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 (DECEMBER) Adopt-A-Kennel is by Paul and Laurie Harvey... "in honor of all of our furry family members, past and present." A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • This week's WishList! HOMES! Homes for our temporarily homeless furry friends, we'd love them all to be adopted into their forever homes in time for Christmas! We are overwhelmed with the homeless, especially cats and kittens and they all deserve a home. 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 it truly is appreciated more than you can know. YOU are appreciated more than you can know.

  • We have a lot of fun going on in December. For each adoption in the month of December, please take an ornament or a wrapped gift from under the tree to show our appreciation. We have our "Ugly Sweater" giveaway. We don't want any furkid to be cold, we have some sweaters set aside for anyone who needs one for their furchild. Keep an eye on our FB Page, and here for more Christmas Cheer from the McCook Humane Society!

  • If you're looking for a gift for your furkid, or your pet loving friend, stop by the shelter. We have the "Dogs and Cats of McCook" Calendars at the shelter if you'd like to get yours before they run out! We've also got the playing cards along with other awesome pet related items like signs, costumes, sweaters, jewelry items, figurines, and much more that would make great gift items for the fast approaching holidays!

  • The spay/neuter reimbursement fees are still being waived for the felines (until the Linda Hedges Memorial fund is depleted). Nothing would make us happier, than to see each and every one of our temporarily homeless furkids find their forever homes!

  • 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 ya know... Separation anxiety in dogs is one of the common issues the dog owners have to come across and one of the many reasons they are surrendered to shelters. Whether bringing a new dog home or you already have one, it is important for you to know about the separation anxiety. There can be different reasons for different dogs to develop the issue. But the good news is that you can help your dog to get rid of it. As you can understand that treating the minor separation anxiety is easier as compared to the moderate or severe anxiety. Here are some simple and helpful suggestions to treat the minor anxiety: A Long and Brisk Walk: Taking your dog out for a long and brisk walk before you leave can be a good start. The walk will exhaust your dog, causing him to settle down easily and will reduce the anxiety. Also, by taking him to new or different places each time, he will experience and encounter new things and faces.

  • Leave Your Scent With The Dog: While leaving for work, you can leave something of yours with your dog that has your scent. Your blanket, towel, shirt, pant or anything similar... this will offer him the comfort he seeks and will keep him calm.
  • Do not Make Leaving/Arriving Exciting: When leaving the house or coming back, don't make it a big deal. Don't greet your dog with excitement whether you are leaving the house or coming back. It's highly suggested that you should not greet your dog immediately on your return. Wait for a while and then greet him. Admittedly, this is hard to do! Most importantly,
  • Keep Him Busy All Day: You have to make sure that your dog stays occupied while you are not around. You can bring toys and chews that can keep your dog busy. It will keep him entertained and he will be exhausted, which is good for your dog. A busy, tired dog, will be happy until you come home.

  • HAPPY TAILS! The following pets have been TomCat T Hall!

"Volunteer of the Month" November 2021

Congratulations to Andrea O'Dea, Levina Fritsche and Joyce Peterson, McCook Humane Society's "Volunteer(s) of the Month" for November 2021!

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 volunteer, but somehow, we manage to!
We truly are blessed to have such an awesome team of Employees and Volunteers, and here are three extremely hard working, kind and giving ladies that just always seem to find a way to help the furkids. From serving as board members, helping at fundraising events to the latest fundraiser that they hosted... a very successful Rummage Sale, they show how much they care about the furkids with all that they do.
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!

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"Employee of the Month" October 2021

Congratulations "Chevie", McCook Humane Society's "Employee of the Month" for October 2021!

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 volunteer, but somehow, we manage to! We picked a very special one this month.

We're truly blessed to have such an awesome team of Employees and Volunteers, and Chevie is truly our favorite "Supervisor". This lovable and ornery girl makes sure that we do everything right, keeps us laughing and on our toes, and allows us (anyone who has met her will understand the humor here) to pet her when we need that loving. We're lucky to have adopted this girl as the Shelter Cat and are happy to make her October's Employee of the Month!

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!

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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 15th Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Fifteenth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament

Saturday, January 30, 2021

In these times of not knowing which event we can plan for, what we'll be able to attend, and just plain NOT knowing... This event was something awesome to attend. We Watched everyone come together and have such a wonderful time, knowing that they were there to yes, have fun, but what we heard over and over how it was “all for the furkids”. The Fifteenth Annual Shoot for the Shelter Pool Tournament was an absolute and amazing success! It was awesome because of the total support of this amazing community. It was because of the people who donated the amazing prizes, the folks who hosted the event, the ones who really seem to enjoy playing in this fun event every year, those who come out every year just to support and the ones who help make it happen. With 80 entrants (40 teams) competing, we raised $4,120.35 for the shelter that day! We really had no idea what to expect, and we tried out some new ways of doing things. We truly have to send a huge shout out to Scoreholio for the assist! The amazing software that we ran the tourney with? Yep, that was designed by them. They even upgraded us to the Pro version for free so we could run this tournament! 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! 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 their awesome food from the menu, 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, Chris Smith, Darrin Glading and Joyce Peterson! They were busy! $1,201 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 and Ernie Denbo for all of their help in putting this together. Thanks to Teresa Sonnenberg and everyone who helped 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 Chad Flaig and Alan Ralls! Prize was donated by: Double Barrel Transport and Lopez Service and Repair! (valued at $250 each)
1st Chad Flaig and Alan Ralls result

Second Place Winners were Bill Ebert and Frank Seybold! Prizes donated by Rick & Dianne Shafer ($100 gift card each), Western Nebraska APA Pool League ($50 Taste of Texas gift card each) and Old Sarges (($25 gift card each)!
2nd Bill Ebert and Frank Seybold result

Third Place Winners were Scot Coon and Tom Fischer! Prizes donated by MNB Bank ($50 Visa Card each), McCook's WalMart SuperCenter ($50 card each) and Godfather's Pizza of McCook (Large Pizza with side each)!
3rd Scot Coon and Tom Fischer result

Fourth Place Winners were Monica Macfee and Aaron Eaton!
4th Monica Macfee and Aaron Eaton result

Prizes were donated by Western Nebraska APA Pool League ($50 Citta' Deli gift card each), Lord's Hardware of Indianola ($25 gift certificate each) and four 6 inch sandwiches from Subway of McCook!Subway of McCook also provided two 6 inch sandwiches for the “First Out” team!First through Fourth Place Plaques were donated by McCook Lettering and the awesome t-shirts printed by McCook Lettering! Alan Ralls won the McCook Humane Society cap (printed by The Sports Shoppe) for having traveled the farthest to play in this tournament! Shameless promo: We now have some of these wonderful caps for sale at the shelter if you are interested! Scoreholio provided that amazing software that we ran the tournament with! Miller & Associates printed the brackets! Special thanks to Ben Springer for helping us with “Getting Ready to Roooooooomba”!

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

  • The White Whiskers Drag Team
  • AKRS Equipment
  • Titan Machinery
  • Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark
  • The Bottle Shop/Spirit Shop
  • The Sports Shoppe
  • American Electric
  • Monica Conroy
  • Orscheln Farm & Home
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Sherri Stang
  • Keystone Floral
  • Game On
  • New Life Christian Store
  • McCook Cat Pack
  • Knowlen & Yates
  • Mead Lumber Company
  • Sehnert's Bieroc Cafe
  • Acme Printing Company
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • Karen Smith
  • Carquest

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 (DECEMBER) Adopt-A-Kennel is by Paul and Laurie Harvey... "in honor of all of our furry family members, past and present." 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

Pet of the Week

Cats, Cats, Cats!


Video courtesy of Coyote Country KIOD-FM