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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!


Some new pet family members adjust quickly in their new homes. For others, their path to harmony is more of a zig-zag than a straight line. This adoption story illustrates that training and patience can help a new family member make the adjustment successfully.

Apollo arrived at Tri-County Humane Society in November 2023 as part of a transfer from Leech Lake Legacy. He was a little reactive toward other dogs and his leash at the shelter, which isn’t atypical, but it let us know he might be a work in progress. He was adopted a little more than a month later, and thankfully, his new family didn’t give up on him despite his quirks. Let’s hear it from them:

“I just want to thank you guys for what you do and the second chances you allow these dogs with their new families. Apollo has turned out to be the greatest addition to our family. He's adjusted perfectly! When we adopted him, we were warned that there was some concern over him being dog and leash reactive. He no longer pulls on his leash (which was a big issue), he rarely barks at other dogs, and has learned numerous commands such as ‘sit,’ ‘shake,’ ‘lay down,’ ‘stay,’ ‘drop it,’ etc.  It took him a little time to get used to being around kids, as I don't think he was socialized with them when he was growing up. We have spent a lot of time working with him and he has become a great dog to our kids and has to help me tuck them in bed every night. He loves to play fetch in our yard, sit and watch all the cars go by, go for long walks, play tug-o-war, and take endless amounts of naps next to me while I work from home. He's such a cuddler! I just wanted to share our success story. I'm truly not sure who saved who in this situation. We love him so much!”

“Adopting a shelter dog is an excellent way to turn love into action. The love you receive is an extraordinary extra benefit” Abby Underdog

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