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2020 and earlier:

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This adoption story is a reminder that everyone needs a “Buddy” – and if that Buddy is from us or a shelter like ours, even better!

Friends of the feline variety know that the black cat adage is wrong – black cats are indeed very lucky! Here’s a story about a once-shy little black kitten who’s growing into a confident black cat.

We recently received a story from an adopter that really warmed our hearts. She adopted her dog, Casey, as a puppy from us a little more than 15 years ago.

This story is about a super senior cat who’s being treated like royalty in her new home. Duchess Marie, then 14 years old, came in for the second time late last year.

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet month? Well, it is, so there’s no better time than now to share an update about Oakley, a Tri-County Humane Society alum who turned 15 this year.

It’s not uncommon to hear people announce they don’t want another pet after going down the path of losing one. Our best advice is to consider why it’s so painful… You feel so dreadful because what was so wonderful is gone.

This story is definitely something to crow about! Now, just to be clear, we don’t routinely take in farm animals for adoption. However, a stray rooster was found in the city of St. Cloud, so under our contract for services we took him in.

This adoption story is about a dog who fooled all of us – in the best way possible!

We got Emmy from you nearly 2 years ago. We love her so much and she is living her best life here. Thank you so much.

Not everyone understands the magical connection of a “love at first sight” experience, but for those of us who do, this story will be something you can relate to.

This story is a jolly good one indeed! The cats London and England, two adult brothers, arrived at Tri-County Humane Society due to a family member developing allergies.

Since St. Cloud State University’s mascot is a husky, we thought it’d be appropriate during SCSU’s Homecoming week to share a story about a Tri-County Humane Society alum who is a Siberian Husky!

This story is about a kitten with a sweet name who’s living a sweet life indeed!

With pet adoptions, there are many milestones to acknowledge and celebrate. This story is about a Tri-County Humane Society alum who recently went on his very first camping trip!

At Tri-County Humane Society, age is not a barrier to animals’ adoptions; there are plenty of adopters who want a “seasoned” pet with real life experience! Such is the case with this story, starring super senior Boots.

This story is about a pup who’s slowly but surely making himself at home with his new family.

Anyone who has a pet knows how they can bring us comfort during tough times. 2020 has been challenging for many of us – and we are pleased to hear from many TCHS adopters how their animals have helped make things seem a little brighter the past several months.

It’s always wonderful to hear about the smaller pet varieties having success in a new home. This particular Tri-County Humane Society alum is enjoying her expanded space in her new home.

This story is about a little kitty who had one big year and is now a big city kitty! In 2019, stray kitten Kate spent a few weeks in a foster home to get big enough to be spayed and then adopted.

This story is about a pup whose days are filled with playtime! The 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix (then called Matilda) came to Tri-County Humane Society in mid-November last year.

Here is an update from one foster home highlighting their experience with the three not-so-social kittens they took home to help become more socialized.

From our August 2020 Newsletter: An update on Princess Di, officially named Betty in honor of Minnesota treasure Betty Crocker and Betty White’s sweet character from The Golden Girls, who was also a proud Minnesota native.

This pup has a sweet story from a mother-daughter duo who are Tri-County Humane Society volunteers.

This story is about a cat who came out of his shell (and out from under his blanket) to find his new best friend.

It’s no surprise that Tri-County Humane Society staff members love animals – so it’s always fun when we can share an adoption story that involves a member of #TeamTCHS bringing home a new furry, feathered, or scaly family member.

This is a story about a big cat who got a unique name in her new home – and boy, is her new family happy they adopted a senior cat (“Kittens are overrated,” her new human joked).

Here's a story about a little TCHS alum who is now living large! Moose the mouse came in at the end of May after having trouble with the other mice in the home.

I’d like to share a story about a dog who found her independence - and is definitely pursuing happiness:  Layla, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever mix

Every animal lover knows how much pets can improve our mental and physical health. Today’s Feel Good Furday helps celebrates the 10th anniversary of an adoption that made a big difference for one woman.  Here’s her story:

Tri-County Humane Society board member Kourtney Piepenburg submitted this wonderful story. This is a great example of what dogs can do……and of how you’ve helped us get them out there to do it!

"My name is Holly and I adopted Topaz in the beginning of December. She is by far the mostly cuddly cat I’ve ever seen, she even sleeps under the covers with me at night!" click the title to read the rest

This story is about a pup who had to wait a bit longer than most to find the perfect home – but now it’s clear it was worth the wait!

It was mid-March, the first week (and the first time) we put limitations on who and how many people could come in to the shelter. Margie, a long time donor emailed me asking if we were open and allowing people to visit and possibly adopt a cat.  She agreed to pre-shop through the website and called to put a deposit on Kodiak, the cat she thought she'd bring home.

This adoption story is about a pair of guinea pigs who are living high on the hog!! 

This adoption story is about a dog who’s now part of a “Fab Five”!

This story might inspire those of you (okay, those of us!) who might still be working on our New Year’s Resolutions to get healthier!

Here is a story about a dog who needed some time with one of our foster homes to truly chill out and become the very good boy we knew he could be.

This story is about a cat who’s been a source of comfort during this challenging time. Leo, a 2-year-old kitty, was adopted from the TCHS Kitty Korner the beginning of this year.

This story is about a kitty who not only got a new home and family, but a new dapper look! Nigel the kitten came in earlier this year. Like many cats and kittens when they first come in, he was a little shy. Knowing his paperwork reported that he liked kids, we knew it would only take getting him into a real home environment for his true colors and wonderful self to appear.

Milo and Tasha are two best friends who came in together and we wanted to do everything in our power to find a home for them together.  At age 12 (Milo) and 11 (Tasha), the two were definitely in the “super-cool senior” category plus unfortunately not potty-trained (yikes!).

This story is about a cat who got a new “job” supervising his humans. Sunny, a 2-year-old kitty, came in to Tri-County Humane Society in mid-February.  He was very friendly with staff and we knew someone would fall in love with him quickly. Sure enough, he found his new home on March 1st.

Here is a story of a dog who despite some challenges, was still able to find her new best friend. Sadie was blind, diabetic, and underweight when she first came to the shelter. She was adopted a few times, but her health and other issues – including not getting along with other pets – posed enough of a problem to be returned. But in February 2018, Sadie found her human – who absolutely adores her.

I adopted Watson from Tri-County Humane Society in 2005, which makes him 15 years old. Since he was from a stray litter, his actual birthdate was unknown. I decided Feb. 2nd was good because it is Groundhog Day, which is easy to remember, and near the estimate of his birth.

This story is about a very sweet (and apparently food motivated) kitten! Butternut came to Tri-County Humane Society in mid-January; the now 5-month-old kitten only waited a few days to find her family.

More often than you might think, Tri-County Humane Society adopters come from outside the St. Cloud area to find their new best friends. Such is the case with this story.

Age ain’t nothing but a number – and it’s great when we can give a super senior a new start!

This is a tale of a kitten who spent a lot of time at Tri-County Humane Society’s Kitty Korner before finding her perfect match.

This is the story of Zeus, who came to the shelter last June. Not only was he emaciated, but he had an extremely bad skin irritation that had become infected.

Celebrate Adopt a Rabbit Month (February) with this adoption story of two bunnies who waited almost two months to find a home – but in the end they got to go home together, and boy, have they hit the jackpot!

This story is about a once-shy cat who was known for hiding under his bed. He was described to us as a nervous fella who sometimes had stress-related urinary problems (not exactly a great selling point!).

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We love to hear how our alumni are doing!

Our Impact in 2020:

  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Placed


  • Animals Spayed/Neutered


  • Total Surgeries


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