Jeanette Hunt Blair Animal Shelter

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Rachel Preissler
Main Address:
147 S 4th Street
Blair, NE 68008
Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter
PO Box 233
Blair, NE 68008
Volunteer Opportunity:

Animal Shelter Board Members

The Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter was founded in 2004 by Blair resident Julie Hayes.

She saw several needs at the city-run Blair Animal Shelter and wanted to help meet those needs and assist with the welfare of the animals.

Because people were abandoning animals at the Shelter after hours, she applied for a grant from the Blair Area Community Foundation to purchase security cameras.

The grant received was for $600, but the cameras cost $1,800 so she reached out to the community to raise the shortfall. Within a year, the necessary funds had been obtained and the cameras were installed.

Julie was so successful in her fund-raising efforts that there were funds left over. At this point a small group of volunteers were formed to continue fund raising efforts to help pay for medical care for the shelter animals.

In 2015, after months of negotiations, the Friends took over management of the Shelter. The building and the land where the shelter sits is owned by the City of Blair, but once an animal enters the building it becomes the responsibility of The Friends. The Friends hire staff, set hours, set adoption fees, and determine what type of care an animal receives.

In 2018, The Friends partnered with Skills USA from Blair High School to construct a 20’ x 40’ detached shed.

Since inception, the Friends have received grants from the Blair Area Community Foundation, Walmart, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (for trees), and the Washington County Recycling Association. Grant efforts are on-going.

A TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program was started as a way to slowly reduce the feral (wild) cat population over the years. TNR is a program where feral cats are trapped, spayed/neutered, ear tipped and returned to their original location. This has been an extremely successful program in Washington County.

The Friends have developed a working relationship with local veterinarians and the Nebraska Humane Society. These relationships help provide reduced medical expenses and a knowledge base for staff to rely on.

The Friends also network with other shelters and rescue groups to find homes for all animals. Euthanasia is a last resort, only after all other options have been exhausted, and only after the opinion of a veterinarian has been received.

The Friends maintain a presence on Facebook, and have their own website. A Pet of the Week picture and short story is included free of charge in the local Blair newspaper.

Fund raising activities include the entertaining Doggie Splash at the Blair swimming pool in August, SPAYghetti Dinner, Bow-Wow-Meou-Luau, and Dog Walk, among others.

The Friends maintain an active community presence by appearing at numerous community functions – Sugar Plum Festival, County Fair, and Gateway to the West Parade.

An active volunteer program, a dedicated staff, caring community members and many corporate donors are all a vital part of the success of The Friends operation of the Shelter.

The Friends Mission Statement:

Promoting the well-being of companion animals through care and compassio

Board Member

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Skills Needed

Animal Care
Counseling & Mentoring
Event Planning & Support
Finance & Accounting
Grant Writing
Marketing & Public Relations
Office Support
Web Development & Design


Next occurrence is
Mon, 01/25/2021  
Repeats every day from Oct 10th, 2020 to Oct 10th, 2021.
Opportunity can occur at any time, day or night, within a selected date range.

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