VOLUNTEER WITH US
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter!
Volunteering with the Kearney Area Animal Shelter can be a mutually rewarding experience for the pets as well as for you. It is a commitment that will benefit our community, our shelter, and our pets! You play a vital role in keeping our animal shelter up and running and are truly making a difference when you volunteer.
We've found that pets who have been able to spend considerable time with volunteers being socialized and working on obedience skills are more quickly adopted and have a much lower rate of being returned due to issues in their new homes.
When the volunteer program opens up to new volunteers, the Shelter will update this page and make social media posts about it! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.
If you have any questions or want more information, please read the FAQ below or contact KAAS at (308) 237-7387.
What should I do if I find a stray animal?If you find a stray animal within the Kearney city limits, you may bring it to the shelter during our business hours or call the Kearney Police Department (either after hours or if you cannot transport it) at 308.237.2104 and they will bring it to the shelter. If you find a stray animal outside of Kearney, but inside Buffalo County, you may bring it to the shelter during our business hours or call the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office (either after hours or if you cannot transport it) at 308.236.8555 and they will bring it to the shelter. If you find a stray outside of Buffalo County, you should call your local law enforcement's non-emergency number to report the animal.
What should I do if I have an animal emergency?An animal emergency is a case of nuisance animals, animal bites, abandoned, or abused animals. In Kearney, call the Kearney Police Department at 308.237.2104 In Buffalo County, call the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office at 308.236.8555 Other option: Call your local police department! IF YOUR ANIMAL IS SICK OR INJURED AND NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN. The shelter does NOT offer veterinary services to the public.
What do I do if I lose my animal?If your animal goes missing, call the shelter immediately at 308.237.7387. Staff will take your information and keep an eye out for your pet to call you if it comes into the shelter.
How do I claim my animal from the shelter?If your animal is brought to the shelter, there is a process to claim it. Nebraska State Law requires for all companion animals to be vaccinated against rabies. You will need a current veterinarian certificate stating that your animal is current. You will need a valid photo ID KAAS charges applicable stray, boarding, and rabies vaccination fees if your pet is not current.
How do I surrender an animal to the shelter?Animal surrenders are accepted by appointment at the shelter. Surrenders are accepted based on space and availabilty in the shelter. Please call the shelter at 308.237.7387 before you arrive to ensure that we are prepared and able to take your pet. Be ready to answer a few questions about your pet to help us locate a new home, including vaccination history. There are applicable surrender fees.