NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY

Where help becomes hope.

Omaha, NE   |  www.nehumanesociety.org

Mission

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

NHS is physically located in Douglas County, in Omaha, Nebraska, a 13-acre campus comprised of five buildings. The service area includes Douglas and Sarpy County in Nebraska. Services at the shelter are provided to any person in the Omaha metropolitan area. When situations warrant, rescues and other targeted animal rescue projects are carried out in greater Nebraska and western Iowa.

Ruling year info

1934

President and CEO

Ms. Nancy Hintz

Main address

8929 Fort St

Omaha, NE 68134 USA

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EIN

47-0378997

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homeless animals are an overlooked segment of our community. NHS is dedicated to looking out for them. A beautiful orange tabby cat was surrendered to NHS. His former owner’s failing health left her unable to care for him. Clyde, just one year old, had health issues of his own. A large growth on his back needed to be removed. NHS veterinarians ran tests and performed radiographs to determine that this softball-sized growth was, thankfully, a benign abscess. Once removed, Clyde spent time in foster care and when healthy, was adopted into a loving home. Theodore, a German Shephard/Chow mix, came to NHS as a stray. He was found with a deep, circular wound across his torso. It was believed he became entangled by a wire or cable while tethered in his yard. These painful gaping wounds were treated at NHS, and Theodore recovered and found his forever home. More than 20,000 animals, like Clyde and Theodore, come through the doors of NHS every year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Medical Program

NHS relies on 5 full time veterinarians, 7 veterinary technicians, assistants, and volunteers for this program. Every animal arriving at NHS is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, provided parasite control medication, heartworm preventative, and antibiotics as needed. When surgery is required, pain relief medication and the highest standard of humane care are provided. In 2020, NHS performed 1,598 specialty and dental surgeries, 13,033 diagnostic tests, 4,715 spay/neuter surgeries, and microchipped 5,233 dogs and cats. In our Foster Care program, volunteers provide home-based shelter and care to fragile animals not yet ready for adoption. The result was 1,604 animals being aided by 224 households.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In this program, we cover human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, and cultural issues as dimensions of a just healthy society. The link between child abuse, animal abuse and violence against people is discussed. With school and community presentations and tours, we reached over 10,000 children and adults. In 2020. Camp Kindness and Humane Hands sessions were attended by 209 children and youth, who learned from our message of compassion and dignity and 1,300 children and adults attended school/community presentations or shelter tours.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

NHS is a place of second chances. Our adoption counselors take great care in facilitating adoptions. With animal behavior specialists, we designed our animal behavior evaluation and created our adoption compatibility survey to ensure the best match possible. In 2020, we assisted 7,318 animals in finding their forever home. Additionally, our Reuniting Pets & People service was responsible for 2,294 lost pets being reunited with their owners.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Family relationships

The Nebraska Humane Society has been providing animal control services to the City of Omaha since 1875. Currently, NHS is contracted by the City of Omaha and the municipalities of Sarpy County to provide animal control services. While our name is "Nebraska Humane Society" and we will help other agencies outside these areas, if requested, our jurisdiction is the metro area. Officers patrol the streets from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Officers are also on call overnight for emergencies. While our officers are constantly looking out for the welfare of animals, their number one priority is public safety. So reports of dangerous animals, dog bites, or animals in immediate distress take precedence over barking dogs and deceased animal pick-up. Still, every call is important. We rely on community members to alert us to stray, mistreated or unhealthy animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Behavior problems are the number one reason people relinquish their pets, and NHS provides several solutions. The Behavior Helpline is a free service to access expert advice; this community benefit was utilized by 1,133 callers in 2020. Dog Training Classes for the public are effective and popular. In 2020, a total of 781 people and their dogs attended classes. The Pet Food Pantry provides pet food and litter to people experiencing temporary economic hardship. Our Animeals program partners with ENOA/Meals on Wheels to provide pet food and supplies for low income home-bound seniors’ pets. Through these programs, 616 people and 3,740 pets were provided food and care in 2020. The Molly Project has made a dramatic impact in reducing euthanasia. This Canine Behavior Modification Project, rehabilitates animals of last hope, whether a rowdy adolescent or an animal neglected to the point of fear and aggression. In 2020, 179 “Molly” dogs were adopted after going through this program. Since 2010, NHS has saved the lives of more than 3,000 dogs with this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

A primary reason that victims of domestic abuse delay leaving their abusers is fear of their pets being harmed if left behind. This program provides sanctuary for the pets of domestic abuse victims while the owners move, navigate the judicial system, and locate new housing. Pets are cared for at NHS until their owners find housing. NHS partners with other community non-profits to serve these domestic abuse victims. In 2020, we assisted 16 people and 22 pets by providing 323 days of care with this program.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

The Lied Spay/Neuter Center addresses the root cause of homeless pets. Since mid-2012, the clinic has spayed/neutered over 38,364 cats and dogs. We are uniquely qualified to offer high volume spay/neuter services to the community at low cost, and NHS performed a record 6,247 surgeries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Behavior, Dog Training and Community Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This Canine Behavior Modification Project (The Molly Project), rehabilitates animals of last hope, whether a rowdy adolescent or an animal neglected to the point of fear and aggression.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Completing Families Through the Adoption of a Pet

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer animals were adopted in 2020 as a result of state health directives and the impact to operations.

Number of animals receiving subsidized or free spay/neuter services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Surgeries completed at the NHS low-cost Spay & Neuter Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Number of animals returned to their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Completing Families Through the Adoption of a Pet

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Medical Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of adoptable animals spayed/neutered. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Number of animals microchipped.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Medical Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Number of Animal Control calls responded to.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Control and Humane Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of medical diagnostic tests run.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Medical Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Medical Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of specialized surgeries and dental care procedures.

Average number of days of shelter stay for cats and small animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Completing Families Through the Adoption of a Pet

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Average number of days of shelter stay for dogs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Completing Families Through the Adoption of a Pet

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics in 2020 were impacted as a result of state health directives and limited operations.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Nebraska Humane Society (NHS), founded in 1875, is the fifth oldest humane society in the U.S. and one of the largest. Our mission is to protect, save, and enrich the lives of animals in the communities we serve. We envision a world where every pet has a home. NHS is the sole organization in the Omaha metropolitan area designated for the protection of animals.

The Nebraska Humane Society is the only open-entry animal shelter in the Omaha metro area (population 750,000). When an animal comes to NHS, we don’t ask why. We simply know that we are their only hope. As the temporary “owner”, we must care for the needs of each animal and the entire shelter population. We provide education, give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership.

As an open-entry shelter, more than 20,000 animals, including wildlife, come through our doors annually. In 2020, we helped 7,318 animals find new adoptive homes, and reached more than 200,000 people with our programs and message of compassion and humane treatment. NHS is contracted to provide animal control services in a 400 square mile area. We provide medical care, shelter, and a second chance for stray, lost, abandoned, and abused animals in our jurisdiction.

NHS has a strong history of advocacy for animal welfare in our state, having lobbied the Department of Agriculture, Unicameral, and local city councils to close puppy mills, to stop dog fighting, to insist on responsible pet ownership guidelines, and to enforce dangerous dog ordinances. NHS is contracted to provide animal control services to Omaha and all of the communities within Sarpy County, providing shelter and a second chance to all of the stray, lost, abandoned, and often abused animals roaming loose in our jurisdiction. In addition to animal control services, NHS provides a wide array of services for animals and the people who love them.

As a non-profit agency we rely on private donations to keep our doors (and kennels) open. We do not receive tax dollars, nor do we receive any portion of dues or donations paid to national animal welfare agencies. We rely on donations from annual donors who include individuals, corporations and foundations to fund the cost of sheltering tens of thousands of animals, as well as fund our animal medical program, animal care facilities, adoption counseling, pet training and our behavior modification program, The Molly Project. NHS also works to generate income through our adoption fees, Animal Outfitters retail store and services such as training classes, humane education camps, and private pet cremations.

The Nebraska Humane Society is a trusted leader in the animal welfare sector. With thanks to a strong foundation of committed volunteers, staff, Foundation and Board of Director members, individual, corporate and foundation donors, as well as the City of Omaha and partnering agencies, NHS is well positioned to continue this leadership and show measurable impact moving forward.

Since 1875, NHS has grown in size, with more than 170 staff members and 400 committed volunteers providing more than 35,000 hours of service annually, we will continue to relentlessly strive toward our vision of providing a home for every pet.

Since opening our doors, NHS has provided shelter and care for more than 500,000 animals in every condition imaginable. They walked our halls, sought respite in our shelter, needed surgeries, grooming and rehabilitation. They were nurtured, loved, and eventually, found new homes. Every one of them left their mark on our facility - in more ways than one. The oldest and most heavily used parts of the shelter are showing their age.

Concurrently, the past two decades have brought to life advancements in animal welfare sheltering. We are excited to announce we have completed important improvements to enhance the quality of care for our animals with the Judy Varner Adoption and Education Center. This $14.1 million endeavor has:
• renovated 37,432 square feet, which is 45% of our existing shelter;
• added 12,000 square feet of new animal housing space;
• reduced stress and length of stay for all animals; and
• transformed the way the public views, accesses and interacts with adoptable animals.

You can learn more about the Nebraska Humane Society by visiting us at www.nehumanesociety.org.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matt Ellis

Jill Thompsen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data