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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.


Bailey (now Baylee)

Bailey (now Baylee)

Baylee came to us in March because her owners realized having a pup was more work than they anticipated. She only spent 2 short days with us before finding her new best friend. This is another example of how, with your help, we’re able to make happiness happen! 

Hi, I wanted to give you an update on Bailey (now Baylee) that we adopted last month as well as share my story about my previous dog I adopted, Chalupa.  

On April 12, 2007 I walked into TCHS on my 18th birthday to adopt my very own dog- a little Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix who I named Chalupa.  I remember my mother asking me, are you sure this is the one you want?  I nodded.  She was mine, and I was so excited.  She bonded to me quickly and we became best friends.  She was playful and had a diva attitude- we did everything together.

I have struggled with severe depression and anxiety since I was an adolescent, and in my early 20's I went through a very dark period in my life.  Chalupa was there for me- honestly, when I didn't care about anything else and became suicidal, I stayed alive for her. She was my everything.

As Chalupa aged she began to have health problems- first megaesophagus, which meant her esophagus no longer contracted properly and I had to feed her food in slurry form- then dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart).  Last year she nearly died after developing immune mediated thrombocytopenia- meaning she had no platelets in her blood.  A three day hospital stay and months of blood draws and medications- until right before Christmas she went into remission.  It was my Christmas miracle.

Then on March 10, 2019, I woke to find her breathing heavily and refusing to eat.  I knew something was drastically wrong.  We rushed to the vet to find she was in heart failure- and the medications they could use to bring her out of it and extend her life failed to work.  I had to say goodbye to my beautiful baby girl, and held her in my arms as she crossed the rainbow bridge.  My heart was shattered that day.  I didn't know how to live without her.

The next week was the hardest week of my life- adjusting to life without my girl. There was a giant hole missing in my heart, in my life.  I knew no other dog could ever replace her- but could at least help me begin to heal.  So the following week, we went back to TCHS, and I found a little black scruffy terrier.  As soon as I looked in Baylee's eyes, I knew she was the one.

Baylee has been a shining light in the darkness of losing Chalupa.  She is so incredibly sweet and playful- and just wants to love and be loved.  Even though it's only been a few weeks since she came home, she fits into our family perfectly.  And while I miss my Chalupa dearly, Baylee gives me a reason to smile again.  She is my shadow, she follows me everywhere and snuggles with me under the blankets at night.  She loves our Flemish Giant rabbit, Chief- although he is bigger than her, she always wants to play with him.

Thank you TCHS, for all that you do- I have you to thank for twelve wonderful years with my girl Chalupa, and now many years to come with Baylee.

Where Our Adopters Live:

This is a map of where people lived when they adopted an animal from Tri-County Humane Society. Click on the icon to see how many animals were adopted by people who live in that zip code.

Yellow pin = 2016 Adoption

Blue pin = 2018 Adoption

2018 and earlier:

Our Impact in 2018:

  • Animals Adopted

    3,123

  • Animals Fostered

    1,204

  • Animals Spayed/Neutered

    2,020

  • Spay/Neuter Clinics Hosted

    45

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