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


Tanner, from the August 2021 newsletter

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.

First, the artistic tail, er, tale

Tri-County Humane Society not only has some of the most generous donors around; we have very creative ones, too!

Linda Donlin is an artist from Bismarck, N.D. She was in St. Cloud babysitting her granddaughters (Madalyn and Lili) in May, and they decided they wanted to paint a portrait of a dog at TCHS who was available for adoption. Lili picked Tanner from our website and Linda obliged. Linda says that eldest granddaughter Madalyn is “counting the days until she’s old enough to volunteer here” and that she is “quite an artist herself." Linda, Madalyn, and Lili all decided they wanted to donate the portrait of Tanner to his new family.

Linda shipped the painting from North Dakota to Minnesota, and her son Matt stopped by with Madalyn to drop it off.

The story gets even better: TCHS Manager of Fund Development Crystal Specht reached Tanner's adopter, Bethany, and she was happy to stop by with Tanner to pick up the portrait. The pup even sat still (for a second) with the portrait.

And last, Tanner Bear’s happy home:


“He is such a good boy, and we are so lucky to have him! We call him Tanner Bear. He loves being in the backyard with the kids, and we took him camping …  and he did really well. He met a friend named Bella (a pitbull) and did well meeting her and new people.”

Our Impact in 2020:

  • Animals Fostered

    1,018

  • Animals Placed

    3,731

  • Animals Spayed/Neutered

    2,288

  • Total Surgeries

    2,377

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