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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Marlee (aka Betty White)
A year ago today (July 1st) we brought home our little Marlee (aka Betty White). It was love at first sight when we saw her, even though someone had a deposit on her, we put a second one on her hoping someone wouldn't pick her up, but they did. So we continued to come back daily to find another Marlee (aka Betty White) but we couldn't find the love for another kitten like we did for her. One day after work I stopped to check out the kittens and I walk in and see this white fur ball, my heart started to race. I asked the volunteer if that cutie was taken and she said, ‘Well, this is Betty White,’ and I said, “Betty White - the kitten that was here and adopted?!’ and she said yes, the owner brought her back because she became ill. I walked up to the desk and they gave me the details and I instantly put another deposit on her. We checked on her daily to see if she was getting better and four days later we were able to bring her home. She is the most lovable, fun, energetic sweetheart. She loves to give kisses, loves to play with the teenage kids and doesn't like to stay home alone overnight, so she goes with us when we go camping and we make sure we are not gone a long period of time ’cause she will let us know she isn't happy. Thank you so much, Tri-County Humane Society!
Thank YOU to Marlee (aka Betty White’s) new family, for adopting. Between cuddles and camping trips, it sounds like Betty White’s life is as fun as any sitcom!
Karen (and Rose)
Meet Rose and Karen. Rose worked part-time at the Tri-County Humane Society before she adopted Karen. Rose returned to be our volunteer coordinator in 2014. She's now a full-time veterinary technician for us and we're so fortunate to have her on our team!
Rose and Karen are equally fortunate to have found each other at TCHS!
"I adopted Karen a decade ago on July 17, 2008 from TCHS. At the time, one of my cats had recently passed away and my husband was deployed, so I was feeling pretty down. I wasn't planning to get another cat right away, but like many others, I decided to "just look around" at the shelter cats. When I arrived at TCHS, I realized they were having a "Red, White, and Blue" sale on all cats that had one of those colors in their coat. I met a sweet young adult cat who had come to the shelter as a stray mama, previously named "Petunia." I fell in love immediately, paid the $17.76 adoption fee, and took her home the same day. The picture in the collage of us sleeping together was taken the day of her adoption. She instantly brought peace to my heart and home. Karen is the BEST cat. Yes, I am biased, but when you imagine getting a feline companion, she is the cat you are imagining. She is very affectionate, loves to snuggle, enjoys playtime, is an excellent hunter, has the best purr motor, is tolerant, gets along with other pets, and has just the right amount of sass. She really is the whole package! I am so grateful for the opportunity to find her at TCHS and add her to our family. She is now approximately 13 years old and despite a mild medical condition that is managed with diet and meds, she is happy and going strong. I look forward to the next 10 years with her."
Rose Marie, CVT
Buddy (from June 2018 Newsletter)
“I wanted to pass on our experiences with the little spotted dog we adopted on May 14, 2018. We had just lost our last little friend, Hector, and were feeling the emptiness quite badly so we decided we MUST adopt a dog to help fill the empty spot. I must preface this by saying Hector was very much my buddy, following me everywhere I went. This sometimes caused (my wife) Mary Kay to feel kind of neglected so I decided our next dog must be equally bonded to her.
“When I saw Pluto (now Buddy) I thought he would be a good addition to our home. I was right!!! The little guy quite happily went home with us and spent the rest of the day investigating our house and our big fenced backyard.
That night he slept on Mary’s lap in her big recliner - bonding achieved! We soon found that he is faultless in the house, going out to do his thing whenever needed. He loves his Mary and sleeps in either his cage by her recliner if she’s there or in the one by her bedside if she’s there. He sleeps through the night but won’t get up until Mary does, even if I open his cage door. But when she gets up he dashes outside.
“I am amazed by how quick he is about learning about new things like the doggie door. And we are learning about all the things he already knows like ‘sit’, 'lie down' and the like. He likes to be with me in the garden and loves to fetch and play tug. He immediately adopted a little stuffed Westie doll from the toy box and takes it with him everywhere, in the house, outside and with him on his pillow or in his cage at night! It’s almost an obsession, friends stopped by for a few minutes today and Buddy greeted them, of course. In a few minutes he dashed out of the room and immediately came back with his doll! He gives us so many smiles and laughs, thank you for placing him with us.”
Mary Kay and Richard
Hank came in as a stray on May 4, 2018. He was underweight and needed to be treated for worms and ear mites along with the standard neutering, vaccinating, and micro-chipping. After a little TLC, Hank was deemed "fit as a fiddle" and adopted into his new home on June 8th. A note from his adoring pet parents:
I am writing to share our adoption story. We adopted Hank from the humane society a few weeks ago. He was found in the woods and brought in to the humane society. Hank was fostered by a loving family until he was old enough to be adopted. My fiance Tyler and I adopted him and we absolutely adore Hank. He now resides in Eagan, MN. He loves to play with all his toys, take frequent naps in our arms, and loves to chase flies. We are so thankful that we got the opportunity to adopt him and thought you might enjoy some current pictures of him!
Love, Cara, Tyler and Hank
Makes you wonder if Hank even has a memory of living alone in the woods, doesn't it? Whether he does or doesn't, I think it's safe to say he's not yearning for those particular days of his youth. . Thanks for helping us make happy endings like this a reality for both the pets and the people who love them!
Almost 10 years ago (the 16th will be 10 years) I met my best friend at your facility.
He was named Gunny, although I remember the woman who helped us with the paperwork affectionately called him "chubby head". I called him Money. And since that day I have spoiled and loved him to the best of my ability.
We both wanted to just say thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to meet. There's no sad twist in this one. He's still healthy and happy and has made lots of friends since his time with you. And I'm hoping he's got a lot more time to make some more. I'm including the first picture I took of him the day I brought him home and some more recent ones. Thank you so much for what you do. You've given us both a better life.
Matt and Money
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??"
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