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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, 

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! Most recently, on May 2 we hosted the Tri-County Humane Society 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala. I truly believe people who love animals are among the greatest people in the world. To be surrounded by nearly 200 friends of animals for an entire evening was an absolute treat! More than that, we raised an incredible amount for the animals at the gala! To those who supported and/or attended our event – thank you for helping make the evening so memorable. 

Another reason to celebrate, in April we took in 94 cats who had been removed from a home in Crosby, Minnesota. This never would have been possible in our first two shelters, but our current shelter, which opened in 2020, was able to accommodate this large group comfortably. We were grateful to be able to help the cats from Crosby, and while we hope we don’t come across a case of this magnitude again, it’s a relief to know we have the ability to help if and when there’s a need. 

The list of reasons to celebrate goes on and on. Beginning in 2011, we’ve made sure all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, reducing the number of accidental litters in our community. We’re also doing more medical procedures than ever before, such as dentals and heartworm treatment. But perhaps our most notable accomplishment began almost a decade ago: Since 2015, our placement rate has been above 90 percent! 

We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in our first shelter, a converted gas station on Lincoln Avenue. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: our commitment to serving the pets and people of Central Minnesota.  

As we celebrate all that we have achieved over the past 50 years, we look forward with eager excitement to all that is to come over the next 50 years. Thank you for being a part of our past, our present, and our future! We could not do this work without you! 

For the animals and the people who love them,

Marit Ortega
320-371-0871 (direct)

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