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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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!"
On January 30th Bodi came to TCHS because he wasn’t a fan of children. The transition to the shelter wasn’t easy for Bodi, who needed a little work in the self-confidence department. Because of his insecurity, he would over-compensate by acting “tough”. This made him appear less than friendly when people walked up to his kennel. It took 2.5 months until the right people walked into the shelter and saw through Bodi’s “tough guy” facade. On March 14th Bodi found his new family. We received a great update through a review on our Facebook page:
We've been waiting to adopt a dog for our family for quite some time. We wanted to meet the perfect fit for our family and we found Bodi!! Instant bond! Staff was so amazing and professional, and very helpful when it came to picking the right one!
We're on our way home with a new family member!
Tank came to the shelter early December last year because he was too active. We don't see many 11 year old dogs coming in for that reason very often!
But Tank really is a busy boy. He would play with a tennis ball as long as you're willing to toss it. In fact, here's a video of him during his stay at TCHS throwing it back so you'll throw it again! https://youtu.be/1lcJfzk1IJA
Tank was adopted just four days after his initial surrender, but returned because he had some separation anxiety issues. He waited over a month to find his match. Sometimes it just takes the right person walking in the door with the right dog waiting in a kennel! Thanks for allowing us to give them all the time they need for that right one!
Here's is a note recently sent by his new family:
"Tank loves his forever home and his forever family! Thank you so much. We are so in love with Tank."
Louie (aka Ballsy) was adopted from you guys in September. I cannot even begin to explain how obsessed with each other we are!!! He’s a little food obsessed, so for his Christmas present he received an automatic feeder that was Louie proof! He loves it and waits patiently for it twice a day! He is doing so great and I am so happy I randomly decided to enter TCHS that Sunday! Thank you so so much for such a sassy and photogenic boy!
Sadie is my favorite pet ever. Everyone keeps telling me how proud they are of me that I adopted Sadie with all her special qualities. But she seriously did me the favor - I’ll never be alone again lol, seriously..... She has separation anxiety, which we are working on!
Of course I have pictures of her and I would love if you would include her story so others know that any dog with a medical disability is just a dog. My mom and I say all the time we forget she’s blind because she does so well! We only hope that with more time she gets a little more independent. When we leave I don’t think she rests. She's constantly barking and having accidents because she’s so upset, but we are working on some things with our vet. She's a really spoiled dog but we love her and are so happy she's been kept in good hands until she found her forever home.
I’m sorry to say, but the Tri-County Humane Society will not be seeing Sadie again unless it’s for a visit.
Henry and Cesar, Then and Now!
Hercules (previously known as Henry) and Cesar (previously known as Bam Bam) wanted me to send you updated pictures of them to show you how handsome they have become. I also wanted you all to know how wonderful and loved they both are. Hercules weighs in at a mighty 18.5 pounds and Cesar weighs in at the grand 20 pounds even. Our vet says they are healthy and the correct weight for their build/breeds.
Each have their own unique personalities. Cesar is the mighty night time patroller of the home, looking for moths or spiders. He's very independent with a loud purr. Hercules is my baby, usually checking in each night for a snuggle and belly rub. He lets me know when he's in need of a treat, which he likes often. His purr is much more quiet, but he is more vocal. I find them occasionally snuggled up together in a basket or on a blanket. They are indoor only cats, I could not bare to lose them.
Thank you for these beautiful members of my family!
~Hercules and Bam Bam's mom
This is Jack. I wasn’t looking for a dog, or so I told everyone. I’d lost my best four-legged friend, McKinna, a few months before and I really wasn’t looking for another dog. Or so I kept telling myself every day when I would look at the Tri-County Humane Society Website. And then I saw him, this solemn looking boy who’d been found by a wayside rest. I went to visit right away. I couldn’t take him out of his kennel because he’d just arrived, but we talked through the wire and he kept turning his head as if he were listening to me..
I’d found the dog I wasn’t looking for.
The wait to take him home was longer than anticipated because of a two week quarantine due to a virus that had been found in one of the dogs brought in. So I waited. I was able to visit Jack on several occasions. One of the times I went to visit a volunteer had just given him a bath and was attempting to comb out dozens of cockoburs that were stuck in his long, beautiful fur.
Finally the day came to take Jack home. He just needed the final okay by one of the veterinarians who volunteers their time at the shelter. I waited anxiously for the exam to be over with collar and leash in hand. One of the staff came out and said they had some bad news. Jack, who they estimated was between 10 and 12 years old, had a crushed vertebra, had no feeling in one of his back legs, and would need to be on pain/anti-inflammatory medicine for the rest of his life. In addition, he needed 6 teeth pulled..
I remember the look of confusion on her face when I started to smile. I explained that I have two artificial knees and two artificial ankles so Jack and I seemed like the perfect pair. I fostered Jack until his teeth were extracted and then we went back to the Humane Society a few weeks later for the official adoption. The staff at Tri-County Humane Society were so wonderful to work with. They truly care about all of the animals at the shelter.
I don’t know what Jack’s life was like before the shelter, but here’s Jack’s current life: He’s a work dog. Jack comes to work with me two to three days a week at Engel Metallurgical. He ‘guards’ the hallway and greets visitors as they come in. Everyone loves him and often co-workers will be found giving him belly scratches. When he’s not at work Jack sometimes spends a day with his four-legged friends at La Dee Dogs. His gentle temperament and ready smile have made everyone in the neighborhood fall in love with him. When people notice his wobbly, sometimes drooping back end I always say, “Droopy back, happy front.” And it’s true. Jack is the happiest dog! He never lets his disability get in the way of being a dog. I have so much respect and love for this animal. I’m so lucky to have found him!
We've been fostering-to-adopt Ranger since July 2016, because at that time he was heartworm positive and we were working to get him 100% healthy. Since we got him he's been the sweetest, easiest dog to have. He's loving, smart, hilarious, and gentle. And when he has his daily zoomies we let him outside so he can tear around the yard at 110 mph until he has worn himself out. Since he is part Staffie, Ranger is a POWERFUL chewer so we keep him busy with his favorite treats and toys which include: femur bones with peanut butter in them, Nutro blueberry treats, elk/deer antlers, tennis balls, anything that’s double/triple/quadruple stitched and a particular squeaky snake made of green firehose.
Since he is very thin-coated and this winter cold has been brutal we had to enlist the help of Etsy to get him some custom fitted pajamas to keep him warm when we go outside. So we suit him up in white and black leopard print long pjs, black booties for his feet, and a red and black plaid top jacket. So he stays nice and toasty. One funny thing about Ranger is his lip constantly gets stuck up so he will look up at you and his little teeth are exposed. We have fallen deeply in love with this quirky little boy and have enjoyed spoiling him rotten. Now that he his HEARTWORM NEGATIVE we made it official and adopted him and we look forward to loving and spoiling him for the rest of his life.
When I (Aimee) was 4 my family adopted a yellow lab Springer puppy from Tri-County and we named him Max. We had him for 14 wonderful years. He was my first dog ever and now as an adult I've gotten the chance to come back and get my first dog that is all mine. Thank you Tri-County, your facility has always been my families first choice and we have never been disappointed. Thank you for bringing us together.
We adopted "Robin" from TCHS mid summer of 2017. Robin has a new name to go with her new home. We call her Alice. She is a pink-eyed white Lionhead and we like to think she's quite happy here with us and her "hus-bun" - his name is Thumper.
We bought Alice in hopes she would make a great friend for Thumper. They bonded very quickly and are now inseparable! They enjoy sharing timothy and orchard hay, fresh greens like cilantro and parsley and of course time together outside of their enclosure to binky and run around! This pair also enjoys going to the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society's "Hoppy Hour" social event for Rabbits.
We love having Alice as part of our family!
Here is a picture of LuLu taken today, 1/24/2018. You can just see the level of stress and anxiety brought on by being thrown into a new household. She is a wonderful cat, a real trooper who now sleeps on the bed with us at night. Please share the photo with all, but especially Kallie and Vicki, as they were the two who helped us adopt LuLu.
Thanks so much,
Just checking in now that we've had a full month of Chub time! He is an incredibly smart boy, who likes walks, treats, and snuggles. He's the largest lap dog I've ever met, and he always wants to be wherever you are. He loves the sprinkler and giving kisses. He's such a welcomed addition to our little family! Thank you TCHS!
I've put an updated photo of Chubby Bear at the bottom of the email so you can see that he's now a healthy weight! We remained consistent with his diet and we made sure to exercise him. He loves his walks so this was easy for us! He's about 85 pounds now!
We hadn't really realized how much weight he had lost until we looked at pictures of him from the day we adopted him. He truly does have more energy now that he's a healthy weight and we are so happy we found him at TCHS! He's the most welcome addition to our family, we're so happy to have him.
Deuce is an 11-year-old Lab mix that was with us for two weeks before being adopted. He lived mainly outdoors in his previous home, but when he was adopted he transitioned quite easily to an indoor home. It didn't take him long to claim the couch and the bed as his own (he shares of course) and he got to pick out his very own toys.
From Deuce's people: “He sure is a happy boy. My heart is so full.”
I've heard people speculate that dogs his age probably won't get adopted. Not true. There are people out there that have a soft spot for older dogs. May their full heart be blessed!
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