Wine, Kibbles & Bids

2017 WKB Poster web16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids: Friday, May 5th, 2017


  • $75 per person.
  • $900 to sponsor a reserved round table for 10.
  • $500 to be a "Friend of Animals" sponsor and receive 2 event tickets plus your name in our event program. Friend of Animals Sponsor Form

Event Details:

Join us for our 16th Annual Wine, Kibbles & Bids gala and make a difference in the lives of animals!  Enjoy wine and beer tasting, a gourmet dinner, a silent auction with something for everyone, live music by Kelly Cordes and best of all, some special furry guests who will show you how your gifts help animals in need. If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!  The event is held at the beautiful Gorecki Dining & Conference Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. map

Wine, Kibbles & Bids is one of the Society’s biggest fundraisers of the year, and its success is vital in order to provide essential needs, enrichment and veterinary care for the 3,000+ animals depending on us at Tri-County Humane Society each year.  Not only will you have a delightful evening out by attending, you will be saving lives!

How You Can Help:

Sponsor the Event:  This is a great way to show your support for animals in our community!  Sponsor tiers range from $500 to $5,000, with each tier including event tickets and various forms of recognition.  The deadline to sponsor this event is March 31st, 2017 in order to receive recognition in our promotional materials.  Details may be found in our 2017 Sponsor Form, or contact Marit Ortega at (320) 252-0896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donate a Silent Auction Item:  Our silent auction is one of the highlights of this event, with a wide variety of over 200 unique items to bid on.  Things that we look for include unique pet items, sporting event tickets, vacation packages, catered dinners, quilts, pottery, jewelry, wine baskets, beer baskets, golf packages, photography packages, tickets to concerts, plays and other fine arts, live plants/floral arrangements, garden art, etc...  If  you have something you would like to contribute, please fill out our Silent Auction Donation Form and bring it with your donation to the Tri-County Humane Society.  If you would like us to have a volunteer pick up your donation, call us at (320) 252-0896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The deadline for silent auction items is April 23, 2017. 

Donate Wine for our Mystery Wine Cork Pull Game: Bottles may be dropped off at the Tri-County Humane Society right up until the day before the event during our business hours.

Spread the Word!  In addition to attending our event, invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.  There is nothing better than a room full of people who love animals!


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 Recap:

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MN Animal Welfare Conference

Meeting the Needs of Pets & Their People in the Animal Welfare Field

Conference Logo NEWThursday, May 25, 2017 * 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Best Western Kelly Inn, 100 4th Avenue South Saint Cloud, MN 56301
Hosted by Tri-County Humane Society

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.

Back by popular demand, attendees will have two tracks of learning to choose from: Veterinary Track & General Animal Welfare Track.  A list of speakers and topics will be posted soon!

***Veterinary Track Will Provide C.E. Credits for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians***

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!  Deadline to Register: May 18, 2017  (Fee is non-refundable after deadline.)

  • Early Bird Registration Fee (postmarked on or before May 4th): $50
  • Registration Fee After May 4th: $60
  • Fee Waived for Veterinarians - Thanks to a special grant obtained through the ASPCA.

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

Sponsors & Exhibitors Wanted!

 2017 Sponsor / Exhibitor Form

Conference Sponsors:


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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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!