Services & Resources

Due to the current influx of animals entering and in our care, please call us at 402-441-4488 ext. 2 if you are considering surrendering your pet(s).

Managing Intake

Due to an increase in the number of animals entering our shelter, Capital Humane Society is working on ways to manage our intake. We currently have a surrender wait list. When calling to inquire about surrendering, staff can place you on our wailting list and contact you once we have an appointment available. Our goal is to keep as many pets in their current homes as possible. Please refer to our resources below to see if we can help you and your pet. If you need assistance but aren't sure our resources will help, please contact our Pet Retention Coordinator at or 402-473-5364. 

Pet Surrender Process

Capital Humane Society is an open admission, socially conscious shelter, meaning we will accept any animals brought to our organization. While we are here to accept animals who are no longer able to stay in their current homes, we should be the last option for the pet. Please review the information below for resources that may help you keep your pet or help you find them a suitable home on your own.

When you bring your pet to the shelter you will need to bring any veterinary/medical records with you or provide the name of the veterinary clinic we can contact for the records. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire about the pet, at the time of surrender, if not completed prior. You can complete and print the questionnaire below to bring with you or you can email your complete questionnaire to prior to your appointment.

CHS Owner Surrender Policy

We can never guarantee any animal(s) turned into us will go up for adoption.  We will hold your animal(s) until close of the next business day to give you a chance to change your mind and reclaim.  If you choose to reclaim, there is a $20.00 daily care fee per animal.  After close of the following business day, the animal(s) will become the property of Capital Humane Society and a decision will be made based on their temperament, health, age, and space in our facility, on whether the animal(s) will go up for adoption or are humanely put to sleep.  We do not release any information regarding the final disposition of the animal(s) once we take ownership.


If you are surrendering a feline for issues related to litter box use, please complete the Cat Surrender Questionnaire AND the Litter Box Issue Questionnaire. Please complete and bring with you to your appointment or email the completed form to prior to your appointment. 

Surrender FAQs

Q: I can no longer keep my pet.  Will CHS accept them?

We are an open admission animal shelter, meaning we do not turn any animal(s) away.  We do ask for you to be open and honest about your reasoning to surrender, as we may be able to help you.  There may be resources to assist you in keeping your animal, see the resource list below.

Q: Is there a fee to surrender my animal?

No, we do not require a fee to surrender your pet(s). Do keep in mind, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When you surrender your pet(s), please consider the expenses incurred by Capital Humane Society in evaluating and caring for your animal. Caring for your animal costs more money than is received in adoption fees.  Therefore, donations at the time of surrender are greatly appreciated.  Expenses include:

  • Daily feedings
  • Staff
  • Utilities (water, electricity, heat, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Essential vaccinations
  • Screening & treatment of intestinal parasites
  • Deworming 
  • Testing for FeLV & FIV (cats)
  • Testing for Heartworm Disease (dogs)
  • Monthly applications of flea/tick preventive or treatment
  • Monthly Heartworm preventative
  • Spay/Neuter (if needed)
  • Additional medical care, if necessary

Q: Is there a recommended donation for surrendering my pet(s)?

Adult Dogs - $100 per animal

Adult Cats - $50 per animal

Puppies - $50 per animal

Kittens - $25 per animal

Q: I surrendered my pet to CHS and they were adopted by a new family.  I have decided I want them back.  Can you retrieve my pet or can you give me the contact information for the new owner?

No. Once you surrender an animal to CHS, you relinquish all ownership of the animal. We do not release information regarding the final disposition of the animal.  No information about the animal or its new family will be released.

Q: I’m surrendering several of my pets.  Will they be adopted out together?

We cannot guarantee all animals surrendered together will be adopted together.  If they are a “bonded pair” and overall do better together, we try our best to keep them together. 


Below are resources available to potentially help you keep or rehome your pet: 

Rehoming Platform

Pet Food

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Medical Expenses

Low Cost Vaccinations

Behavior Resources

Temporary Fostering




The Cat House: Surrender Request Form                       

Brave Animal Rescue: Contact Page 

Feline Friends: Contact Page   

NALA Rescue: Contact Page    

Revolution Rescue: Contact Page              



Brave Animal Rescue: Contact Page

Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue: Owner Surrenders

NALA Rescue: Contact Page

Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue: Surrender Info

Rescue Theory: Contact Page

Revolution Rescue: Contact Page


          Breed/Size/Age Specific Rescues:

Senior Dogs

Albert's Dog League: Surrender Info

Old Dogs New Digs: Rehoming Inquiry

Blind Dogs

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance: Surrender Info

Small Breeds

Little White Dog Rescue: Contact Page

SNAFU Rescue (short nose breeds such as French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers): Contact Page

Large Breeds

Big Dogs Huge Paws (Dane, Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Mastiff, Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound): Owner Surrender Info

Big Bones Canine Rescue: Contact Page


Alaskan Malamutes

Taysia Blue Rescue: Intake Request Application

Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds Furever: Rehome/Surrender Info

Basset Hounds

Bassett & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland: Relinquishment Form


Bassett & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland: Relinquishment Form

Belgian Malinois

American Belgion Malinois Rescue: Contact Info

MAD Rescue: Contact

Brittany Spaniels

American Brittany Rescue: Contacts

Boston Terriers

MidAmerican Boston Terrier Rescue: Rehoming Info

Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue: Surrender Info


Northern Plains Boxer Rescue: Contact Page

Bully Breeds

Bullies N Beyond ResQ: Contact Page

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue: Surrender Info


Nebraska Dachshund Rescue: Surrender Request

Husker's Hope: Contact Page


Dalmation Rescue of Colorado: Contact


Doberman Rescue of Nebraska: Surrender Info

Dutch Shepherds

MAD Rescue: Contact

German Shepherds

Heartland Germand Shepherd Rescue (Can sometimes take herding breeds as well): Contact Page

German Short Hair Pointers

Great Plains Pointer Rescue: Surrender Info.


American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue (Coonhounds & Bloodhounds): Contacts

Shetland Sheepdogs

Nebraska Sheltie Rescue: Surrender Info

Siberian Huskies

Taysia Blue Rescue: Intake Request Application


MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue: Surrender Info


Wonder Weims Rescue: Surrender Info & Form