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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 pets@tricountyhumanesociety.com 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:
    - Minnesota Partnership in Animal Welfare (MnPAW) member
    - Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) member
    - 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.
    Visit our Financials page to learn more.

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

  • TCHS is not a government agency. We are a not-for-profit organization that is supported primarily by shelter income, donations, fundraising events, and the support of our friends.

  • It is important to realize that not all strays go to the same place.
    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.

  • 1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER OR THIRST by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
    2. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
    3. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
    4. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
    5. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

  • The need for the services TCHS offers has grown over the years. We wish it would be the other way around, but as the community grows, so will its needs.

Our Impact in 2016:

  • Animals Adopted

    2,875

  • Overall Placement Rate

    96%

  • Animals Fostered

    1,275

  • Animals Spayed/Neutered

    1,643

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