Walnut Creek Recreation Area

Pet licenses

Douglas, Sarpy Counties

Licenses, required for dogs, cats and mini pigs in most areas of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, are available at the Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort St. Licensing is also available online, by mail or at participating veterinarians’ offices. License fees and rules vary according to place of residence. In Omaha, dogs are $52.25 (unaltered) and $27.25 (altered); cats, $52.25 (unaltered) and $14.25 (altered); mini pigs, $35. In Waterloo, dogs/cats (unaltered) are $16.25 and dogs/cats (altered) are $6.25. In Sarpy County cities, dogs/cats (unaltered) are $16.25 and dogs/cats (altered) are $6.25. Bellevue requires mini pig licenses at $35. In unincorporated Sarpy County, dogs are $15.75 (unaltered) and $11.75 (altered). Cats do not require licensing. 402-444-6716; nehumanesociety.org

Pottawattamie County

Dogs are $22 (unaltered) and $8 (altered). In Council Bluffs, dogs are $30 (unaltered) and $14 (altered), cats are $22 (unaltered) and $10 (altered). 712-328-4656; councilbluffs-ia.gov/2254/Pet-Licenses

Off-leash dog parks

Canine Commons


Nonprofit Nebraska Canine Commons plans to open an indoor off-leash dog park in west Omaha in 2020. Self-wash stations, behavior checks, health services, safety staff, retail store, coffee shop.

Chalco Hills Recreation Area

154th Street and Giles Road (Sarpy County); 402-444-6222

Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Dewey Park

550 Turner Blvd.; 402-444-5900

Coming in late 2019: synthetic turf, stream, splash pad, agility course, drinking stations. puppy plaza, designated play areas for small, medium and large breeds.

Hanscom Bark Park

32nd and Woolworth Avenues; 402-444-5900

Open dawn to dusk.

Hefflinger Dog Park

111th Street and West Maple Road; 402-444-5900

Open dawn to dusk.

Walnut Creek

Schram and Turkey Roads, Papillion; 402-592-8877

Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Current off-leash area planned for 2020 expansion into a traditional dog park with benches, waste stations and separate areas for large and small dogs.

Jewell Dog Park

Main Street and Combs Road, Bellevue; 402-293-3122

Open dawn to dusk.

Kevin Bills Memorial Dog Park

Midlands Humane Society, 1020 Railroad Ave., Council Bluffs; 712-396-2270

Members-only. Open dawn to dusk. Two-gate entry system, play structures, benches, running water, dog waste dispenser.

Urgent care

Urgent Pet Care


Open nights, weekends and holidays

Papillion office: 8455 S. 73rd Plaza; 402-578-0676

Millard office: 4257 S. 144th St.; 402-858-9505

Hospital/emergency care

VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

9706 Mockingbird Drive; 402-614-9000; 844-306-9876; vcahospitals.com/midwest

Open 24 hours, seven days a week

Helping organizations

Rescue organizations and adoption opportunities







Nebraska Humane Society volunteers provide seniors who qualify for Meals on Wheels with free pet food once a month for their licensed companion animal. Contact the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, 402-444-6766.


522½ S. 24th St.; 402-502-7650

Felius is Omaha’s only nonprofit cat café. The nonprofit’s mission is to change Omaha’s cat adoption experience and reduce euthanasia rates. All cats are free to roam within a special area. Customers are charged $7.50 for a 30-minute cuddle session or $14 for an hour session. Each additional hour, $10.


1020 Railroad Ave., Council Bluffs; 712-396-2270; midlandshumanesociety.org

Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


8929 Fort St.; nehumanesociety.org

General: 402-444-7800

Animal control: 402-444-7800, ext. 1

Adoption hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adoption applications must be filled out and submitted one hour before close.

Stray kennel hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Open each Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. Free pet food for owners who have fallen on hard times. Nebraska Humane Society’s Center for Humane Education is located on the west side of the campus at 8929 Fort St.


Free on the first Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. at the Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort St. Led by a volunteer grief specialist with counseling experience. No reservations required. Drop in to share or listen.


The Nebraska Humane Society provides a safe haven for pets of domestic violence victims. Working with local domestic violence advocacy agencies, free temporary kenneling is provided until pets can be reunited with owners. 402-905-3420.


Pet Enhanced Therapy for Seniors helps area care facilities and nursing homes adopt pets to give residents companionship and unconditional love. 402-905-3472.

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