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About an hour outside of Kearney lies Grand Island, Nebraska. While homeless animals aren’t a huge problem in the area, there are still homeless animals that are in need of care. These animals are fortunate enough to have animal shelters that are willing to care for them while they are in need.

The Central Nebraska Humane Society opened in 1966 with the mission to help homeless animals in the Grand Island area find new homes. While the animals are in the shelter, they are given food and medical care. With enough space for 45 dogs and more than 25 cats, the shelter is able to help more than 2,500 animals each year. The Central Nebraska Humane Society has adopted out more than 1,000 animals each year since 2010.

The Kearney Area Animal Shelter is a non-profit shelter located about an hour outside of Grand Island that cares for homeless animals in the area. The mission of the Kearney Area Animal Shelter, also called the Scott and Cheryl Morris Animal Shelter, is to provide proper care for homeless animals in the area, as well as educate the public on proper care and treatment of companion animals. In order to prevent more homeless animals on the streets, the shelter works hard to educate the community on the importance of spaying or neutering your animals.

If you live in the Grand Island area and are looking for a new pet, consider a visit to one of these great shelters to find a furry new friend.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Grand Island

  • Admission $10.00
    Month August
    Duration 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    #1 Drool in the Pool


    The Central Nebraska Humane Society hosts an annual Drool in the Pool event each August that gives local dogs the chance to enjoy the water one last time before the pools close for the season. From 7:30 pm to 9 pm on a Sunday, head over to Island Oasis for a night of swimming!

    Your dog will enjoy meeting new friends, splashing around, and swimming. To keep everyone safe, humans are not allowed to swim in the pool with their pooches, but they can help their dog into the water up to knee deep.

    Check-in starts at 7:15 pm and admission is $10 per dog. Only one dog is allowed per adult.

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month September
    Duration 9:00 am Onward

    #2 Paws & Pals Wag & Walk


    Each September, the Paws & Pals Wag & Walk event comes to Yanney Heritage Park! Starting at 9 am, join other local dogs and their owners for a two-mile walk around the lake in the park. After the walk, there will be a festival with all kinds of fun activities for the whole family.

    While adults try to win door and raffle prizes, kids can enjoy the bouncy house and face painting station. Past raffle prizes have included tickets to a Husker football game and a flat-screen TV. Make a donation to Kearney Area Animal Shelter and your dog can have a nice bath during the event!

    Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Proceeds go to the Kearney Area Animal Shelter.

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  • Admission $8.00
    Month August
    Duration 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    #3 Puppy Plunge


    If you have a dog that loves to swim, the Puppy Plunge event at the Centennial Pool in Kearney is a must! The Kearney Area Animal Shelter hosts this annual dog swimming event as the last splash of the summer. Let your dog socialize with other canines in the area of a similar size during one of the two time slots at the Puppy Plunge.

    From 5:30 pm to 7 pm on a Wednesday each August, small dogs are free to swim in the Centennial Pool. Large dogs are welcome to start swimming at 7 pm, and their time is up at 8:30 pm.

    Admission is $8 per dog, and proceeds benefit Kearney Area Animal Shelter. Pre-registration is required at the KPR Office and dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #4 McKinney’s Pub


    If you want to enjoy a drink at a local Irish Pub, but don’t want to leave your dog at home, McKinney’s Pub is the perfect spot for you! The outdoor patio at McKinney’s is the perfect place for you and your dog to enjoy beautiful weather together, while you enjoy great beer or whiskey and foods like Irish Stew, Murphy’s Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Apple Crisp.

    Dogs must remain on a leash, but wait staff will bring out water for your pup if needed!

    McKinney’s Pub is open from 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday and from 12 pm to 10 pm on Sundays.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Daily Hours Vary

    #5 Barista’s Coffeehouse


    It’s no secret that your dog loves going on outings and adventures with you! Why make him sit at home while you are out for a coffee with friends when you could let him tag along to Barista’s Coffeehouse? With a small patio, Barista’s Coffeehouse is a great place for your dog to relax with you and your friends!

    At Barista’s Coffeehouse, you can enjoy coffee drinks, frozen drinks like smoothies, iced drinks, and delicious baked goods.

    As long as your dog is leashed, they are welcome to sit with you on the patio. Baristas will even bring out water for your pup.

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