Beatrice Humane Society

Beatrice, Nebraska

Silent Auction for The Hermitage Cat Shelter!

October 15-31, 2020 | Learn More →

Bid on 99+ awesome prizes, including a South African Photo Safari for Two!

All proceeds benefit needy cats and kittens in Southern Arizona.

About Beatrice Humane Society

Beatrice Humane Society is driven by their mission to shelter, protect, and find loving homes for lost and homeless animals. They believe in giving every soul in their shelter a fighting chance. They strive to create awareness and educate the community on how to properly care for their loyal four-legged companions.

Beatrice Humane Society cares for up to 900 furry friends each year and aims to make a difference by creating a community where animals are treated with compassion.

Contact Info

534 South Reed St
(402) 228-9100

Hours of Operation

Mon - Wed: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu: Closed
Fri - Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Adoption Process

Beatrice Humane Society recommends that you take your time to prepare before making a commitment to adopt. A crucial step in this preparation includes consulting your family members, landlord, or anyone that will be affected by your decision to bring a new pet home. It’s important to consider a range of factors before choosing a pet, including how much exercise your new animal will need, its size, and its personality.

If everyone’s on the same page, have a look at the animals available for adoption on Beatrice Humane Society's website.

All applications must be made through their PetSmart Adoption partners. Once you’ve completed the form, you can make an appointment directly on their website. Slots that have already been taken will be marked “Already Filled.”

You must visit PetSmart and meet the pet you've applied to adopt before your application can be approved. You're encouraged to bring your family and any other dogs with you when meeting the new addition to your pack.

For cats, it’s best to bring all children that will be living in your home to meet and play with their adorable new little friend.

The final step in the adoption process is a 30-minute counseling session during which staff will offer advice and suggestions to help your pet settle into their new forever home. Contact Beatrice Humane Society directly by telephone if you haven't heard back from them within 48 hours of submitting your application.

Adoption Fees

Dogs that are considered highly adoptable, have been in the shelter for less than 30 days, and (of course) puppies carry a slightly higher adoption fee. This allows the shelter to lower the fees of dogs who haven't been able to find their new home yet, giving them a better chance to find the adoring family they deserve.

Adoption fees at Beatrice Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (under 1 year and up for adoption < 30 days): $250
  • Puppies (under 1 year and up for adoption 30+ days): $200
  • Dogs (up for adoption < 30 days): $200
  • Dogs (up for adoption 30-60 days): $150
  • Dogs (up for adoption 60+ days): $75


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $100
  • Cats (1+ years): $75
  • Working cats: No fee

To find out what your adoption fee covers, please contact Beatrice Humane Society directly.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Beatrice Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

Want FREE Stuff?

We give away dog toys, gear, gift cards & more every month!

(And Exclusive Tips We ONLY Share With Subscribers)
No spam!

Check Out The PetLists Dog Adoption Guide!

Other Shelters in


Curious about other shelters? Here's 6 more. You can also browse all
animal shelters in

You can also go back to our listing of all 50 states to find shelters elsewhere in the US.
All information on this page is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge. If you spot an error, please contact us using our contact form.
Note: Hours of operation and other information on this page are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.