We often hear stories of pet tragedies and hardships. Here are some stories of hope and how workers, volunteers and community members made a difference in the lives of animals in 2013.
The Nebraska Humane Society sees a lot of sad cases, but also some amazing people willing to take a chance on a shelter animal and give a pet a forever home. The shelter’s Christmas tree is decorated with tribute ornaments and success stories, pictures of pets and short write-ups about the wonderful homes and lives they are a part of.
There is Charlie, who came into the NHS so covered in fleas that he developed an allergic reaction. His skin itched so badly that he had scratched large sores all over his body. After a stay in foster care to recover in a stress-free environment, this sweet boy was adopted by a new family committed to his comfort. They report that he is happy, healthy and doing great on select dog food that is helping to combat his allergies.
Huck was adopted a year ago after charming his adopter with his manners, but she got much more than she bargained for. Huck didn't bark once until his new owner had a seizure. He has been detecting seizures and protecting her for a year now. Huck is her constant companion, knows all sorts of tricks and is eager to please.
Confetti came into to the Humane Society nearly starved after being abandoned with no food or water. At 10, her story tugged at her adopters' hearts. They write that she is a happy, healthy 13-year-old dog who is sweet, beautiful, well-mannered and looking for love. Their advice is to adopt a senior pet. They deserve to be loved and return it ten-fold!
Bolt was adopted a few years back by an owner who met him as he was walked through an agility trial on NHS grounds. She loved Dobermans and was competing with her dogs. She didn't plan to run Bolt in agility, but he needed a job. Bolt won the highest title you can earn in agility, the MAC (Master Agility Champion). Not bad for someone who started out homeless.
To everyone who has adopted shelter dogs or cats, gracious thanks for your open heart, patience and your love.
The Nebraska Humane Society is at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha and is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.