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Adoption Stories

Adoption Stories

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.

Share Your TCHS Adoption Story:  email your story with photos to pets@tricountyhumanesociety.org or message us on our Facebook page for future publication. We love to hear how our alumni are doing!


2024 Happy "Tails"

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When you adopt a senior pet, you get the joy of giving a second chance to a fully formed individual.

The writer of this adoption story put finding the purr-fect match eloquently: “It seems you don’t know what you’re missing until you find her.”

Is there anything better than watching a puppy grow up?

Holy cow: This guy went from stray cat to beloved family member in udderly no time!

Sometimes adoption stories are long, involved tales. Other times, they are short and sweet – like this one.

The subject of this adoption story recently celebrated her fourth birthday, and her human – who adopted her about a year and a half ago – wanted to mark the milestone.

Adopting a pet for a loved one as a surprise can be an extremely thoughtful gesture!

This adoption story is a sweet tale about a 1-year-old cat named Hiroyuki, formerly known as Honey.

Tri-County Humane Society has adopted out almost 40 guinea pigs so far in 2024

This adoption story is pretty special – it’s from the subject itself!

This story is an amazing testimony to the impact TCHS can have.

With fostering comes the temptation to “foster fail” - to adopt the pet instead of bringing it back for adoption. Hey, we understand! And many of us have “failed,” too, including TCHS staff

Animal adopters know that pets rescue us as much as we do them. Such is the case with this adoption story.

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard this adoption story – it was the topic of a KARE 11 news report on Saturday, April 13 and widely shared in media reports.  But a story this good is worth repeating!

Major Tom got an out-of-this-world home – and his family is not ashamed to admit he’s galactically spoiled!

We were so happy to receive this adoption story about one of the biggest canine guests we’ve had in recent months.

Tri-County Humane Society adopts out a fair number of rabbits throughout the year.

There are countless reasons to adopt an adorable young dog – and having a great ice-breaker is one of them!

The thought of the hamster Princess Buttercup living a less-than-charmed life? Inconceivable!

They say if you have a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

This tale is about the pet formerly known as Yurdle the Turtle, who’s now Emerald or Emy.

Puppies and kittens will always be lil’ attention-grabbers, but there are plenty of people who come to TCHS looking for a senior pet.

Tri-County Humane Society adopted out 361 “other” pets last year, meaning those who aren’t cats or dogs. This adoption story is one of those “others” – but to the people who love them, they’re stars, they’re best friends, they’re family members!

Some new pet family members adjust quickly in their new homes. For others, their path to harmony is more of a zig-zag than a straight line.

Tri-County Humane Society adopts out mostly dogs and cats, but our Small Animal Room is a busy place, too!

This hound dog is definitely not crying all the time – because he has a fantastic new home!

“La vita e bella” – or life is beautiful – for this adoptee!

TCHS staff and volunteers adored Charlie during his two weeks at the shelter.

The 1-year-old cat known as Miss Muffin at the shelter has become an exemplary big sister to a kitten who joined the household.

This pup has had a lot of firsts and milestones in his first seven months.

This story is about a TCHS dog who went through several stays and names at the shelter

We don’t play favorites with the animals at Tri-County Humane Society, but there are definitely a few who capture staff and volunteers’ hearts.

Part of the fun of adopting a puppy or kitten is watching them grow up!

We’ve all heard about the cats who will actually play fetch with you – some of you may even have had feline friends who are game to do so!

An update on a TCHS pup who took a bit to find her right match.

We all know someone who has fudged a little on their resume – and got the job anyway!

When a newly adopted shelter cat adjusts to a home, there are the usual things to learn

Well, our Minnesota Twins didn’t go as far as we wanted in the playoffs, but this adoption story is still a home run!

Only treats for this Howl-o-Ween adoption story, absolutely no tricks!

James was part of our Valentine’s Day-themed adoption event at Crossroads Center, where he met his future family.

This adoption story is about a former bottle baby who has grown up into one playful little guy.

There are a lot of fringe benefits to events such as Companion Walk besides the financial ones. Take this adoption story – it’s a family reunion none of us saw coming!

We often hear from adopters that they can’t imagine their family without their TCHS addition. This adoption story is about a pup who is just right for her new household.

Zoey and Zelda's (now Sunny and Sim) adopters opened their home and hearts to two kitties from Tri-County Humane Society after losing their pet.

Is there anyone who has a better fortune than a senior dog who almost immediately gets a loving home?

To paraphrase the wise scribes Jagger and Richards, you don’t always get what you want – but sometimes you find something even better!

This adoption story took a little bit to find his right fit – but, as is often the case with shelter pets, it was worth the wait!

This mini black panther found his kingdom (and his new home)

Here's a story about a dog who found a “hoppy” ending with life in the country - and frogs!

We know it’s kitten season, and to be sure, kittens are adorable. But adopting an older cat is pretty special, too!


2023 Facts:

  • Animals Placed

    4,764

  • Number of Animals Transferred In

    464

  • Total Surgeries

    3,204

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