- 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.
- We are extremely excited and once again blessed to be a part of this awesome annual fundraising event. Big Give McCook is just around the corner, November 5th. This single day of fundraising really does unite McCook and the Southwest Nebraska area around our local non-profit organizations, and we are only one of them. We urge you to be a part of this amazing day, to give a huge thanks to all of the wonderful folks who help make this happen, and thank the generous folks who donate to each of the organizations. We can all use a boost, especially this year!
- 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're hoping that we can keep this fund going and keep our feline friends heading into their purrrrrfect new homes!
- We have a few of the brand new "Cats & Dogs of McCook" Calendars available at the shelter. The McCook Nebraska Cat Pack (our super friends and fundraising youth group) didn't sell them all yet, so we have a few and they'd make excellent gifts!
- 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...
Halloween brings a fun time for most of us, but for some of our much-loved four-legged family members, Halloween can be a nightmare.Dog owners may not be able to control external surroundings, but they can care for their dog's safety and well being by doing some of the following: Don't leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running about may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers. Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost. Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about. Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can't see our faces. You may have already noticed that lately with a lot of folks wearing masks, your dog is more uncomfortable around folks than he or she normally would be. Check your dog's ID tag. Just in case.Keep candy away from your dog. Many candies-especially chocolate-are toxic to dogs. Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins. Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dog's reach, or consider battery-powered. Think twice about dressing your dog in a costume. While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many don't. Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume. Be prepared. If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times. Do not let your dog approach the door of a house, and stay clear of possible gags or gangs of goblins who will gather at the door. Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively. Neither children nor adults in costumes should approach a dog without the owner's consent. Have fun but think of your dog's safety. Finally, if you want your dog to be included in Halloween festivities, think about his safety much as you would the safety of a small child. Your dog does not understand Halloween, so he needs you to provide the guidance and safety that you always do.
- HAPPY TAILS! The following pets have been adopted: Oliver, Sisko and Holstein!