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.
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.
Lucy's a Winner!
Lucy was surrendered with her siblings as an unplanned litter. When they came in they were too small for adoption so they went to a foster home. Once Lucy was big enough to be spayed, she and her litter-mates came back to the shelter. A couple days after that, distemper broke out in the shelter so Lucy and her siblings returned to their foster home until the quarantine was over. They were brought back once more and shortly after, all of them had deposits! On October 18, 2017, after waiting for nearly three months, Lucy was going home!
Lucy’s adopters frequently visit the shelter making donations when they can. Often times, they run into Lucy’s foster mom and share photos and stories. Most recently they showed this picture showing that Lucy won a championship ribbon from the Mora county fair this summer!
Her new adopters sent this update: Lucy enjoys playing with her new friend and hiding in purses and sinks. She loves her new home and fits in perfectly! She gets along great with the grandkids and we couldn’t ask for a better addition to our house.
The top two photos are her while she was in foster care and the bottom two are her in her new home!
Rocky came in the beginning of this month because his owners didn’t have the time needed to train him. He was adopted and returned a short time later because he wouldn't use the stairs in the new home and there were lots of stairs inside and out. Rocky only stayed with us for a few hours this last time and found his new home last Friday. His new best friend just sent us this update:
"I adopted Rocky this past weekend and he’s already enjoying his new home in Winona, MN. He’s been hiking, swimming, and playing at the doggy parks meeting friends. He’s been so happy and already trusts us. He was afraid of steps when we got him, but after some coaching and love, he accomplished a hike including 800 steps! Thank you guys for helping me find my forever friend"
Hunter - 12 years later!
Kitty now Kitcat
Kitty came to the shelter back in January of 2013 - her previous owners were moving and couldn’t take her along. It was only one short week before she found her new family. Over 5 years later, they recently sent us this update:
I thought it would be fun to update you on our cat that we adopted quite a while ago. May not seem like a special story to some but it is special to us:) We adopted “Kitty” back in 2013 and she has been nothing short of the best! Her name now is Kitcat and she is such a sweet, unique, social and loving cat. She makes sure she spends equal time with all her humans, is so cute how she has a morning, afternoon and bedtime routine and we believe she’s half dog as she loves to chase a ball and enjoys having her tummy rubbed. We love her so much and life is so much better with her in it!
In July of 2011, Ladybug found her way to our shelter because her previous owners were moving and unfortunately couldn’t take her along. She spent only a short week with us while we had her spayed, vaccinated, de-wormed and tested for heartworm . On August 1st of the same year, Ladybug found a new home and a new name to go with it. Gypsy's people just sent us an update on their seven year anniversary together. No seven year itch happening here!
"7 years ago today, I adopted this amazing dog from you guys. Formerly known as Ladybug, Gypsy has been the most wonderful fur-baby I could ever ask for. I volunteered for her PetSmart Adoption Event. Her "brother" Tucker was adopted & seeing those 2 separated broke all of our hearts. I cried; fell head over heels in love with this one & a day & a half later I drove back to St. Cloud to pick her up! She was so scared, but when she saw me at her kennel, she got so excited. She picked me before I knew what hit me. She should be 11 years old now. Best dog ever!"
Officer Flossy (from August 2018 newsletter)
A pregnant stray cat came to us back in March and after spending some time in a foster home, she gave birth to 6 kittens on April 5th. One of those kittens was Officer Flossy.
After the litter grew big enough to find new homes, they returned to the shelter near the end of May and Officer Flossy found her purrfect match on May 30th.
Here is an update from her new family:
"Hey there! Officer Flossy update:
we adopted her about 3 weeks ago and she’s doing great. She’s an amazing kitty with the best personality. I’m so glad we could adopt her from a great shelter, so thank you She’s growing so quickly and we just love her so much!"
Lady Bug was a timid little pup when she came in, but she quickly wiggled her way into the hearts everyone she met. After she was vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped and spayed, she was ready to find her new home and family. That life-changing event happened on June 25th. Not only did she get a new family, but she got a new name! Allow me to introduce to you, the former Miss Lady Bug... her highness, the lovely Beatrice!
"Hi, Here is the lovely Beatrice and her new faithful friend Arrow. She’s doing so well and has settled into the family so well. Thanks for checking in on her. She continues to grow well and has learned (mostly) not to chase our cats. If only we could master the outside toileting. :) You all do such an amazing service for our community." Laurie and co.
Pecan finds a home (and a new friend)!
Pecan was born in one of our foster homes and waited almost 9 months before he found his new home.
"Here is Pecan (on right) together with his new mate and friend Jazz. It took them only an hour over two short days to bond. Jazz was my rabbit and I got Pecan from Tri-County Humane Society. It has been such a blessing for Jazz as well as for Pecan. I was very happy when Jazz took to Pecan in such a quick bond and they are now best of friends. I had them in the same pen but put a baby gate in between them so they could get used to each other's scent and smells. I did this after I got Pecan for about a month and during that time he got fixed by the humane society. He was isolated for a week until he was healed and then back with her but still separated till I knew he was completely healed. Now they are good friends and a bonded pair. Thanks TCHS for getting him fixed. He is mellowing out and is fitting in just fine. Please share this if you can. Thanks again for everything that you have done as he is in his forever home with his new rabbit friend and mate." Tracy R.
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
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