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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 or message us on our Facebook page for future publication. We love to hear how our alumni are doing!

2022 Happy "Tails"

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Now, we at Tri-County Humane Society love all of our animal guests equally, but there are definitely a few who stand out and leave paw prints on our hearts. This adoption story is about one of them.

Stripe is a 2-year-old mixed breed pup who came to Tri-County Humane Society by way of Leech Lake Legacy

This adoption story is about a dog who has had one heckvua first year in her new home!

This adoption story is about one of those kittens who came to the shelter in early August after being found outside.

There are times when a stray comes to Tri-County Humane Society and it’s clearly the best thing that could have happened to them.

We saw her notice on the TCHS website when she was picked up as a stray and thought maybe this was the cat meant for us, but felt sure someone would claim her...

We have a fun adoption story about a TCHS alum who certainly looks a little spooky

This adoption story is about a rabbit who’s enjoying her new home, especially her new animal roommates!

Some shelter dogs have stony exteriors that hide very soft hearts. This adoption story is about one of those dogs.

This adoption story is about two birds of a feather who flocked home together...

Everyone who adopts a “rescue dog” feels like they got the best one ever.

This adoption story is about a cat named Lucky – and that’s exactly how her family feels since they adopted her!

We hear regularly from people who have adopted multiple pets from TCHS over the years - sometimes decades! We love that – but we also love learning about first-time adopters.

Rocket is a 3-year-old cat who arrived at Tri-County Humane Society in April; he blasted off to a new home the next month.

Tri-County Humane Society often has to guess on a shelter pup’s breed.

This adoption story is about how the former TCHS cat called Quinn is living her sweet new life as “Cannoli”!

Anyone who’s adopted an animal knows they help us humans as much as we help them.

We at Tri-County Humane Society are big fans of tortoiseshell kitties – feisty personalities and all - so we loved hearing this update from a recent adopter!

A 4-year-old German Shepherd mix named Abby who was adopted in May.

This adoption story highlights a kitten who lived in a foster home before his adoption.

A young dog named Ellie came to Tri-County Humane Society in May 2021. She spent almost a full year with us, finally getting adopted in March of this year.

It’s great to hear when newly adopted pets make instant best friends with their “siblings.”

Although we love pets of all ages, one of the benefits of adopting a puppy is being able to watch them grow.

New name, new chapter: This adoption story is about a cat who may or may not have nine lives, but she’s definitely had a few new starts – and she’s very much enjoying the most recent start in her new home!

This adoption celebrity has adjusted nicely to his new home and is especially having fun with his new doggie roommate.

This adoption story is a special one – it’s from a family who “fostered failed” with a 10-year-old cat named Charlie who has a lot of medical needs

This adoption story is about a family who took a chance on a stray Lab Retriever puppy we called King.

Tri-County Humane Society’s animals tend to get adopted very fast – so fast, that sometimes those who stay at the shelter a little longer stick out!

Themias arrived at our shelter in January, and during the four months she was with us, I, like many of the other staff, fell deeply in love with her.

With time and patience, Muffin has become a great apartment dweller! And she’s also getting a lot of exercise which helps inspire naptime!

Animals adopted from a shelter adjust to their new homes at different paces. For some, there’s no wait time; for others, it can take weeks (or months).

This adoption story is about a puppy who reminded some of us (the ones old enough to remember, anyway) of a certain late 1980s spokesdog named Spuds MacKenzie.

SpongeBob is now Mr. Bagel, and he gets copious amounts of toys and cuddles in his new home. He also has a new cat chum named Cupcake, who also is a TCHS alum.

A dog’s breed is often a guess – an educated guess, but a guess no less! So it’s always fun to hear from adopters who share results of their TCHS alum’s DNA results.

This adoption story is about a cat and a human who found each other at the exact right time.

This adoption story is about some-bunny who turned out to be a very good companion – and now, he even inspires kids to read!

Any fan of little dogs knows they can leave a big impact in your life (and on your heart). This adoption story is about a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix

This adoption story is about a kitty whose family makes sure he’s always the star of every holiday

This adoption story is about a transfer who came to us by way of Leech Lake Legacy.

Zeus, a 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, was severely underweight and in need of immediate care.

This adoption story is about a dynamic duo that went out and joined another to become the three amigos! 

This adoption story is about a very lucky Penny, indeed.

Not long after Christina Hegstad, CVT, started at TCHS, she was quickly charmed by a pair of senior cats.

This adoption story is about one of the newest members of #TeamTCHS and her “fail” – although it’s been nothing but a success.

At Tri-County Humane Society, we love all animals, but we are especially fond of the diamonds in the rough.

This adoption story is about a kitten who was adopted shortly before Halloween; her new family made sure she had a starring role in their Christmas pictures.

That first year of a dog’s life goes so fast and includes so many changes and dog-life lessons! We’re always delighted to hear about puppy alumni who have grown up to be very good and well-loved dogs.

This adoption story is about a cat who had two stays with TCHS; now he’s doing great in his home.

Friends of Tri-County Humane Society know that 2021 was a record year for transfers for us! This adoption story is about a dog from one of those transfers.

Tri-County Humane Society helps rehome animals other than dogs and cats, of course. This adoption story is about a bunny who hopped to a fantastic home!

2021 Facts:

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  • Animals Placed


  • Number of Animals Transferred In


  • Total Surgeries


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