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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!

2021 Happy "Tails"

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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

This story is about a kitty who always looks all dressed up (he’s a tuxedo cat) and in no time at all found a new place to call home.

This story is about a big dog with a big heart – who is loved big time by his new family! Tank is a 99-pound St. Bernard mix who came into Tri-County Humane Society with plenty of energy to burn and needing a household that could keep up with him.

Here are a pair of cats who are fulfilling their companionship contract in fine fashion!

Sometimes Tri-County Humane Society adoptees have an adjustment period when they’re introduced to their new home. Other times, they know they’re right at home!

This adoption story is a fine example from another satisfied adopter. A 6-year-old cat named “Cheeto” came into the shelter and about 1 week after his arrival he was adopted.

Here is a follow-up from someone who hired two of our clients to come “work” (and live) in their barn:

It’s always wonderful to hear a success story from an adopter whose puppy has grown up to be a sweet dog! Such is the case with this story.

This story is Jack’s – who was left outside the shelter in late August. That’s the only part of his story he came in with.

Our Impact in 2020:

  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Placed


  • Animals Spayed/Neutered


  • Total Surgeries


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