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

*Registration Fee includes conference materials, breakfast, breaks, and lunch.

  • $50 Early Bird Registration Special: Postmarked on or before May 4, 2017
  • $60 Registration Fee After May 4, 2017
  • Fee waived for veterinarians attending the Veterinary Track - thanks to a special grant obtained through the ASPCA.

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Or register by mail using the following forms:

General Track Registration Form

Veterinary Track Registration Form

Deadline to Register: May 18, 2017  (Fee is non-refundable after deadline.)

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 

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Online TCHS Apparel Fundraiser

Updated Ad 2 webNow through April 30th, shop our online TCHS apparel fundraiser for caps, long-sleeved T’s and zip-up hoodies.  Apparel will be delivered to the shelter in mid-May for pick-up, or you may pay an extra $6.00 to have them shipped directly to you.


*Caps are embroidered.

Spay-ghetti & No (meat) Balls Dinner

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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 50/50 raffles and a 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 - plus it will help us know how much spaghetti to prepare! 

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Wine, Kibbles & Bids

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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.

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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!


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 Minnesota, with over 200 unique things to bid on. Things that we look for include unique pet items, sporting event tickets, vacation packages, catered dinners, quilts, pottery, jewelry, antiques, wine baskets, beer baskets, golf packages, photography packages, tickets to concerts, plays and other fine arts, gift cards, live plants/floral arrangements, garden art, etc...  Also, if you are a local business in the St. Cloud area and would like to donate a silent auction item, we would be happy to have a volunteer pick it up!  The deadline to donate a silent auction item is April 23, 2017.

Donate Wine or Craft Beer for our barrel of wine and craft beer pail raffle items!  The more variety the better, so get creative and be as generous as you are willing and able!  We will be accepting donations for these raffle items right up until the event.



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.

Kayla Koscielniak, Events & Marketing Coordinator, (320) 252-0896 Ext. 14, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



2016 Event Photos, courtesy of Amy Wolfe and Pete Pederson.

2015 Event Photos, courtesy of Kirk Lamb

2014 Event Photos, courtesy of Lisa Crayford with Country Gallery Photography and Kirk Lamb

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Flower Delivery Fundraiser

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Annual Tri-County Humane Society Flower Fundraiser!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (Administrative Professionals Day)

Show your appreciation by sending flowers to an employee or co-worker on Administrative Professionals Day — or surprise a friend or loved one! Any day is a good day to receive flowers!

For only $15, our volunteers will deliver a glass vase with two roses and greens to your employees, co-workers, friends or loved ones at their work place between 9-12pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  Call us at (320) 252-0896 to place your order by phone, or mail the order form with payment to P.O. Box 701 St. Cloud, MN 56302.

Order form and payment must be received by Friday, April 21, 2017.

***Delivery restricted to St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Sartell and St. Joseph businesses - no home residences.  All other orders must be picked up at the Tri-County Humane Society.