We receive wonderful stories of TCHS alumni on a regular basis, and we want to offer our sincere thanks to all who take the time to share them with us. Over 3,000 pets enter our doors every year. Some stay for just a few days while others stay for months before finding the perfect match, but they all manage to wiggle their way into our hearts. We are invested in each and every pet we care for, and we want the best for them!
You can imagine the joy it brings us to receive pictures and updates from adopters like these! It seems only right to share them with you, our friends and supporters who make our work possible. THIS is why we do what we do. Why you give, volunteer, adopt, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
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Chunky originally came to us in October of 2017 because she didn’t do well with the children in her home. It took her 2 months to get adopted that time around because she was a bit of a nut in her kennel. After 4 months in her new home, Chunky was returned for being too protective toward strangers. Now it's April and again, she was stressed in her kennel making it difficult for potential adopters to see the real her.
She quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite as we waited for the right person to come along for her. She stayed with us just shy of another 2 months before her perfect new family came along and took her home on June 6th.
Not even an hour after her adoption they reached out to us via Facebook and sent this update and photo: "Chunky already loves the family life!"
A few days later they sent this update:
"Hey TCHS staff and volunteers! I'm doing so well so far. I know it's only been a couple days, but I really love my new home. I can tell my new mom and dad really love me. They take me for lots of walks and car rides! Mom and dad let me sleep with them in bed at night and it's the BEST!! There's just enough room for the three of us, so I think mom and dad need to get a bigger bed so I can have my own pillow like they do. Mom and dad are being so patient with me. I get scared when people on TV argue, so I go and hide. Mom came and was so patient with me to get me out of my hiding spot! She turned the TV off after that which made me happy. We listened to music, and mom and I danced in the kitchen. I love music, apparently! I just wanted to let you all know how I'm doing. I do miss you, but I'm so happy to be home!" -- Chunky Monkey
Thank you for giving us the tools to put our animals on the right path - even if there are a few detours along the way!
Melon (now Forrest)
Melon was originally born in one of our foster homes back in March of 2016. Since then, he's had 4 additional stays at our shelter in search of the perfect match. Most recently, Melon came to us as a stray on 4/28/18 and was not claimed by his owner. He spent 5 weeks with us until his new family came for him on June 1st. He now has a new name to go with his new life: Forrest (like Gump). Forrest was a staff and volunteer favorite having spent so much time in the shelter and we're thrilled he's found his match!
Here's an update from his family:
Forrest is doing AMAZING. He has so much love and all the attention (which he LOVES) in the world.
Hes a big time ball of energy so action shots don't really work for this one. He has a lot more fun than the pictures make it look!
Nova and Wizdom
My boyfriend and I are so happy with our two fur babies. We have adopted two lovely pets from Tri-County and we could not be happier with them.
Almost a year ago now we adopted our old cat Nova. She has adjusted to our home over the past year, and recently loving her new cat tree placed by the biggest window in the house. She is sweet as honey and loves to talk.
Then we adopted our second pet, our puppy Wizdom. He is 4 months old and he has already grown into his name. He has learned many tricks including sit, lay down, shake, jump, speak, crawl, and almost roll over. He is a social butterfly and loves anyone. I have been taking him to visit the patients at the St.Bens nursing home. He already is loved by so many and isn't even a year old yet. We love our fur babies and I'm happy we could provide the homes they needed.
This Happy Tail is about a princess who turned out to be a prince, and acquired many new names along the royal journey! Princess Bubble Gum came to Tri-County Humane Society as a kitten in November 2017. Well, it turned out she was a he, and thus dubbed simply Bubble Gum. Bubble Gum was adorable but came with a few medical issues – he had trouble defecating because he had strictures. Our animal care manager personally took delicate care of him. We also want to thank Dr. Traci Diggs of St. Joe Vet Clinic and Advanced Care Pet Hospital for helping Bubble Gum with his bottom issues!
Bubble Gum’s rear started protruding a little, bestowing upon him yet another silly name: Bubble Butt. Slowly he started to get better and embrace his playful kitten nature. He even went to visit area preschoolers during their Baby Animal Month unit. (Staff used his original name “Bubble Gum” instead of Bubble Butt to keep the giggles at bay).
He was finally deemed ready for adoption, and he found his new home in April. A report from Dr. Traci, who continues to treat him, indicated he is doing well. And he has yet another new name. Introducing his majesty: Ernie Bubble Gum!
Dora "the Explorer"
Facebook friends of TCHS are familiar with Dora’s story – she was at TCHS long enough that we made multiple social media posts about the sassy black cat with a secret heart of gold. Her story is epic – she was first surrendered to TCHS in 2014 because her household had too many animals. She came back and forth to the shelter two more times, arriving for what staff had hoped would be her last time in November 2017. But it wasn't. Thankfully the right person came along and Dora was adopted in April.
An update on Dora:
"Hello! Just wanted to give you an update on Dora. It has been a week since she’s moved in with me to my parents’ for the time being post-graduation. She’s adapting very well and sleeps in the same room as my dog and I. She’s finally getting out of just my room and exploring the house as a whole. My family’s other cat, Sophie, hasn’t warmed up to her yet, but there aren’t many open displays of aggression by Sophie and none by Dora. They more or less have reached an understanding and have mostly lived in peace. She is very happy and I promise that she will remain happy and healthy. I love this cat and know she loves me."
Yao was transferred to us from another humane society in March because they were out of space for cats. She was treated for hookworm, ear mites, and was spayed. She'd come from a hoarding situation and wasn't very well socialized with people. Although Yao was a bit skittish, she showed us that with a little TLC and patience she would make a good house pet so we decided to place her for adoption instead of our initial thoughts of putting her in the barn cat placement program. Yao could be a bit persnickety and would occasionally nip at people if she was nervous or overstimulated. On April 11th, Yao found her purr-fect match!
Here is an update from her new family a month after adoption:
"We've had her a month!! She's made great leaps and bounds the last 30 days! We haven't got her quite calm enough to get into the vet yet, but she's VERY close! Her stools firmed right up after a couple days, and she's been putting on weight nicely! She's definitely grown a bit, too! The biting is down to nips, and they're VERY limited, as long as only Mommy feeds her in the morning lol! She loves to curl up in laps and rub her face all over you! My sister even came over a couple weeks ago, and she did excellent with her with not a single nip! She has grown fond of wand toys, and will play with a shoe string like it's the latest iPhone! We've started the other cats sniffing through the gate, and they're all pretty open to the idea. We're going to start bringing one into Yao's room probably this weekend or next. She has come so far and has built such great attachments! I'm so happy for shelters like yours, because nervous cats that are prone to biting are given a chance. She's really just a gem and I can't wait to get her integrated into the group!
She's still apprehensive about things in your hands, like phones, but here are a couple pictures we got tonight when we went in to work with her. She didn't even have her nervous tail out for a second!"
Thank you for supporting the work we do at TCHS, work that includes noticing a diamond in the rough like Yao.
On April 8th, 2017, Archer was transferred to us from Leech Lake Legacy where he was an un-owned, free-roaming kitty in need of his own home. He was neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, de-wormed and treated for ear mites during his short stay with us. On April 11th, 2017, Archer picked his new family. Here is an update that was sent to us on his 1-year adoption anniversary:
"It's been a full year since we brought Archer home. He is the textbook story of 'look at every animal before you choose' because we did not look his way until a little black paw came through that cage. He has caught upwards of 30 mice, enjoys perching on shoulders, lying on his heated mattress pad for napping, eating, and is a huge lover to 2 small toddlers and his dog friend, Casey. Also, he drinks out of the toilet and bathtub. WHAT CAT DOES THAT??"
Working Barn Cats
Spike and his step-sibling Sapphire came to us from TCHS as kittens in late 2014. They had been previously adopted out as housecats, but they had a little problem with the concept of a litter box. At their subsequent home (our horse stable), they appreciated being liberated from such expectations. Spike and Sapphire manage the stable's rodent control department . They like that they can set their own "work" hours. They also manage to squeeze in plenty of time being lazy, along with their older stable step-sibling Alfie, resting in clean, plush, straw piles.
It seems that Spike has somehow managed to not mature much mentally the past three years. There is still plenty of "little boy" in him!
Spike is easily inspired to take chase, by almost anything that moves, including bugs. We just sit back on the stable porch chairs and watch him carry on with his shenanigans. Spike is "laugh therapy" for us!
Our endearing trio of barn cats are hard workers, but they can rest and play even harder! Thank you TCHS for bringing Spike and Sapphire to us!
Alan & Sherry
BABZE - 02/01/1999- 04/05/2018
Babze was adopted from the shelter approximately 16 years ago. It's a story of how a pet can have a rough start, find their way to some TLC at Tri-County Humane Society and with our help, make a great connection and live a long and comfortable life with a new family.
From her family:
We adopted Babze approximately 16 years ago. She was a stray with a broken left leg. We had surgery on her leg and she was able to use it afterwards. We have always adopted the older dogs. In the one picture you can see the pins they used to fix the leg. Our vet was impressed she lived so long and healthy to the end. Babze passed away at home in bed, right between us, where she always slept. Our baby will be greatly missed.
Kevin & Deb
I wanted to tell you about my best boy, Pip, for your Feel Good Fur-Days.
Pip came into my life on July 24, 2016. It was love at first snug. At the time, Pip was definitely a runt, a scrawny little orange ball of kitten energy with a funny, bird-like meow. Since then, Pip has been my best buddy and emotional support through a very difficult move and a tough 2017. Through it all, Pip was there with a purr and a head boop, and he's brought all kinds of love and silliness into my world. Now, the runt has grown into quite a big boy! He's very food motivated and LOVES water/the shower (see the picture of him in his natural habitat!), as well as wrestling with his sister Penelope. I love Pip as if he were my own furry baby, and I can't thank Tri-County enough for giving him a new lease on life with me!
Alyssa (& Pip!)
Marla originally came to the shelter in July of last year. She was here for almost 2 months and was treated for an URI (kitty cold) before being adopted in September 2017. She was in that home for only one week before being returned because the resident pets were not interested in adding a new cat to the pack. Her second stay at the shelter lasted only a week and she was adopted for the last time on September 28th, 2017.
This update was sent in last Friday:
"I adopted Marla and she is my best friend. When I went to the humane society, she immediately came up to the gate of her cage and licked me. She’s a little stinker sometimes, but she loves to cuddle! Especially when it’s uncomfortable for you lol! I’m so glad I adopted this sweet baby about 6 months ago!"
Sometimes it just takes the right person to walk into the room and meet the right cat! Thanks for helping us make those matches!
Ernie was surrendered on March 20th, 2017 because his owner wasn't able to give him the time he deserved, and they hoped he would quickly find someone who could shower him with attention and love. And boy, did he! His stay at the shelter was only 5 days, and he sure hit the jackpot with his new family! Ernie's people sent us a message and these awesome photos to celebrate his 1 year adoption anniversary on March 25th, 2018.
This is the kind of story you enable us to tell. On behalf of all the Ernies, thank you!
This update was sent with this photo collage in October of 2017:
"Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I adopted a dog back in March. His name is Ernie and he's doing really well! I wanted to say thank you for connecting me to my little buddy. He makes every day a joy. The picture in the middle is the day I picked him up from you guys."
This is the update we received on his adoption anniversary:
"I just wanted to say thank you again for all that you do. One year later today Ernie and I are happy as can be!"
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