dogs, cats, horses and all animals. A lot. We shelter them when no one else will and lavish them with kindness and dignity until they find their forever homes or are reunited with their families. YOU are the help that becomes their hope; whether you volunteer, take a training class, send your children to camp, adopt or donate!

Each year, more than 20,000 animals come through our doors. Some only need a place to stay, while others need lifesaving medical care. Each one is treated with compassion and dignity as we work to find them their forever home. This is only possible through the generosity of our community - people like you!

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More than 20,000 dogs, cats, horses, critters, barn buddies and wildlife make their way through our doors each year.

In 2020, 7,318 pets were adopted into their forever homes and given a second chance at a happy life.

Nearly 2,300 lost pets were reconnected with their families in 2020.

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Nebraska Humane Society set to reopen to the public following renovations and pandemic

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — During the pandemic, the demand for pets skyrocketed but due to the virus, many shelters were closed for browsing to the public. Now that things are getting back normal, and some renovations have been completed, the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) is ready to reopen its doors to people seeking their next furry, feathered or scaly family member.

According to a release from NHS, its newly-renovated adoption space is set to reopen on Thursday, July 1.

Prior to this, all adoption appointments were set up online after potential pet parents browsed the NHS website.

NHS shared the following regarding the renovations:

Beginning July 1, 2020 NHS is fully open to the public in our new renovated space!

Since opening the Lied Humane Center building in February of 2000, we've served more than 450,000 animals who required surgeries, shelter, grooming, training, rehabilitation and more to get back on their feet. To stay at the top in our field, and to honor long time CEO Judy Varner, key donors funded a $14.1 million dollar endeavor, named The Judy Varner Adoption and Education Center. The work began in December of 2018 and was completed during the pandemic.

· Renovated 37,107 square feet, which is 45% of our existing shelter.

· Added 12,000 square feet of new animal housing space.

· The changes should reduce stress and length of stay for the animals.

· Transform the way public views, accesses and interacts with adoptable animals.

Cats: Taller condos allow for instinctive vertical movement, lowering stress and providing a natural living environment. Immersive group rooms encourage potential adopters to interact and spend quality time. Other shelters that have implemented such changes have experienced a lower stress rate among cats, a 50% increase in adoption rates and a 60% reduction in the spread of diseases.

· Large, free roaming group rooms.

· Tall cat condos with vertical space to leap and perch.

· A dedicated cat enrichment room.

· A second-floor cat village.

Dogs: Over the past 20 years, our dog population has changed. We are now sheltering more dogs who are fearful, lack training and require behavior modification. The renovated dog spaces provide the public with supervised, direct access to these dogs' kennels, increasing the opportunity for expeditious adoptions.

· House dogs in groups according to size and temperament.

· Reconfigure individual kennel spaces to reduce stress.

· Improve acoustics and lighting to reduce stress.

· Allow potential adopters access to see and interact with difficult to place dogs.

Critters: The Judy Varner Adoption and Education Center provides new and separate accommodations for prey species (i.e., cats, dogs, ferrets). Mammals and exotics have their own enclosed adoption space as a 10% increase of these species is expected by shelters in the years to come.

· New and separate accommodations for prey species.

· Separate enclosed space for mammals and exotics.

Humans: Interactive education stations promote and support responsible pet ownership, animal care and training tips, and facilitate adoptions.

· A more efficient adoption process.

· Electronic technology stations.

· Digital messaging promotes responsible pet ownership and provides care and training tips.

If you're curious about what pets are available, click here to visit the NHS website.

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UNO Theatre Production Benefits Nebraska Humane Society

OMAHA – The theatre program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has finished its run of "Shakespeare's Dog," the first production of its 2016-17 season.UNO Theatre is pleased to announce that audience contributions raised more than $1,000 to benefit the Nebraska Humane Society.

Pam Wiese, who works in marketing for the Nebraska Humane Society, says that these funds will help support their medical department, which provides vaccinations, heartworm tests, spays and neuters, needed surgeries like amputations, and wound care.  It may also help provide supplies for the foster care parents who take care of babies, and the kitten nursery that provides formula and nutrition for bottle babies.

“I am thrilled that the good work of students in the UNO Theatre program is not only of a high artistic quality, but that it also supports the local community,” School of the Arts Director Jack Zerbe said. “Many of us have a special place in our heart for our small furry friends.”

The Nebraska Humane Society shelters abandoned pets until they find new owners. In 2015, 10,477 animals were placed in permanent adoptive homes. They also reunited close to 2,900 lost pets with their owners last year alone. In addition to caring for pets in need, they also offer training and resources for pet owners, including a free behavior helpline.

UNO Theatre’s next production will be "A War of Roses: Foreign Flames," part one of one of Shakespeare’s epic plays. This production is directed by Prof. D. Scott Glasser. The preview performance for "Foreign Flames" will be Nov. 2. The show will run Nov. 3-5 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 and 12-13 at 2 p.m. The Nov. 2 preview will also be a TAG Night Out.

For UNO Theatre media requests, please contact:

Katie Otten, UNO Theatre Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator
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