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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!



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

“Back in 2010 after debating with my doctor what would help with my depression he recommended me possibly looking into getting a cat or dog. Being a busy college student I didn't think I could keep up with the demands of a dog, so I settled on a cat.

I searched humane societies all over Minnesota trying to find the purrfect companion. I saw ‘Thunder’ on your website and fell in love right away. I went the next day to see him in person. I ended up putting a deposit on him and left. By the time I got home I was crying because I didn't just adopt him on the spot. So the next morning I went as soon as you opened and I adopted Thunder. I renamed him to Olley because he liked to hide from me (Olley-Olley-Oxen-Free).

Over the next 10 years, Olley has been the one constant thing in my life: through breakups, fights with friends, sleepless nights, bad days at works, switching jobs, getting up in the middle of the night with a newborn, moving, starting my own business, late nights due to anxiety attacks. No matter what, Olley was the one waiting for me at the door as soon as I got home and cuddling me while I fell asleep. Call me a crazy cat lady or whatever, but I love this fur ball to the moon and back. I'm so thankful 10 years ago I found him!”

We’re also thankful Olley found his person. It’s rather funny how we get a pet to take care of and soon discover they’re also taking care of us! Once again the question “Who rescued Who?” surfaces.

Our Impact in 2019:

  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Placed


  • Animals Spayed/Neutered


  • Total Surgeries


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