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.
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
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!
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