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TCHS and the Crosby Cats: What to Know

  • A Message from the TCHS Executive Director

    Thank you.

    The Crosby cats have drawn nationwide attention, and while we are extremely grateful for the love and support extended to Tri-County Humane Society, we want to point out the many heroes who deserve praise.

    To the Crosby Police Department: Thank you for taking heed to the reports of concern you received, and for acting on them. We hope the attention this case is garnering will fuel other law enforcement agencies to act appropriately on tips regarding animal welfare concerns as you have. We appreciate you!

    To the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies: Our hats are off to you for all that you did and continue to do to assist the Crosby Police Department in this astounding case. Our hearts go out, especially, to the Crosby law enforcement and the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies humane agents who were involved in the removal of these cats from the residence in Crosby on Thursday, April 11. We understand the number of cats discovered was over double what was originally suspected, and we can't imagine what that must have felt like to be on the front end of that discovery. To the two humane agents who put in over 16 hours that day, delivering and assisting the staff at Tri-County Humane Society with the intake of the 94 cats we received, you are our heroes. Thank you for all that you do to make this world a more humane place.

    To the news media who have been reaching out to us wanting to cover this story: Thank you. With your help, many have become aware of our needs and are reaching out in support as we work diligently to care for these cats. We are grateful to our news media friends who are focusing on all of the good that is coming out of this very difficult situation. There are already a couple of happy endings, and we are looking forward to many more!

    To our volunteers: Wow. You are the backbone of our shelter and we could not do this good work without you. Words cannot describe our gratitude for all of the many ways you donate your time.

    To our community and beyond: We feel the love from you, and we are so grateful! So many individuals and businesses are stepping up to assist us that we simply cannot name you all in this single post, but we see you and we appreciate you.

    To say we are overwhelmed with gratitude is an understatement. Keep the love coming, and rest assured that we will continue pouring it into the animals in our care on your behalf.

    Our sincerest thanks, on behalf of the entire team at Tri-County Humane Society,

    - Marit Ortega, TCHS executive director

  • A Call for Financial Help

    We want to take a second to express a lot of gratitude. Not only have many people been donating financially to us, we have had so many people stop by the shelter to drop off much-needed supplies for our cats in the wake of our helping with the Crosby cat situation.
    We are so grateful - extremely grateful. We've also spent more than $6,000 so far just to restock all the items we needed for these 90-plus cats' intakes. That's money spent on medications, vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, feline leukemia tests - and the list goes on. That doesn't include what we'll spend on spaying/neutering/treatments, and, of course, staff overtime.
    If you have the ability to give financially, please consider doing so! 

  • Crosby Case in the News

    The Crosby case has drawn a lot of media attention; here is a roundup of some of the stories:

    * KARE 11's story about the reunion of Cougar and a Sartell family. 

    * Star Tribune: St. Cloud animal shelter looking to reunite 94 Crosby-area cats with owners.

    * WCCO coverage

    * WJON coverage 

    * KNSI coverage

    * MPR News coverage

    * St. Cloud Live coverage 


    * KTSP coverage 

Tri-County Humane Society was contacted by the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies in late March, asking us if we would have space for a large number of cats.

We are a third of the way through our 50th anniversary year, and as we reflect on how far we have come, we are finding many ways to celebrate this major milestone!

We were contacted by the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies the week before Easter, asking us if we would have space for a large number of cats.

By way of introduction, I'll give you a summary of what led me to this position, followed by an open invitation to learn about you in return!

Vicki Davis is retiring in early February 2024; Marit Ortega will succeed her as Tri-County Humane Society’s Executive Director.

Second-to-Last Note From the TCHS Executive Director

Three microchip clinics this summer with more on the way

Tri-County Humane Society’s Board of Directors is proud to announce that Marit Ortega will be the next executive director of the nonprofit animal shelter.

Being together again [for our upcoming event] gives us a chance to thank people in person and make the connection to TCHS – which I believe makes it all more real.

Spring is in the air! After a very cold winter with record inches of snow, we are ready to spend more time outdoors soaking up the sun.  Here at TCHS we always have lots of furry friends inside looking for new homes. But have you thought about the animals and plants outside the shelter that make TCHS a part of the local ecosystem?

Tri-County Humane Society and Executive Director Vicki Davis featured in St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Business Central Magazine - March/April 2023.

What an amazing year it’s been. We set out to save more animals’ lives than ever before in our 49-year history — and we did just that!

Companion Animal Board bill is introduced at the Minnesota Legislature!

Your action is needed.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for the simple reason that expectations usually center around really good food and a sense of family. You might ask what does this have to do with animal welfare and TCHS?

After months of hard work, local Girl Scout Troop 636 unveiled their dog play yard area Aug. 30 on Tri-County Humane Society’s property. The park is for the dogs who are staying at TCHS while they await their permanent homes.

There are many different types of animal welfare groups operating under a variety of conditions that affect the way they function in their community. “Animal shelters” — like Tri-County Humane Society — are places that have a primary physical location to house and care for animals. “Animal rescue groups” are often foster-based organizations that do not have a primary physical space to house their animals and mostly utilize foster homes for their animals. Each organization may serve different purposes and source their animals differently.

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.

2023 Facts:

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  • Total Surgeries


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