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 shelterlisted below possesses a valid Nebraska license and have not received a warranted citation or complaint in the last five years.

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
Chadron Friends of Pets
Chappell Adopt-A-Dog
Columbus Paws & Claws Adoption Center
Falls City The Humane Society of Richardson County, Inc.

Catz Angels Care, Inc.
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
Capital Humane Society
Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue
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
Lexington B & B Veterinary Services
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.
Greater Omaha Cage Bird Society & Adoption
Hands, Hearts & Paws
Heart of America Newfoundland Rescue, Inc.
Helping Hand 4 Animals, Inc.
Homeward Bound in the Heartland
Little White Dog Rescue
Midwest Dog Rescue Network
Nebraska Humane Society
Promise 4 Paws Dog Rescue
Wags to Riches
O’Neill Holt County Animal Shelter
Pawnee City Save Haven Animal Rescue Effort
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


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