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2021 and earlier:

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New year, new attitude – and don’t ever believe that a dog can’t learn new tricks! Or, in the case of this adoption story, learn how to adjust to a totally different climate!

This adoption story is about a pup who will probably be recognizable to anyone who spent some time on our website or Facebook page in 2021.

This adoption story is about a shy kitty who now has a lookalike big brother whom he adores!

Anyone who has ever been loved by an animal knows they can be a great source of support.

Sometimes dogs provide emotional support, but some need some support of their own! This adoption story is about a kitten adopted from the shelter who has helped provide some comfort to her canine roomie, another a TCHS alum.

We think you’ll love this adoption story about a poodle named Jane who came into the shelter in relatively rough shape.

Sometimes shelter pets feel comfortable right away in their new home; others need a little bit of time. A patient adopter helps – and an animal buddy can, too!

It’s great when pets can take on jobs after their adoptions, whether it be patrolling for mice in a barn or helping keep things in order on the farm. The subject of this adoption story found a different – but cozy – niche.

Tri-County Humane Society often adopts out “working cats” or barn cats—those that, for whatever reason, would not make for a good indoor cat but still deserve good homes.

I wanted to send an update on Loreli.  I adopted her (recently) and it was rough to say the least.  :)

This adoption story is from a TCHS volunteer who is definitely a bunny person – and she is very excited about the latest, fluffy addition to her household.

This adoptee recently celebrated her four-year “adopt-a-versy!” And this gal is living the life – the lake life, that is!

This story is about a cat who turned out to be a great mouser – albeit a different type of mouser!

This adoption story is about a dog who was in and out of the shelter a few times, looking for just the right home to lighten up!

Tri-County Humane Society’s volunteers are not just valued team members; they’re also often donors - and adopters!

This adoption story comes from one of the TCHS veterinarians, Dr. Anne Lottie, whom we’re lucky to have on our team for so many reasons!

This is a weight loss success adoption story.

We have this overwhelming urge to say “Leapin’ Lizards!”  This adoption story is about a little lizard who may not be a leaper, but he’s certainly livin’ large in his new home!

Kitten season means lots of kitten adoptions, naturally! And anyone who has adopted a kitten can tell you part of the fun is watching them grow up and develop their purr-sonality. Aqua was part of an unplanned litter ( can you say NUTR-EM??)

Sometimes it’s tough to see a certain animal wait longer than most for a home. The staff and volunteers know they’re all great animals; they just need a chance to find the right person.

Tri-County Humane Society’s Kitty Korner was only around for a little more than a year, but with hundreds of adoptions done there, it had a big impact. This adoption story starts at Kitty Korner, then winds back to our main shelter. (It’s a great story – hey, aren’t they all?)

This adoption story comes from a relatively new but VERY dedicated Tri-County Humane Society volunteer - and her initially reluctant husband.

We would love to share two-stories-in-one about a recent Tri-County Humane Society dog named Tanner, who came to us as a transfer from a North Dakota rescue.

We all need a buddy – and helping people find a buddy is what Tri-County Humane Society is all about! This adoption story is about a “Buddy” who is a beloved family member. The rat terrier mix arrived at TCHS in May 2018, and didn’t wait long at all for his new home.

This story about a li'l one whose status went from spud to spunky star of her new home! This is a tale especially appropriate when the shelter is filled with kittens

As July comes to a close, Tri-County Humane Society is getting close to 2,000 adoptions so far this year. (Not to pat ourselves on the back – but wow!) One of those recent adoptions was this shepherd mix puppy.

This 2-year-old cat named Skip came in to the shelter from a North Dakota rescue group in early February.

Losing a pet is very painful – they are family, after all. The decision if and when to add a new pet to your home (and heart) is a personal one, and the answer is different for everyone. In this adoption story, a very special dog came into the human’s life at just the right time.

We at Tri-County Humane Society know that it’s not only tough on us when our animal companions cross the Rainbow Bridge; it’s tough on their animal siblings, too. So it’s always nice to hear when a new addition to a home is welcomed by all members of the family, including those with four paws.

Tri-County Humane Society staff often have to play an educated guessing game when it comes to our dogs’ breeds, unless we know the parentage or have paperwork.

It's June and kitten season has started! If this year is like any other, it probably will last until the leaves start to fall! We at TCHS often say that it’s a great idea to adopt kittens in pairs, and no, it’s not just because it helps clear our shelter faster - although that is definitely an advantage!

This story is about a very special dog who captured the hearts of many of us at TCHS – so much so, that when he recently came back to pay a visit, the staff went wild!

We often hear, "how do you not take them all home?" Well, housing situations and city laws (not to mention spouses/partners/roommates) stop that from happening! However, every now and then, a staff member can’t resist adopting one that has tugged at their heart.

Most animals come to us in pretty good shape – happy and healthy. Others, such as this adoption story, need a little extra care.

I adopted Otis, whose name was Chester at the time, in November of 2016. Although he was a little shy at first, he quickly settled into his new home!

This adoption story takes a bit of a different spin from those prior. Thereby I expect to give you a deeper look into our work and in doing so, hope we don’t spoil anyone’s appetite!

Tri-County Humane Society had a busy year for adoptions in 2020. For many families, COVID actually turned out to be a good time to add to their households, because so many members were home more often. Such is the case with this adoption story. 

This story is about a feline TCHS alum who has two basic modes: play and sleep!

This story is about a pretty little tabby cat named Minnie who came to the shelter just at the right time to be discovered by her new family.

Marilyn, a 7-month-old kitty, came to us as a very timid and nervous kitty. She slowly but surely started to warm up to staff and volunteers.

Everyone who is owned by a dog knows one of the best parts is the welcome-home greeting you get from your furry best friend!

Even the smallest creatures can leave a big impact on your heart! Such is the case with the tiny subject of this adoption story.

Tri-County Humane Society staff, volunteers, and friends have long known that “rescue” is a two-way street. Hence the term – “Who Rescued Who?”.  Such is the case with this story.

This adoption story is about a rabbit. Mayzie is a 5-year-old Mini Lop who came in to Tri-County Humane Society in late February.

This story is a two-fer: Over the course of a few weeks a family adopted an adult dog and a puppy from TCHS, both of whom are loving rural life and each other.

This story is about a kitten with some serious skills who could easily be ready for the next Kitty Bowl draft! She was picked up a short week after she came in, and she definitely calls the plays with her new family.

Some of the dogs we see at the shelter have some issues that only a kind and caring person with lots of patience will be able to help. The good news is those people often come to a shelter to adopt a dog that really needs them.

Leonardo came in to TCHS as a kitten with this three brothers. The little guys, who were found outside, spent some time in foster care to get big enough for adoption.

One of our more than 370 adoptions so far this year (as of this newsletter’s press time) was Ken the cat, pictured here.

Is there anything cuter than a puppy? Why, two puppies, of course

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We love to hear how our alumni are doing!

2021 Facts:

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  • Animals Placed


  • Number of Animals Transferred In


  • Total Surgeries


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