McCook Humane Society, McCook, NE


Pet of the Week


Stop in and find the "Love of your Life" waiting for a new home!

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

McCook Humane Society

In Honor of    Bob & Diane Harrison

August Featured


   2pm - 5pm
   Noon - 4pm

100 South Street
McCook, NE 69001


From the Shelter. . .

Upcoming Events:



Come on in and ask about our "Adopt-A-Kennel" program where our local businesses and individuals can show the community their support for our area’s homeless animals.

This month's (AUGUST) Adopt-A-Kennel sponsorship is from Bob and Diane Harrison.  A very special thanks to all our sponsors for their continuing support!

Remember the Five Second Rule...

Dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and pad burns.  We're getting a BUNCH of calls about folks leaving dogs tied up outside in this heat with no access to water, to shade or shelter, to relief from the heat. Folks please... understand that your furkid has no way of taking care of himself, he relies on YOU as his guardian to do so. PLEASE remember that he or she can DIE from heat. Make sure that your outside pets have adequate shade, PLENTY of cool water to drink, remember that there are quite a few factors to consider when summertime is here.  It is VITALLY important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. The most dangerous condition is heat stroke, which can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions and even death.  What can a pet-parent do to prevent heat stroke danger? Be smart and proactive!

** When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation to burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.
**Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin, the dog needs one-inch of protection to avoid getting sunburned.
**Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water.
**Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle the dog because it inhibits their ability to pant.
**Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather can help bring body temperatures down.
**Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet.

Employee of the Month - August 2018

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 David Thorson for being "Employee of the Month" for August 2018! We can't take care of our temporarily homeless furry friends without our awesome employees and volunteers!


Pamper your Pup with a Pedicure Day!   

"Puppy 'Pet'icure Day" Saturday, August 11th

                         1pm until 3pm           

Does your dog have tired, sore dogs? Could be his or her nails need trimming.”

Come on out Saturday, August 11th for our “Puppy 'Pet'icure Day”! Our Nail Trimmers will be Loretta Macfee of Macfee's Paw Spa & Inn and Amy Strauch of Four Winds Animal Clinic!  Bring your furry friend in and get his or her nails trimmed! We'll be having a Pawsitively Pawesome good time trimming nails from 1pm until 3pm! Nail Trims are a $5 Donation and all proceeds benefit the McCook Humane Society. 

At our last Nail Day, July 14th, Loretta & Carol trimmed the nails of 42 dogs and a cat!!  That's 172 paws!!  Thanks to everyone who took the time out of that busy day (in the heat and with everything else going on everywhere) and came out, we raised $260.00! 

As per state and city ordinances... Please make sure that your fur-kid is up to date on Rabies vaccination and they have their tag on (or you have other proof), and that your pet is on a leash (please no retractable leashes).

Nail trimming is essential for maintaining good health.  If a dog's nails are allowed to grow, they will curl over into a spiral shape; walking will become increasingly painful to the dog as they grow, putting pressure on the dogs toes (a bit like walking in shoes that are too small).  Uncut nails may curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain.  If one does not trim a dog's nails on a monthly basis the quick will grow along with the nail, making it nearly impossible to cut properly.

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!


The Cats And Dogs Of McCook Calendar Contest

Calendar Sponsorship's Available!  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 animal shelter.  Each month during the calendar year we accept between six to eight business logos (or supporter names) which are then displayed in the monthly calendar page margins, and also listed on the 2019 calendar sponsor page.  A basic Bronze logo sponsorship is for one month and costs $30.00. There more calendar sponsor levels which are listed at the following link.
To become a sponsor for the 2019 calendar, please send your check to KRD Credit Union (noted for the 2019 calendar). The deadline to reserve a 2019 calendar sponsorship and logos is: Monday August 13th, 2018. If you have any questions or to sign up, please contact the Cat Pack directly at: or at their Facebook page:


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.


2018 "Cats and Dogs of McCook" Calendars are available now!


We are extremely excited about the new "2018 Cats and Dogs of McCook" Calendar!  Please make sure you check them out and help us thank them for all the hard work they do to raise money for our mission here at the shelter!  The calendars (and the playing cards) are available here at the shelter for a $5 donation.  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 southwest Nebraska.


5th Annual "Dog Day in the Park"

"Dog Day in the Park" Oct. 14th, was a Huge Success thanks to the awesome community support!

All of us here at the McCook Humane Society want to SHOUT OUT "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts" once again for your support and your help!!! Without all of YOU this event could NOT have been the huge success that it was (no matter how chilly and overcast it tried to get right)? We have some wonderful people to thank who came out and just worked so hard to make this event happen. Folks like Loretta Macfee (one of our Nail Trimmers, also supplied the awesome and much used Agility Equipment, AND the Pet ID Tag Engraving machine), Faith and Nick Macfee who came and helped out tremendously, Carol Kottwitz (Nail Trims and Microchip), Amy Strauch (one of our Nail Trimmers), Payton Peterson & Jolene Chemilik (helped in the Nail Trims & Microchip tent), Mary Martin Keslin, Andrea ODea, Joyce 'mcmullen' Peterson, Halie Peterson (hope you had a happy birthday), Darrin Glading, Gerry Kelsch, Monica Conroy, Ashley Winder, Renee Samuelson, Chelsey Eng, and special thanks to Ernie Denbo who went around rounding the BIG STUFF up and bringing it in along with sticking around and helping out all day, and of course Jay Prestes who always manages to gets volunteered to help out

We had some amazing sponsors once again like Willow Creek Meats who supplied the yummy hotdogs and hamburgers, WalMart who supplied ALL the fixings for that wonderful lunch, and Pepsi of McCook who supplied the Trailer, the beverages for lunch and the Pepsi prizes for the "Pepsi Ring Toss" carnival game. The wonderful Boy Scout Troop #147 who not only cooked and served that lunch, but helped out with the games. Farrell's Pharmacy & Hallmark who donated an awesome basket for raffle, and sponsored two of our carnival games. Our amazing youth FUNdraising group, the CatPack, who were there on hand selling the new calendars, the playing cards and some other just really neat stuff to raise money for the shelter. Orscheln's Farm and Home was as always present with the Duck Pond game and the Dog's Bobbing for Tennis Balls game. Mr. Bill, who never lets us down, not only showed up and donated free snocones for the event, he even donated $20 just to sponsor! Amber Gonzales was there (with her mom Courtney) with some amazing homemade puppy pad/kennel liners. The McCook Gazette, Coyote Country and KICX for promoting this event as always, they show their neverending support for our ongoing mission and last but never least the City of McCook for letting us invade the absolutely beautiful Kelly Park.

Now those are some of the folks that made it happen. We owe them a HUGE thank you. Here's an extremely huge furry wet sloppy slobbery thank you from all of our temporarily homeless furry friends (and a big thanks from us LOL) to all of you who came out and supported this event. It was an absolute HUGE success because of all of you. We were able to raise $1225! The microchipping and nail trims were the biggest hits, but the mini rummage sale, the carnival games, the rock decorating, the ID tags, the agility and especially that yummy lunch... just the whole day combined. It was a fun day in the park and you helped us raise money which will go toward the care of our homeless friends. Thank you.


Rummage Sale...

The rummage sale November 27th & 28th was a HUGE success and we want to thank you all for your support!  Because of your never-ending support, Andrea O'Dea and Levina Fritsche, the two awesome ladies that organized this fundraiser for the shelter, raised almost $1,400 to help support our temporarily homeless furry friends!  We'd like to say a special thanks to them, and to Connie Jo Disco, Joyce Peterson, Brandon & Jennifer Wilcox and Pat Husted for helping out with this tremendous fundraising event!  Also a huge thanks to the McCook Gazette, Coyote Country and KICX for promoting it for us!

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"s will always be remembered with Mr. and Mrs. Claus hosted by Dennis and Cathy Shannon.


We've got shirts, sweaters and jackets for our furry friends. We've got a beautiful selection of handmade bandana's here for sale. Anything from John Deere or Cammo all the way to Biker and yes, even pink!

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!

"Cats and Dogs of McCook Calendar Photo Contest" - online photo contest ongoing until July 9th!