The McCook Humane Society will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day. From all of us here to all of you, please have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

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 (MAY) Adopt-A-Kennel is by Dave Hyke, "in loving memory of Sharon Hyke, a wonderful woman who loved all animals". A very special thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

  • The McCook Humane Society will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day. From all of us here to all of you, please have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

  • This week's WishList: 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 getting extremely low, this will continue until the Linda Hedges 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 us, This 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 help. This fund, giving us the ability to waive the spay/neuter fee on the felines, sure has helped us find our feline friends forever homes.

  • We are looking forward to a very fun upcoming event... Our second annual "Summer Break for the Paws" Pool Tournament, Saturday, June 18th at TJ's Family Fun Center. If you'd like to help out, donate or become a sponsor... please let us know. Check out the FB Event Page for more details on the event and stay tuned here. Pre-Registration will be starting soon, it will run from Tuesday May 31st until Thursday June 9th.

  • 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... Finding young kittens is a difficult thing, it's heartwrenching. What do you do? If you find young kittens, even though you have the best of intentions, it's better to leave them be. You shouldn't touch or move them. Moms will most often leave them for long periods of time while searching for food or a new location (always trying to keep her young ones safe), or she may even be frightened by your presence. Keeping the kittens with their mother gives them their best chance for survival. Stay back, stay at least 35 ft away and watch (as long as the kittens are not in immediate danger). Mom may not return if she senses your presence. Just remember that mama cat is the best mother for her young and only in an extreme emergency situation and you are sure that the mother has not been around for over 24 hours should you attempt to rescue. If the kittens have a full belly, they are being fed. You won't always see the mama cat, she doesn't want you to know where her babies are, they can be good at hiding them (or think they are). Best case scenario is when they are old enough to be safely taken from the mama cat, if they can be handled (young kittens, stray or feral, are most often easier to handle than the adults), get them into the shelter.

  • HAPPY TAILS! The following pets were adopted: Danny Trejo, Erik, Zeb and Jaffa!

"Volunteer of the Month" May 2022

Congratulations to Joyce Anderson... McCook Humane Society's "Volunteer of the Month" for May 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. This month we congratulate Joyce Anderson for being May 2022's "Volunteer of the Month". Not only does she serve as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, but you can find her at most of our fundraising events. We appreciate her for giving so much of her time and her constant support, for always being there when needed for whatever task is at hand, and for her true caring of the temporarily homeless furkids and all of the folks who make this huge mission of ours happen.

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!

5 2022 Joyce Anderson Monthly Award result 

"Employee of the Month" April 2022

Congratulations to Jasmine Herz... McCook Humane Society's "Employee of the Month" for April 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 Jasmine Herz for being April 2022's "Employee of the Month". For caring so much about our temporarily homeless furry friends, her fellow team and volunteers who come in and care for them. For going the extra mile to help out her team, and the guests who visit us. For always making us laugh with that awesome sense of humor that she has. She is another valuable part of our team and very much appreciated.

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!

April 2022 Jasmine Herz 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 (MAY) Adopt-A-Kennel is by Dave Hyke, "In loving memory of Sharon Hyke, a wonderful woman who loved 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

Pet of the Week

Cats, Cats, Cats!


Video courtesy of Coyote Country KIOD-FM