Adopting Shelter Animals Important All Year Long


A local animal shelter hopes to spread awareness about the importance of adopting.

It's the last day of this weekend's 4th annual Kearney Area Animal Shelter's 'Adopt–A–Thon,' but the process could be going better.

Despite half price adoptions and reduced rate micro–chipping, just a handful of animals have been adopted so far.

The shelter is consistently at capacity, right now it has roughly 75 cats and dogs, so raising awareness is key.

"I don't think the community realizes how many animals there are that need a home for cats and dogs on any given day, not just during our Adopt-A-Thon," said operations director Jamie Jensen. "On any given day we've got this many animals up for adoption, and for the community to understand that it takes all of us to take care of all those animals whether it be they donate their time or their money or they are adopting, it really helps those animals out."

The 'Adopt-A-Thon' ends June 23, but pet adoptions can be done on any given business day at the shelter.

REPORTER'S NOTES: Kearney Area Animal Shelter hours are Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.

You can find more information about any of their services at, or by calling (308) 237-PETS.