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FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer to your questions just ask us and we’ll help you out.

Questions about the shelter

I think someone is abusing/neglecting an animal. Can you help?
The Animal Control Authority handles cruelty complaints and investigations. If you suspect animal abuse please contact the shelter at (308)385-5305 during business hours or 24/7 by calling 911.
If I need to place my pet up for adoption can I surrender him/her to CNHS?
You must contact CNHS prior to appearing for a surrender. If you have attempted to find a home and were not successful, we will accept your pet(s) for a fee, as long as we have available kennel space.
Is CNHS a taxpayer-supported municipal agency?
The Central Nebraska Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization not supported with tax dollars. Local municipalities have contracted with the Central Nebraska Humane Society for direct services for stray animals. The Animal Control Authority provides the contracted services of that animal code enforcement and laws regarding animals within the City of Grand Island, Hall County and some townships.
Is CNHS affiliated with, or funded by, other organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States?
CNHS is an independent, non-profit organization. We are not related to ASPCA, HSUS, or any other Humane Societies. We do, however, work with these organizations using their wealth of resources, information and funding opportunities. We utilize the portions which support and agree with CNHS’ mission statement. Our position is to provide all opportunities for the animals we serve. Each organization has its mission and philosophy, some with which we agree and others we respectfully disagree on.
What is the difference between "open admission" shelters/rescues and "no kill" or "limited admission" shelters/rescues? And which category does CNHS fall under?
An “Open Admission” shelter is a shelter that does not turn away any animal based on their age, breed, health, behavior, or aggressive tendencies. “No Kill” or “Limited Admission” shelters often pick and choose which animals they will accept and how many. In the event that their kennels and foster homes are full they may reject the next animal to walk through their door regardless of the circumstances or condition of the animal.

The Central Nebraska Humane Society is an independent non-profit organization. We are not a municipal or government agency. Our shelter relies mainly on donations from our community and fees charged for our services. The CNHS is an “OPEN ADMISSION” shelter.

Exceptions can happen at the Central Nebraska Humane Society when the kennels are full. In the event that this happens, many owners seeking to surrender will be given a list of recommended resources to assist them in finding a home on their own. They will be encouraged to give us a call in a few weeks, if their attempts have not been successful, to check the kennel space again.

Many times, a “Limited Admission” organization will promote themselves as a “No-Kill” shelter. Unfortunately, very few of them will accept animals that are old, sick, injured, or behaviorally challenged. Nor will they provide care for stray and lost animals. Additionally, they may choose to decline the return of unsuccessful adoptions.

The CNHS is licensed by the NE Department of Agriculture and conforms to animal laws established by the state.

What length of time do the animals remain available for adoption before they are euthanized?
CNHS does not place any time constraints on the animals time spent in the shelter. Each length of stay is unique to that animal and the situation. We DO NOT euthanize for lack of space or lack of interest.
Why doesn't CNHS accept stray animals from some municipalities?
Some municipalities decided not to contract with CNHS for stray services. Many officials opt to use their own resources. Citizens from these municipalities are encouraged to contact their officials prior to trying to bring an animal into CNHS in order to try and locate an owner and to take advantage of services offered locally. Once and if those resources have been contacted, a citizen may contact CNHS to inquire about our taking in the animal. If space permits, we may accept the animal for a fee.

Questions about adoptions

Does CNHS euthanize stray animals?
No. We give the animals a thorough medical and behavioral evaluation prior to placing them up for adoption. If there are issues found, we do then look into what options we have. If it is possible to train the animal away from their behavioral issues and get them to a point where it is safe to place them into the community they will be re-evaluated upon finishing their training. If we uncover medical issues, we look at the quality of life, if there are treatments available, and the chance of recovery. If at that time we find it in the best interest of the animal we will try to rehabilitate them. If the animal fails to pass these assessments, or they develop severe behavioral or medical complications while at the shelter, they may then be humanely euthanized.

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.

If I need to place my pet up for adoption can I surrender him/her to CNHS?
You must contact CNHS prior to appearing for a surrender. If you have attempted to find a home and were not successful, we will accept your pet(s) for a fee, as long as we have available kennel space.
What is covered by the adoption fee?
For dogs, the adoption fee includes: the vaccinations given upon intake and any subsequent boosters that come due during their time in the shelter, a 1-year rabies vaccination, the spay or neuter of the dog, flea and tick treatment, first worm treatment, heartworm test, microchip, behavioral and medical advice, and 30-day pet health insurance offer (if you choose to provide an e-mail address).

For cats, the adoption fee includes: the vaccinations given upon intake and any subsequent boosters that come due during their time in the shelter, a 1-year rabies vaccination, the spay or neuter of the cat, flea and tick treatment, first worm treatment, FELV/FIV combo test, behavioral and medical advice, and an discount of $8.00+ off a pet health insurance policy.

What length of time do the animals remain available for adoption before they are euthanized?
CNHS does not place any time constraints on the animals time spent in the shelter. Each length of stay is unique to that animal and the situation. We DO NOT euthanize for lack of space or lack of interest.

Questions about animal care

 

Do you allow any of your animals to be transferred to rescue groups?
We work closely with other shelters and rescue groups to offer the best future to our animals. We encourage rescue groups to work with CNHS if there is a potential to better the lives of animals in need and provide them with loving forever homes.
Do you offer veterinarian services to the public and do you have an on-site veterinarian?
CNHS does have an on-site veterinarian, however, we do not offer routine veterinary care for owned animals. Animals that are brought to the Central Nebraska Humane Society that require emergency medical assistance are transported to a contracted veterinary clinic by an Animal Control Officer or CNHS staff member.
Does CNHS offer free of low-cost veterinary care?
CNHS does not offer routine veterinary care for owned animals.
I think someone is abusing/neglecting an animal. Can you help?
The Animal Control Authority handles cruelty complaints and investigations. If you suspect animal abuse please contact the shelter at (308)385-5305 during business hours or 24/7 by calling 911.
What length of time do the animals remain available for adoption before they are euthanized?
CNHS does not place any time constraints on the animals time spent in the shelter. Each length of stay is unique to that animal and the situation. We DO NOT euthanize for lack of space or lack of interest.

Questions about the dogs

 

Does CNHS receive many pit bulls?
The area which CNHS serves produces many unwanted pets and stray animals. There is typically a higher number of pit bulls. The breed is largely misunderstood amongst the public and often fall victim to people’s misconceptions. Pit bulls possess many great qualities and make for great, life-long companions. CNHS does not discriminate against pit bulls or any other breed and will continue to advocate for this and all breeds.
What is covered by the adoption fee?
For dogs, the adoption fee includes: the vaccinations given upon intake and any subsequent boosters that come due during their time in the shelter, a 1-year rabies vaccination, the spay or neuter of the dog, flea and tick treatment, first worm treatment, heartworm test, microchip, behavioral and medical advice, and 30-day pet health insurance offer (if you choose to provide an e-mail address).

Questions about the cats

 

What is covered by the adoption fee?
For cats, the adoption fee includes: the vaccinations given upon intake and any subsequent boosters that come due during their time in the shelter, a 1-year rabies vaccination, the spay or neuter of the cat, flea and tick treatment, first worm treatment, FELV/FIV combo test, behavioral and medical advice, and an discount of $8.00+ off a pet health insurance policy.
What is the policy on feral cats at CNHS?
CNHS believes that feral cats can survive outside with a little human support and compassion. We will accept feral cats as long as they do not have their ear(s) tipped (tips are clipped off) indicating that they have been altered. We support the work of feral cat caretakers who run TNR (trap-neuter-return) clinics. We will accept feral cats with tipped ears in the event that they are injured, sick, or suffering. A surrender fee is required to accept multiple feral cats.

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