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My name is Kya!

German Shepherd Dog/Husky Mix Dog for adoption in Gretna, Nebraska - Kya
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Heartland German Shepherd Rescue (HUGS)

Facts about Kya

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Husky Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10535438
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

German Shepherd dogs are a highly active, energetic, working breed. They require considerable exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. If you are new to German Shepherds, please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd will require before applying for one.

Heartland German Shepherd Rescue (HUGS) dogs will receive necessary veterinary care and will be up-to-date on vaccinations, tested for Heartworm disease (started on Heartworm preventative, or treated if Heartworm positive), spayed or neutered, and microchipped.



Kya is a young, petite, girl who was heavily pregnant when we rescued her from a reservation in SD in early fall. Reservation dogs lead a very hard life, with no shelter, little food, and no vet care. Many of them die young due to accidents, deprivation, and/or sickness among other causes. After Kya came into rescue with us she had 3 adorable puppies. We are so glad that we were able to help sweet Kya and her little family!

At only about a 1 ½ years-old, Kya is just past the puppy stage herself! She LOVES people, including the little kids who live in her foster house. She enjoys other dogs and finds comfort in being around them. She hasn't been around cats. Kya is doing really well with potty-training. She is starting to play with toys and really likes chew bones! Kya is still learning manners, such as sit, and how not get into into the garbage (but when you are a stray, you have to find food where you can!). Her foster mom says she gets scared when closed in with a baby gate and doesn't like to be away from her people or her foster siblings. But she does fine with free-roam of the house when her foster parents aren’t there. Kya is a petite girl who enjoys to cuddle in your lap :).



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Health: 
-Heartland German Shepherd Rescue (HUGS) dogs will receive necessary veterinary care and will be up-to-date on vaccinations, tested for Heartworm disease (started on Heartworm preventative, or treated if Heartworm positive), spayed or neutered, and microchipped. 

-We do not guarantee hips or future health beyond what may be apparent to our veterinarian while the dog is in foster care.

-We require household pets to have a good routine and preventative vet history; that they be up-to-date on Rabies & Distemper vaccinations; Heartworm testing; flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative at least during mosquito season; and be spayed/neutered.

-HUGS requires its applicants have prior dog-owning experience with verifiable routine and preventative care. German Shepherd dogs are a particularly rewarding breed, which brings with it particular challenges. Therefore, they are generally not appropriate for first-time dog-owners owners.

-The dogs we have in rescue are all working dog breeds. Working dog breeds need lots of direction, strict boundaries and limitations, and lots of exercise and dedication in order to become well-rounded adults. That is why we look for experienced dog-owners, with a proven history of great vet care and dedication to their dogs, regardless of medical or behavioral issues.

Adoption fees: 
-Puppies up to 6 months $450, Puppies up to 1yr $400; Adult Dogs (1-6yr) $350; Senior Dogs (7yr+) $300; Senior Plus Dogs (10yr+) $250. 

-There is a $25 non-refundable fee associated with the application for adoption that must be paid before your application can be processed. In the event that you are denied for any reason, or that you may decide not to adopt from HUGS at this time, for any reason, the $25 application fee is non-refundable and will be treated as a donation to the HUGS dogs. 

-These are our regular adoption fees, but they may vary. From time to time, a high-profile pet may have a slightly higher adoption fee. All adoption fees go back to the dogs that we rescue. 

Adoption area: 
-There is an added difficulty in arranging out-of-town home visits, coordinating adoption meet and greets, and conducting post-adoption follow-up with out-of-town adopters. Because of that, we prefer to adopt dogs locally. We may however consider other qualified Midwest applicants within an approximate 200 mile radius of the Omaha-Lincoln, NE area, on a case-by-
case basis, for dogs who may not have sufficient local interest. We may consider larger distances for harder-to-place dogs (ex: dogs who need to be the only pet in the household, etc...).

-In all cases, we must be able to complete a home visit that meets our standards. Applicants must be willing to travel to the Omaha-Lincoln area for an adoption meet and greet with their prospective new HUGS dog.  All household members, including current dogs, must attend the meet and greet.

Safe containment/Fencing: 
-Dogs that are allowed to free-roam or be outside unsupervised are at a much higher risk of getting injured, lost, stolen, or otherwise get in trouble. 

-We require a securely fenced area, at least 1,000 sq ft, attached to the house at the back or side door, with lockable gates. This will help ensure that your GSD has a comfortable, convenient area where he/she can safely get some exercise, potty breaks, and fresh air. Outdoor kennels or pens do not qualify as a fenced area.

 -Even if you have a securely fenced area, we expect that it be used as a safe place for the dog to run, play and potty, not as a place where the dog will live or spend time alone. German Shepherds are very intelligent, social, people-oriented dogs that need to be with their people, in order to be happy, well-socialized, and well-adjusted.

-The use of an invisible fence is not approved for a HUGS dog. Invisible fencing doesn't keep out potential dangers to your dog: other dogs or rabid animals; strangers who may come onto your property with intent to harm or steal your dog; or kids who might come taunt your dog and who could get bit. Additionally, not all dogs can be trained to obey the system and can still escape, get lost, or get run over. 

-Tie outs are not approved as they do not keep out potential dangers to your dog either. Additionally, they can be a tangle/choke hazard, and they are believed to increase frustration and aggression levels in dogs.

-Even if you have a safe, secure fenced yard, HUGS dogs should only be allowed to use the fenced area when supervised (ex: you are home watching them, or you are outside with the dog). German Shepherds are intelligent, very family-oriented dogs. If left outside alone for extended periods of time, they can become anxious and frustrated, and develop issues such as digging, barking, and running the fence/fence reactivity.

-Dog doors that allow unsupervised access to the outside when you are not home are not considered safe and are not approved (see paragraph above).  

-The fenced area is meant to be a safe outdoor exercise area for the dog, NOT a place for the dog to live. German Shepherds crave bonding and being in close proximity to their humans. They are social dogs who love to be involved in all aspects of family life and who need to be with you to be happy

-All HUGS dogs MUST be INSIDE, family pets in their adoptive home. HUGS dogs may NOT be outdoor, free-roaming, backyard, porch, outdoor kennel, dog house or garage dogs. NO EXCEPTIONS, PLEASE.

-We regret that some great homes may be passed over because of these policies, but our first concern must be the safety of the rescue dogs entrusted into our care. Thank you for your understanding.

Apartment Living:
-Apartment living may be approved for some adult lower-energy dogs and seniors. This will be approved on a case-by-case basis. 

-If your apartment allows German Shepherds but has other breed-restrictions, you will not be able to adopt one of our mixes. We are not able to determine their parentage and there's always the possibility that they could be mixed with the restricted breed.

Some Basic Information: 
-As part of the application process, we ask that you provide references (to include a veterinarian), and a home visit is required. 

-Applicants must be adults 19 years old or older.  

-In an effort to comply with zoning regulations and local animal ordinances, which vary by location, as well as recognizing that German Shepherds and other working breeds require more time, energy, and financial support than many other dogs, HUGS has a three dog limit, meaning that dogs will not be adopted to homes that would have more than three dogs.


-Submission of an application for adoption is not a guarantee of approval. There is no guarantee that applicants will be approved to adopt a specific dog, or that a specific dog will still be available by the time that your application is approved. Applications are valid for 1 year from the time of submission. After 1 year, you will be asked to re-apply. Thank you for your understanding.

-Please note that submitting an application requires HUGS to go through a series of steps. Receiving a phone interview or Home Visit does not guarantee approval either. The adoptions team can approve or deny the application at any time during the process.

Meeting the Dogs
-We do not have a shelter facility. German Shepherds do not do well in a shelter-like environment. All of our dogs are living in great foster homes until they are adopted. 

-We have adoption events almost every weekend, that are open to the public. They are a great way to meet some of the adoptable dogs. 

-We can also do a private meet and greet at the applicant's home, for approved applicants who are immediately ready to adopt a specific dog (who is deemed a good match), if the meet and greet goes well.



About Heartland German Shepherd Rescue (HUGS)

About Our Rescue Group...

We rescue, rehabilitate, and place German Shepherd dogs in permanent, loving homes.

Our main focus is to save German Shepherd dogs at risk of being euthanized in shelters. We also try to help other German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds in need, as we are able to.

We do not have a shelter facility. The dogs we rescue stay with our volunteer foster families until the time of their adoption. We provide necessary veterinary care, appropriate nutrition, training and socialization to ready our dogs for their forever home. We support a balanced training approach.

Our greatest need is for foster families. Our ability to save a dog's life is most often determined by whether we have an open foster home for that dog to go in.

There are other ways that you can help. We always need volunteers to help at events.

Cannot foster or volunteer? Donations are much appreciated!

Your donation is tax deductible. If you would like a receipt for your donation, please let us know. All donations go directly to help pay for vet bills, food & heartworm preventative for the HUGS dogs. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and allow us to save more dogs. THANK YOU On behalf of the HUGS dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please visit our website and check our events page to find out where we will be at. You may also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/heartlandgsrescue

Our Adoption Process...

German Shepherd dogs are a highly active, energetic, working breed. They require considerable exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. If you are new to German Shepherds, please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd will require before applying for one.

Heartland German Shepherd Rescue (HUGS) dogs will receive necessary veterinary care and will be up-to-date on vaccinations, tested for Heartworm disease (started on Heartworm preventative, or treated if Heartworm positive), spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

Adoption fees: Puppies $400, Adult Dogs (1-6yr) $350, Senior Dogs (7yr+) $300.

As part of the application process, we ask that you provide references (to include a veterinarian, if applicable) and that you allow us to conduct a home visit.

We will adopt dogs to approved Midwest applicants within an approximate 300 mile radius of the Omaha-Lincoln, NE area, provided that we can complete a home visit. Applicants must be willing to travel to the Omaha-Lincoln area for an adoption meet and greet with their prospective new HUGS dog. All household members, including current dogs, must attend the meet and greet.

All HUGS dogs MUST be INSIDE dogs in their adoptive home.