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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Tri County Animal Rescue for the prevention of cruelty to animals believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurements, and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection. Our mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of the animals and as enforcer of their rights.To provide for the well being of our community's animals who are abandoned, injured, or subject to unfair or cruel treatment, or are otherwise in need. To cultivate awareness in the people of our community of the animals whose world we share. To promote a bond of mutual assistance between people and animals and instill mutual respect for and appreciation of all living things.

Results: Since our inception, we have found permanent, loving homes for 55,000 animals.

Target demographics: animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2104 animals from euthanasia

Geographic areas served: South Florida and Beyond

Programs: Shelter, adoption, medical treatment for sick and injured animals, spay and neuter, educate the public.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 2

I just adopted an (estimated) 6 year old dog here. I was fully aware that the cost to adopt is $450.00 but no one at all explained it to me. It is also not listed anywhere online but I saw it on the top of the binder they keep on a table at the door with the pictures of the dogs available for adoption. I gave them my credit card, because of the pandemic you can't go in the building, so I waited outside and I made the huge mistake of not looking at my credit card receipt in the excitement about the new dog. They charged me $535.00!!! $85 above an beyond the exorbitant cost of $450.00 which I had reconciled in my mind that I would live with because it would help feed/care for many cats/dogs there. The woman that went over the vaccination information had explained that the dog had already been altered prior to the arrival at the Tri-County Humane Society. I even made 2 donations for food and a bed that was donated on the lawn while I was there. I didn't look at the credit card receipt until I got home. There was no receipt or paperwork explaining the $85 "upcharge". Despite the negative reviews I had read online before going, I believed the best in them and didn't count the reviews against them. Now, I feel like a total sucker. I do have to say that the man who helped me to visit with the dog was excellent. He was kind and caring. He loved the dog. He may have been a volunteer. The woman, possibly a vet tech, who came out to go over the medical paperwork and give me the new vaccination/microchip information was professional. The organization was dishonest/sneaky so I give them 2 stars. They are "not the worst" because at least they are caring for animals and it's a worthy profession. I can now see why so many have written negative reviews. For me, someone can have a cranky day that I can forgive, but this place caused me to be disheartened because of their deceitful practices. I am grateful to look forward to many blessed years with my new furbaby!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am well pleased by the staff and cleanliness at this facility. Even tho someone else got the dog I selected, that decision was fair and based on the date of the applications. I will keep looking for my dog here, knowing that I will find the perfect match. Winter and the rest of the staff act in the most courteous and professional way imaginable. I wish all my dealings with people were as pleasant! But we all know dogs are better people than people are.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can’t thank Tri-county enough for their dedication to animals in need. We have just adopted our second “baby” this week from tri-county and couldn’t be happier. Betty has come home and understands she’s home. She’s settled in beautifully. It’s stressful and a stress they did not ask for. Tri-county went out of their way to ensure we were a good match and all of our questions and concerns were addressed before we left. It’s sad to see the numbers of dogs in need of a home. I wish we could help them all... so thankful there is a place like tri-county to keep them safe until they find their forever homes. Thanks for all you do! The Jensen Family & Betty (Arelys)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted my handsome boy from Tri-County almost two months ago! The staff was very sweet and told me all about his personality prior to adopting. The shelter is extremely clean and well-kept and I saw numerous people walking dogs and playing with them in the play-yards. When I adopted him the vet techs went over his complete medical history which put me at ease especially since he was rescued from a hoarding situation. I am so grateful to Tri-County for giving me my sweet boy and I am thankful for the work they do every day! You guys rock!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tri County is great! You can tell they really love all of the animals in their shelter. They care for them amazingly and help socialize them responsibly. They make it hard to adopt -- which is a good thing! They want to make sure every single one of their adoptions goes to the right owner, someone who will take care of the animal for the rest of their lives! They're also a No-Kill shelter and take on a tremendous amount of responsibility for each little soul they keep for their lives. The animals seem happy and truly cared for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tri-County Animal Rescue is such a warm, inviting, loving animal shelter. They treat the animals with such love and compassion. There's a crazy stigma about people who work with animals being bad with people. I think people are bad with animals. Working for a rescue or shelter and seeing how many animals come in neglected, malnourished and simply lacking the basic needs. People call trying to surrender their senior family pet that they have had since puppy stage. Seeing this day after day is draining and emotionally exhausting. The tri-county staff always come in with love in their hearts for these furry friends! 5 stars for you tri-county!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a perfect dog from you last weekend. He really is the best little guy you could hope for. We now understand the vetting process more to get the right family with the right dog. Thank you all for all your help making everyone happy.



Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for over a year the genuine love and caring the staff give all the animals is amazing.. I love walking all the dogs and spending time with them and giving them love. Please come and share your time or make a donation or bring in much needed supplies, towels and blankets are always needed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an avid volunteer of this shelter for over 12 years. The way they love and treat each animal like it's their own pet is remarkable. They are always cleaning and making sure the pups have clean kennels and runs. The cat room is so clean for having to house around 60 cats(all free roaming). They strive to find the perfect home for these babies. I really commend them on their extreme generosity and huge heartedness when it comes to rescuing these sweet little babies. God bless you all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was raised around dogs and my family was a foster family growing up! Growing up around shelters you get to see a variety of facilities, some really great and some terrible. I can easily say without a doubt that Tri County is one of the best run shelters I have ever seen. It is always clean and everyone that works there is so helpful and kind! The dogs there are happy and aren't scared like normal shelter dogs. And their volunteers are always taking the dogs out so they have lots of human interaction! I always recommend this shelter to friends who are interested in adopting and continuously donate and keep up with their website to see all the great things they do! God bless you all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I walked in with the sole intention of just looking for a new friend. I was amazed at how well the shelter is taken care of. The front desk greeted me and pointed me in the right direction where i could look at all the animals they have for adoption. I saw a cutie by the name of Charlie, and we immediately had a connection. I filled out an application and when I was approved we went outside to play. He really perked up in the sun. Such a sweet happy boy. I went in and told the front desk ladies I wanted to adopt him. They explained the process and explained the adoption donation. It was a little higher then I expected, but once I was apprised of what it covers and that part of the proceeds is a direct donation to Tri-County. Well worth it! Kudos to you Tri-County and thanks for matching me with my baby!

Donor

Rating: 5

Tri-County is the cleanest, friendliest shelter I've ever been to. I donate money to help the babies every month and I think it couldnt go to a better shelter. They've saved over 55,000 animals and because their a no-kill I know that they all have found their best homes possible. The dogs and cats are all fed and very well taken care of. They even have feral cats, ducks, birds, otters, and a mascot piggie Sunshine that they all take care of. Give this shelter the love it deserves!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of Tri County Humane Society and always will be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i'm so thrilled to welcome tri county as my new go to volunteer spot. i love being able to come walk dogs on my own time. nobody tells me when to come, i stop by and help when i can and it makes me so free. i've volunteered with tri-county for 10 years now and i couldn't choose another place to give my time. their so sweet and friendly. i will forever recommend and stand behind tri county.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have worked at plenty of animal shelters in my life. animals were always my top priority. when i started working at tchs i was in shock at how well the place is run. they do whatever they can to help and give the animals the best shot at a second chance. i left becuase i was moving, if we wouldve stayed in florida no doubt in my mind id stil be there today. miss you guys!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When fifi passed away i was so sad. she always played canasta with me on thursdays. my friend gloria told me about this great place where she adopted oreo. i went in and was shocked. they had such cute dogs and they all wanted to go home with me. their so clean there! my grandbabies love my new baby Casper. hopefully everyone else goes visit this amazing place

Client Served

Rating: 5

First i want to say Thank you to TCHS. If it weren't for them i would be so lonely. My wife passed away mid June 2006. Since then i've been so secluded in my house. My friends worried. I decided it was time for a little company. I went in not expecting too much but was surely amazed. I took home the sweetest dog I ever met. We are now inseparable and i don't go anywhere without Khloe. Shes made me more active and more sociable. Thank you for saving my life!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tri-County Humane Society....WOW. is all i can say. My kids volunteer in the cat room on weekends and after school and they always come home with pictures and stories of their favorite cat being adopted. I cant describe how good it feels as a parent to have your child feel genuinely good about what their doing. Way to go TCHS

Donor

Rating: 5

normally shelters are a sad place for an animal to go before they find there furrever home. Tri county humane is the best place for any animal to be
They will try and find the cat or the dog the perfect home. I can honestly say the cages and runs are so clean. The animals are so loved and so well taken care of. 10/4 stars Tri county!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not even begin to explain my experience at Tri-County Humane Society. The staff was so attentive and polite. They really helped me find the perfect match. Although the application was very thorough its good to see that they actually care about where these animals end up (unlike PBACC or BACC). The adoption donation was affordable considering it covers EVERYTHING (microchip, rabies tag, + the spay/neuter) Roughly a spay/neuter at any vet will cost around $500-$600. Please adopt, donate, or volunteer at this fantastic organization. The only TRUE 100% NO KILL SHELTER in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I walk dogs with Tri-County, and i can honestly say the staff cares so much for the shelter and the animals they take care of. The grounds are so clean, they have 2 lakes with tons of wildlife on property. The dogs are so loving and they just want to be played with and find their new family. I strongly recommend this shelter to anyone looking for a friend. Please come by and if you can't adopt, VOLUNTEER!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went into Tri-County to donate my beloved Cupcakes toys. I was still mourning when i went in but something was drawing me in. As soon as i walked in i was greeted by the most welcoming front desk staff i have ever seen. Then, Moosie took my attention. He was in the corner of his cage scared because the other dogs were barking to say hello. I filled out the application and once approved i took him outside for a walk with a volunteer. He immediately stole my heart so i went in to adopt. The adoption fees were affordable and since there a non profit you KNOW it goes to help the other furr babies find their home. Moosie's been with me for 8 years now and i couldn't thank you guys enough! You rock tri-county!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the cleanest and most well cared for shelter i have EVER been to. You can genuinely feel the love the staff has for every single animal in their care. The cages, and runs were spotless. The cats are all free roaming in the House of Cats, so you get to see their personalities. I recommend anyone to go to Tri-County and find their new best friend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently got divorced and I thought getting a cat would help me get through this rough time and keep me company. I went to the animal rescue and was happy to find a cat room where all of the cats are loose and not in cages. I was really able to interact with the cats and that helped me choose the right one. I am so in love with my new tabby that I had to write this review and say thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with this animal shelter. We found a stray dog wandering in the road, obviously lost. We brought him to the shelter and they scanned him for a micro-chip. Unfortunately he did not have a micro-chip but the shelter took him in and gave him a second chance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Tri-County Animal Rescue for two years now. I enjoy working with the shy dogs to help them become more adoptable. The staff at Tri-County are very caring and go to great lengths to rescue these poor animals from horrible situations and I am happy to be a part of the team

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my entire family with me to Tri-County Animal Rescue to look for a new addition to the family. Of course my children wanted a puppy. The gentlemen in the puppy room talked to us and showed us dogs of all ages. I couldn't believe it when our family selected a senior chihuahua! It feels great to save a life and our experience was a positive one :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my 14.5 year old min-pin passed away, I decided to bring all of his belongings to the shelter to donate them. I was so distraught I could hardly speak. The kind girl behind the desk was so understanding, she knew right away what had happened.
I loved Tri-County so much that I decided to volunteer. Then one day I went into their puppy room and there he was! The best dog in the whole world, Andy. He healed my heart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat, Mr. Snuggles was adopted last week from Tri County Animal Rescue. The love he has given me has changed my life. The girls in the cat room helped me select the perfect cat and I am grateful!
The girls at the front desk made the adoption process very smooth.
I am so happy I decided to stop by to look at the cats they rescued!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Tri-County Humane Society and I love it there!
The facility is really clean and the staff is really caring.
I have volunteered at other shelters before but I have found my home with Tri-Count.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Tri-County Animal Rescue for the first time this weekend. I've been looking for months for the purrfect furever friend, so you can imagine I've been all over to different shelters. As soon as I stepped in the lobby I was greeted by the most wonderful front desk staff. Walking around I was in complete shock over the cleanliness of the shelter. The dogs were all in clean runs, and there wasn't a sad face in the shelter. The staff was so helpful and you can tell they all genuinely cared for each animal. Long story short, I found my furry friend andwould highly recommend this shelter to anyone looking for a furry family member!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience adopting Pickles from Tri-County Animal Rescue. He was rescued from a Puppy Mill and I am so glad that they saved him! He is the best dog ever!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dogs from Tri-County Animal Rescue! The three dogs were all rescued from high kill shelters, so Tri-County saved their lives. The entire experience was great, which is why I returned three separate times for my fur babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from this shelter and I am always thankful for everything that they do for all their animals. Every dog is spayed.neutered and all shots and health checks performed. The office personnel are fantastic as are their volunteers. This shelter is amazing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have contributed much money to this organization and I am also a Board member, I have two dogs of my own and have helped to adopt over three from them.

Anything I might say will be perceived to be slanted and bias. You can read all the reviews you want but as it is said " the proof is in the pudding " so I invite you to visit the shelter on Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton , off Glades Road and ask the Executive Director who happens to be one of the two Founders for a personal tour of the facility, which includes a pet cemetery.

Find out for yourself what they are all about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The tireless caring co founder who gave almost every minute of her life to care for the lives of canine and feline members of our society recently passed away at an age too young and who will be missed dearly by the animals she stood up for, protected and gave life to.

At Tri County Humane Society everything is about the animals and it is a NO KILL SHELTER and the employees are very special and the volunteers who make certain every day each dog is walked and at the very least gets fresh air.

It is a model shelter that needs a larger facility on its premises to honor a woman, I had too little contact with living 1,000 miles away, but is deserving of accolades she turned down in life and know must be remembered with a modern facility with an in resident VEt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for events with Tri County and absolutely adore this place. The events are fun. The animals are spectacular and I personally feel like I am making a difference. 5 stars from me all the way.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Just adopted a dog two weeks ago and received an invitation to write a review on this website. I am so happy to. This little dog has changed my life. Before meeting her at Tri County I lost my wife and didn't know what I was going to do. Now I smile, the walks bring me joy and the wags show me I can survive. Thank you Tri County for showing me how to live again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer is great here. The dogs are so appreciative and the staff is friendly. I sponsor two dog runs here and get updates on each dog my sponsorship helps!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This shelter is loving, kind, and always saving animals. I adopted from them over 5 years ago and loved the experience so much I started volunteering. Thank you Tri County for always being the protection when animals need it the most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Tri County Humane Society for 2 years in their pet therapy program. Staff is always ready to help pick the perfect dog. I became a foster failure and adopted the little chihuahua I was fostering after surgery. Great Nonprofit for sure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with Tri County for over 4 years now and I find it to be a great place for the animals. The staff really care for the wellbeing of each dog and cat and Homer the pig. Everyone there has a big heart when it comes to taking care of the animals. 90% of the employees are long timers and that says a lot! The people who write negative reviews about such a caring shelter aught to be ashamed of themselves. This shelter has done so much good for the surrounding communities as well as other communities who needed emergency help. This is by far THE best shelter. Nobody is perfect but the job they do at this shelter is wonderful. Keep up the GREAT work Tri County employees. You deserve lots of credit for all your hard work and loving care!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have gladly fostered dogs through Tri County for years now, wanting to offer any assistance I can to South Florida's only true NO KILL animal shelter. I have read some of these reviews, and can understand where they are coming from. But snap judgments seem to be abundant. The staff is diligent, and dedicated. And, just like you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge this shelter by its often maligned front desk personnel. The administrative staff is wonderful and helpful, the volunteers are reliable and courteous, and the function this humane society serves in our community is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great shelter. Each animal is treated like a beloved pet until they can find their forever home. I spend a lot of time here, and I'm always touched by the way the employees interact with the dogs and cats. They recognize each animals strengths, and help them to realize them. In doing so, each animal presents its best face, and it helps them get adopted. I'm always happy to see a fur-son get adopted, but somewhat sad to see them leave. It's nice to remember all the friends I miss. I've been privileged to be part of the Foster program. I took grumpy Shannon the cat home for a few months and helped her get over her touch aversion and aggression. She was adopted by a sweet 4 year old. I also took home (part time) a dog who'd lived here his whole life. He was 15. Sadly, he passed away, but happily, it was at home with me, with my voice in his ears, and my hands around him. There were more than 20 dog walkers at his wake. That's the type of Shelter this is. It's a true community of animal lovers, who do what they can for the most that they can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tri County Humane Society saved my beautiful dog from a hoarder and brought her back to life. This rescue goes where ever is needed to make sure an animal is safe and thankfully they do because I found the love of my life at this shelter and I couldn't be happier with their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just adopted a beautiful Beagle from the shelter and couldn't be happier. The director herself helped me with the adoption and made the process so enjoyable. The staff is kind and patient and I will be a supporter whenever they are in need. How could I not be as Tri County was where I found the love of my life?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Suzi Goldsmith is another "Tax-Avoider" just like her friend, the plastic surgery scarecrow Lois Pope. Go to www.loispope.com to find out more about these kind of people. The rating of her charity sure does speak loudly of these phony old bags. They go to each others parties and use tax deductible donations to fund them. I wouldn't donate to anything these kind of people are involved in. They are disgusting old bags with boring lives. Go to www.loispope.com and take a look at this middle-class "Palm Beach" scarecrow. www.loispope.com

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This Charity has countless bad reviews from customers all over the internet, news papers, rip off reports, ect.

I became interested in this charity's legitimacy after I had a nasty encounter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About a year ago I thought I would visit TCHS after living in Boca Raton for over 20 years and never seeing the organization before- but hearing about it. I had NO intent on adopting anything; just a visit. I asked a couple of worker's the way to the office as I use a cane due largely to sciatica and they said 'keep going through that door and first door on your left is the office'. I went through the door and it was the entry door to the big dog cages. Second cage in I looked to my right and there was this Dane sized Weimaraner Coon Hound canine. Skinny, yet the dark brown and tan features blended well. I stopped and took off my sunglasses and i did not approach his cage, put my fingers in or even speak to him. And after a minute or so he let out a soft sort of slow yelp. I still remained where I was and I knelt down slowly to look at him at his eye level and I smiled. Again, the yelp/moan came out but this time his docked tail was wagging so fast that his back side started to wobble. I slowly raised my hand, fingers down, as if he could kiss hand and sure enough, he came forward, locked eyes with again and let out a soft slow moan. And that was it for me. I walked inside the office and a lady named Susie asked if she could help me and I explained how I just came to visit with no intent of adoption. I already had 2 female rescued canines at home and I preferred females over males but I had to inquire about what the dog I had seen. His name there was 'Shadow' and he had a rough start being adopted out of there as a pup by a couple who eventually moved to Atlanta, divorced and the guy moved to the Keys taking Shadow with him. He tired of Shadow and took him to a vet to be put down and left. The vet scanned him and sure enough he had a chip and Tri-County's info. They called Tri-County and explained the situation and whether tri-County wanted the dog back. Yes they said- we will find a way to get him back here. Somehow they got a gentleman to fly down and pick up Shadow and fly him back to Boca Raton Regional Airport where he was picked up by Tri-County folks and he had JUST BEEN PUT IN HIS CAGE LESS THAN AN HOUR BEFORE I WALKED IN! Susie said I could not walk him or take him out of the cage because of his being newly arrived and that she would call me next Monday or so to meet and walk Shadow- in the interim, fill out this paperwork. I suspected they would have many requests for Shadow and another guy came in while i was there asking about him. When I left, i went back out by the big dog cages and Shadow was barking at the guy and I gently said " Easy big boy and a long gentle shhhhhh" and he stopped barking and did his moan at me again. The guy asked if he was my dog and I said 'perhaps, we shall see'. The following week Susie called me and asked me to stop by Tuesday for a meet and greet with Shadow as he was vaccinated, checked out and all was good. I was surprised as I thought for sure they would have called other people who might be younger and without a cane. Being a former Marine and Vietnam Vet I do not let the need of cane deter me from much but running is no longer an option and walking had become arduous as i was diagnosed with poly myalgia rheumatic-a. I showed up, brought my own long leather leash and steel choke collar and Susie brought out Shadow and the tail started wagging at a rapid clip as I placed the collar over his head gently and brought my hand up under his chin and asked him if he might like living with 2 other rescued canines that both female- one a chihuahua/westie mix and the other a Golden Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix- and there was a pause in his wagging as he let out a short moan/yelp sound. So I said "let's walk!" and off we went and Shadow was trying to pull initially and I wrapped the leash quickly around my right hand to take up the slack then gave a gentle but firm jerk back and told him " there is no rush- slow down- it is OK- and then Susie and I proceeded to walk around the back grounds and eventually back inside and then she asked the question " So, what do you think? That went well and the poor dog has had such a rough start, he seems to like you already, do you want to take him?" And without any indifference I said "Yes, I would be honored to have him as part of my family!". My home is fenced all around with heavy landscaping making the enclosed pool and backyard very private as that was a concern of Susie's- and that he was to be inside more than out. I explained to her that I have had canines my whole life and none have ever been kept outside in a dog house. They were and are part of the family. So off Shadow and I went to his new home where I had two female canines in a cage in a spare bedroom as when ever I leave, they go into their cage quickly as they always get a treat and positive reinforcement from me before I head out. Now no offense to anyone but 'Shadow' quickly changed over to Montague, aka Monty and he adapted amazingly fast to his new name of Monty. I helped Monty check out the house, room by room, every nook and cranny his nose wanted to go and we eventually arrived at one of the spare bedrooms where the barking was incessant but he was fine, tail wagging and I opened the door and Millicent, aka Millie the Golden Lab/Ridgeback was barking but not real loud. Magdalena, aka, Maggie/Magster was barking as hard as she could and would not stop. There is a spare king sized bed in that room and I told Monty to hop up and I removed his collar and gave them each a treat which shut the Magster up for 2 minutes or so and closed the door leaving Monty on the bed, and girls in their cage. I changed and about 20 minutes later went back and opened the door and Monty was sniffing the girls through their cage, Maggie was barking and Millie was calm. I brought Millie out and Monty and Millie started off a little tensely as Millie wanted to be dominant and Monty was having none of that. Growls ensued and I immediately startled both by yelling at both "Hey! Enough! Stop!" and i took them out to the lanai where Monty promptly proceeded to urinate on the barbecue cover over my protests. I opened the pool cage door off they went, running around the yard as I go the hose to spray down the barbecue cover. Then I slipped inside and got the Magster and calmed her down as she will not let me out of her sight for one minute when I am home- which is most of the time. I took Maggie out and let her out the opposite door and she took off at full speed to where Monty and Millie were and the barking started up again. Around here, every home has a canine and she set off the neighborhood with dogs barking 3 and 4 houses down. She finally stopped when Monty came up to her nose to nose. Then Maggie went into her growling mode which is a regular event anytime anything is going on she doesn't like. Millie had let Maggie be the boss early on and 98% of the time Maggie gets her way. All it takes is for Millie to give a low growl and Maggie realizes that she had better stop and leave Millie be. So fast forward about a year or so now and they are playing together, eating together but separate, the few fights Monty and Millie had early on, I broke up quickly with my voice and made sure they understood they had to respect each other's space. So when Monty was fed, I would snap my fingers at her if she moved towards him and his bowls. Monty never infringed on either of the girls food. Today they are three, very spoiled, very loved and well cared for canines who receive their Heartgard monthly as well as their Frontline Flea and tick thing. They receive three year rabies shots, bortatella-very important!, and stool samples are checked for any parasites or worms. Millie has had her teeth cleaned and I do not recommend teeth cleaning for most canines pat the age of 8 or so. the 'Twilight Dental Cleaning' is not twilight for Millie, they have to sedate her and then she has a rough few days afterwards. Millie was snatched off death row the day she was to be put down as every home that adopted her, brought her back as would growl at the people and scare them. Millie is another story for another time. Shadow aka, Monty is now filled out and well over 100 lbs of muscle mass and gorgeous after his bath. they are all bathed once a month. They are all checked before coming in the house with baby wipes to make sure there no dingleberries. I do not like homes to have a 'dog' or 'cat' smell and especially my own. They are used to having the baby wipe check and literally line up before coming inside after being let out to go. they are inside canines who love their toys, their favorite spots and who all zonk out after feeding. They are fed once per day of quality dry food and a little moist on top with some water (Science Diet) . In the evenings, they have their treats and they always wait for me after dinner as I save each a snitch. I know people food is frowned upon but my canines typically go well into their 13th to 17th year before the crushing event of losing them takes place. Remember, each canine we own and love is another chapter in our lives and we made a tiny difference by loving and caring for our chosen rescues. If only more people would rescue canines and leave the whole thrill of buying a breed because they soon realize the thrill is often gone quickly once they get them home. And that is why there are so many breed canines in shelters as people do not understand canine mentality. They think it is all just kisses and love and the canine becoming a loyal companion. Those qualities are earned in the way you raise your canine and your patience in their mistakes. Striking a canine to hurt the canine will forever tarnish the relationship. A smack on the butt that is half hearted with a specific command and the canine learns quickly what gains approval and love and what does not. People adopting puppies have a solid 12 to 18 month period of accidents and chewed up shoes, furniture, whatever they can get to and ground rules need to be established repeatedly as canines learn quickly with ROUTINES. When I have to use the head/bathroom, I then take out my dogs. How dumb can humans be to think that if they eat and drink and then use the head/bathroom, that your canine is feeling the same way! they want to go outside- IF YOU LET THEM. Best wishes to all the canine lovers out there, Respectfully, David Fredrickson.

Review from CharityNavigator

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tri County Humane Society is truly an "Umbrella of Protection" for the thousands of homeless & abandoned dogs, cats, puppies & kittens who enter its doors. Operating as a No-Kill 501 c 3 Non-Profit Animal Shelter, it 's Mission is to rescue & save the lives of these precious & innocent creatures, providing a safe haven, loving care & veterinary treatment & the opportunity to be adopted into "forever" homes.

Tri County gives these victims of our society a second chance at life, believing that euthanasia is not the solution. No matter what sad story brings each animal to the Shelter, they are welcomed & embraced with lots of tender loving care. Broken bodies & spirits are mended at Tri County Humane Society, not discarded.

Tri County's dedicated Staff, Board of Directors & many Volunteers go above & beyond to fulfill a big dream in behalf of these animals, a dream born in the heart of its Founder, Jeannette Christos, who tiresly served as its Executive Director over the years. She gave her all to protecting the animals in need & is sadly missed since her
recent passing in July. Her dream for Tri County's No-kill Shelter is passionately carried forward. To date the organization has rescued over 32,000 animals & proudly holds a 4 out of 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator, America's National Watchdog for Non-Profits.

Many heart-warming stories of Tri County's rescue missions receive local & national coverage. Funds are continuously needed & being raised for veterinary treatment of injured & sick animals. Many pleas for help get aired, & donations of support much welcomed.

Tri County Humane Society is giving it their all to be the best example of what an Animal Shelter can & should be. They have a big vision for the animals, & they're on a Mission to fulfill it each & every day!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

First let me say that dogs and cats and my husband are truly my life. In my spare time I manage a law firm and practice law. I first visited Tri-County Humane Society after losing my 2 rescue cats., who were in their 20's The only remaining cat, Scruffie, needed a friend. I went to Tri-County, sat down on the floor in the cat room, and a pretty big orange Maine Coon cat came over and sat in my lap purring louder than any cat I have ever heard. I was told he had been at Tri-County for 6 months. After one-half hour, I knew he was the one, and he came home with me. I named him Huey, as his last name was Lewis. Hence, Huey Lewis came to live with me. He wasn't undernourished or sick. He wasn't flea infested or dirty. For having been at Tri-County for 6 months he was in remarkably good health. Obviously, he couldn't take care of himself , but he was well taken care of.

At the time, my husband and I had four dogs, i.e., a rescue Chow, who had a purple heart and was at 911, another rescue Chow, who was left to die at the side of the road in Ocala, full of buckshot and heartworms, a poodle/terrier mix, that came from "death row" at the Dade County Humane Society 12 years before, and a black and white jumbo Newfoundland. I checked the Tri-County web page just out of curiosity at least once a week just to see how they were doing when I spotted "Polar Bear". He was a cream color Chow with cocoa brown ears and about 8 months old. Someone had cut the chain that was around his neck at a junk yard and brought him to Tri-County. His neck was raw and he was so matted he had to be shaved from his neck through his tail. He had no name, no training and no social skills. I went to Tri-County every day for over one week to walk him and play with him. I brought my husband to meet him, and he was totally against adopting him. An untrained Chow could be a problem he said. I brought him home three years ago. He is one of the most lovable, beautiful, happy dogs I have ever seen. He is so thankful to be with us. I am so thankful that Tri-County took him in and took care of him for months until I came along again. They saved Murphy's life.
I became a Board Member of the Tri-County Humane Society a little over one year ago, after I witnessed the unbelievable work the individuals associated with it do for animals. We are having our Doggie Ball on March 18th, 2012 and, as it should be, Murphy is the Grand Marshall Dog for the Doggie Ball. He is the doggie representative for all of the dogs that were rescued by Tri-County before him and after him. Without Tri-County, thousands of nameless dogs and cats would no longer be with us. Thank you Tri-County for Huey and Murphy and all the happiness you have provided me and my family.

Harriet Lewis-Mooney

Board Member

Rating: 5

TRI COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY HAS ADDED WONDERFUL DIMENSIONS TO OUR HOME IN THE "PAWSONAGE" OF BRUISER, LUCY AND PEANUT. I CANNOT IMAGINE THEIR FATES HAD THEY NOT BEEN AT TCHS, UNDER THE LOVING CARE AND PROTECTION OF ITS STAFF. I ONLY WISH I COULD ADOPT MORE PUPS FROM THIS WONDERFUL NO-KILL FACILITY. HAVING SEEN OTHER FACILITIES AND THEIR LACK OF CLEANLINESS AND CARING STAFF CONVINCED ME TO BECOME A DEDICATED MEMBER OF THE TCHS BOARD.
Debra Kramer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

tri county has saved so so many lives.....without tri county working so hard on a daily basis many animals would not be here today!!!! they are the greatest

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this wonderful organization! TriCounty is different from most shelters I have been exposed to, and I have seen many. It is a "no kill" shelter that was founded 20 years ago by a woman named Jeannette Christos who, sadly, passed away just recently. Her legacy will continue to live on, however, because of the unwavering dedication of the shelter’s Board, employees and volunteers. Over the years, thousands and thousands of abandoned, abused, broken and near-death animals have come through this shelter’s doors and been the recipients of tender, loving care. Because of TriCounty, these animals have had the chance to live, be cared for, and find loving new homes.

It is precisely because of a shelter like TriCounty Humane Society that animals and people are brought together and are able to share love and companionship, rather than heartache or worse.

How do I know this? Hurricane Katrina. TriCounty workers went to New Orleans to save the animals left behind when their owners died or left the area without them. My Maltese, Brandy, was one of the dogs who came in on the first rescue shipment; his owner did not survive the disaster. They said he almost died, but they nursed him back to health. Every time I looked into his eyes I felt as though he was saying “thank you”. We laugh because this dog has no clue that he is little…he thinks he is a Mastiff and barks ferociously to warn strangers outside the house that he is “on guard duty”.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Tri County Humane Society for a year
on their silent auction committee for the annual Doggy Ball but my association goes back at least 12 years. Jeannette Christos helped me with the adoption of 5 pets through the years. It was obvious how dedicated and gratified she was whenever any one came into the shelter to adopt a pet. The staff there is always smiling, outgoing, and happy for the animals when they see a pet go out the door to their new home.
The most recent addition to our family is Rockford, a very active vivacious Chihuahua. At his first visit to our vet she said he will become the king of the house. Well, that came true as he is is always bossing around our other dogs and cats who are more than twice his size. All our pets adopted from Tri County have been wonderful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pookie, a 125 pound Female Alaskan Malamute, was confused after her guardian suddenly died from a ruptured anurism. She was fostered by a family who could not handle her size, not to mention her dificulty getting up and down. TriCounty found a family that had her completely checked up including blood tests and X-Rays and found she had sever hip dysplasia. Pookie didn't get along with another dog in her new family so TriCounty again was called to help. They Contacted Malamute rescue in Jacksonville FL and found out that a beloved Malamute had just died. Pookie looked just like her and they drove to Boca to pick her up. Love at first sight....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we lost our pup of 17 years, I stopped by Tricounty with a donation. Little did I know how that quick trip would have a lasting impact. I signed up to help walk dogs. I thought I was helping them, but it was those sweet furry animals that helped me! It is a shelter - not always pretty and sunshine, but the care and welfare of the animals that pass thru those doors is always paramount. We were lucky enough to find the sweetest puppy to bring home - she's almost 6 now! Prior to being at Tricounty she, her mom and littermates were in a kill shelter in Miami. We are thankful they found there way to the safety of Tricounty.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton gave me the best gift ever. My wonderful dog, Barkley. I couldn't imagine life without the little guy!! I became pretty close with Tri County's director after adopting my dog and have kept in touch with the people at the shelter ever since. They save hundreds of thousands of animals and nothing is better than that!!

Mollie

Rita23

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Tri-County is a no-kill shelter and that is so great because it gives animals a second chance! The facility is clean, well maintained and so many of the staff and volunteers are wonderful people!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am proud to be a volunteer of this organization. they really do very fine work. During the year, they are instrumental in providing homes fo many needy cats and dogs. When animals have medical needs, they are sent to special veterinarians for surgery and treatment, so they may be adopted.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the media, I work with various types of non-profit groups every day who are vying for coverage of so many different people, causes and animals in need. TriCounty Humane is spot on when it comes to its smart, tactical use of media to garner the most immediate response. Every time we run one their photos, videos, or news releases the station (and ultimately the shelter) is flooded with phone calls from viewers wanting to help and... NOW! I am proud to serve TriCounty and further its cause in our community. If only every shelter were like this one, there would be such fewer horror stories to report on. As the area's only non-kill shelter, and top-notch at that, it is most deserving of 5 stars.

Diana L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was looking to adopt a dog nearly 10 years ago, a colleague told me about a great shelter that was nearby our office. I had never been there, so I decided to check it out. Well, the minute I walked in, I knew that Tri County Humane Society was different. It was immaculate, with lots of loving staff and volunteers playing with and taking care of the animals. I adopted the four-legged love of my life there, and have been volunteering ever since. I don't even want to think about what would have happened to my precious baby, and all those like him, if it were not for Tri County being there to save them, provide them with food, shelter, and medical care, and find them their loving "forever homes." This is truly a one-of-a-kind organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was the development director/activities coordinator of the Tri County Humane Society for 2 years. It is truly an organization with a huge heart. It's not an impersonal, cold operation. Rather, it is an organization with humble, grassroots beginnings and a genuine love of each individual animal and their story is evident from having worked closely with the board of directors, staff and volunteers. The kind of no-kill work that Tri County does every single day, year in and year out, is truly an inspiration to both dedicated and casual animal welfare enthusiasts. There are so many stories of homeless and neglected animals to be told - Tri County not only tells these stories, but makes sure that each one has a happy ending.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors for three years. Having rescued pets for four decades, every animal shelter I have been to breaks my heart WITH ONE EXCEPTION that is Tri County Humane Society. It not a sad shelter. every dog and cat there is loved and cared for by dedicated staff and volunteers until they find their forever homes. They receive important medical care; surgeries, socialization and most importantly the animals will never face harm or abandonment again once they make it into our doors. We place the highest screening standards on potential families looking to adopt our furry tenants. And that includes board members too! After my own application process, I was able to adopt my precious Chihuahua Bambi. My life has forever been blessed with a Tri County Rescue and I cannot express how rewarded I feel knowing I serve such a wonderful shelter.

Pam D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Tri County Humane Society for over 7 years now, I can say I've seen firsthand the happy endings this shelter and it's wonderful, dedicated staff provide on a daily basis. To the abused, neglected, unwanted, surrendered and homeless who are blessed enough to 'land' there, Tri County is truly a shelter that cares and is unwavering in its efforts to heal, rehab, and re-home its "guests". In the meantime, they are treated with the most tender loving care by staff and volunteers. I also have two rescued dogs from Tri County who say THANK YOU for their second chance at a happy life!

1 Heather23

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband serves as a member on the board of this wonderful, dedicated organization. Personally though, we have been blessed to welcome new four legged family members into our home over the years. We have 5 boys who help us love and care for our animals. We currently have Jade, a 2 year old boxer mix who has become the little mother in our house. She will "discipline" the kids verbally if they attempt to run around the pool and will always find a child to curl up with. The next addition was Poochie. Poochie is an older terrier mix. Poochie came to us after having a toe removed to cancer. He had been in the humane society unadopted for some time and we knew he needed a lot of love. The last dog added to our family is King Odie, named by my 5 year old. He is the energy of the group and keeps everyone on their toes. Our three dogs all curl together at night when they sleep. To round things out, we sat the boys down in the cat room, and "Fruit Loop" decided we were the family for him. He is the boss of all things living in our house. Because of the Humane Society, our lives have been touched. We are blessed to have these wonderful animals in our home. I am so thankful for this wonderful cause.