Upcoming Events

  • MNSNAP Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic 24 Mar 2017 All Day

    Visit www.mnsnap.org for upcoming dates. Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) will be in St. Cloud at the Tri-County Humane Society MN SNAP provides high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to qualifying low-income pet owners in Minnesota, shelters, rescues and feral cats. Qualifications, services and pricing for owned pets: http://mnsnap.org/services/personal-pets/ Qualifications, services and pricing for feral cats/kittens: http://mnsnap.org/services/feral-animals-2/ Register for surgery with MN SNAP **NOTE:  All questions and appointments must be handled through MN SNAP.  The Tri-County Humane Society does not make appointments, handle in depth questions, or decide who is accepted in the program.  For more information, contact MN SNAP at (612) 720-8236 or visit www.mnsnap.org. 2017 St. Cloud Clinic Dates at the Tri-County Humane Society: July 6 & 22, August 6 & 19, September 16 & 30, October 1 & 28, November 9 & 25, December 9.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

  • Tickets Now Available for Wine, Kibbles & Bids - May 5, 2017
  • See your Ad in our quarterly newsletters!
  • Chili and Bloody Mary Taste Off! Who got Best In Show?
  • Foster Homes Needed!

2017 WKB Poster web TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

We would love to see you on Friday, May 5th, at the 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids benefit for Tri-County Humane Society! Tickets are $75 per person, or you can sponsor the event as a "Friend of Animals"  for $500 and receive 2 event tickets plus your name in our event program. Want an entire table? For $900, sponsor a reserved round table for 10 and we will give you preferred seating and signage on your table acknowledging your sponsorship!  The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, May 1, 2017.

EVENT DETAILS
Held at the beautiful Gorecki Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Wine, Kibbles & Bids is one of the Society’s biggest and most important fundraisers of the year.  As the name suggests, you will enjoy wine and beer tasting (non-alcoholic options are available), a gourmet dinner, and one of the areas largest and greatest silent auctions.  You will also hear live music by the beautiful and incredibly talented Kelly Cordes, and -- best of all -- you will get to interact with some special furry guests!  If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
2017 Sponsor Opportunities  range from $500 to $5,000 and include complimentary tickets to the event and varying forms of recognition.  Sponsorships must be approved and confirmed by March 31, 2017 to receive pre-event recognition.

Silent Auction Item Donations  are greatly appreciated!  This event is popular for having one of the largest silent auctions in Central

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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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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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Foster Care Application

Foster care continues to be a critical piece of our lifesaving efforts.  When an animal is too young, sick, injured or just needs someone to teach them basic manners, foster parents help fill the gap between the time the animal is brought to the shelter and the time they are adopted.  Our foster program helps us save more lives!

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Foster Homes Needed For:

  • Injured/Sick Animals
  • Pregnant Animals
  • Orphaned Animals
  • Behavior Modification
  • Overflow (during peak periods)

Greatest Need: Foster homes for cats and/or kittens that have upper respiratory infections and are in need of 2-4 weeks of antibiotic treatment.

We Provide: All pet supplies, medication, de-wormer, vaccinations and veterinary care (although donations are welcome!)

You Provide: TLC and a comfortable environment for pets to thrive.

Contact our Foster Care Coordinator for more information:

Sara Morales, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (320) 252-0896 ext. 16

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Board member and longtime spay/neuter advocate Bill Nelson is coordinating a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for our spay/neuter fund.  Please join us on Earth Day - April 22, 2017 - at the Sauk Rapids VFW from 5-8pm!  There will even be a 50/50 raffle and meat raffle!  Tickets are $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the animals at Tri-County Humane Society.  Purchase your tickets at Tri-County Humane Society or online and avoid the line when you get there! 

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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

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. The cat needs to get 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

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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GTMD Collage web smallThank you to all who gave for Give to the Max Day!!!

We surpassed our goal of $20,000, raising over $30,000 for the animals!!!  Incredible!  Thank you so much for remembering the animals in our care on Minnesota's biggest online giving day.  Special thanks to Mark and Ann Thelen and Mike and Diana Podawiltz, who offered a $10,000 matching grant for Give to the Max Day!

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