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 (AUGUST) Adopt-A-Kennel is from a very sweet young man named Asher Stamm. Asher saved his money, and decided that he wanted to adopt Petra's kennel to help her get adopted. It worked. Petra was adopted that very week. So this month's Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsor is Asher Stamm, because of his very special love of all animals. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • Congratulations to Mindee Hedrick for being The McCook Humane Society's "Employee of the Month" for August 2022!

  • This week's WishList: Please help us Clear The Shelter! Folks, once again we are on overload. 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, and to all of you, all of us here at the McCook Humane Society just want you to know that YOU are appreciated more than you can know.

  • At this time the spay/neuter reimbursement fees are still being waived for the felines. While this fund is still low, this will continue until the Linda Hedges/Mary Ellinger Memorial fund is depleted. If you'd like to make a contribution to help this fund continue, please make sure that you let us know that it's for this fund. You can stop by, call usThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Facebook us, or reach out on the "Contact Us" form on our website for helpThis fund, giving us the ability to waive the spay/neuter fee on the felines, sure has helped us find our feline friends forever homes.

  • The McCook Humane Society is celebrating the 2022 Clear The Shelters Event in a special way along with the Nationwide event. Throughout the month of August, we will be giving out “Celebration Kits” with each adoption and posting “Gotcha Day” photos (with the adopters permission of course). We will be having fun giveaways. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, or stop in to keep up with our various promotions that will be happening throughout the month of August. Let’s help Clear The Shelter here in McCook, Nebraska! Note: Thursday, August 11 - Saturday, August 13, spay and neuter fees are waived on dogs also!

  • We're looking forward to tomorrow. It's "Nail Day", Saturday, August 13th! Bring your furry friend in and get his or her nails trimmed, we hope to see you all there from 1pm until 3pm! Nail Trims are $5 (plus tax), and all proceeds benefit the McCook Humane Society. As per state and city ordinances, You must have proof 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).

  • Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook to keep up to date on all of the upcoming fun events and fundraisers and when checking out our website, make sure you check out our section featuring our Up To The Minute Pet Listings!

  • Did you know... One of the biggest questions that we get asked in reference to training a newly adopted dog is why it's not working? Here's something to think about. Most folks that take on training a dog already know that kindness but firmness, and most importantly CONSISTENCY, is the key. Become the alpha, your dog must see you as the leader is essential. But wait! There's more! When your dog does something good, you smile and pat him. He remembers these signs and links your gestures to your happiness and satisfaction. He will repeatedly try to do the things that please you to enjoy your reaction. In similar fashion, he links your gestures, body movements and vocal tones to your words. If you are not taking interest in dog training and not paying proper attention, he may link wrong signs with wrong words. It can result in a failure of training. That is why you have to take interest in the training and should be paying attention to the dog throughout the training session. Consistency. Always.

  • HAPPY TAILS! The following pets were adopted: Gus, Aphrodite, Samson, Royce, Keeli, Hopper, Brooke, Felicity, Zina and Micah Belle!

"Volunteer of the Month" July 2022

Congratulations to to Justina Rodriguez... McCook Humane Society's "Volunteer of the Month" for July 2022!

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 are truly blessed to have such an awesome team of Employees and Volunteers, and our team really does make it nearly impossible to choose just one for the award.

This month we congratulate Justina Rodriguez for being July 2022's "Volunteer of the Month". Her never-ending compassion for the temporarily homeless furkids in our care, always going that extra mile, and always being there when needed without a complaint (just that big contagious smile), makes her this month's pick. 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!

 7 2022 Justina Rodriguez Monthly Award result

"Employee of the Month" August 2022

Congratulations to Mindee Hedrick... McCook Humane Society's "Employee of the Month" for August 2022!

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 are truly blessed to have such an awesome team of Employees and Volunteers, and our team really does make it nearly impossible to choose just one for the award.

This month we congratulate Mindee Hedrick for being August 2022's "Employee of the Month". Her quick wit and sense of humor that can make any situation better, her always being there for the furkids fellow team members, guests and volunteers without hesitation or complaint, makes her this month's pick.

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!

August 2022 Mindee Hedrick Emp of the Month result

McCook Humane Society's Summer Break for the Paws Pool Tournament

Summer Break for the Paws Pool Tournament

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

This event can only be described as Small, Fun and FABULOUS! We knew going in for our first ever summer tourney that we were competing with a lot of events, and let's face it, summer itself! We had 16 entrants for 8 teams of 9Ball. It may have been a shorter day, but definitely not shorter on fun. We all had our share of it! Thanks to our Sponsors once again who came through and provided the awesome place prizes and raffles. Thanks to the folks who played, and who came out and watched. Thanks to the folks at TJ's who once again let us play in their Fun Center! A Special Thanks to the folks who helped put the tournament on and helped out at the tournament! The McCook Humane Society Board Members (Andrea O'Dea, Levina Fritsche and Joyce Anderson). Chad Elson for the help with the Auction and doing an awesome job once again! Jay & Lorie Prestes for the help at the tournament. Ernie Denbo and Gina Kendall for your help. Because of all of you and everyone who helped out, we were able to bring in $1025! Wow!
And our winners of the "Summer Break for the Paws" Pool Tournament are:

1st Place: Ernie Denbo and Glenn Morgan winning prizes donated by Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Walmart SuperCenter of McCook and Lopez Service & Repair.

1st Ernie Denbo and Glenn Morgan

2nd Place: Eric Smith and Tom Fischer winning prizes donated by MNB Bank, McCook Welcome Center and American Family Insurance - David Cain Agency, Inc.

2nd Smitty and Tom Fischer
3rd Place: Gary Skeen and Gina Kendall winning prizes donated by First Central Bank and Old Sarge's Bar.

3rd Gary Skeen and Gina Kendall

4th Place: Chris Smith and Bill Moore winning prizes that were donated anonymously.

4th Chris Smith and Bill Moore

The gorgeous plaques were donated by McCook Lettering.

Special Mention goes out to Bill Moore for winning the first ever 9Ball on the Snap patch at one of our tournaments. He actually won two more before it was over! Tom Fischer, Smitty and Glenn Morgan also got one of the brand new patches. Congrats!

Other Sponsors that we want to say a huge thanks to and who made this event a success are: Hometown Family Radio, KICX 96.1 FM and the McCook Daily Gazette for the awesome coverage and promotion as always. White Whiskers Drag Team and thank you to the anonymous donor of the Vintage Golf Club Set for the big raffle items. Farrel's Pharmacy & Hallmark, VK Electronics, Tractor Supply Company, Acme Printing Co, The Sports Shoppe and NStant Convenience for your donations. Thank you all. Another shout out to Scoreholio for that tournament software and the amazing upgrades that are happening with it.

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!

McCook Humane Society 16th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

16th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Saturday, January 29, 2022

16th Annual Shelter Shoot Winners

This was something awesome, Sixteen years, and each year it seems to get better and better. This event could not happen without the help and support of so many people! Watching everyone coming together and having such a wonderful time, knowing that they were there to have fun, but hearing over and over how it was “all for the furkids” made our hearts smile so big. The Sixteenth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament was an absolute and complete success because of the total support of this amazing community.

It is 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 74 entrants (37 teams) competing, we raised $4,398.40 for the shelter this past Saturday! With 275 games played, and even with a late end time of around midnight, it was so fun to watch this competition and wonder who would be the top four teams this year.

A definite shoutout once again to Scoreholio, the software that made running the actual tournament bracket such a breeze! This event 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! A special thanks to Joyce Anderson and Frank Seybold for the donation that helped with the special gift for the players this year making the tournament a bit more enjoyable! 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 their awesome food from the menu. 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!! Levina Fritsche, Darrin Glading, Joyce Peterson, Natalie Norbeck, Bruce (and Cathy) McDowell, and Dee Friehe! They were busy! $1,359.00 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 Jay Prestes, Ernie Denbo, and Margina Kendall for all of their help in putting this together and helping with the setup. 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 Justin Heffner and Bruce Hagan! Prizes donated by: Double Barrel Transport and Lopez Service and Repair, (valued at $250 each) and McCook Walmart (valued at $50 each)!
1st Place Justin Heffner and Bruce Hagan


Second Place Winners were Eric Skeen and Bill Thornbrugh! Prizes donated by Walter Heating & Cooling ($50 each), Walter Plumbing ($50 each), Anonymous ($50 Visa gift card each), MNB Bank ($25 Visa gift card each) and Nothnagel's Holdings/Shell Fuel ($25 Shell Fuel gift card each)!
2nd Place Eric Skeen and Bill Thornbrugh

Third Place Winners were Ernie Denbo and Lloyd Lavery! Prizes donated by KRD Federal Credit Union ($50 each), MNB Bank ($50 Visa Card each), Ag Valley CoOp ($25 Gift/Fuel card each), Old Sarge's ($25 gift card each) and The Rocket Inn ($25 Gift Certificate each)!
3rd Place Ernie Denbo and Lloyd Lavery

Fourth Place Winners were Greg Emerson and Ryan Lukas! Prizes were donated by Ag Valley CoOp ($25 Gift/Fuel card each), Lord's Hardware of Indianola ($25 gift certificate each) and The Rocket Inn ($25 Gift Certificate each)!
4th Place Greg Emerson and Ryan Lukas

Subway of McCook also provided two 6 inch sandwiches for the “First Out” team of Kriste Brittain and Bruce Akerman! Congratulations to Reese Troutman for winning the first “8 on the Break” patch! First through Fourth Place Plaques were donated by McCook Lettering and the awesome t-shirts printed by McCook Lettering!

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to these supporters who donated items that were raffled off (you can still go to the FB Event page for pictures of all items):

  • The White Whiskers Drag Team
  • AKRS Equipment
  • Titan Machinery
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark
  • The Bottle Shop/Spirit Shop
  • Scot Coon
  • Alan & Cyndie Ralls and Subway of McCook
  • American Electric
  • Carquest of McCook
  • William & Tammy Moore
  • Orscheln Farm & Home
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Sherri Stang
  • Keystone Floral
  • Kohl's Auto
  • Game On
  • Mead Lumber Company
  • Acme Printing Company
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • Shonda Jacobs
  • Courtney Hampton
  • Valmont Industries
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Loop Brewing Company
  • Joltin Jo's
  • Deveny Motors
  • Hauxwell Motors

Again, from all of us at the McCook Humane Society (yep, furry and non-furry alike), a very special Thank You to all who helped make this a FUN, AWESOME, and SUCCESSFUL fundraiser! We truly can't do what we do without your awesome support!

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 (AUGUST) Adopt-A-Kennel is from a very sweet young man named Asher Stamm. Asher saved his money, and decided that he wanted to adopt Petra's kennel to help her get adopted. It worked. Petra was adopted that very week. So this month's Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsor is Asher Stamm, because of his very special love of all animals. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

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

Location:
100 South Street
McCook, NE 69001

Phone:
308-345-2372

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