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.

Featured Pets

Pets reclaimed by their owners:


Updated 3/16/2020




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.






3205 W Hwy 30

Kearney, NE 68845


Phone: 308.237.7387

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Friday: 1PM - 5PM

Saturday: 11AM - 4PM

Sunday: NOON - 4PM


© 2020 by The Kearney Area Animal Shelter


Hey, I'm Crimson! I'm a very sweet girl, who is pretty overweight. I need a family who is going to help me live a healthy lifestyle and get me back on track with a diet. I might need a little bit of training, but I promise I'm ready to learn. I really would like to find my forever home, so stop by KAAS to meet with me today!