Last month Trenton Lovewell says his family made a difficult decision to surrender two cats to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha. Lovewell says he was under the impression that both of the cats would be placed up for adoption and go to new homes but when he surrendered them there was a red flag. While handing over the animal’s medical records he was told they were not needed.
Lovewell says his family had a change of heart and the next day – about 30 hours later – went back to the shelter to get them back. He was shocked to learn both had already been euthanized. He now believes the Humane Society had no intention of adopting his cats and had they been upfront his decision would have been different.
Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says it is an unfortunate fact that some animals that are surrendered can not be re-homed. She says animals that show signs of aggression, growl, hiss, snap or claw can not be adopted and their only option is to euthanize. Wiese says that was the situation here.
Weise reminds pet owners thinking about surrendering their animals that the Nebraska Humane Society is a shelter and should be the last resort. She says every animal that is up for adoption will remain so until they find a new home.
Lovewell is asking the Humane Society change their policy regarding phone calls. He says his family left countless messages asking for his cats back but none of the calls were returned. He would also like to see a longer wait period before an animal is euthanized.