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Molly Hoffmann
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Lora Wood

Forty people representing a dozen pet rescue groups in Lincoln and Dawson counties compared notes Saturday at a get-together in North Platte.

Fur the Love of Paws, Dawson County Paw Prints, Rottweiler Farm, Paws-itive Partners and Rock n Paws Therapy Dogs were among the groups represented.

It was a chance to meet and learn about like-minded efforts, problem-solve and relax and visit, organizer Jo Mayber said.

Molly Hoffmann of Lincoln was the guest speaker. Hoffman is a certified therapy dog handler, a volunteer at the Lincoln Pet Food Pantry, a past leader of Lincoln Pet Food Rescue and a former Humane Society of Nebraska educator.

“There is such a good vibe in the air,” said Teresa Deterding of North Platte when it was her turn to speak. Deterding said she and her sister started rescuing cats 20 years ago in North Platte. They found stray cats in nooks and crannies all over town, and for the most part, they kept their efforts to themselves.

“We used to be kind of ‘in the closet,’” she said. “I have a lump in my throat to see all the other people helping now.”

A volunteer with Dawson County Paw Prints said she was able to get 35 cats spayed and neutered in the first year. By year three, her group had reached out to 215 cats.

“It’s quite a problem in Dawson County,” she said. “Too many don’t think it is important to spay and neuter. We have good veterinarians who will do it for reasonable prices, and we are doing fundraising. We recently had a sphagetti dinner in Cozad and we’re working on something in Gothenburg.”

North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston attended the meet and greet session, which was held at the Pop Corner in the Westfield Plaza.

Lora Wood of Rock n Paws in North Platte said her group trains therapy dogs for use in nursing homes, and at the present time, Cody, Buffalo and Lincoln elementary schools.  

Mayber said the Trap Neuter Return (TNR), North Platte Animal Shelter, Prevent-A-Litter, Home of Hope and Tender Hearts Veterinary Clinic were also represented. In addition, there were a number of individuals who help animals by adoption, fostering, financial donations and advocating.


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