Nebraska Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.
Chowser’s Promise

Chowser’s Promise was created for Nebraska Animal Rescue Roundup list members in memory of Mary Shannon and her best boy Chowser.  Many of you knew of Mary’s generosity for rescued animals in need and received help in the darkest of times.  Some of you have never met, nor heard of her, but know that her passing left a large void in many of our hearts.  She was a champion of rescued animals and rescuers.  It was Mary’s last wish that a foundation be established for our list members to aid rescuers and animals in need.  To that end we have established Chowser’s Promise.

Chowser’s Promise has been incorporated in the state of Nebraska and will be operating under the 501(c)3 umbrella of the Kearney Area Community Foundation. The fund will be governed by 5 (five) volunteer board members.

Financial assistance is available for rescued animals of Nebraska Animal Rescue Roundup list members, be they Nebraska or out of state members, who have been active in rescue for a minimum of 1 (one) year and Nebraska Animal Rescue Roundup list members in good standing for a minimum of 6 (six) months.

Financial assistance can be requested for, but not limited to, any medical procedures including spay and neuters, heartworm treatment, parvo treatment and surgeries.  We can also assist with shelter pull fees and food.  We hope in the years to come that we can grow to include assisting with spay/neuter clinics, set up a food bank and promote/provide education.  Any assistance received from Chowser’s Promise is NOT to be repaid by the rescuer or shelter, but passed on in kindness to someone not on list that may need help if you so wish.


President, Dawn Lynch

Dawn is from Kearney and has been involved in rescue for 10 years and became the list owner of Nebraska Animal Rescue Roundup upon the passing of Patty Taylor.  She has been a 911 dispatcher for 27 years and also works part time at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter and her vet’s pet lodge, Happy Tails. 

Dawn has been owned by Boxers since the age of 6 when Princess came into her life and lived for 16 years.  She began rescuing by helping find rescues for dogs in her local shelter and transporting them beginning in 2000.  From  2003 to 2010 she focused on the rescue and placement of Boxers and has had many wonderful, awesome souls cross her path.

Vice-President, Sharon Johnson

Active rescue began for Sharon on Memorial weekend in 2003.  A family moved into Broken Bow and left their 8 year old Golden Retriever out in the country. While being fed and watered daily by a neighbor, his family was gone. This just broke Sharon's heart.  In 2006 K9HAVEN Rescue, Inc. was incorporated and in December became 501(c)3 not for profit.  K9HAVEN Rescue, Inc. often takes in the older dogs that wait a long time for a new family. Many of the younger dogs that come this way are placed with other breed specific rescues in Nebraska and Colorado.

Sharon has been employed at BD Vacutainer Systems since January of 1980. Sharon has two dogs and two cats that will share her home forever. Besides taking in dogs and the occasional cat, she helps with home visits and transports for other rescues when requested. Sharon became a member of NAR in December 2003. 

Robyn Mays – Rescue Resource 

Robyn is from Grand Island, born and raised.  Her education is in business and finance, her experience is in computers and networking, but her heart is in the animals.  As a lifelong Grand Island resident, she watched the many changes take place at the local shelter, and at other area shelters.  When it came time for a career change, she made a visit to the Central Nebraska Humane Society.  Three years later, she is still there.  Owned by several cats and shelter/rescue dogs, Robyn and her husband stay busy transporting, working at the adoption center, or taking care of fosters in their home.  As the sign says inside their home "All creatures welcome here".   And they are.

Wendy Graham – Grant/Fundraising

Wendy has never encountered an animal she didn't like, and has been enamored by them from the very beginning.  She and her husband, as well as their daughter, share their home and/or hearts with Hawkeye, Bodie, Peaches, Mia, Hootie, Alfie, Pyxis, Jasper and Sonya, all of which are rescue/shelter animals.  From Hawkeye the fun loving one-eyed Boxer to Sonya the strong willed but charming and beautiful horse, along with a few cats, additional dogs, a fancy rat and at one time a rabbit, Wendy has naturally provided “forever homes” for many special critters.  In addition, she has fostered orphaned kittens as well as promoted and facilitated the placement of many other homeless animals into their “forever homes”.  She is currently licensed with the State of Nebraska as a veterinary technician and regularly attends the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association continuing education seminars.

Yvonne Javins – Shelter Resource

Yvonne was born and raised in Florida in a home full of German Shepherds, Boston Terriers, and parrots.  She spent 37 years there before she decided to move to Nebraska to be around her family and for some quiet living.

Yvonne is the Kennel Staff Manager at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter and sometimes feels like she lives there, but feels so lucky that she has been given a chance to get to work with these amazing animals.

Yvonne lives in Minden with her 15 year old daughter and also a house full of rescued animals, and of course there is always a foster or two.

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