No kill shelter near capacity in dogs, cats due to natural disasters

BEATRICE - The Beatrice Humane Society is one of the only animal shelters in southeast Nebraska and they are a proud no kill shelter. They work with animal shelters around the country to bring in dogs and cats that may otherwise be euthanized.

Carlee Fiddes is the shelter director.

“We reach out to other shelters and other rescues to rescue animals that may otherwise be at extreme risk for euthanasia,” Fiddes said.

The Beatrice Humane Society works with euthanasia shelters in states such as Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. The survival rate of rescues in these facilities, such as one in Oklahoma, are shocking.

"Before we started working with them, their live release rate was 60%,” Fiddes said. “So, what that means is, six out of every ten dogs would make it out alive, four would die. Every single day.”

Some of the reasons shelters euthanize rescues comes down to not having the time or space to take in the amount of animals brought to them. Since the Beatrice Humane Society does have the resources to help, they do, and have saved over 98% of the animals brought in, but they don’t do it alone.

“Our community helps us so much with shares on Facebook,” Fiddes said. “We do a great job for our animals, and because of that, we can help so many more.”

Anyone who's ever had a furry friend as a member of their family understands the hard work and responsibility that accompanies owning a pet. The same goes for the staff of shelters such as the Beatrice Humane Society who currently sit close to maximum capacity due to an influx in recent natural disasters. However, Fiddes said the end result for the animals is what they do it for.

"It’s sometimes in the moment challenging,” Fiddes said. “But knowing that these guys are going to find a loving home,  they’re going to get spade and neutered, they won’t be in the reproductive system, all of those things make it worth it.”

The next step for the shelter is starting a low cost spade and neutering clinic with the goal of not only helping local animals, but contributing to the problem as a whole.

“That’s going to allow us to help other animals more,” Fiddes said. “When we are able to help other animals more, we will get to a point where this entire country will be no kill, but until then, we’re all still battling the same battle.”

Due to recent natural disasters, the humane society is in need of adoptions more than ever. Those interested are encouraged to visit the Beatrice Humane Society website. 

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