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Nebraska Humane Society buys groceries for pet owner

"It's not just about the animals but the humans too."
Posted at 6:18 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 19:18:50-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Humane Society was able to help a woman care for not only her pet, but herself as well.

An elderly woman sent in her licensing fee to the Nebraska Humane Society. But with it was a letter asking them to pick up her cat, as she could no longer provide food for it.

Instead of picking up her pet, the animal control officers took over some food.

"Whenever we get something like that we always want people to be able to stay with their pets. I loaded up some canned food, cat food, kitty litter and drove it to her house and she was very thankful for that," said Misty Binau, an animal control field investigator with the Nebraska Humane Society.

When she got there, the woman also disclosed that she did not have any food for herself, either.

"I said, ‘What kind of things do you like, what kinds of things do you eat.’ I said, 'Give me a couple hours and I’m going to see if we can get you some help.' So at least she had food for her pet at that time but we needed to get food for her," Binau said.

Binau enlisted the help of her colleagues and bought the woman some food including non-perishables and canned goods. They also shoveled the steps leading to her front door.

"We started taking things in and she was so grateful. She was very happy and the most important thing is that she gets to keep her pet. She’s had him for years and we want to see pets stay with their owners if they can," Binau said.

Binau said working with the Humane Society is more than just caring for animals, but the humans who love them as well.

"It’s identifying those needs. We can’t just walk away from a situation like that. It’s not just about the animals but the humans too so we run into those a lot where there’s something that has to do with an animal but we realize there’s a human in need also. We always keep a list of resources that we hand out, especially to senior citizens in need, or anyone that may need different types of assistance," Binau said.

The Humane Society hosts a free pet food pantry in the parking lot of their spay and neuter clinic every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.