Annual Woofstock Companion Walk

Join us on September 9th, 2017 for our 29th Annual Woofstock Companion Walk!  Simply print the 2017 Registration Form and start collecting donations today!

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About Woofstock:

The Tri-County Humane Society’s Annual 5k walk for animals is held the first Saturday after Labor Day in September each year at Wilson Park in St. Cloud.  Registration is from 9am to 10am, the 5k walk begins at 10am, and the event goes until 1pm, in which a preliminary grand total is announced. In addition to the 5k walk, the event will include prizes for the top fundraisers and top fundraising team, games for pets and people, food, a silent auction, demos, music, exhibits, a costume contest for pets and people, the annual hotdog eating contest, and much more! In 2016, we had over 575 enthusiastic pet lovers with other to 225 companion animals join us and we raised a net profit of over $48,000 for the animals in our care!

Purpose of Woofstock:

The Tri-County Humane Society provides services for over 3,000 animals every year. Each pet is evaluated, examined, given appropriate vaccinations and dewormings, spayed/neutered, treated for ailments and injuries as needed, and given lots of TLC. There is no time limit for pets in our care, and provided they pass our health and behavior screening, they will remain in our care as long as necessary to find the perfect match. On average, pets are adopted in less than ten days, and in 2016, we placed 96% of the pets that entered our doors in homes—amazing for an open-admission animal shelter! This fundraising event is vital for us to continue providing these important services to pets in need. It is also a really good opportunity for pet-lovers to unite and celebrate the human-animal bond!

Participate as a Woofstock Fundraiser and Walk With Us!  Online registration will open soon where you will receive event emails updating you on fundraising incentives such as prize package content for the top fundraisers, silent auction item previews, event schedule with demos and contest times, fundraising ideas and encouragement, and more! 

Reach more people with an online fundraising page!  Online giving is the most convenient form of giving, and is becoming the preferred choice for many donors.  It's easy, safe, and will allow you to reach a large number of people from the comfort of your own home using social media.  Being a hero for pets is easy!

Join our Woofstock Facebook Event and invite your friends!

Previous Year Event Photos/Videos: 

2015 Woofstock Companion Walk Podcast, Courtesy of Jeff Carmack, KVSC

2015 Woofstock Companion Walk Photo Album

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QUESTIONS? Event Contact:

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.

 


Online Fundraising Page Instructions:

Online giving is the most convenient form of giving, and is becoming the preferred choice for many donors.  It's easy, safe, and will allow you to reach a large number of people from the comfort of your own home using social media.  Being a hero for pets is easy!  Simply follow these steps to create your own TCHS fundraising page:

  • Login or sign up at www.GiveMN.org.
  • Click the orange "fundraise" button at the top of the page.
  • Choose Tri-County Humane Society - 237449686 - St Cloud - MN as your charity.
  • Choose a name for your fundraising page and set a goal.  We suggest a minimum goal of $300 to help you qualify for prizes, receive a Woofstock T-shirt, decal, tote bag, and get entered in our grand prize raffle!
  • Share your story, adding pictures if you like, and let people know why you support TCHS and want to help animals in need.
  • Share your fundraising page with friends, family and co-workers and then sit back and watch the donations roll in!

Gifts & Prizes:

We know that you are fundraising because you care and truly want to make a difference in the lives of animals. The gifts and prizes for your fundraising efforts are simply our way of saying THANK YOU!  Prize Packages are gifted to the top 20 individual fundraisers and top fundraising team, and include gift certificates and gift cards donated by local businesses.  They are worth the extra effort!  *Note: If you plan on creating a fundraising team, simply agree on a team name and have each member write it on their pledge form. Each teammate’s efforts will be combined to qualify for the top fundraising team prize in addition to the top individual fundraiser prizes.

Gifts for ALL Qualifying Fundraisers:

  • Raise $50:   Receive a Woofstock T-Shirt
  • Raise $150: Receive a Woofstock T-Shirt + Decal
  • Raise $200: Receive a Woofstock T-Shirt + Decal + Tote Bag
  • Raise $300: All of the above + Entry in Grand Prize Drawing

In addition, for every $50 raised, receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Cat/Dog/Family Fun Basket! 

(TCHS employees do not qualify to win any fundraiser prize packages or raffle prizes.)


2016 Woofstock Companion Walk Recap:

A HUGE THANKS to the 575+ people and 225 pets who joined us on September 10th at Wilson Park for our 28th Annual Woofstock Companion Walk!  Most importantly, thank you to our fundraisers!  We brought in $53,046 with a net profit of $48,266 for the animals!!!  On behalf of the animals, we thank you for your support.

We had a beautiful day, so many fun activities, and a very successful walk. Sadly, we did not reach our goal, and we didn't surpass our totals from 2015, but we still raised a lot of money for the animals and had a lot of fun!   We are eager to make this walk event better every year, and increase our walk donations.  To do that we need your help. Here are 2 easy things you can do to help TCHS make the Companion Walk even better in 2017 - whether you participated this year or not!!  

    1. Complete the Woofstock 5k Companion Walk SURVEY to help us plan for the 2017 event. It should take you less than 3 minutes to complete.
    2. Revisit the Woofstock 5k Companion Walk fun by sharing the photos and videos in our Facebook album with your friends, family and coworkers.  Also, share your Woofstock pictures with us!  Simply email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add them to our album!

Here are quick (and easy!) ideas you can use to raise funds for TCHS all year long:

  1. Sign up for the Constant Companion monthly giving program at the shelter, or by completing this form.

  2. Maintain your own GiveMN.org fundraising page for TCHS all year long to make it easier for people to give to TCHS through you.

  3. Use Amazon Smile, Goodsearch or Goodshop when you shop online and select TCHS as your charity of choice.

  4. Visit the Donate section of www.tricountyhumanesociety.org for more ways to benefit the animals at TCHS. 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2016 EVENT SPONSORS:

PEACE SPONSOR:

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LOVE SPONSORS:

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ADOPT SPONSORS:

Kloster Commercial Resources

STCLOUDDJ.COM

Country Gallery Photography

Faraway Farm Handcrafted Soap

NC's Doghouse

Sam & Danni's Pet Resort & Spa, Inc.


2016 Top 40 Woofstock Companion Walk Prize Packages:

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MN Animal Welfare Conference

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

Thank you to all who attended the 16th Annual Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference on May 25, 2017!

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 had two tracks of learning to choose from with an impressive line up of speakers.  The general track focused 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 focused 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 who attended the Veterinary Track.

General Track Schedule

Veterinary Track Schedule 

Read more: MN Animal Welfare Conference

Wine, Kibbles & Bids

Event Recap Picture WebOur 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids benefit for animals was a huge success, raising a net profit of $69,129!

THANK YOU to all who participated in this important fundraiser to benefit local animals in need!

2017 EVENT RECAP:

On May 5th, approximately 300 supporters gathered together at the College of St. Benedict Gorecki Center with one common goal: to raise funds for local animals in need.  The results were incredible!

We pride ourselves in being extremely conscious of each and every dollar we spend so that the vast majority of donations received goes towards the animals that depend on us.  We are pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids benefit for animals brought in (drum roll please..............) $75,608!  We are even more pleased to share that our expenses were a minimal $6,478 - only 8.6% of our event income.  Our net profit is currently at $69,129, and we are told there is still a $7,000 matching grant on the way!

Along with our generous event sponsors who we are honored to list below, one person in particular deserves special recognition.  Bill Nelson, a member of the TCHS Board of Directors and an avid spay/neuter advocate, wowed us this year by presenting $28,250 (plus the $7,000 match still to come) that he personally solicited and raised for our spay/neuter fund.  He also led our "Fix A Pet" Live Auction at the event, which raised another $7,875 for our spay/neuter fund!  Our spay/neuter expenses last year were approximately $82,500, so to receive half of our needed budget for this year in one night is quite thrilling!  (Donate Now and specify "Spay/Neuter Fund" in the memo if you want to help us raise the other half.)

If you were able to attend as a guest or volunteer, please take a few minutes to complete our EVENT SURVEY.

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
"Friends of Animals" Sponsors:

About A Dog Photography, Arch Angels Wedding Décor, Jim & Denise Beckstrand, Bernick’s, College of St. Benedict, Country Gallery Photography, DeGraaf Financial, Deb & Kevin Durken, Faraway Farms Handcrafted Soap, Schluchter Investment Advisors, Dick & Perian Stavrum, and Ann & Mark Thelen.

Purrs to the following individuals for their support with this event:
  • Brad Babcock of Coborn’s Liquor on Cooper Avenue and Rachel Holmstrom of Coborn’s Liquor in St. Joseph, for coordinating the wine and beer tasting.
  • Kelly Cordes, for providing live music.
  • Chad Zimmerman, for emceeing this event.
  • Fairview Gardens, for sponsoring a table.
  • Brooke Strassburg, Jamie Skeate and Arch Angels Wedding Décor, for coordinating all of the decorations and table centerpieces.
  • Nick Rasmussen, for creating our event slideshow and video presentations.
  • Josh Henderson, for taking candid photos at the event. View his pictures here!
  • All who contributed silent auction items, raffle items or other event donations.  View our full list of 2017 event contributors here!
  • All of the wonderful volunteers who helped make this event possible!

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, 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

PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS:

EVENT CONTACT:

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:

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Best Chili and Bloody Mary Contest & Fundraiser

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 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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