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Well, we’re deep into summer now – the dog days of summer are upon us. Quite literally upon us at Tri-County Humane Society!  Our team is having another busy year helping dogs, cats, pocket pets, and the occasional stray chicken or hamster. We’re proud of the work we’re doing.

A group of youngsters is hard at work on a project that is doggone needed for Tri-County Humane Society’s pups.

TCHS recently accomplished a milestone:  Our first microchip clinic for the public!

Helping outdoor cats through sterilization and vaccination helps wildlife, too. Although free roaming cats certainly do hunt birds and other small prey, the number one cause of harm to wildlife populations is humans— through habitat destruction, pollution, and climate change. The factors that diminish wildlife populations are complex and there are no simple approaches to help.

I’m pretty certain Bob Dylan didn’t have “Return to Field” cats in mind when he wrote the song “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” but I find it fitting. It defines our effort to be influential in people’s views on society’s unowned cats. In this case, it’s the relatively new practice of putting cats back where they came from instead of euthanizing them, referred to as Return to Field (RTF).

Most of Tri-County Humane Society’s supporters know the organization has had a robust cat adoption program for several decades. In 2021, TCHS placed 3,140 cats and kittens into adoptive homes. Some people, however, may not know about the programs available to care for cats who are not pets but rather community cats.

Because of your friendship, this new year has started out plenty happy for so many animals and the people who love them. With your support, and others in our community who share our passion for animals, we changed the lives of 4,499 animals in 2021.

I didn’t start out intending to become a foster for dogs. I simply walked dogs as a volunteer for Tri-County Humane Society. But TCHS allowed me to take a pup named Deuce out for an extended weekend break. That was the start of an enlightening and rewarding journey.

Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. My grandmother bought me a book on James Herriot, and I couldn’t wait to grow up and help animals.  Then sadly, our family had to put down our beloved dog Rusty. I knew I would never be able to do that to an animal and my dream career changed. However, my love for animals remained strong.

Does your cat run and hide as soon as they see the carrier? Does your pet get stressed when you take him/her to the veterinary clinic or groomer? Is it impossible to perform a nail trim on your pet at home?

Tri-County Humane Society is excited to announce our partnership with the GoodPup dog training app!

GoodPup offers customized, affordable, positive dog training that you can access from the comfort of your home, at a time that works for YOU.

TCHS recently completed treatment for three dogs in our care who had heartworm disease, Ole Red, Clank, and KK Slider. Those three dogs came from a transfer coordinated with Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities; those pups were from the South.

Before the snow falls, consider preparing your home against animals seeking food and shelter from the chilly days Minnesota is so well known for. Raccoons, squirrels and others may seek refuge in your chimney, attic, porch or deck.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, so I think it’s appropriate to center this conversation around gratitude.

Have you wondered what it’s like behind the scenes in the medical department at Tri-County Humane Society? Let’s take a look at a typical Monday as one of the TCHS veterinary technicians.

Recently, I was in a thrift store and ran across a very old Companion Walk shirt that looked brand new. As the shirt found its way into my cart, I found myself reminiscing about those early Companion Walk days.

One of the immediate benefits of Tri-County Humane Society’s new shelter is how much more space it has for both people and pets. Although TCHS still does all its intakes by appointments, with more space the shelter is able to help more animals.

Hundreds of bidders helped Tri-County Humane Society’s virtual Wine, Kibbles, & Bids pull in a great haul for the shelter’s animals.

When we moved into our new shelter last fall, we knew many things would change. They would have to, by nature – we’re in a facility with twice the square footage of the building that served us so well for 30-plus years!

Who says you can’t buy love? Not us at Tri-County Humane Society! Forget dating apps or reality TV shows; this outstanding organization has been making love matches for more than four decades. We’re happy to say that 2021 is starting off very strong in adoption numbers, after an already impressive 2020 (more on that later!). There are clearly a lot of people out there with plenty of love to give to a shelter pet, and for that we’re grateful.

Tri-County Humane Society knows you want to treat your pet – but you also may need to go easy on your wallet. It was that thinking that led to our organization opening the TCHS Re-Tail Revisited shop in our Training Center in mid-December.

I’m happy to report to you, that in the 11th month of what can only be one of the most atypical years ever, we’re in our new shelter. In fact, by the time you read this, we’ll have been occupying it for almost two months. This new, greatly expanded building has long been a dream of TCHS supporters, and a professional goal of mine for almost all of my career. Quite honestly,  in 1984 I couldn’t have comprehended a shelter like this to even dream of. I considered pinching myself when unpacking my new office, just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I caught myself sitting and staring into space more than once.

It seems with every newsletter, I have something exciting to share and celebrate. This one is a major milestone for us. It’s one I’ve been waiting a long time to share: This is the last newsletter that will be published while we’re in our current shelter! We’re set to starting moving into the new building sometime in mid-August, not too long after this hits your mailbox. Finally, right?

Tri-County Humane Society staff are moving into the new animal shelter this month. It’s a moment that has been long awaited by staff, volunteers, TCHS friends, and other community members.

Tri-County Humane Society staff had big plans for the spring. There was a Wine, Kibbles & Bids celebration to plan, and the new TCHS shelter was midway through construction. Also, staff were getting ready for something that comes every year without fail: kitten season. Then COVID-19 hit, and like many businesses in Central Minnesota and beyond, TCHS had to make major changes to how it does just about everything. Click the title to read the rest.

2021 Facts:

  • Animals Fostered


  • Animals Placed


  • Number of Animals Transferred In


  • Total Surgeries


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