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 (SEPTEMBER) Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsorship is by Diane Kugler. A very special thanks to all our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • The McCook Humane Society will be closed on Wednesday, September 25th, to finish our Kennel Maintenance project. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

  • This week's wishlist: Homes for our temporarily homeless furry friends! We are on overload! We can always use the cat and dog food, paper towels, bleach, plain old Special Kitty cat litter, bath towels and cat/dog 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 awesome “Puppy 'Pet'icure Day” this past Saturday, thanks to all of you who came out and supported this monthly event and those who came out and helped! Amy and Pam trimmed the nails of 39 dogs and 2 Guinea Pigs (that's 164 paws)! Wow! Because of all of you, we were able to raise another $268.21! Our next one will be Saturday, October 12th! We'll be having a Pawsitively Pawesome good time trimming nails from 1pm until 3pm! Nail Trims are $5 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 friends, and super youth group, The CatPack, are right on track with the production of the next "The Dogs and Cats of McCook" Calendar. They'll have their beautifully displayed booth set up at the Heritage Days celebration, Sept. 28th & 29th, and you'll have your first chance to purchase one then!

  • Come on by and see what all we've got for your furkid! We offer collars, leashes, furcode ID Tags, bandanas and all kinds of things to help us raise money to help care for our temporarily homeless friends.

  • 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... When you adopt a pet from your local shelter, it's been vaccinated (and we provide documentation of this), spayed/neutered, checked over by professionals and socialized by folks that know what they are doing. Our local vets work closely with us and offer programs when you adopt from us that will finish up with any vaccination programs the kittens and puppies are on, etc. Yes there is a fee for this animal that you are taking in to your home and the money that you are spending goes towards the care and maintenance of the other temporarily homeless animals at the shelter and keeps our little shelter running. It may sound like a really fantastic deal to get something for free, but please, before you take that "free" animal into your home, take it to your vet and have him or her checked and vaccinated, or get proof that it has been vaccinated. It breaks our hearts when we hear stories of that free pet dying days later of a disease that could have been prevented had it been up to date on vaccinations, and the other animals in the home becoming sick.

  • "HAPPY TAILS"!! Congrats to our furry friends that found new fur-ever homes this past week: Jade, Stevie, Charlie, Donny, Kileah, Tulip, Dollar, Diesel, Forest, Howard and Kiki.

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!

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!

The Cats And Dogs Of McCook Calendar

Our super friends the CatPack are still hard at it! Each year "The Cats and Dogs of McCook" calendar offers an opportunity to let the community know you support the McCook Humane Society. Right now, they're in the photo contest segment of the new calendar. So... It's GoGo Photo Contest time folks! Our friends and super youth group Superswitch CatPack is in the middle of the 8th GoGo Photo Contest to find out who the superstars of next year's Dogs and Cats of McCook Calendars will be! The contest is scheduled to run from June 11th until August 11th. This awesome youth group just doesn't stop in their fundraising for the shelter! You can check out the online photo contest, and enter your pet by going to and see what all the fun is about!

We are extremely excited about the upcoming calendar, and we know you will be also! You can contact the CatPack directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at their Facebook page:

Each year, the Cat Pack: Friends of the McCook Humane produce a full color calendar which allows supporters to decide the next ‘top models’ for a monthly feature and the coveted calendar cover shot. The Cat Pack are youth volunteers in elementary, junior high, and high school who have hosted shelter events and creative fundraisers since 2008 supporting our local Humane Society. The cat and dog photos submitted (and select stories of rescue and adoption) are inspiring and are arranged in an adorable monthly collage. Thank you for supporting this young service minded youth team who continue to make a difference for abandoned and homeless animals in our area.

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

Diane Kugler

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