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.
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.
Harley (formally Gator) was adopted April 16th, 2013. Harley moved with his mom 2 years ago to North Carolina and now lives with his sister Brinley, Mom, and Dad. He loves the ocean beaches and his big yard that he runs in. In December 2017 he will move with his family to Oklahoma where they will have their family forever home along with an addition of twins expected in September. Harley has been the most LOVING dog we could have ever asked for!
"I'd like to send an update about the puppy my fiancé and I got from you back in January. In January of 2017 we bought a house in Big Lake, MN and 2 days later we fell in love with our beautiful retriever mix, Mira, formally known as Ramona. She is 9 months old currently and has been the highlight of our lives. Mira is such a good girl. She loves the water, the hose is her favorite, and absolutely loves car rides. She is beyond friendly to people of all ages. Mira gets to travel all over the United States, her most recent trip was a road trip to Montana. She joined us for days filled with hiking and waterfalls and chasing flys around the cabin. Mira has a personality all her own. She's a happy, go lucky girl and would do anything to make her people happy. Mira is the best thing that has ever happened to us, and we, her parents, thank you for giving us the best dog on the planet. Thank you a million times! Mira is a beautiful girl that brings so much joy to everyone around her. "
Below is a note we just received thanking us for making their daughter so happy. If this doesn’t say “Happiness Happens at TCHS” I don’t know what does! The first picture is at the adoption counter where her dream was coming true. Because of you, this young lady has a best friend to cuddle and to share in all of her secrets!
“Yesterday we added to our family by adopting Amelia who we renamed to Lily. We came in a few days ago and she had a deposit on her already and came back Saturday to find out she no longer did. We were so thankful as she has made our oldest daughter so happy! She has been the perfect addition to our family! Thank you TCHS! Our daughter wanted a kitten that would cuddle with her. I would say it is pretty safe to say she got that with Lily. We love how happy she makes her!”
Animals offer many versions of therapy to people, don’t they? Like the dog last week that learned to alert her person when her blood sugar was high or low, this cat figured out his job right away as well. No one had to tell her to smile for the camera!
Background: This young lady is on the autism spectrum and her kitty that helped her had passed away last year. Her mom adopted ‘Ollie Furman’ for her at the beginning of this year and they have been inseparable ever since. He immediately gave her kisses, snuggles, and purrs. Seven months later and he is still her best friend helping her through anything and everything—he’s just a little more filled out now.
“Thanks again for helping a girl find her best friend and comfort.”
Lola was one of ten dogs transported from Florida where an over-abundance of abandoned dogs roam the deserted areas of town. Redland Rockpit Abandoned Dogs Project spend several hours a day feeding and catching these dogs. Her foster family had just moved to Florida and found Lola wandering the neighborhood. Typically, these pups are timid and shy, but Lola is the type of dog that smiles through any situation. She was one of the first pups to warm up to us after their long trek to the shelter - thanks to their SAFE (Shelly Adams’ Furbaby Express) transport. We think she's always had a bit of Minnesota Nice in her. After spending less than a week in the shelter, Lola was scooped up by State Representative Tama Theis for her son and daughter-in-law in Wisconsin. Don't worry, we've confirmed with Lola that she'll remain a Vikings fan! Her son used to live in and do foster care for dogs in Florida so it was truly a meant-to-be placement. We can’t wait to see and share future updates!
We bought Harry from you guys 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.) Lol
Thought I would give an update on how Logan’s doing
He fits right in with all the animals...hissing the first night but that's it. He has chosen our 7 year old daughter as his human, she calls his name and he comes running.
We love him and wouldn't trade him for anything.
We have had Hooper "formerly Cooper" a year. He has been such a wonderful addition to our family. He has been wonderful for our other dog, Maverick. They have become best buddies. Hooper is a total momma's boy. He LOVES to play fetch and cuddle at night. He is truly a wonderful dog and living an amazing life. Everyone he encounters loves him and he loves them back. He is our second rescue from Tri-County and is just as wonderful as Huckleberry (adopted March 2006). Thank you for what you do, connecting families with fur babies.
I just wanted to send you an update! We bought our kitten (5 months old at the time) from you guys this past year. He had already been in the shelter two different times at that point and didn't work for them. We got him and he fit right in! He is so amazing with kids! My oldest (4 years old) calls him his baby and named him Curry after his favorite basketball player, Stephen Curry. We nicknamed him Purry Curry. We just had another child in January and he's so loving with him! We've had such a great experience with this adoption! I have been involved with the shelter ever since I can remember, whether fundraising or volunteering. I am busy working full time as a police officer and still in the military, so I haven't been able to participate in the walk the past couple of years or volunteer, but I appreciate everything you guys do!
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