Adoptions at our Pieloch Pet Adoption Center will be by appointment only to follow recommendations from local and national health authorities regarding social distancing. To make an appointment please call our Pieloch Pet Adoption Center at (402) 441-4488 ext 1.

    Additionally, to comply with the new order from the City of Lincoln, we are limiting the number of visitors allowed in the Admissions & Assessment Center. Please call (402) 441-4488 ext. 2 if you have questions.


Q: What is the difference between Animal Control and the Capital Humane Society?

A: Animal Control is a city run agency who responds to neglect, stray, abuse, and wildlife calls in the City of Lincoln. The Capital Humane Society is a private non-profit organization which has a contract with the city to provide the boarding of all animals picked up by Animal Control.

Q: Is the Capital Humane Society a no-kill shelter?

A: We are a private, non-profit organization, which serves Lincoln and Lancaster County. We currently have agreements with the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County to house and care for stray, lost, surrendered, and neglected or abused animals. We are what is commonly referred to as, an open admission shelter. Meaning, we will accept any animal brought to us. No animal is turned away for health, behavior, or space reasons. Because of this, we will euthanize when an animal requires medical treatment that goes beyond our ability to humanely provide, or has a condition that puts other shelter animals or workers at risk. We will also choose euthanasia when an animal has negative behaviors, such as unmanageable aggression towards other dogs, or aggression towards people that goes beyond our ability to correct, especially if that behavior presents a safety concern to a potential adopter or to the community. We do not feel it is responsible to place a potentially dangerous, dangerous, or vicious animal in the community. We also do not feel it is responsible to imply that we would. There are few organizations with the money and facilities to keep an animal that is ill or unsafe around people. In fact, keeping such animals while thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized because there is no place to keep them could be considered an irresponsible decision. At times, we reach a capacity within the shelter that would be inhumane for us to hold animals and provide the level of care we expect to provide. At those times, euthanasia could be performed due to the high volume of animals in the shelter’s care impacting our capacity of care. We make every effort possible to place each animal whether through our adoption program or rescue groups. Unfortunately, not all animals which come to us are suitable to be placed in new homes

Q: Is Capital Humane Society associated with HSUS or receive funding from national groups?

A: We are a private, 501c(3) not-for-profit community service organization. We do not receive funds from any government agencies other than a city and county contract for services provided but rather, rely heavily on public donations. We are a proud member of Community Services Fund and do receive funds through this campaign. We also receive funds through the Combined Local Campaign and Combined Federal Campaign.  We do not receive funding through the United Way campaign, unless it is donor requested. Donations to the Capital Humane Society are 100% tax deductible.

Q: If I make a donation to Capital Humane Society, does the money stay here and help animals in Lancaster County?

A: Yes, absolutely! We are not associated with any other animal welfare organizations. Your donations stay here in Lancaster County and help the thousands of homeless pets in Lincoln and the surrounding area.

Q: Where can I license my animal?

A: Licensing is through Lincoln Animal Control and the city of Lincoln. You can license your animal through the mail by sending a copy of your animal’s rabies vaccination to Lincoln Animal Control at the Health Department. If you would like to license in person you can visit either CHS location or Animal Control’s offices at the Health Department.

Q: Can I surrender my animal to the Admissions & Assessment Center?

A: Yes, we will always take every animal brought to us.

Q: Does it cost to surrender my animal?

A: No, but we are a non-profit organization that gladly accepts donations.

Q: What are the differences between the two Capital Humane Society locations?

A: Our Admissions & Assessment location is where Lincoln Animal Control, the Lancaster County Sheriff, and citizens drop off stray/lost animals. Citizens can surrender their pet at this location too.  If a citizen is missing an animal they will need to visit the Admissions & Assessment Center to see if their animal has been brought in.

Our Pieloch Pet Adoption Center is for adoption animals only. At this location citizens can pick out a new family member by adopting from the center. Education and pet training classes are located at this location too.

Q: Does the Capital Humane Society provide cremation services?

A: Yes, we offer humane euthanasia, disposal, and cremation services at the Admissions & Assessment Center. Call us for more information.

Q: What are the requirements to adopt from the Capital Humane Society?

  • Must be 19 years old
  • All other animals currently owned must be current on rabies and licensing
  • Willing and able to provide a lifelong home for the animal
  • Meet any special requirements an animal may require

Q: Does the shelter have puppies and kittens?

A: Yes, we see both puppies are kittens throughout the year. Usually late spring and summer are when we see a spike in the number of kittens and puppies. But we would also encourage you to consider an adult dog or cat you may be surprised at how great of pets they can be.

Q: Does the shelter have any other animals available for adoption?

A: Yes, we see all kinds of animals at the shelter. We have had chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot bellied pigs, chickens, goats, iguanas, snakes, bearded dragons, roosters, horses, degu, birds, and many more.

Q: If I don’t see a specific breed of dog or cat, what is the best way to check if you have one later on?

A:  The best answer is to give us a call, visit our website often, and add us on Snapchat. New animals go up for adoption almost everyday. Give us a call when we first open and our staff can let you know if we have an animal matching your preferences. We try to keep our website as updated as possible but many animals are adopted very quickly before we are able to get them posted. Add us on Snapchat (@capitalhumane) to watch our Snapchat Story each day to see the animals going up for adoption that day.