The HSLC was first celebrating its 15-year
anniversary of the creation to provide a no kill solution for those
who are in a position where they can no longer keep their pets. The
second anniversary celebration marked the 10th year of the shelter
facility built at 1801 East Lincoln Parkway.
To commemorate the milestone anniversaries, the HSLC requested a
ribbon cut just prior to the annual blessing of the animals.
Emcee Nila Smith kicked off the ribbon cutting by explaining the
reason for the cut. “Fifteen years ago, some very smart and
compassionate people decided that it was time to establish a no kill
shelter in Logan County. What we love about this is that instead of
sitting around and talking about it they became doers. That is what
this community needs, people who instead of sitting around and
talking about it, they get the job done. And, they did it so well
that five years later they opened this beautiful center. This is
where they house animals and this is where they lay animals to rest
whenever their days are done. So this is a beautiful thing and we
want to congratulate them for all the hard work they have done over
the last 15 years, to make this a piece of pride for our community.”
Those present for the cut included all the HSLC board officers:
President Lynnette Maske, Vice-president Marilyn Wheat, Treasurer
Judy Conzo, Secretary Victoria Padilla, along with board member Kay
Armbruster and several of the HSLC volunteers. Joining the HSLC
group behind the ribbon were Lincoln Aldermen and Mayor Pro Tem
Kevin Bateman and Rick Hoefle, Lincoln City Clerk Peggy Bateman,
2021 Miss Logan County Fair Queen Caroline Ahrends, 2021 Junior Miss
Logan County Alayna Briggs, Logan County Tourism Director Alice
Roate, Karen Hargis of Lincoln Daily News, and special guest Senator
After introductions Senator Turner spoke. “I’m honored to be here
today. It is a fabulous facility. Marilyn (Wheat) took me around to
show me all the attributes of this facility, and I didn’t realize
that you have a resting place for not only animals but individuals
here. These fine people do such hard work and are so loving toward
the animals. All of us know how important our animals are to us, all
of us have a loving part of our heart for our animals, our fur
babies as we call them. I just want to thank them for all they do in
Mayor Pro Tem Bateman echoed Senator Turner's sentiments, adding.
“It is an honor to have a something this nice in a town this size.
You usually don’t get facilities like this in a town this size. It
bodes well; the compassion and the work that goes into this to have
something like this, to have it in Lincoln.”
Board President Lynnette Maske held one of the pets that is
currently in the care of the shelter. She said he was a favorite and
she wanted to make sure he got into the picture. In addition there
was one other shelter pet in the picture. Kay Armbruster had her
personal fur baby in her arms as she had brought the little dog to
be blessed after the ribbon cutting.
Maske said that first and foremost she needed to thank all the
volunteers at the shelter who served daily caring for the animals
and making sure they were watered and fed. She spoke about the work
of the volunteers, three shifts to care for the dogs and two shifts
for the cats. She also took a moment to plug for more volunteers.
People are always needed to help care for the pets, work with
adoptive pet parents, and care for the facility. She said anyone who
wanted to think about volunteering was encouraged to grab a
volunteer application while visiting inside the shelter.
With the speeches completed it was time to snip the ribbon. With
three board members holding animals, the task of manning the
scissors was delegated to Senator Turner with one-handed assistance
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Afterward all were invited to go in, tour the
facility, enjoy some refreshments and visit with the animals and
Soon after the cut had finished a very special visitor arrived.
Ellen Burbage was one of the founding board members of the HSLC. She
served on the board continually until just about a year ago when she
Ellen is a cancer warrior and has been very ill as she fights her
battle. All around the front parking lot, volunteers at the shelter
were excited to see Ellen arrive and welcomed her with hugs and
Father Dondanville from Holy Family Catholic Church had been invited
to perform the blessing of the animals. At the last minute, he had
to cancel and Father Fulgens graciously agreed to step in.
To start off the blessing he offered a prayer and sprinkled two pets
outside with water, then moved inside to perform similar blessings
on the cat rooms, then the dog kennels.
Afterward, he and the board members went outside to the gazebo and
scatter garden in the pet cemetery behind the center. Board member
Padilla scattered the ashes of a pet lost this past year while
Father Fulgens offered a prayer over the garden and the animals who
are laid to rest there.
The rest of the day was spent enjoying the sweet treats provided by
the HSLC and entertaining visitors who came to tour the shelter and
visit the animals.
The HSLC is not funded by any state or federal grants. They rely
completely on donations and community support to keep the doors
open. It costs about $100,000 per year to operate the shelter. The
lion’s share of that money goes to taking care of the animals,
including veterinary bills, food and medications. All pets are
spayed or neutered before adopted out. Those with special needs are
cared for separately and the HSLC is always seeking people who will
foster an animal with special needs.
Inside the shelter on Saturday, volunteers stood watch, ready to
assist anyone who was interested in purchasing several pet related
items and shelter merchandise. There was also a donation box for
anyone wishing to drop a dollar or two inside.
The shelter is managed completely by volunteers, there are no paid
staff members. As stated earlier, there is always a need for
volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about the Humane
Society of Logan County visit their website at
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