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About TCHS

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever had a question about Tri-County Humane Society and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place! 

If you don't see your answer here, contact us or (320) 252-0896.

  • TCHS is a 501©3 nonprofit animal shelter. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent as permitted by law.
    Tax ID #: 23-744-9686
    We are proud to announce that Charity Navigator has given us a 3-star rating; and we have received the seal of approval from the Charities Review Council.

  • Tri-County Humane Society is an active member of several animal sheltering organizations, including:
    - Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA)
    - MN Animal Welfare Conference

  • As an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 animal shelter, 100% of your charitable gift directly benefits the animals at TCHS. Rest assured that every dollar is wisely used in the best interest of the animals, and will enable us to provide the shelter and veterinary care they need until we can find them a home. Your donations save lives. It's really that simple.
    Click this headline to visit our Financials page and learn more.

  • Tri-County Humane Society takes your privacy seriously.
    For detailed information, click this headline to visit our Donor Privacy Policy page.

  • Is TCHS a Government Agency?

    TCHS is an independent organization that is not a branch any state or national humane organization.
    While TCHS may have contracts with various municipalities for stray management and may receive nominal funds from them for this service, it does not receive any other state or government funding.

  • It is important to realize that not all strays go to the same place.
    Click this headline to check our Lost & Found page for more information.

  • TCHS has contracts with various municipalities for stray management, but not all strays come to us. In fact, only 15% of the animals at TCHS are strays. Because many people mistake us for "The Pound" and bring strays to us from areas that do not contract with us, we list tips for finding your stray pet at our Lost & Found page.

  • About 15% of the animals that come to TCHS are strays, but most of the animals are surrendered by people who can no longer keep them for one reason or another. Because we are so successful in finding homes for pets, other shelters and rescues may ask us to take on animals they are not able to rehome.
    Many times the reason for surrender is not due to any fault of the animal. Some of the most common reasons include allergies, a lifestyle change that won't allow enough time for a pet, moving, or landlord issues. No matter what the issue, TCHS is an open admission shelter - we work to find homes for all animals that come through our doors.

  • Tri-County Humane Society Endorses the Five Freedoms

    The Five Freedoms are a compact of rights for animals under human control, including those intended for food or which act as working animals. The Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Committee was created to monitor the livestock production sector. In July 1979, this was replaced by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, and by the end of that year, the Five Freedoms had been codified into the recognizable list format.

  • Is There a Pet Overpopulation Problem?

    According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 6-8 million cats and dogs are surrendered to shelters yearly. Of those animals, 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized.

    We strive to educate the community about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to reduce the number of homeless animals, and we are leading by example by spaying and neutering all dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and rabbits before adopting them out.

    With help from our community, we hope to reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals needing our assistance. Thus, we will eliminate the need to euthanize animals due to overpopulation, medical issues, or behavioral issues that, with adequate resources, we could afford to rehabilitate or treat.

Our Impact in 2016:

  • Animals Adopted


  • Overall Placement Rate


  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Spayed/Neutered


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