November 19, 2020 UPDATE in regards to COVID-19

We are still operating on a Limited Access Policy... Because we care about our community and want to help stop the spread of the virus, protecting our community, staff, guests and volunteers, we are taking steps as a precaution due to the COVID-19 Risk Dial for the area being at "High."

  • Stronger social distancing restrictions will be in place, meaning one person or family unit at a time will be allowed in the facility and we will be going by appointments during our normally regular business hours.
  • An application for adoption is available on our website at  Under the tab dog or cat, please indicate who you are interested in adopting.
  • Our front door will be locked during our otherwise normal open hours, you may knock and if we do not have an otherwise scheduled appointment, or someone else in the facility, you will be able to come in and view our pets available for adoption.
  • Masks are mandatory.
  • We ask that you do not come into the facility if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19, or if you have traveled to a known high risk area within the last 14 days, if you are at high risk, or if you are showing any symptoms of the virus.

We appreciate your continuing support and understanding during these unusual times and wish everyone a happy, enjoyable and safe experience while visiting our facility.

Shelter News

From the Shelter. . .

  • This week's wishlist: We're still having a hard time finding the large cat dishes, you know the ones right? The double sided larger heavier plastic ones? As always awesome forever homes for our furkids! We can always use the paper towels, hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, 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.

  • To honor the memory of LINDA HEDGES, The McCook Welcome Service, for whom Linda devoted nine years of her life and compassionate talents to, donated $1,000 towards a spay & neuter fund. The McCook Welcome Service would like to challenge anyone and everyone to donate to this fund in honor of Linda. The monies raised in this fund will be used SOLELY to pay for the spay and neuter fees for the cats available for adoption at the McCook Humane Society. The spay & neuter reimbursement fees will be waived on cats adopted from August 24th until the funds are depleted. Linda was very passionate about finding permanent, forever and loving homes for all of our furkids, we know that this is something she would be extremely happy about. We're hoping that we can keep this fund going and keep our feline friends heading into their purrrrrfect new homes!

  • We more of the brand new "Cats & Dogs of McCook" Calendars available at the shelter. The McCook Nebraska Cat Pack (our super friends and fundraising youth group) didn't sell them all yet, so we have a few and they'd make excellent gifts! Just knock on the door during our otherwise normal business hours!

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

  • Did ya know... Thanksgiving is usually a time for good food, and lots of it! But some of it (some surprisingly so) is very bad for your furkids.
    1. Bones: Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian's office later, possible emergency surgery or even death.
    2. Raw or under-cooked turkey: Turkey Day’s main dish is dangerous for one reason: salmonella bacteria. Even though you may believe your dog’s stomach is iron-clad, it’s not.
    3. Turkey skin: Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest. Your dog’s pancreas can even become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis, a very serious disease.
    4. Dough and cake batter: It may sound like an urban legend, but the combination of raw dough and your dog’s body heat can actually cause the dough to rise inside his stomach. This will make your dog vomit while suffering severe abdominal pain and bloating.
    5. Beer: Some dogs love beer, but this doesn’t mean you should share a cold one with your dog. It can really do a number on your dog’s stomach. Depending on how much he consumes, the hops can cause your dog to have a fever, rapid heartbeat, seizures and liver damage. It can even be lethal.
    6. Macadamia nuts and Walnuts: Macadamia nuts in particular are very bad for your dog. In fact, they could cause a reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis.The symptoms range from lethargy and vomiting to your dog being unable to stand up.
    7. Mushrooms: Fungi are good for you, but bad for your dog. Should your dog ingest any, you can expect unwelcome symptoms that could become quite severe, including vomiting, seizures, coma and possibly death.
    8. Onions and garlic: These two culprits are always on the list of foods your dog should not eat, and for very good reason: they can make your dog very sick. Both onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs and can cause the destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia.
    9. Sage: This multi-purpose herb is used in countless recipes and for cleansing a new home, but for dogs, sage is bad. It contains essential oils and resins that can upset a dog’s stomach and do a number on his central nervous system.
    10. Nutmeg: Found in sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin pie and most desserts, nutmeg has mild hallucinogenic properties that, when ingested by your dog, can cause seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems. Note that both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog; just make sure no nutmeg is on them before you share them. Chocolate is very bad for dogs. It’s not on the list because it should be a given for every pet parent: Never feed your dog chocolate.
    The best way to keep your dog safe is to have plenty of his food on hand, as well as treats. Ask your guests not to feed your dog human food. Also make sure your dog gets lots of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog.

  • HAPPY TAILS! The following pets have been adopted: Bessie, Mabel, Revna, Autumn and Hermes.

Employee of the Month - October 2020

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! It's never an easy task to pick just one employee, but we try! Mindee's awesome attitude, great sense of humor and dedication to the furkids make her a valuable part of our team!

Congratulations to Mindee Hedrick for being "Employee of the Month" for OCTOBER 2020! We appreciate each and every one of these wonderful people. We can't take care of our temporarily homeless furry friends without each and every one of our awesome employees and volunteers!

October 2020 MH

Volunteer of the Month - November 2020

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! We've had a volunteer who for many years has always found ways of helping the shelter out, always in the background, finding ways to support us and our mission. It's quite common to receive a call or a message, alerting us to something that will benefit the shelter, finding things we need on our wish list, even helping with rescue transports. We always thank him, but he's never actually been recognized.
Congratulations to Terry Kottwitz for being "Volunteer of the Month" for NOVEMBER 2020! We appreciate each and every one of these wonderful people. We can't take care of our temporarily homeless furry friends without each and every one of our awesome employees and volunteers!

November 2020 TK

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!

14th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Fourteenth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Looking around and watching everyone having a good time was probably the biggest payoff for all of us who helped put this together. The Fourteenth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament was truly an absolute and huge success! It was awesome because of the total support of this amazing community. It continues to be fun, and successful because of the people donating the amazing prizes, the folks who host the event, the ones who really seem to enjoy playing in this fun event every year, those who come out just to support and the ones who help make it happen. With 64 entrants (32 teams) competing, we raised $2,912 for the shelter that day! 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 is going to donate a portion of their income for the day, and we still have to pay for the Tshirts, but all we can say is WOW! And Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To each and every one of you.

TJ's Family Fun Center did a wonderful job of hosting it once again. We sure appreciate their hospitality and friendliness! They provided breakfast and lunch, and will be donating a portion back to us! Chad Elson was our Guest Auctioneer and he once again did a fantastic job! Thank you Kind Sir!

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, Joyce Peterson, Mary Keslin, Chris Smith and Darrin Glading! They were busy! $938 just in Raffle ticket sales! 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! A special thanks goes out to Ernie Denbo and Jay Prestes for all of their help in putting this together. Lorie Prestes (with a whole lot of help) ran the tournament.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who shot some excellent pool. We want to thank all of you AWESOME folks for supporting the shelter and playing in this annual event!

First Place Winners were Alan Ralls and Scott Martin! Prize was donated by: Double Barrel Transport and Lopez Service and Repair! (valued at $250 each)
1st Place Alan Ralls and Scott Martin

Second Place Winners were Mike Brown and Damon Barber! Prizes donated by Cappel Sales Inc., Western Nebraska APA Pool League and Old Sarges! (valued at $200 each)
2nd Place Mike Brown and Damon Brown

Third Place Winners were Janelle Ruzicka and Michael Shafer! Prizes donated by McCook National Bank, McCook's WalMart SuperCenter McCook National Bank, Casey's General Store and Fritsche Bros. Trenching & Backhoe! (valued at $150 each)
3rd Place Janelle Ruzicka and Mike Shafer

Fourth Place Winners were Chris Mock and Glenn Morgan! Prizes were donated by Western Nebraska APA Pool League, Frenchman Valley Coop, Tractor Supply Co, and Lord's Hardware of Indianola! (valued at $125 each)
4th Place Chris Mock and Glenn Morgan

First through Fourth Place Plaques were donated by McCook Lettering and the awesome t-shirts printed by McCook Lettering!

The Brackets were printed and donated by Miller & Associates!

The really cool PreRegistration bags were printed and donated by Acme Printing Company!

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to these supporters who donated items that were raffled off:

Southwest Cruisers (Mike Brown won this big raffle item), Longnecker Jewelry (anonymous won this big raffle item), Plains Equipment Group (Linda Tyan won this big raffle item), and Monica Conroy (Sherri Lukas won this big raffle item), American Electric, Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark, Orscheln Farm & Home, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Sherri Stang, Kristi Guthmiller, The Bottle Shop, The Spirit Shop, Keystone Floral, Game On, New Life Christian Store, McCook Cat Pack, Eakes Office Solutions, Knowlen & Yates, Mead Lumber Company, William & Tammy Moore, Sehnert's Bieroc Cafe and Titan Machinery!

Again, from all of us at the McCook Humane Society (yep, furry and non-furry alike) thanks to all who helped make this a FUN, AWESOME, and SUCCESSFUL fundraiser!

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!!

This month's (OCTOBER) Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsorship is by Clifford Johnson in loving memory of Bob & Nema Johnson. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support..

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McCook, NE 69001


Pet of the Week

Kittens, Kittens, Kittens!

Video courtesy of Coyote Country KIOD-FM