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Our Featured Hastings, NE Partner:

Heartland Pet Connection

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

The Heartland Pet Connection has been serving animals of south central Nebraska and northern Kansas since October 2004. Animal Control is provided by the Hastings Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

About Our Shelter:

Heartland Pet Connection is a 5,000 square foot facility providing a safe haven for lost or surrendered pets and an opportunity for many families to find the perfect forever friend. Our mission is serve as a voice for the humane treatment of all animals and better the connection of pets, people and education.

The Heartland Pet Connection is owned and operated by the Hastings Animal Shelter Association, Inc, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2001. We are a non-profit organization, not managed by city or county government.

The concepts of changing the community's animal shelter was originally introduced to the community as The WAGS Project - Wonderful Animals - Great Space. It was born out of the compassion felt by many of Hastings area residents who wanted to improve the lives of hundreds of animals that passed through the dilapidated city animal shelter. The original WAGS Project was a grassroots effort that has expanded into a variety of avenues all carefully designed to serve the needs of people and animals in this community.

Come Meet our Pets:

Heartland Pet Connection is located at 1807 West J Street in Hastings, Nebraska. West J Street is also Highway 6 on the south side of Hastings. You can find us about 1/8 mile west of the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 281. If you need further assistance in locating our facility, please call us at 402-462-7387.

Visit Heartland Pet Connection and our wonderful animals during the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 2 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

When you're at the shelter, pick up a volunteer application and learn how you can donate your time to help the animals. Be sure to visit our Tails End Gift Shop, where you will find terrific gifts and training tools for your pet.

If you're looking for a pet, you can always view our adoptable animals from the comfort of your home, day or night! Along with our Adopt-a-Pet listing, be sure to check out our Facebook page and our website at You can see the adoptable animals, read more about the shelter and learn about our upcoming events.

A visit by you to our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved. With your help we can make a difference!

Thanks for visiting. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption counseling is the best way to ensure a lifelong match between you and your pet. Our staff will answer any questions you may have about our animals during our adoption process. We feel that a personal meeting with you and your family will allow you the opportunity to get to know the pet you may be choosing. Please stop in and meet our available pets!

Current Adoption Fees (taxes not included)...

Intact Cat or Dog $90 Adoption* + $25 Deposit**
Altered Cat $105 Adoption* + $25 Deposit**
Altered Dog $165 Adoption* + $25 Deposit**

*Some of our pets may have higher or lower adoption fees. Please inquire with our staff if you have any questions. Thank you. $5 Discount if fees are paid in cash.

**Deposit Refundable after Rabies Vaccination &/or Spay/Neuter is verified by certified veterinarian. Spaying and neutering of all animals adopted from any Nebraska public or private animal shelter is required pursuant to Nebraska Law established under LB-274, Section 5.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.