As COVID-19 progresses, we have made some changes to our policies. Our top priority is keeping our staff safe and healthy so they are able to continue to care for the pets inside of the Shelter, as well as strays that come in. We ask patrons:
Please only visit the Shelter if you are seriously interested in adopting a pet
No more than 10 people are allowed inside of our building at a time (including staff) per the CDC's guidelines
No one under the age of 21 allowed to enter without parental supervision and serious adoption interest
We are pausing or volunteer program for the time being
We are also asking a series of health related questions to patrons before coming into the Shelter to ensure everyone's safety.
We are still happy to do adoptions. If you are interested in more information about a pet, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Thank you for understanding and taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself and our staff safe.
Pets reclaimed by their owners:
Kearney Area Animal Shelter's mission is to be a leader in enhancing the human-animal bond by providing pet owner support and homeless animal care for the citizens of Buffalo County and the surrounding region.
Kearney Area Animal Shelter operates as a limited admission, private shelter. This means KAAS is not owned nor controlled by any local government agency. We are a non-profit organization started and ran entirely by private donations. Limited admission means that KAAS has the right to refuse pets being surrendered by their owners when we are at full capacity. Instead, shelter personnel will aid those waiting to relinquish their pets in other ways.
We are contracted with the City of Kearney and Buffalo County Animal Control to take in stray animals. Kearney Area Animal Shelter assumes all sheltering and medical costs associated with each animal after a 72 hour holding period for strays and immediately for relinquished pets. This contract is only a very small portion of our total operating budget, therefore KAAS needs support from our sponsors and donors.