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Pet Ownership

Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner:

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  • Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
  • Select a pet that’s suited to your home and lifestyle.
  • Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
  • Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s).
  • Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Properly socialize and train your pet.
  • Invest

  • Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
  • Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
  • Budget for potential emergencies.
  • Obey

  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
  • Don’t allow your pet to stray or become feral.
  • Identify

  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.
  • Limit

  • Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
  • Prepare

  • Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
  • Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.
  • Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.
  • Amber’s update.

    Amber went to the vet yesterday and had a c-section and got spayed it was touch and go but she made it through and is at her home resting with her family. Thank you so much to all who donated,shared and helped with Amber!! We would not have been able to do it with out all of you! We are truly blessed to have all of you networking and helping all of us here at homeward bound in the heartland animal rescue inc. THANK YOU ALL!!!






    Thank you!

    Melissa.Ann, YOU ARE SO WELCOME!! BUT…

    No, THANK YOU FOR SAVING HER LIFE!!! we are happy we could be there for Sophie, looking forward to a great update and pictures from your mom. Please tell her thank you from us for adopting her!! :)

    This is what rescue is all about and if you need anything let us know!…

    sincerely, homeward bound
    Thank you so much for your help with Mino aka Sophie! She has found her forever home and you are a wonderful foundation! She was found at my work hungry, dehydrated, hot and with and upset tummy but was so sweet and loving I knew I had to help
    her. She is now spayed and current on her shots with help from you guys! Her furrever home is with my mom who is spoiling her with love, cuddles and toys! I will spread the word about how great you are whenever I can. Thank you!

    sweet 9 yr old boyneeds a home!

    Jackson’s family have fallen on hard times They are heart broken, but simply know they can not care for him since they have no home & have asked us to help find a safe & loving home for this sweet 9 yr old  boy. He is neutered very friendly with  people and other animals. Updated shots and Listens well
    For more info on Jackson please contact us @ info@homewardboundintheheartland.info

    anticipate a thorough application to guarantee he goes to best loving home.


    Happy Tail!

    Update on our blind lovebug bronc!!

    Very special news to share! with our RescueBronco in his furever home # 0 family.. 89.7 The river helped us promote our sweet bronco and for him the waiting is over. Bronco found his furever home tonight and we are all so over joyed for him and his new family..
    Thank you so much to everyone at 89.7 the river!! You guys ROCK!!!!

    The Cats of the Week are

    Smokey, Tucker, CeCe, Dingo, Sophie, Mr. Snuffles and even our favorite three legged kitten Ravoli! Homeward Bound In The Heartland is over flowing with kittens and cats that need a home NOW!
    Find pictures of all the kittens available here. For more details call Joni at Homeward Bound in the Heartland at 402-706-7313 and help Pick A Pet with 89.7 The River

    Garage Sale

    Fundraiser garage sale for the animals (13256 Millard ave Omaha Nebraska 68137)
    Homeward bound in the heartland animal rescue inc, a 501c3 non profit is having there second annual garage sale august, 9th 10th and 11th
    please stop by and help animals in need.. All of our proceeds go for our medical bills and food for our animals
    Please stop by and support our cause we are in need!! we have taken in several animal’s that have been in need of medical treatment.
    We are also excepting your gently used items for Friday and Saturday’s sale and cat and dog food donations as well!!!
    All of our animals Thank you in advance for your support!!


    Thank you,

    Joni Cisney
    Homeward Bound in the Heartland, Inc.
    Omaha, NE


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    G-sale UPDATE— We had a fabulous day!!! and two more days to go!! made great money, meet some great people, and got to see lots of our great friends and supporters… A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE WHO DONATED AND HELPED WITH OUR SECOND ANNUAL GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER… We hope tomorrow will be great to!!!

    A big thank you to Marti and Connie  for not only allowing us there garage space but also helping us a hole lot to make this happen for the animals… A big  thank you to Anna we would have never done this with out you all!!


    HBH could use gently used, clean items for our garage sale Aug. 9-11. We have a lot of veterinary bills to pay, and they keep on coming. Please contact Joni at (402) 706-7313 or at anthonyandjoni@msn.com. Thanks in advance!

    Garage sale sept

    We need help asap!!!!

    We need help asap!!!! we have lots of cats and kittens and they are looking for there furrever homes.. Can you help us help them???

    These kittens were full of fleas dehydrated and not moving around much, but after we got them in the car and gave them a little water they were doing a little better… THANK YOU !! Mel’s Grooming for fostering these sweet kittens.We would not have been able to save them with out you!!..

    Update!! these sweet kittens that were found in the dumpster are doing great!! and a big thank you to Mel for fostering them..

    Keeping “Man’s Best Friend” With Their Owners

    Reporter: Ann McIntire for WoWT.com
    Posted: Wed 3:58 PM, Sep 15, 2010
    Updated: Wed 5:27 PM, Sep 15, 2010


    It’s a group dedicated to helping “man’s best friend” stay with their owners. Their generosity and thoughtfulness is touching families across the metro.

    Karen Wurtz and her neighbor spend many mornings chatting over coffee. “Sit out here and watch the neighborhood go by is pretty much what we do,” said Wurtz.

    The summer has been emotional. On June 28, Karen’s husband, David, was killed in a car crash while vacationing in Colorado. With him at the time, was his best companion, his dog Roxie.

    “Just to know that she was there, with someone I’d been with my whole life at the time he died, it just meant something, it’s kind of indescribable getting her back,” said Wurtz.

    Joni Cisney, the founder of “Homeward Bound in the Heartland,” helped to bring Roxie home. “I was just in tears, you know to think that the dog was so far away, and the whole situation of losing your husband, and having a child and, you know it just was tragic,” said Cisney.

    “It made a situation that was so terrible, a little bit better, because losing your husband’s bad enough, but it was just so nice that there’s people out there to help you bring your pets home,” said Wurtz.

    Homeward Bound helps in other ways, too. Cisney delivers pet food to 41 families monthly, who otherwise would not be able to afford to care for their pets.

    Marge Rutschman is on a fixed income and without the program, she’d lose her best friend, her cat Charlie. “I’m just so happy to know her, she’s made my life a lot easier.”

    “If somebody sends a plea, you got to do something, you know, get it figured out, get it taken care of and then everyone’s world is happy,” said Cisney.

    Homeward Bound also adopts out cats and kittens that are found in the wild and tamed. They are neutered and are up to date on their shots.

    The group says they are in need of cat food and litter, as well as foster homes and “forever” homes for their cats. The group also takes monetary donations to help cover their high veterinary bills.

    Homeward Bound is having a garage sale, Thursday September 16, through Saturday September 18. It will run from 9am – 5pm daily at 8723 Arbor Street. All the proceeds will go to the project.

    For more information on how to donate, or if you are interested in adopting a cat, call Joni Cisney at (402)-706-7313. Or you can head to their website, HomewardBoundInTheHeartland.org.