To ensure your adoption is in the best interest of both you and your pet, we ask that you answer a few questions. Please only fill out this questionnaire if you currently have an appointment scheduled to view animals and note your appointment date and time in the “comments” field. This is designed to help limit your time in the shelter and help us practice physical distancing.
If you do not have an appointment set or would like to place a deposit on a specific animal, please call 320-252-0896.
Feline Distemper Statement
Dated Nov. 10, 2022
Tri-County Humane Society always strives to be transparent with our community. In that vein, we want to share the following:
We recently had two litters of kittens who appeared healthy on intake, but they became ill with feline distemper. We quickly sprang into action and took multiple steps to prevent further spread. Our Animal Care Team also consulted with experts in Shelter Medicine at the University of Wisconsin to get their feedback on our processes.
Our Cat Room is open for customers who are interested in specific cats, but the general foot traffic will be limited for the next few weeks. It would help our staff if people who are interested in viewing cats make appointments to do so, but it would not be required. (Appointments can be made by calling 320-252-0896, emailing email@example.com, or sending a message to our Facebook page.)
There is no evidence that feline distemper is harbored in our shelter population at this time, and our higher-risk cats and kittens are being monitored very closely. (Feline distemper is especially a threat to them.) Our diligent intake vaccine and screening protocols along with thorough daily cleaning and disinfection keeps the in-shelter risk low. We vaccinate everyone upon intake, but these diseases are insidious, and they can be in animals' systems without them showing symptoms.
That’s why our team is taking every necessary precaution, which means that we are putting a pause on many kitten and cat intakes for the new few weeks as we monitor our feline population to ensure that everyone remains healthy. We understand this is an inconvenience, but we know that everyone understands the animals’ best interests must come first.
Feline distemper is always, unfortunately, a possibility not only at animal shelters but anywhere in the community. To protect your cats at home, please contact your veterinarian and make sure they’re up to date on their vaccines. Vaccinations are always the best protection against these diseases. (This is a good idea even if your cats stay exclusively indoors.)
Thank you for reading and for being a TCHS supporter.
Thank you for wanting to adopt a pet from Tri-County Humane Society. We hope you find what you’re looking for, but if not, visit again tomorrow! New pets in need of a loving home arrive daily. If you have any questions regarding the pet descriptions on our website, please call us at (320) 252-0896. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers will assist you in finding a good match for you and your household.
If you have recently adopted from TCHS, a Sauk Rapids-Rice DECA class would love for you to take a survey about your experience. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TYVZTCN
We look forward to adding your adoption story to the list soon!
Animals are adopted quickly from Tri-County Humane Society, so we advise you to call us if you find an animal you are interested in to place a deposit on them. To place a deposit on a pet, call us at (320) 252-0896 and have your Visa, Discover, American Express, or Mastercard ready. NOTE: Tri-County Humane Society CANNOT hold an animal without a $20 deposit. Anyone with an appointment is welcome to visit with our animals, but we cannot guarantee that animal's availability unless a deposit is placed, either by phone or in person.
Deposit: Deposits will hold animals for two full businesses days to give you a chance to come and meet them. There is a $20 non-refundable fee associated with this service, although if you choose to adopt the pet upon meeting it, this $20 will go toward the pet’s adoption fee.
2nd Deposit: If an animal you are interested in already has a deposit, you may place a second deposit on the animal. In the case that the first deposit falls through, you will be next in line to have the opportunity to adopt this pet and will have two business days from the time we notify you to come and adopt your pet. A $20 non-refundable fee still applies, even if the person with the first deposit decides to adopt the pet.
1. Are all pets spayed or neutered prior to adoption? Yes. In an effort to reduce accidental litters and decrease the number of unwanted pets in our community, we have been committed to spaying/neutering all dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits prior to adoption since 2012. The cost of this procedure is included in the adoption fee, not in addition to it.
2. Are the pets available for adoption healthy? We receive pets of all ages in varying states of health, and it is simply not possible to guarantee the health of every animal. All pets receive a basic physical examination and temperament evaluation, performed by our animal care team. Any concerns are addressed by our shelter veterinarian and necessary treatments are prescribed. If continued treatment is necessary following adoption, this information will be clearly explained to you at the time of adoption and a full medical history of what we have done for your new pet will be provided. It is important to know that we are not a veterinary clinic, however, and we are limited in our abilities. It is strongly recommended that you visit a veterinarian of your choice within the first week of adopting your new pet.
3. Do the pets receive vaccinations? All dogs and cats receive distemper combination vaccines. Dogs also receive a bordatella vaccine to help prevent kennel cough. Some pets receive rabies vaccines, but not all.
4. Are the pets free of parasites? We check all animals for fleas, lice, ear mites, and ticks, and treatment is administered if anything is detected. All dogs and cats receive a standard deworming with their examination that covers Roundworm and Hookworm. It is recommended that this deworming be repeated two more times to cover all life stages of the parasites if any are present, so depending on the length of time the animal is in our care, follow up deworming may need to be completed at your veterinary clinic.
5. Are the pets micro-chipped? Yes. All dogs and cats receive micro-chips, and your information is registered with the micro-chip company during the adoption process. Micro-chips are not a tracking device, but rather an identification chip inserted under the skin that cannot be removed, unlike collars with tags that can fall off. It is standard practice for animals shelters and veterinary clinics to scan stray pets that are found to see if a micro-chip is found. It is safe for pets, and one of the most effective means to reunite lost pets with their owners.
6. Is there a return period if the adoption does not work out? Yes. We have a 30-day return period during which your adopted pet may be returned for any reason, and all but $20 of the adoption fee will be refunded. A full refund will only be issued if there is a medical reason for the return which has been confirmed by a veterinarian.
7. What if I need to return my adopted pet after the 30-day return period? After the 30-day return period, you will be asked to pay a surrender fee to return your adopted pet. Please call first as we take in animals using scheduled appointments. Be prepared that, depending on the time of year, we may be booking appointments out a few weeks or more. We can rarely accommodate same-day appointments as our shelter is almost always full.
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