Hundreds of animals in forever homes after Nebraska Humane Society seizure

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Hundreds of animals have recovered and are now in their new homes months after the Nebraska Humane Society confiscated them from a Papillion home.

“Over 600 animals,” says NHS spokesperson Pam Weise. “Everything from guinea pigs to degus, reptiles, large birds, small birds, some of the more exotic species.”

The majority of the animals were neglected and suffered from overgrown claws and beaks.

The process of recovering the animals was no small feat.

“I think at first it was like 50 hours a day of care, that’s what it took,” Weise says. “So it was five people working a full day, or six people coming in and out to make sure we could take care of these guys.”

Now, four months later, most of those animals have found their forever homes. There are only a few dozen birds left.

“Most of the rabbits are out, the little degus are out, hamsters and guinea pigs, a lot of these guys are already out, a lot of the birds are gone too, we’re down to about 30 birds and maybe a few little ones guys are gone.

At a time when businesses at all levels are struggling to find staff and fill their hours, Weise says the zoo’s volunteers and vets weren’t shy about stepping in and helping during the emergency.

“It shows that the Omaha community really comes together when there is a need and there are people who can help.”

Weise says the NHS has faced staffing limitations, like everyone else. They are budgeted to have five vets, but right now they are down to two.

For this reason, they have temporarily closed their neutering and neutering center to ensure the animals at the shelter receive the care and examinations they need.

“We have three vets to look after the whole shelter, so rather than having them go through the spaying and neutering centre, although we know that’s really important, it’s one of those things which is not mission critical,” Weise said. “So we moved those staff to the shelter to help out here just to make sure we can handle all the animals that need to be handled.”

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Jennifer R. Strohm