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.
This is Lacey, who started her new life with us on May 21st.
In early May my husband and I said goodbye to our sweet old dog, Snooks. For the first time ever we were without a pet and the house felt pretty empty. A few weeks later we started looking for another dog. I stopped by TCHS and after checking out the dogs I walked through the small animal room. A little guinea pig named Snow White came out of her igloo and stood up to greet me. That evening I told my husband about her and the next day I adopted her.
Now her name is Lacey, and her job is to keep an eye on the kitchen from a loft in her cage. Like most guinea pigs she is a foodie, and she whistles anytime she thinks there might be food. Lacey spends several hours each day in a large play area eating hay and fresh greens. She moves her hideaways around and rearranges them so she can run through them when she gets the zoomies. She’s very smart and learned her new name quickly. She has also learned “circle” and she will turn in a circle for a treat.
We have since adopted a rescue dog and inherited a senior cat so now our house is filled with activity. Thank you so much for all of the good work you do helping the animals find forever homes.
This is James, one of our outstanding junior volunteers. He volunteers every week with his mother, Michelle, and his sister, Carley. James became very fond of the bunny Flopsy, who had been at Tri-County Humane Society for a long time. On a recent weekend, James became sad because he saw Flopsy had a deposit. Michelle asked him if he wanted to go into the small animal room to do some chores, and James said, “What’s the point? Flopsy’s got a deposit!” Well, what Michelle hadn’t told James was that SHE was the one who put down the deposit. She picked up Flopsy a few days later to surprise James. Here’s what she later had to say: “He was so excited. He even slept on his floor last night next to Flopsy's cage. I got up this morning and had to snap a picture because it was so sweet. He sure is one happy boy!”
It's been a few days since picking up Axle and I'd really like to thank the folks at Tri-County Humane Society for bringing me the opportunity to meet him. Methinks this will be a perfect match. He's a handful....but he's one of the most needy loving pups I've met in quite awhile. All he wants to do is please his human and collect pets
So far in the first week it's been long walks, belly rubs, good food and a big bed while he finds his place in his new world. We've thrown in a few lessons for manners around the house and a few field basics for hunting just to see how well he learns new concepts. Axle is a quick enthusiastic study with any task so far and in time he'll be awesome at everything he tries.
Here's a few pictures of Axle in his backyard and on his king size bed.
Thank you all so much for caring for Axle while he waited to be found by his forever human.
We adopted Harry from TCHS 8 years ago. We thought we were getting a cuddly, laid-back kitten and we ended up with this little character that is more like a person than a cat. We love him so much and are grateful for him every day! (Even though he is always trying to steal our food or sneak outside.)
This is Simon, previously known as Simba. He was at TCHS for almost 2 months and is now living his best life going for plenty of car rides and doing as much exploring as he can! His person sent us these photos.
Whoever said dogs don't smile hasn't seen Simon take a ride in a car or go on a hike!
I can't tell you how much my daughter loves her cat. Alfredo was new to the shelter when she fell in love with him. It wasn't known how he'd do with children, but these two are so inseparable, it warms my heart. My daughter is home sick today, and her Alfredo hasn't left her side yet. It's been an amazing 8 months with Alfredo, and we couldn't be happier.
Bongo first arrived at TCHS last year as a stray kitten with an unusable front-right leg. He was kitten feisty even with the challenges his leg presented. The highlight of his days was wet food and time spent with Laura, our Animal Care manager, while he was in foster care with her. Bongo's leg was not going to get better, so it was amputated on August 26th. Bongo would then spend more time in foster care to recover. After he figured out maneuvering on 3 legs (which didn't take him long at all) he came back to the shelter and was adopted by the Hahn Family in September. Thank you for enabling us to offer this kind of care to the animals who come to us with special needs.
Just recently we received an update of Bongo on our Facebook page which said:
“We got Bongo (we now call him Trace) a little over a year ago, and we couldn't be happier. He is the sweetest, most chill, and hilarious cat. We love him so so so much!”
Hi I thought I'd share some photos of Sylvee (now named Sunny) with you in her new home! We absolutely adore her and she is such a little smarty. By far, the easiest puppy I have ever had. Thank you so much for helping me find my baby girl! She's the best! We love her! Thank you again! (She is pictured with her cat sister Skye. )
She is an amazing dog and I'm sure you have more that would flourish in a forever home. God bless you for the work you do!
Comet is an 8-pound Toy Poodle mix who arrived at TCHS at the beginning of August -- he was 14 years young. Comet was very spirited despite his old-age ailments including failing eyes, bad teeth, and an occasional seizure. During his stay at the shelter his health began to waiver and he had a few seizure spells. After a few weeks he was taken off the adoption floor while our Animal Care Manager thought deeply about his quality of life. A few days prior to that, Comet’s picture was featured on our social media pages where lots of love was sent his way, but not an adopter.
A few days later, we received a message on Facebook inquiring about Comet and wondering if he had been adopted. Nothing about Comet's current status fazed his future family—they just wanted to bring him home and give him the best possible life he could get. So on August 24th they adopted Comet and he is loving the life of being spoiled, cuddled, and of course, being a member of the "family" photo shoots.
I may have said this before, but isn't it wonderful that there seems to be someone out there for everyone? I'm just tickled that "someone" saw Comet on our facebook post and it was love at first sight! Probably no one happier though than Comet!
Thank you for the role you play in making these stories possible and being part of the TCHS village!
A little more than nine years ago I visited Tri-County Humane Society, looking for a little sister for my giant monstah kitty as a surprise for his second birthday. There, I found Rhia, the tiniest and prettiest dilute tortoiseshell kitty. She was 11 months old, and she was perfect.
Except that she wasn’t.
Three years ago, she stopped eating. After a week at the vet, it was determined she has inflammatory bowel disease, which is now being treated with doses of an oral steroid every few days and a monthly injection of B-12. This little one also has a litany of other health issues and has had most of her teeth pulled, including all four of her canines.
Nevertheless, she LOVES her nummies and canned food with gravy; she races up and down the hallway and tries to climb the door jambs; she’s the world’s best napper; she rarely meows, but it’s the most adorable thing when she does; she snuggles next to my head every single night, purring me to sleep.
And on Sept. 5, she turned 10.
She’s the tiniest cutest, and I love her to pieces. Health wise she may not be perfect… but she’s perfect to me. She’s my little Tiny Poo, and I can’t imagine not having her. Happy 10th birthday, baby girl!
On January 27th we received a transport of pups from our friends at Leech Lake Legacy. In this transport was a concerned mama dog and her hungry little puppies. Our animal care staff made a quick connection that this dog had little to no human contact where she came from, but she sure was a good mother.
Monkey and her puppies made themselves right at home in their kennel in the back office. Staff eventually got used to the ever-present smell of messy puppies. Once the little ones were big enough, they were sent to foster care to ensure they get properly socialized due to their mama's huge trust issues with humans.
Over time, Monkey had her favorite humans at the shelter and her favorite toys. One pivotal moment for her was when our animal care staff discovered her love for three monkey toys strung together. These monkeys made a bunch of wacky noises and helped Monkey learn how to play which is why she was named Monkey. We, of course, had plenty of other toys for Monkey to play with which she would make a pile of and lay on top of them. A post-mothering instinct perhaps.
Months passed by with Monkey inching along to becoming a happier dog and getting her further removed from her feral life. We worked with dog trainers and every morning before we opened she visited new part of the shelter and met different people. She had left an imprint on a lot of us. We could leave her kennel door and the office door wide open and she'd just stay in her kennel and observe with those bright brown eyes of hers.
We got to the point where we were comfortable advertising Monkey on our website for adoption. We needed a home for her that could rigorously continue her socialization and love her as is. Monkey received some interest, but none were quite the right fit until one young lady came along.
This young girl made an instant connection with Monkey. They found a lot of similarities with one another—they both get uncomfortable in new surroundings and around new people, but once they are together those fears go away. Monkey was adopted on August 4th after spending 8 months with us. They stopped in the shelter today for a visit.
It took some time and effort, but it "feels good" to see them together - I'm comfortable saying it was well worth it and a labor of love! And YOU helped make that happen!
Klondike arrived at TCHS as a stray on January 2nd, 2017 with severe injuries to all four legs and his abdomen. Upon his arrival, he was sedated to have his wounds examined, cleaned, and treated by TCHS veterinarian Dr. Lois Harmon. Antibiotics and pain management immediately followed. Klondike’s journey to recovery wouldn’t stop here, however.
After a month of bandage changes and wound cleanings Klondike had his first surgery. This surgery involved cleaning and closing Klondike’s wounds (with proper drainage) and neutering him. As you can imagine, he was uncomfortable even with pain management. He would tear his bandages off frequently which wasn't helping matters.
On March 7th one of our volunteer veterinarians, Dr. Tom Rohman, sutured together Klondike’s wound on his front right leg. The same procedure occurred on March 28th to help promote healing and drainage. Klondike had been in foster care since February 9th with his patient foster family (that would eventually turn into his final family). Similar procedures occurred again on May 15th and June 2nd this time with skin grafts by Dr. Shannon Pieteg at Boysen Animal Hospital. After around 15 more appointments and checks Klondike was looking and feeling like a brand new cat. Once we made sure Klondike was in tip-top shape, he was adopted by his foster family on August 4th 2017.
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