Why I work at the Nebraska Humane Society

Today’s post was supposed to be one on social media and how to post videos to Facebook, but there has been a change of plans. Over the past couple of months many of us at the Nebraska Humane Society have been trying to find a home for a cat named Lilly.  Lilly has been in and out of the shelter a few times and the last time she came back she tested positive for Feline Leukemia.  Since Lilly was a favorite among the shelter staff we tried to find her a home. Now, this was no easy feet because Lilly needed a home with no cats or a home with cats that only had Feline Leukemia.

Since many of our foster homes already had cats in them one of our vets was kind enough to take Lilly home. While Lilly was in foster care she starred in three YouTube videos, she was mentioned regularly on the NHS Facebook page, she had her own Facebook page, she appeared on at least four pages throughout the NHS website and was displayed on posters around the shelter. On Twitter we created the hashtag #homeforlilly to help generate interest. Nothing seemed to be working and one day we got a lead from volunteer who was willing to try Lilly out at her house. Lilly made the move to the new home, but unfortunately a few of the dogs there didn’t enjoy Lilly’s company, so once again she was back at the shelter.

Lilly came back to the shelter today (November 11, 2010) and we once again began the process of showcasing Lilly to potential adopters.  Today at 2:45 p.m. Lilly’s angel walked through the doors of the shelter.  The kind women had been following Lilly’s story for the last couple months and when she saw that the previous home didn’t work she thought it was time to come in and meet Lilly.  She spent a few minutes in the office with Lilly and chatting with our vet about Lilly’s condition. When the door opened and the news that Lilly was going home spread down the hallway.

Once the news made it’s way around the shelter, staff and volunteers came in to say good-bye as her adopter finalized the adoption.  Tears of happiness could be seen on a few faces and hugs were given. As I filmed Lilly leaving the shelter and the door closed I thought to myself, this is why I work here. You can be stressed, tired, and overwhelmed with work, but at the end of the day when you see that animal walk out the door (in this case carried) you know what you did helped that animal find a home.

Here’s Lilly’s going home video.

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One thought on “Why I work at the Nebraska Humane Society

  1. Really good post, Elizabeth. You capture how I’m sure everybody at NHS felt that day! Lilly has been posting updates on fb. I hope she continues b/cuz everybody likes her so much.

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