Rescue & Shelter List



The Nebraska Rescue Council is a coalition of
state groups formed to educate the public
about animal rescue and to encourage
families to adopt, not buy their next family pet.

Breed or Species Specific Organizations

Group of DogSmith Pets These organizations help specific breeds or types of animals in need in Nebraska, by providing temporary shelter, and evaluating potential homes. Although some organizations are based in surrounding states, they have volunteers and foster animals within Nebraska's borders. Each rescue or shelter possesses a valid Nebraska license.

Nebraska Shelters, Humane Societies, All-Breed Rescues & Advocacy Groups

These organizations help a wide array of animals in need, not just a specific breed or animal type.

Statewide Voice for Companion Animals
Ainsworth Live-Love-Wag Pet Rescue
Alliance Pawsitive Endings Dog Rescue
Ashland Ashland Dog Pound Foundation
Auburn Hearts United for Animals
Aurora Aurora Adopt A Pet
Beatrice Beatrice Humane Society
Blair Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter
Broken Bow K9Haven Rescue
Callaway Cedar Ridge Dog Rescue and Sanctuary
Chadron Friends of Pets
Chappell Adopt-A-Dog
Paws & Claws Adoption Center
Falls City The Humane Society of Richardson County, Inc.

Catz Angels Care, Inc.

Dodge County Humane Society

FurEver Home, Inc.

Grant Perkins County Animal Shelter
Grand Island Central Nebraska Humane Society
Gretna Paws R Us Animal Shelter 402.657.1866
Hastings Heartland Pet Connection
Start Over Rover
Kearney Kearney Animal Shelter

All Hounds on Deck

Capital Humane Society

Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue
Husker Cats
Joining Forces... Saving Lives
Lincoln Animal Ambassadors
Lost Pets of Lancaster County
Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue
Paws Up Nebraska Dog Rescue
Reaching oUt to Furever Friends (R.U.F.F.)
Sadie Dog Fund
Second Chance Pups
McCook McCook Humane Society
Norfolk Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska
Puppy Love
North Platte Fur the Love of Paws Rescue
North Platte Animal Shelter
North Platte Pet Food Pantry
PAWS-itive Partners Humane Society, Inc.
Omaha Accept-A-Bull
Greater Omaha Cage Bird Society & Adoption

Hands, Hearts & Paws

Heart of America Newfoundland Rescue, Inc.

Heartland Cats
Helping Hand 4 Animals, Inc.
Homeward Bound in the Heartland
Little White Dog Rescue
Midwest Dog Rescue Network
Nebraska Humane Society
Omaha Dog Parks
Promise 4 Paws Dog Rescue
Wags to Riches
O’Neill Holt County Animal Shelter
Pawnee City Save Haven Animal Rescue Effort
Palmyra Good Dog Rescue of Nebraska
Papillion Town & Country Humane Society
Plattsmouth Happy Paws Animal Advocacy Group
Plattsmouth Animal Shelter
Scottsbluff Panhandle Humane Society
Seward Blue River Pet Rescue
Valentine Borders Without Boundaries Rescue
Wahoo Saunders County Lost Pets Pet Rescue
Walthill 12 Hills Dog Rescue
York York Adopt-A-Pet

Animal Resources Along Nebraska's Borders

Check out the groups who reside just across the Nebraska's state lines and do their part in helping animals too.

Please send notice if a Nebraska licensed organization missing from this listing, so it can be considered as a potential member.

Animal rescue and shelter organizations in Nebraska are required to be licensed annually by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The organizations listed on this page have all been licensed, if required, based upon standards defined by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Advocacy or educational organizations and groups only rescuing horses, reptiles, rodents, and/or wildlife are not required to be licensed via the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Additionally, our member organizations have voted to exclude some groups from this listing based on complaints, negative publicity or public opinion and/or lack of collaboration or cooperation with our respective member organizations.

Our objectives...

  • Leverage our network to cultivate volunteers, awareness, and resources.

  • Educate the public regarding responsible pet ownership and the importance of rescuing an animal versus buying from a retail store or commercial breeder.

  • Strengthen legislation and generate public awareness to grow our companion animal voter base regarding Nebraska legislative opportunities that better protect and require humane treatment of Nebraska’s companion animals.

The Five Goals for the Council are:

Education and Training

Marketing and Awareness

Strengthening Legislation

Increasing our Volunteer Base

Support and Networking