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.
We are invested in each and every pet we care for, and we want the best for them! THIS is why we do what we do. Why you give, volunteer, adopt, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Sarge is 8 years old and came to us in need of a new home on October 13th. We treated him for kennel cough and an ear infection and then neutered him. Sarge was adopted on November 2nd. Here's an update from his new family:
We are very happy with Sarge!!! He is settling into his new fur-ever home well. Sarge has a new fur-sister and they are taking to each other very well.
Sarge loves taking walks with his new dad. And he has a lot of energy to burn off!!!
Sarge had his first appointment with his new vet the same day we adopted him. So he went straight to New Ulm after leaving the Humane Society. His bloodwork was negative for heartworm. The fecal was negative. He was sent home with meds to continue treatment for the ear infection. He was given a rabies shot. And of course we will be scheduling Sarge for dental surgery in the near future. We were told that a couple teeth were infected. Sarge has a follow up on Friday and we will be discussing his surgery and see how everything else is looking for him.
As for his training I have started with the clicker and he is catching on fast. The first couple days was a bit harry like the bull got loose in the China Shop. And I was the China!
I had to start wrapping a long lead around my waist so he wouldn’t pull me off my feet. But we are doing much better. Sarge is learning that ladies go first. And he is becoming more careful when taking treats.
We are very fond of Sarge and have faith in him.
Zeus finds a friend
Zeus was surrendered to us on 10/13. After being neutered, he was adopted on 10/21/18. Here is an update from his new family:
"I adopted Zeus last weekend to be a “husbun” to my feisty female Lionhead, Lebron. They are SO in love and enjoy exploring, snuggling, and munching on hay together. So happy I found a forever home for Zeus and a companion for Lebron. Thanks again!"
George, the ginger kitty
This is George. He came to us in June of 2016. He spent some time in foster care to get bigger and once that happened, he was neutered and then adopted on 7/31/16. The following is an update from his family.
"Just wanted to give an update on our kitten we adopted back in July of 2016.
Our youngest son has reddish hair and lots of freckles. So for his 8th birthday he really wanted a “ginger” kitten so they could be alike.
We spent a few weeks checking the humane society, waiting for the right one. We finally picked one out and he was gone when we came to buy him.
So we waited a little longer, and then George was there. He was the skinniest and smallest of all the kittens there, but my son was adamant we get him. It was his present, so I let him choose.
We have had George for over 2 years now, and he is the best cat. Sometimes I think he thinks he’s part human. He is my kitchen partner ... he loves to sit on the bar-stools (like a person) and watch everything I’m doing in the kitchen. He loves our dogs and they play together every day.
He has made a wonderful addition to our family. We all just adore him. Thank you Tri-County Humane Society for all you do and all the pets that get forever homes because of you."
Lucas, now Tiarnaigh
Lucas came to us in August of 2016 because his previous owners were moving and couldn’t take him along. He was only here for a little over a week before he was adopted. The following is an update they just sent us:
We adopted our cat from TCHS in August 2016. He was going by the name Lucas, but currently answers to Tiarnaigh (pronounced Tierney) which means "lord of the house" in Irish. It's a pretty apt name for him! He settled in very quickly and stole our hearts with his sweet personality. He loves to chase lights and play with jingly balls, watch birds and squirrels in the backyard out the window, and play games of "tag" with my husband. His "mane" has really grown in and he definitely knows how beautiful he is. He just wants to be around his people all day.
Thank you so much for connecting us with our furry friend! It's hard to imagine what life would be like without him in it.
Betsy and Shawn
Gemini came in because her previous owners just didn’t have enough time for her. She was quite fearful with us at first and it took a little while for her to warm up to staff. She was adopted one month later. This is an update from her new family:
My family and I adopted Gemini a month ago. She had been with you guys about a month and it seemed she had won the hearts of a lot of staff and volunteers there because she had a good-bye committee when she left. :) I figured I'd give a little update:
Gem, as we call her, is the sweetest girl ever! I have no idea how she was with you guys for a month before being adopted. I know she was listed as "mouthy" but we have only ever seen this when she is playing and does a playing "nip" that puppies can do. She is extremely easy to redirect!
We have a 3 year old and 1 year old twins. Gem tolerates EVERYTHING those girls do! They climb on her, pet her backwards, lay on her, etc etc. We work on teaching them respect too! They've pulled food out of her mouth, fed her their food and even teased and took their food back once they offered it to her (we're working on that...). My husband had also been playing with her and trying like hell to get the ball out of her mouth. One of the twins goes for the ball and Gem drops it immediately! She really seems to know how to deal with kiddos!
Gem has had a little issue too. She's been leaking some urine. We put diapers on her while getting it sorted. She just dealt with them and didn't try to take them off! The meds seem to be working because we're on day 3 of no diapers and haven't found spots or puddles!!
It's sad she was with you guys as long as she was but we're happy she was because we got to take her home! We love this girl and she has been a great addition to our family!!
Heather, Rick, Harper, Willow and Sienna
Sunny - from October 2018 Newsletter
Sunny had been here for over a month on her 3rd stay in the shelter. Looks like she hit the jackpot with her new home.
Here is an update from her new family:
“Thought I’d send this to all of you – Sunny enjoys the farm.
She likes going for rides with us, loves the kids, and it took a little bit but she finally figured it out to leave the chickens alone. She no longer nips at our older dog. She knows there will always be food in her bowl, so even when the older dog eats out of her bowl, she just bumps her with her nose and then eats with him. When the girls collect chicken eggs, she lays on the grass watching them. I knew she would figure it out and we learned something from her – we put her in the barn when we go to work and when we returned home she is laying by the front door.
She figured out how to open the main door and let herself out. She is by far a smart dog and kind. We have put her in doggie day care when we had to leave for a couple of nights on three different times. They say she is really sweet and just lays by our older dog. They’ve become close … All glad we were able to give this young lady a forever home.”
Denny (now Bear)
Denny came to us in August of 2017 as a transfer from Leech Lake Legacy. He only spent three short days at the shelter before he found his new home.
During his stay with us, Denny was neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and micro-chipped. Our veterinarian examined Denny while here because his back feet appeared to be deformed. It was determined that he had a condition called ectrodactyly, a congenital disorder in which the development of the feet is disrupted causing an absence of part or all of the toes. It was determined that no treatment was needed but it was advised that he maintain a healthy weight as not to add more pressure to the feet which would cause discomfort. Here's an update sent to us from Denny, now known as Bear, around the time of his one year adoption anniversary:
"I thought I should let you guys know it’s been almost a year maybe since we got “Denny” who is now Bear and he’s doing so great. He’s so happy and still loves all the attention on him. We wanted to thank you guys again for giving us the opportunity to find our little guy and another update he doesn’t let his little deformed feet stop him - he runs like a cheetah constantly. And he gets non-stop love."
Simon (and Simon)
Nine year old Simon came to us in March of this year after 8 years in his previous home because he had become intolerant of the children in the home. Simon had some medical issues that needed treatment before he could be placed for adoption. After a dental in which all of his teeth were pulled and treatment for a urinary tract infection, Simon spent some time recovering in a foster home. He found his new family on 9/28/18. They shared this update with us:
It’s been about a year since our senior dog passed and I had been checking your site frequently. Simon seemed to fit with what I was looking for in a dog, despite his age, he is a wonderful dog with so much to give! He is getting along well with Simon the cat (yup same name), who we got from Tri County 2 years ago Simon is polite, affectionate, loves everyone he meets and enjoys going on walks (but not too many -I think I tired him out when he came home). He’s a wonderful little guy and am so happy to have him with us!
Sapphire was one of ten animals that came to us in March of 2017 from Leech Lake Legacy. She spent some time in foster care with another cat named Pip who is mentioned and pictured below and was also highlighted in a previous feel good Fur-day post. The top and bottom pictures on the left is of Sapphire and Pip while they were at the shelter. The 3 pictures on the right are from Sapphire's new home after her adoption on April 4, 2017. Sapphire's owner sent the following note to us after seeing Pip's Feel Good Friday email:
I would just like to start by saying that this is the coolest thing ever!! When I adopted Sapphire, I could only take in one kitten and had to leave Pip behind. When I adopted her, I knew there was a deposit on Pip but he had not been picked up yet. I always hoped he was somewhere doing well. It was so cool to see his Feel Good post and how he is doing!
Sapphire is doing very well. She loves to cuddle with me and her sister, Sage. She loves snuggling under the blankets and then playing in them! They have definitely gotten me through some stuff and I would not trade them for the world!
Thank you so much for everything you guys do! I am truly blessed that Sapphire came into my life.
With all our love,
Kelsey, Sage, and Sapphire
Lulu and Applehead
Lulu (formerly Edith) & Applehead (Chihuahua formerly known as Quincy) joined the family (2 cats) around the end of June 2018. Both dogs are slightly older, not much was known about them, and they seemed equally uncertain about this latest transition in their lives.
Neither would eat anything for the entire first week, which was nervewracking. In general, they seemed unnaturally "polite:" No barking, no begging, no attention seeking. They slept alone in the living room. Lulu paced and panted constantly.
Fortunately, that changed over the passing weeks. Their loving, vital natures are now on full display. Although Lulu has creaky joints, she runs with abandon in the yard when we go out after work, and throws her chew bones around for fun. Applehead is very smart and affectionate, and runs crazy in the house and yard when the spirit moves him. Both like to be close to me and to each other, and combining with the cats had been smoother than I could have hoped for. Apple now burrows under the covers at bedtime, and Lulu has her own bed beside.
Like most animals, the simple things make them happy, and when they're happy, so am I. They make the house complete.
Monkey - never, ever give up!
Over a year ago we received a dog who was coming to us from an outdoor lifestyle with little-to-no human contact experience. She was basically a feral dog. With the help of some experts, we broke through to her enough to keep working with her. In her own little world she liked to play with toys and when she would, she'd pile them up and lay on them when she was done playing. Her favorite toy was her namesake - a floppy monkey.
Her new family sent this update: "A year ago, I was searching for the perfect dog for my daughter. She has dealt with anxiety all her life and has overcome many of her fears, mostly with connections through animals. As I searched shelter and rescue pages, Monkey's picture and story was the one that always kept coming back in my mind. Her story was heartbreaking and a little background about myself....I am a special needs para at an elementary school. I know that sometimes animals, just like people, when given love and a second chance can thrive. When my daughter met Monkey for the first time, they both had an instant connection. This dog who previously had such a fear of any human contact, let my daughter enter her kennel, pet her and even started falling asleep as my daughter was gently petting her! We adopted her shortly after.
Long story short, Monkey took quite awhile to warm up to the family as a whole, but with a lot of patience and love, she is doing amazingly well!
While she and my daughter are inseparable, my husband can only pet her when he gives her a ride in the car, which is her favorite thing to do! Well, that and walks!
She is quite the "talker" and gives everyone a morning wake up howl when it's time to go outside. Despite her severe anxiety, she is slowly learning to trust people. We have been working with our vet to help Monkey with her anxiety. When she's relaxed and let's her guard down, she is a funny, sassy, spirited dog with lots of personality! Much like my daughter. Thank you TCHS for not giving up on her!"
Ranger fits right in!
Ranger came to us a little underweight and a bit dehydrated. After only 9 days of TLC at the shelter, Ranger found his new family. His new adopters sent this update:
Brent and I adopted "Ranger" a few months back, and I just wanted to send you guys some photos. He fits into our household so well, everyone just loves him, and he is such a cuddly boy. We are very happy and we think he is too! He even has his very own running line in our yard lol. We are so happy we adopted, we will do so every time we want a pet.
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