Book Buddies

Book Buddies Logo webDo you have a young one who is a fan of animals in your household? What about a child who loves reading – or else needs a little practice with it?  Tri-County Humane Society is proud to introduce Book Buddies, a program geared toward helping children and animals.

Book Buddies provides a non-judgmental audience for the young readers; after all, the dogs don’t care if a word is mispronounced or if the reading is done slowly. National studies done on similar programs have shown youngsters’ reading skills significantly improve thanks to practicing with animals.

But the readers aren’t the only ones who benefit. Their presence and soothing words help calm the animals, some of whom can be stressed by being at the shelter.

Book Buddies Guidelines

Book Buddies Photo Album

Questions?  Contact:

Kate Kompas, Volunteer & Humane Education Coordinator

(320) 252-0896 Ext. 27

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Humane Education Visits

We offer free humane education visits to schools, daycares and community groups.  Visits focus on humane education, and cover topics such as pet care tips, dog bite prevention and safety with animals, and pet overpopulation statistics in our community.  We can even bring pets if you like!

To schedule a school visit, contact Humane Educator Gina Fox at 320-267-6574, or Volunteer and Humane Education Coordinator Kate Kompas at 320-252-0896, ext. 27.

Birthday Parties

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What better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than with the Tri-County Humane Society? Not only will your children have fun, but they will also learn about how they can help homeless animals. Plus, your birthday fee will go directly toward helping us care for the thousands of homeless animals we receive each year. TCHS is an independent, nonprofit organization that relies heavily on private donations.


What’s included:

  • Printable invitations for your guests.
  • Use of party room and kitchen (bring your own cake and snacks if you like).
  • Name displayed on outdoor marquee sign.
  • Naming rights to one of the shelter pets.
  • Party hats (puppy or kitty ear headbands).
  • Educational tour of shelter.
  • Interaction with a variety of adoptable pets.
  • Animal themed game or craft project.
  • Clean-up.

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Where: Tri–County Humane Society
Who: Intended for children ages 5-12. Up to 10 guests.
When: During hours of operation. Call or e-mail volunteer coordinator for availability.
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $25.00 non-refundable fee to hold date and $5.00 per guest the day of the party (birthday girl/boy is free).

To schedule a party, contact our volunteer coordinator at (320) 252-0896, ext. 27, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Birthday Brochure

Party Invitations

Animal Wish List




Pet Adoptions

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Thousands of homeless animals are sheltered at TCHS each year.  Many of our animals come from loving homes, some do not.  All deserve to be loved and are looking for a safe home with caring companions. 

Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers will assist you in finding a good match for you and your household.

In an effort to reduce accidental litters and decrease the number of unwanted pets, all cats, dogs and rabbits are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted. 

A basic temperament evaluation is also done along with a basic physical exam.  Dogs and cats are vaccinated, dewormed and micro-chipped, and treated for any parasites or injuries that we discover.  The health or temperament of adopted animals cannot be guaranteed, although we will not knowingly adopt out sick or aggressive animals.

Travel Holds & Deposits

If you find an animal on our website that you are interested in, you may call us to place a "travel hold" on that animal.  Travel holds are a courtesy that will temporarily hold them only for the brief amount of time it will take you to get here to visit with it.  We know how disappointing it can be to see an animal on our website that you want to adopt, only to drive to our shelter and discover that someone else beat you to it!

If you are unable to visit the animal right away, you may also place a $20 "deposit" on an animal over the phone with a credit card.  Deposits will hold the animal for 2 days for you.  Deposits are non-refundable and go towards the care of that animal while you decide.  If you choose to adopt the pet, the $20 deposit will go towards their adoption fee. 

If the animal already has a deposit, you may place a "2nd deposit" on the animal.  If the first deposit falls through, the animal will then be held for you for two days.  As previously stated, deposits are non-refundable - even if the person with the first deposit decides to adopt the pet.

To place a deposit on a pet, call us at (320) 252-0896 and have your Visa, Discover or Mastercard ready.

Adoption Fees

Running an animal shelter is costly (utility bills run over $3000 a month!), and adoption fees are one of the many ways we can keep our doors open to animals in need.  We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, and fees are due at the the time the animal is adopted. 

Our adoption fees range from FREE (cats 2+ years for seniors/veterans/military personnel) to $500.  Pocket pets such as hamsters, gerbils and mice, start at $5.  Puppies, kittens and animals more in demand are priced higher to help offset the costs of caring for harder to place animals.  When we are overflowing with kittens during the warmer months, we offer promotions such as adopting two for the price of one. 

Adoption Fees Include:

  • Spaying/neutering
  • Vaccinations
  • De-worming
  • Basic examination
  • Behavior evaluation
  • 24-hour Petwatch Microchip

We also administer treatment for earmites, fleas, ticks, lice, mites and infections as necessary.

Current Adoption Promotions

  • Cats 2+ years: Fee waived for senior citizens 55+ years of age and veterans or military personnel.

Lost Or Found A Pet?

Lost Pets

It is important to realize that not all strays go to the same place. If your pet is lost, you'll need to check in with more than one facility.  Your first step should be to call your veterinary clinic.  If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, it may be brought there.  Next, call us to file a lost pet report at 320-252-0896.  If we do not have a match, continue making calls to the City of St. Cloud and surrounding areas:

St. Cloud

Lost & Found Animals

  • St. Cloud Animal Control Division...320-650-3164 or 320-255-7214  (Calls accepted during business hours.)
  • St. Cloud Police Department...320-251-1200  (For evenings and weekends.)
  • Central MN Animal Care & Control...320-257-0103

Surrounding Areas

  • Sartell City Hall...320-253-2171
  • Waite Park City Hall...320-252-6822
  • Sauk Rapids Police Department...320-251-9451
  • Benton County Sheriff's Department...320-968-7201
  • Stearns County Sheriff's Department...320-251-4240

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Found Pets

Call us to file a found pet report at 320-252-0896.  If we do not have a match, we will direct you to the appropriate stray holding facility for the animal you found.  If possible, do not leave the site that you have found the animal until the appropriate animal control officer, sherrif or police department has been contacted.  Some jurisdictions have strict policies on picking up the animal ONLY from the location it was found.


  • Micro-chip your pet.  All shelters, animal control facilities and veterinary clinics will scan found pets for microchips upon intake.  This is one of the most reliable ways to ensure your pet will find it's way back to you!  
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an appropriate collar. 
  • Put tags on your pets collar!  Rabies tags, micro-chip tags, custom made pet tags with your phone number, pet license tags.... all of these will help your pet find it's way back home if it is lost.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Check fenced in areas for breaks, weak spots or holes dug underneath.
  • Consider invisible fencing.

Found Wildlife

The MNDNR website offers great tips for orphaned wildlife.  In most cases, the best thing to do is leave it be.  Keep in mind that it is against the law to try to care for wildlife in your home without a wildlife rehabilitation license.

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