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Exmark donates state-of-the-art mower

It has been action-central for the Beatrice Humane Society these past few weeks.

Ten days ago, the Humane Society was one of two organizations to receive a top-of-the-line 72-inch riding lawn mower from Exmark Manufacturing in Beatrice. What a gift!

The donation is part of the company’s tradition of giving back to the community in which it operates, where its employees live and work. The Beatrice Gun Club was the another recipient of an Exmark mower.

Beatrice Humane Society Board President John Rypma spoke for all the individuals associated with the Beatrice Humane Society when he explained how important this donation is for maintaining the grounds at the new Beatrice Animal Shelter.

The facility sits on five acres of land. and keeping the yard and dog-runs mowed and maintained is a much bigger job than it was at the old site. The new mower will be a definite help in getting the job done in a timely and efficient manner.

Thank you, Exmark and the ExMark Community Giving Committee for acknowledging the work of the Beatrice Humane Society by awarding this mower. We are grateful!

Texas pups arriving soon

The Beatrice Animal Shelter is going to play a small part in helping animals caught up in the Hurricane Harvey disaster. Next Wednesday, Sept. 13, five or six puppies from Texas will be delivered to our local shelter.

Relocating the dogs is part of a program to empty animal shelters in Texas so that animals lost during the hurricane can be cared for in facilities close to their homes. Hopefully, owners will be able to reconnect with their pets when their personal situations improve.

The animals that are being transferred out of Texas are those that were up for adoption and looking for new homes. The puppies coming to Beatrice have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and are ready to go to their forever homes.

The influx of additional dogs will put a bit of a strain on the daily operations at the shelter. The pups will require more staff time, and it will take more supplies of all kinds to keep things going.

If you would like to help with this effort to make a difference for our animal friends impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please consider making a cash donation to the Beatrice Humane Society or donate items on the shelter wish list that is on the website at

Of course, there are many other relief organizations working with the thousands of human victims of Harvey and Irma. Do a little research and consider making a donation to help those folks who are now homeless and facing great devastation. The sooner they get back to some sense of normalcy, the sooner they can reclaim their pets.

News media have been notified of the arrival of the Texas puppies. Stay tuned for more details.

Good Samaritan saves the day

Reading the daily newspaper and watching or listening to the evening news can be very depressing. It’s just one thing after another. But every once in a while, one comes across a story that restores one’s faith in human nature.

I recently heard from a friend who likes to periodically call to tell us how much he and his wife love the little cat they adopted from the Beatrice Animal Shelter. “Dewey” has brought great joy to their lives, and he has been a loving companion for them in their senior years.

But during his most recent call, our friend had a story to tell. As his adult son was driving south on Highway 77, somewhere near the Crete corner a few weeks ago, he saw that a dog had fallen out of the back end of a truck pulling a trailer.

The dog was loose on the busy highway, and his owner had no idea of his companion’s dilemma. Our friend’s son didn’t know what to do exactly; he just knew he couldn’t abandon the canine. He found a safe pull-off spot, opened his truck door, and the frightened pooch jumped in with him.

He followed the truck for miles but could never quite catch up. The good Samaritan would have gladly kept his new-found friend, but that was not an option. He knew the dog would be well-cared for at the Beatrice Animal Shelter, so he dropped the dog off.

A day or two later, the dog’s owner was reunited with his pal. It’s a good story with a happy ending, but it also begs the question of what would you do in a similar situation? Would you stop? Would you open the vehicle door? Would you take the time to drive to the shelter?

Thank you to this good Samaritan who was willing to take the time and effort to make a difference to a grateful dog.

This column was written by Bette Anne Thaut, board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.


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