I’m staying a week ahead on schedule with today’s gift of $50 to the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS). This Sunday, the NHS is having their annual Margre Durham Walk for the Animals fundraiser, so my gift was made for that purpose.
The NHS was founded in 1875 and is the fifth oldest Humane Society in the United States. The organization was originally established for the protection of both animals and children. In the mid 1940’s, state agencies began to embrace child welfare issues, leaving the Nebraska Humane Society as the sole organization within the Omaha area designated for the protection of animals. They provide education, give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and promote responsible pet ownership. By providing animal control services to much of the Omaha metro area NHS also serves the citizens of our community by upholding laws enacted for the protection of people and animals.
The NHS offices and adoption center at 89th & Fort is an amazing facility. While I was there, I visited with Chris (who was very friendly and helpful) at the front counter and I walked through the adoption area. I also met Barkley (see photo).
In case you were wondering, in 2011 NHS took in about 9,000 dogs and 10,000 cats. Their live release rate was 70%. They also provide excellent service throughout the metro area with animal control and assistance.
My compliments to Judy Varner, President/CEO of NHS, and the NHS board of directors and employees for all that they do!