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 Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • UPDATE in regards to COVID-19
    We truly appreciate your considerate patience during this unusual time and our return to normal business activities and regular business activities, and thank you for your continuing support. 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, 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 wish everyone a happy, enjoyable and safe experience while visiting our facility.

  • 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.

  • Thank you to all who showed up last Saturday for "Puppy 'Pet'icure Day"! It was another AWESOME one and we can't have the fun without your support! Thanks to our Professional Nail Trimmers Pam Gaston of Pet Pros and our very own Aspen Gallentine, with lots of help from our wonderful volunteers and staff, it was a lot of fun, and we got to see so many of our furry friends and their humans. Our next Nail Day will be during our "Dog Day in the Park" Event!

  • 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 are proud and happy to add that this week we've received another $2,000 towards this fund, this community never ceases to amaze us! We're hoping that we can keep this fund going and keep our feline friends heading into their purrrrrfect new homes!

  • We're ready for a fun day in the park! Our Eighth "Dog Day in the Park" is coming up soon... Saturday, October 10, from 11am until 3pm. We're gearing up for an informational and fun filled day for the furkids and their families. We'll be holding it at the future location of the K9 Korner Dog Park. Keep watching for more details and the FB Event page. If you'd like to help out, contact us at 308-345-2372! This event is already looking AWESOME, and will include everything from Nail Trims to MicroChipping!

  • Did you know...
    A lot of folks make the decision that they want to adopt a dog. Here are some helpful tips for you to ponder over while you're still in the decision making stage: Recognize the Commitment. Dog ownership is not something to be entered into lightly. Owning a dog is a long-term emotional and financial commitment. Before deciding that a certain dog is right for you, you must make an honest assessment as to whether your home is right for any dog. Evaluate Your Lifestyle. If you get a dog, he (or she) will become a part of your life. You need to make sure that he's suited for your lifestyle. So, if you are athletic, you will probably not be happy with a dog that has a low energy level. By the same token, if you are extremely neat, you will probably want a dog that doesn't shed much. All aspects of your family's life - hobbies, activities, personalities, schedules - should be evaluated before you get a dog. Make a List. Now determine what qualities you want in a dog. Consider size, energy level, grooming needs, trainability and temperament. Do you want a guard or a lap dog? Is it important that your dog get along with children? If you rent your home, are there restrictions on height, weight or breed? Answer these questions now - once you bring a dog home, it can be heartbreaking to realize that you made the wrong choice. Main thing is, do your research.

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

  • HAPPY TAILS! The following pets have been adopted: Philo, Cheyenne, Dakota, Tulip, Lily, Ash, Hera, Jet, Medusa, Fred, Sarge, Angel and Sahara!

Volunteer of the Month - May 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! This month, we took the advice of a good majority of the folks and used it for dog/cat food. Again, it was another situation where it's just not possible to pick just one. May was another challenging month, while operating under a Limited Access Policy, volunteering seemed to be challenging right? Nope. This amazing community and the folks that support the shelter didn't bat an eye. We were so uplifted by the folks that reached out and helped us by whatever means that they could. Some went so far out of their way, some even had much needed supplies delivered to us from out of the area. It was amazing. It literally kept us going. During the challenging and yes, sometimes very overwhelming times that we all face, we realize just how much our community supports us and we truly appreciate you all. Thank you to ALL OF YOU. To every single one of you who support us. You are the McCook Humane Society's "Volunteer of the Month" for MAY 2020! 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!

May 2020 Supporters

Employee of the Month - June 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, but through all of the changes and challenges that we've been smiling through, one smile stands out. He's stepped up, he's taken on more responsibility and maintained that positive attitude through it all. Congratulations to David Thorson for being "Employee of the Month" for JUNE 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!

David Thorson June 2020

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 (SEPTEMBER) Adopt-A-Kennel Sponsorship is by Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

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Video courtesy of Coyote Country KIOD-FM