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The Full Story


The 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 admissions 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. The Kearney Area Animal Shelter assumes all sheltering and medical costs associated with each animal after a 72 hour holding period for strays and immediatley for relinquished pets. This contract is only a very small portion of our total operating budget, therefore KAAS needs support form our sponsors and donors.

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Our mission here at KAAS 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.


Our vison for the future is to continue to help the animals in need, whether that be finding them their forever homes or rehabilitating them. We couldn't do this without the support from our monthly SOS donors, our Second Chance Sponsors, our volunteers, and every other generous donor.

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