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.
2019 Happy "Tails"
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This is a loving tribute to a cat who found his way into his human's life and stayed there for many, many wonderful years.
Ivie went from kennel kooky to a total cutie in her new home! Ivie came into TCHS in early January because her previous owner moved and couldn’t bring her along.
Kratos came to the shelter at 1.5 years old, he was too high energy for the family to deal with at that time. He was adopted and returned a few days later because he needed more exercise than they could give him.
Willy, a 4 year old Guinea Pig, came to us in December because his previous owner's health no longer afforded them the ability to care for him.
This is a tale of a dog whose fortunes changed dramatically in a short amount of time.
One of the best parts of Tri-County Humane Society is when staff and volunteers get to see animals transform from shy or scared in their kennels to outgoing and confident in their new homes.
Liam came to us in August as a timid stray. He spent several weeks in foster care for socialization before landing an awesome new home on December 9th.
Ricky came to us in October with 2 feline friends looking for new homes. This sweet but super shy kitten hid in the back of his kennel for the majority of his stay, making it tough for potential adopters to see his true potential.
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2018 and earlier:
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
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??"
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!"
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