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Homeless Animals Get Homes for the Holidays

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The Central Nebraska Humane Society has had a record breaking year. They surpassed their goal of 1,113 adoptions back in November.

But, the shelter is still full.

Staff hope a special holiday program can get even more animals into a home this Christmas.

Charlie, Copper and Moby are all homeless animals looking for a home this holiday season.

"We don't want them to have to spend Christmas here by themselves," said Emily Wells at the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Though the stockings are hung at CNHS, staff say even a temporary home is preferred over the shelter.

"You have people to interact with. Obviously we love all of the animals here as workers, but to have your own personal person to love is much different than having to share with all the other animals," said Webb.

The Home for the Holidays program allows people to foster animals from now until January 3.

"We'd much rather have them with a family even if it is just for the holidays. If it turns into a 'hey, we'd like to keep this animal forever,' that would be amazing," said Webb.

That may be the case when it comes to the Lenon family. They're considering the program as a trial run.

"Have the girls have a good tryout with it and see how good they can do with a cat," said Daniel Lenon, of Grand Island.

Every cat and dog taken home will help the animals left at the shelter, which has been full for months.

"It takes strain off the workers. We're able to personalize with the animals a little bit more, give them one on one attention [and] focus on their medical needs more," said Webb.

Three dogs have been taken home so far through the program.

If you're interesting in participating in Home for the Holidays, contact CNHS at 308-385-5305.

You'll need to fill out an application similar to an adoption. If you have pets, they may need to meet your foster animal before you take them home.

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