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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.

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.

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