Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jan 28 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Best Chili and Bloody Mary Contest & Fundraiser
Tue, Feb 28 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Annual Meeting & Election of TCHS Board
Sat, Apr 29 - All day
MNSNAP Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Fri, May 5 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Wine, Kibbles & Bids - SAVE THE DATE!

Latest News

  • See your Ad in our quarterly newsletters!
  • Sponsors/Silent Auction Items Wanted for Wine, Kibbles & Bids!
  • All Dogs on Quarantine!
  • Chili and Bloody Mary Taste Off! Who got Best In Show?

newsletter Ad page image webTCHS publishes four newsletters annually. Our mailing list consists primarily of people in Central Minnesota.  It goes out to a minimum of 6,000 households and is also published on our website.  Advertising in our newsletters is a great way to show the local community that you support our work for animals in need.  For pet-related business, your Ad will be viewed by a very targeted market of pet owners, and you can't beat the price!

Our first newsletter in 2017 will be mailed in March.  The deadline to have your Ad included is March 1st, 2017. 

Payment per issue is $85, or you can subscribe to all four newsletters in 2017 for $400 (a $40 savings.)

Sign up to Advertise with us TODAY!  2017 TCHS Newsletter Ad Form

For more information, contact Marit Ortega at (320) 252-0896 ext 28, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 Sponsor Opportunities  range from $500 to $5,000 and include complimentary tickets to the event and varying forms of recognition.

Be a "Friend of Animals" Sponsor  with a $500 donation and receive 2 event tickets and your name in our event program!

Silent Auction Item Donation Form

Tickets Available Soon! $75.00 per person or $900 to sponsor a reserved table for 10.

The Tri-County Humane Society is looking for event sponsors for our 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids benefit to help homeless animals in Central Minnesota on Friday, May 5th, 2017. The event will be held at the beautiful Gorecki Center on the College of St. Benedict campus and, as the name suggests, there will be wine and beer tasting, a lovely gourmet dinner, a large assortment of silent auction items and animals!

Wine, Kibbles & Bids is one of the Society’s biggest fundraisers of the year. The income from this event provides us with the means to spay and neuter all pets prior to adoption and provide the high standard of care that we demand for every pet at the shelter. As an independent animal shelter, we are not affiliated with the national humane organizations. We rely heavily on our community to assist us in our mission to provide quality care and adoption services for homeless animals. In 2016, support for our work resulted in 2,947 pets placed for an overall placement rate of 96%! It’s our hope that you’ll help us continue to find homes for animals in need this year with a sponsorship or donation.

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On Saturday, February 18th, a puppy from a litter of 6 that was transferred to our shelter from northern Minnesota tested positive for Canine Parvovirus. This litter was too young to be adopted out, so it was placed in foster care and did not enter any of the dog kennel rooms in our shelter, but they did receive vaccinations and exams in our exam room. As a precaution, despite our thorough disinfecting protocol after each exam, we will be placing all dogs on a minimum 14-day quarantine because of the highly contagious nature of this virus.  After 14 days, we will test all of the dogs in our care for Canine Parvovirus. Our hope is that all of the dogs will test negative and that we will be able to resume adoptions following this 14 day period.

We are accepting donations to help us cover the costs of the parvovirus tests and the care of all of our dogs while they are on quarantine. Thank you for wanting to help! Your moral and financial support is appreciated!  DONATE NOW

NOTE: The litter of puppies is being transferred to another animal welfare organization that specializes in treating dogs with Canine Parvovirus. This virus is very dangerous and often deadly for puppies, but they will be in good hands and we are confident that this is their best chance for survival.

 

 

 

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Who makes the best Bloody Mary in the area? How about the best chili?

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The results are in!  Best in Show Chili was awarded to Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant in Sartell and Best in Show Bloody Mary was award to The Red Carpet!

We want to thank everyone who attended our first Annual Bloody Mary and chili cook off benefit for Tri-County Humane Society this past Saturday at The Red Carpet! We raised $1,615 to help animals in need, thanks to the 140 guests who attended this fun event!

A fantastic selection of Chili and Bloody Mary entrees were provided by Red Carpet Martini Lounge​, MC's Dugout​, G-Allen's Restaurant & Sports Bar​, Old Capital Tavern​, House Of Pizza​, Lily's Wings, Burgers & Things​, Olde Brick House​, Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant​, Cowboy Jack's​ and Howie's Sports Bar and Grill​.  We would also like to acknowledge The Place​, who had prepared chili for the contest but unfortunately had to back out at the last minute when their chili tragically hit the floor as they were getting ready to attend our event.  (We encourage you to go there and still try it out!)

Following the guest voting period, a judges panel voted on the top two finalists in each category: MC's Dugout and Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant for chili and Old Capital Tavern and Red Carpet for Bloody Marys.  Special thanks to retired Fire Department Chief, Bill Mund, retired St. Cloud Police Department Sergeant, James Feeny, and Cathedral High School President, Mike Mullin for helping us

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Chewing is a common complaint among those caring for dogs younger than a year old. They’re likely to chew for several reasons. For one, they’re curious creatures and they don’t have opposable thumbs. Their mouths are how they examine objects. Also, from four to eight months of age, they will shed all of their puppy teeth and grow a set of permanent teeth. Chewing helps with teething discomfort. Also, chewing gives a bored pup something to do, and dogs with separation anxiety will likely chew their owners’ items. Finally, some dogs, such as retrievers, were bred to use their mouths.

So how do you stop it?

  • Create a safe haven for your puppy: Use a dog crate or small, carefully dog-proofed area. When dog-proofing an area, get down at puppy eye level to scope out potential problems such as electrical wires or drapery cords. When you can’t supervise your puppy, place him or her in this safe haven with an approved chew toy.
  • Remember, the puppy does not need access to the entire house. Close bedroom doors or install pet gates during the animal’s chewing period.
  • Invest in a variety of chew toys appropriate to the size and chewing preferences of your dog. Check out Tri-County Humane Society’s store for a variety of toys (all the proceeds go back to the animals.) Watch your pet with the chew toys when he or she first tries them to make sure it’s appropriate. Alternate the chewies to keep interest high, saving the best for crate time or when puppy is left alone.
  • Give feedback. When the puppy eyes a table leg, say “eck” or “phooey” and then draw puppy’s attention to an acceptable chew toy. When you catch the puppy chewing on an appropriate toy, make sure to praise him or her with a treat.
  • Try anti-chew products.  If the table leg or rug fringe remains your dog’s favorite chew toy, use a commercial anti-chew product.  Tri-County Humane Society sells bitter apple sprays that are safe for pets and can be highly effective!

 

Source: Jacque Lynn Schultz, CPDT

Who makes the best Bloody Mary in the area? How about the best chili?

Chili Contest Banner

The results are in!  Best in Show Chili was awarded to Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant in Sartell and Best in Show Bloody Mary was award to The Red Carpet!

We want to thank everyone who attended our first Annual Bloody Mary and chili cook off benefit for Tri-County Humane Society this past Saturday at The Red Carpet! We raised $1,615 to help animals in need, thanks to the 140 guests who attended this fun event!

A fantastic selection of Chili and Bloody Mary entrees were provided by Red Carpet Martini Lounge​, MC's Dugout​, G-Allen's Restaurant & Sports Bar​, Old Capital Tavern​, House Of Pizza​, Lily's Wings, Burgers & Things​, Olde Brick House​, Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant​, Cowboy Jack's​ and Howie's Sports Bar and Grill​.  We would also like to acknowledge The Place​, who had prepared chili for the contest but unfortunately had to back out at the last minute when their chili tragically hit the floor as they were getting ready to attend our event.  (We encourage you to go there and still try it out!)

Following the guest voting period, a judges panel voted on the top two finalists in each category: MC's Dugout and Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant for chili and Old Capital Tavern and Red Carpet for Bloody Marys.  Special thanks to retired Fire Department Chief, Bill Mund, retired St. Cloud Police Department Sergeant, James Feeny, and Cathedral High School President, Mike Mullin for helping us pick the Best in Show!

Visit our Facebook page to see pictures taken at the event, and share your pictures with us!

Special thanks to Rick Gaetz with The Red Carpet for inviting us to partner with them for this fundraiser for Tri-County Humane Society.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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On Saturday, February 18th, a puppy from a litter of 6 that was transferred to our shelter from northern Minnesota tested positive for Canine Parvovirus. This litter was too young to be adopted out, so it was placed in foster care and did not enter any of the dog kennel rooms in our shelter, but they did receive vaccinations and exams in our exam room. As a precaution, despite our thorough disinfecting protocol after each exam, we will be placing all dogs on a minimum 14-day quarantine because of the highly contagious nature of this virus.  After 14 days, we will test all of the dogs in our care for Canine Parvovirus. Our hope is that all of the dogs will test negative and that we will be able to resume adoptions following this 14 day period.

We are accepting donations to help us cover the costs of the parvovirus tests and the care of all of our dogs while they are on quarantine. Thank you for wanting to help! Your moral and financial support is appreciated!  DONATE NOW

NOTE: The litter of puppies is being transferred to another animal welfare organization that specializes in treating dogs with Canine Parvovirus. This virus is very dangerous and often deadly for puppies, but they will be in good hands and we are confident that this is their best chance for survival.

 

 

 

Trixie webI'm Trixie, also known as Trixie Bear or Good Girl.  I came a long way to be able to find my forever home. I first started in Pasadena, California where I was enjoying the warm weather. Before I knew it, I was on a plane with my closest friends from the Pasadena Shelter and on my way to Saint Cloud, Minnesota. I was in the Tri-County Humane Society for a little under a week before I found my new parents. Life is great! I'm getting over my fear of men, and although it took me a little while to get used to my new family, I sure do love them now! Some of my favorite things are sleeping, snuggling up in warm blankets, playing with my favorite elephant toy, walking across my mom's laptop while she's working, and of course munching on treats! I am so thankful for all the love and help Tri County Humane Society gave me.

A new baby can bring a lot of joy into the home (and, of course, some stress). The adjustment might take time, but baby and cat can co-exist, even happily. Here are some tips on helping ensure that happens:

  • Use the entire pregnancy to get the cat used to the idea of a little one. Play tapes of baby noises, or rub baby lotion on your hands before engaging in a pleasant activity with your cat. Set up nursery furniture as soon as possible and allow the cat time to investigate it before certain areas (the changing table and crib) are put off-limits. That way the cat knows there’s nothing unusual or scary about those areas.
  • At least one month before the baby arrives, make the surfaces in the nursery unwelcoming. Cut sheets of cardboard to the size of the furniture and put sticky tape on it.
  • If a litter box had been in the soon-to-be nursery, move it a few inches a day to its new location. Give yourself plenty of time to get it moved completely before baby arrives. Consider covering that area with a diaper pail or dresser so the animal isn’t tempted to potty there again.
  • If cat care routines are going to shift from new mother to partner, those routines should be switched one to two months before the birth so the cat gets used to the new caregiver's style.
  • When Mom arrives home from the hospital after baby is born, she should peacefully greet the cat without interruption. After they've reconnected, everyone else can come in. The cat will likely flee the hoopla.
  • Place a used receiving blanket or piece of infant clothing in a quiet area where the cat can investigate it.
  • Allow the cat to approach and quietly check things out while Mom is nursing.
  • Don’t allow the cat in the crib.
  • Close the door to the nursery when the baby is napping. If there is no door to close, install a temporary screen door or hang mosquito netting over the crib to keep the cat out.

Source: Jacque Lynn Schultz, CPDT

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