MN Animal Welfare Conference

MNAWC LogoMeeting the Needs of Pets & Their People in the Animal Welfare Field

Thursday, May 25, 2017 * 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Best Western Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave S. St. Cloud, MN 56301

Hosted by Tri-County Humane Society

Conference Details:

The Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference is an annual educational and networking opportunity for animal welfare professionals. The Tri-County Humane Society volunteers to organize this conference because we believe that providing affordable opportunities for continued education and networking among the various animal groups is key to making Minnesota a more humane community.

This year, attendees will once again have two tracks of learning to choose from with an impressive line up of speakers.  The general track will focus on fundraising, leadership at any level, social media and clicker training for cats, featuring highly accredited speakers , B.J. Rogers, CAWA, Karen Medicus, Emily Garman and Cheryl Kolus, DVM, KPA-CTP.  The veterinary track will focus on medical issues specific to shelter medicine featuring Sr. Directors with ASPCA Shelter Outreach veterinarians Dr. Chumkee Aziz, Dr. Brian DiGangi, and Dr. Stephanie Janeszko. Speaker bios may be found below.

R.A.C.E. approval has been given for 6 C. E. credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, although shelter directors of operations, executive directors and kennel managers are also welcome to attend these presentations.

General Track Schedule

Veterinary Track Schedule 

Read more: MN Animal Welfare Conference

Wine, Kibbles & Bids

WKB Logo Black

Thank you to all who joined us for our 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids on Friday, May 5th!  We are still tallying up the total, but it sure looks like it was a huge success for animals.  Stay tuned!  We'll post our net profit as well as event pictures as soon as we can!



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, guests enjoy wine and beer tasting (non-alcoholic options are available), a gourmet dinner, and one of the areas largest and greatest silent auctions.  Live music is provided by the beautiful and incredibly talented Kelly Cordes, and -- best of all -- you get to interact with some special furry guests!

If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!  Tickets are $75 per person, or you can sponsor a reserved table for ten for $900.  2018 Event Date: TBD


Sponsor Slideshow Tile web2017 EVENT SPONSORS:

"Top Dog" Presenting Sponsors:
"Golden Retriever" Sponsors:
  • Advanced Care Pet Hospital
  • Pine Cone Pet Hospital
"Silver Tabby" Sponsors:
  • Mix 94.9 FM True Variety
  • Kloster Commercial Resources
"Bronze Canary" Sponsors:
  • Audio Video Extremes
  • Coborn's Liquor
  • ePromos Promotional Products
  • St. Cloud Ear Nose and Throat


Marit Ortega, Director of Philanthropy (320) 252-0896 Ext. 28, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Santa Paws Holiday Portrait Fundraiser

Generic for WebsiteSAVE THE DATE!  This fundraiser is always held the weekend before Thanksgiving.  32nd Annual Santa Paws: November 17, 18, 19, 2017.

Receive professional portraits with this benefit for animals that are perfect for holiday cards!  Pets are welcome, of course, and you may choose to have Santa in a few pictures if you like!  Special thanks to Lisa Crayford and Brian Leither of Country Gallery Photography for donating their time and talent for this fundraiser each year.  100% of the proceeds benefit the animals at Tri-County Humane Society!

What's Included for only $39:

  • 5 Minute Portrait Session
  • 5 Portraits on a Disc
  • Full Reproducing/Sharing Rights
  • Pet Stocking Stuffers for Purchase
  • Cookies with Santa!

2016 Santa Paws Photo Album

2015 Santa Paws Photo Album

2014 Santa Paws Photo Album

2013 Santa Paws Photo Album

2012 Santa Paws Photo Album

2016 Recap:

Our 31st Annual Santa Paws Holiday Portrait Fundraiser in 2016 was a success, raising $7769 for the animals!

For the first time in Santa Paws history, a blizzard forced us to cancel/reschedule all of our Friday sessions in 2016.  A huge thank you to Lisa Crayford and Brian Leither with Country Gallery Photography for expanding their volunteer hours on both Saturday and Sunday to accommodate rescheduling our Friday sessions.  All but 6 sessions from Friday rescheduled, making our weekend incredibly busy with a total of 208 portrait sessions between the two days!  Thanks to The Camera Shop for donating CDs for the portraits, and to Lisa, Brian and all of our wonderful vounteers, 100% of the proceeds from this event went towards helping animals in need. 

Samples of previous year sets:


 Kris Karen

IMG 8771




IMG 9374Santa kids and yellow labpug santa



Best Chili and Bloody Mary Contest & Fundraiser

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:

                   Benton Trophy

Give to the Max Day a SUCCESS!

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!