Shelter News

From the Shelter. . .

  • Come check out our "Adopt-A-Kennel" program where our local individuals and businesses can show the community their support for our area's homeless animals. This month's (NOVEMBER) Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsorship is by Clifford Johnson in loving memory of Bob and Nema Johnson. A very special thanks to all our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • This week's wishlist: Forever Homes for our temporarily homeless furry friends! We can always use the paper towels, bleach, plain old Special Kitty cat litter, bath towels and cat/dog food and toys that you bring in! Thank you to those of you who bring us the items on this wishlist when you can. We may not be able to properly thank all of you as quickly as we'd like to and as big as we'd like to. Some of you are pretty firm about no thanks necessary! To all of you, all of us here at the McCook Humane Society just want you to know that it truly is appreciated more than you can know. YOU are appreciated more than you can know.

  • We had another very successful and fun “Puppy 'Pet'icure Day” this past Saturday! Amy, Carol and Vallie trimmed the nails of 19 dogs and a cat! Thanks to all of you who came out and supported this event, our professional trimmers, our board members, volunteers and staff, we were able to raise another $129.05! We're already looking forward to our next one! Nail Trims are $5 (plus tax) and all proceeds benefit the McCook Humane Society. As per state and city ordinances... Please make sure that your Fur-Kid is up to date on his/her Rabies vaccination and they have their tag (or you have other proof), and that your pet is on a leash (please no retractable leashes).

  • Our shelter youth group, The McCook Cat Pack, have as always, done an amazing job on the new 2020 "The Cats and Dogs of McCook Calendars"! If you missed the chance to buy one at their last fundraising event, we have them available at the shelter, during normal shelter hours. The McCook Cat Pack youth group will also be selling them at fall and holiday events (watch our Facebook page for when and where).

  • Come on by and see what all we've got for your furkid! We offer collars, leashes, sweaters/jackets, furcode ID Tags, bandanas and all kinds of things to help us raise money to help care for our temporarily homeless friends. We even have Halloween Costumes for those furkids that like to dress up!

  • Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook to keep up to date on all of the upcoming fun events and fundraisers.

  • Did you know... November is celebrated as "Adopt A Senior Dog Month"? We've actually got the perfect pair of mature canine companions waiting for you at the McCook Humane Society; just ask to see "Pepper and Freckles." It's a good time to think about what an adopted dog can bring to your life. Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent or simply a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can be all of these — and more. This is the perfect time for people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.

  • If you’re thinking about bringing an adopted dog into your family, here are some things to consider:
    • Like children, dogs are completely dependent on their owners for all their needs — food, water, medical attention, exercise, shelter and, most important, companionship. But unlike children, dogs will never learn to pour themselves a drink, fix breakfast or clean up after themselves. Opening your home to a dog can be highly rewarding, as long as you understand and accept the daily responsibilities and routines that come with owning a dog.
    • The qualities and personality you want in a dog are more important than size and appearance. For example, an older shepherd mix might do better than an energetic terrier in an apartment. Very often the pet that has the characteristics you’re looking for will come in an unexpected package.

  • Visit the shelter and get to know some of the dogs that are available for adoption, you might just find the love of your life and adopt a dog (or a cat)!

  • "HAPPY TAILS!!" Congrats to our furry friends that found new fur-ever homes this past week: Stella, Kola, Mookie and T-Bone!

Volunteer of the Month - September 2019

September 2019 Volunteer of the Month

Volunteers all contribute differently. They show their support, contribute, and volunteer in whatever way that they can and we truly appreciate each and every one of you. We thank you, and appreciate you. Each month we honor an employee or a volunteer for their hard work and dedication. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a Walmart Gift card made possible by a donation from Sharleen Riemenschneider of Edward Jones! Congratulations to "Mr. Bill" for being "Volunteer of the Month" for September 2019! This extremely kind and generous man has donated his time and delicious sno-cones at so many of our fundraisers (and donated funds raised at other functions to us) for so many years, it's just amazing. We appreciate each and every one of these wonderful people. We can't take care of our temporarily homeless furry friends without our awesome employees and volunteers!

Employee of the Month - October 2019

November 2019 TL

Employee of the Month is Tori for October :)

6th Annual "Dog Day in the Park"

"Dog Day in the Park" was Saturday, October 13th at the McCook Humane Society and was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

We had an awesome turnout for our 6th Annual "Dog Day in the Park"! We want to thank each and every one of you who came out and supported the event by bringing your furchild and getting his or her nail's trimmed (we had 46 dogs and a cat come in to get their nails trimmed - that's 188 paws!), getting them microchipped (we had 17 dogs microchipped), participating in the games & activities, the raffles or just coming out and having fun with us! Congratulations to the raffle winners: Judy, Marc, Brandi, Matt, Kaila, Melina, Andrea, Carol and Lorie! Thank you to our sponsors: Macfee's Paw Spa & Inn, WalMart, McCook's Ace Hardware, Farrell's Hallmark and Pharmacy, Orscheln's Farm & Home, Common Scents, Tractor Supply, Nick's Distrubution, Citti' Deli, Loop Brewing Company, Kirk/Sehnert's, McCook Daily Gazette, Hometown Radio and High Plains Radio, and of course our friends The Cat Pack! Thank you to the Board members, staff and volunteers of the shelter who helped make this event a huge success and a special shout out to Loretta, Faith & Matt Macfee, and Maddie Shepherd for all of your help! Because of everyone's support and hard work, we were able to raise $880! Wow!! That is impressive!

The agility course was provided by Macfee's Paw Spa & Inn, and there were quite a few furkids having fun and testing their skills. The Cat Pack was on hand with the brand new calendars, the "Cats & Dogs of McCook" Playing Cards, and all kinds of neat things on hand to help raise money for us! This group just doesn't stop!
Macfee's Paw Spa & Inn was there with the Pet Tag ID machine engraving identification tags! We had awesome raffle items from our wonderful friends at Walmart, McCook's Ace Hardware, Farrell's Hallmark & Pharmacy, Orsheln's Farm & Homme, Common Scents (which was donated back to the shelter WOOHOO), Tractor Supply Company, Citti' Deli, Loop Brewing Company, Kirkk Dixon donated a Sehnert's Bakery gift card, and an anonomous donation of pet related items. Walmart and Nick's Distribution donated goodies and snacks to set up a snack/dessert table! It was an AWESOME day at the shelter. We even had two dogs and two kittens adopted during all this... how awesome is that?


A special thank you goes out to our sponsors! A special thank you goes out to the wonderful folks that helped pull this off. A special thanks to everyone who continue to support us, making it possible for us to do what we do!

Boat Raffle a Complete Success!

"Adopt A Boat" Boat Raffle!

Bill Watts of McCook was the lucky winner of this awesome prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated by donating money for raffle tickets, the Board members who helped out, Macfee's Paw Spa and Inn for help with tickets, The McCook Daily Gazette and Coyote Country for advertising and Seth Baumert doing such an awesome job with the live remote, Orschelns Home and Garden for displaying her for the entire time it was being raffled, Terry and Shelly Hoffmaster with Stak n Store for housing her through the winter, Farrells Pharmacy and Hallmark for sponsoring, and most especially thank you to Greg and Janet Hepp, who donated the boat to us for this Major Fundraising Effort! Because of all of you AWESOME folks, we were able to raise $2,140! Wow! Thank you!

Twelfth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

  • First Place Winners in the 12th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament!Congrats to Rick Shafer and Don Sawyer! First Place Prizes were provided by: Double Barrel Transport and Hagan Transport!
  • Second Place Winners in the 12th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament! Congrats to Dan Sattler and Buddy Burton! Second Place Prizes provided by Western Nebraska APA Pool League and McCook's Walmart SuperCenter!
  • Third Place Winners in the 12th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament! Congrats to Chris Mock and John Smith! Third Place Prizes provided by McCook National Bank, Lord's Hardware of Indianola, Old Sarge's and Frenchman Valley Coop!
  • Fourth Place Winners in the 12th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament! Congrats to Jim Tyan and Travis Wilkinson! Fourth Place Prizes were provided by McCook National Bank, D & S Hardware and Pizza Hut!

The Twelfth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament was a huge success! It really was awesome even. During the event, looking around you saw folks having a good time visiting with friends, playing pool and telling pet stories, it's just one of the enjoyable things about this annual event. Not only are there a few new people to meet each year, but the chance to catch up with friends and hear how the furkids are doing! It goes to show why this annual event is such a huge success every year. It's supported by so many animal lovers. With 64 entrants (32 teams) competing, we raised $2,642.50 for the shelter! What a day! It could not and would not have happened without a LOT of folks helping out and donating time, services or items. A huge thank you goes out to them all!

TJ's Family Fun Center did a great job of hosting it again. They served a pulled pork sandwich lunch and will be donating a portion of the proceeds back to us just like last year!

Justin Banzhaf was our guest Auctioneer and he and Beth O'Dea did an awesome job! We sure appreciate you two volunteering to help this year! A special thank you goes out to the McCook Humane Society Board members who did such an awesome job of selling those raffle tickets, handing out prizes and just helping out wherever needed!! Andrea O'Dea, Levina Fritsche, Darrin Glading, Linda Koetter, Mary Keslin and Lorie Prestes! Special thanks to Ernie Denbo for all of your help before, during and after the tournament. Coyote Country, KICX 96.1FM, and the McCook Daily Gazette did an awesome job as always with advertising this FUNdraiser! Thank you all so much!

First Place Winners were Rick Shafer and Don Sawyer! Prizes were donated by: Double Barrel Transport and Hagan Transport!
Second Place Winners were Dan Sattler and Buddy Burton! Prizes were donated by Western Nebraska APA Pool League and McCook's Walmart SuperCenter!
Third Place Winners were Chris Mock and John Smith! Prizes were donated by McCook National Bank, Lord's Hardware of Indianola, Old Sarge's and Frenchman Valley Coop!
Fourth Place Winners were Jim Tyan and Travis Wilkinson! Prizes were donated by McCook National Bank, D & S Hardware and Pizza Hut!
First through Fourth Place Plaques and the awesome t-shirts provided by McCook Lettering (McCook Lettering donated the Plaques)!

The Brackets were printed and donated by Miller & Associates!

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to these supporters who donated items that were raffled off: Farrells Pharmacy & Hallmark, Game On, Monica Conroy, Bill & Tammy Moore, Dwayne Hammond, VK Electronics, Orscheln Farm & Home, Sherri Stang, Titan Machinery, The Bottle Shop/The Spirit Shop, Macfee's Paw Spa & Inn, Mead Lumber, Ag Valley Coop, Horizon Bank, McCook Cat Pack, Eakes Office Plus, American Electric, Barnett's Do It Center and Wagner's Chevrolet.

Community Support

We cannot function, we cannot do what we do and continue to help find homes for all of the temporarily homeless furry friends that show up every single day for whatever reason... either life changes, lost or just pure misfortune of being abandoned.  It's no fault of theirs, and it's our mission to find each and every one of them a forever home. We are able to continue to do it through the kindness of you, our friends and community.  And through your support of events like : "Aces for Animals" a frisbee golf tournament, A 3 Day Rummage Sale hosted by two "Shelter Loving" ladies, The Annual "Shoot for the Shelter" Pool Tournament, The Annual "Dog Day in the Park" Responsible Pet Ownership Carnival and Event, Our monthy "Puppy 'Pet'icure Day, our bimonthly visits to Orscheln's Farm and Home and to Tractor Supply Company.  To everyone who donates money to us!!!!  To all of you that make us able to do what we do...   You're awesome and VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!

Pet Night

"PET NIGHT"s will always be remembered with Mr. and Mrs. Claus hosted by Dennis and Cathy Shannon.

Furry Friends' Fashions

We've got shirts, sweaters, jackets, collars and leashes for our furry friends. We've got a beautiful selection of handmade bandanas here for sale. Anything from John Deere or Cammo all the way to Biker and yes, even pink!

Gift Certificates

The McCook Humane Society offers gift certificates good for a free dog or cat, puppy or kitten. What a wonderful way to show your loved one that you love them, by giving them the gift of unconditional love! We also offer a wide assortment of sweaters for that special new addition!

Make Your House A Home. . .Adopt a Shelter Dog or Cat!!

November Featured "Adopt-A-Kennel" Sponsor by Clifford Johnson in loving memory of Bob and Nema Johnson.

Hours:
Monday-Friday
2pm - 5pm
Saturday
Noon - 4pm

Location:
100 South Street
McCook, NE 69001

Phone:
308-345-2372

Pet of the Week

Radar

Radar the Husky mix

Stop in and find the "Love of your Life" waiting for a new home!