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Tri-County Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Tri-county Humane Society was founded in 1974 by Dr. Henrikson and Dr. Ganz to practice and promote humane principles, compassionate care and the prevention of cruelty to animals. TCHS addresses the issue of caring for homeless animals, by placing them in new homes, as well as teaching humane and well-informed animal care.

Target demographics: homeless animals in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: ~3500 pets

Geographic areas served: Central Minnesota

Programs: TCHS serves the community, both people and animals, primarily by: providing quality care and adoption services for animals in need, offering educational programs to encourage awareness, understanding and practice of humane principles, and handling questions and complaints regarding animal care and behavior, including alleged cruelty and neglect complaints.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 nschnettler

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first encounter with TCHS was almost 30 years ago when we adopted a 4-year-old Schnoodle. Sweetest and smartest little dog! We have since adopted several cats - the latest being Richard last Thanksgiving, and Riley about 2 months ago. The "boys" are loads of fun and adopting them through TCHS was a great experience. Their staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and truly caring about the animals they've been entrusted with. A wonderful advocate for animals!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

14 years ago my husband and I adopted our first four legged child from the humane society. Kip(Viszla mix) spent 12 years with us and we couldn't have been happier he was such a wonderful dog that created so many crazy stories and awesome memories for our family. We have since adopted 2 more dogs who have become an equally important part of our family and now are the protectors of our 3 boys, with living out in the country sugar(lab mix) is never far away from the boys when they play outside she is always watching over them to make sure no wild animals come near them. She plays catch for hours on end with them and then they take turns each night with who's bedroom sugar gets to sleep in. Our third dog we adopted for our parents who have now moved houses and couldn't take Pepper(lab mix) with so she came back to live with us and has just fit right into our family, she finds a spot at your feet and just snuggles in. We have been very blessed with the dogs we've gotten from the Tri-Count Humane Society and they are our first suggestion to anyone we know who is thinking about getting a cat or dog.

1 Auntie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The TCHS has giving me and my family more ways to learn,respect, and to love animals! I would be lost without my Harry,Maddy and Mia! They give me fun, excitement,and lots of love! I would and do recommend the TCHS to everyone! Thank you TCHS! See you soon for a dog! :)

1 Anne81

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was 13 years ago when I first stopped in.... I just lost my 12 yr old English Setter due to old age, and I was heartbroken. The thought of replacing her seemed unrealistic but I still dropped by this Humane Society "just to look". And there HE was . . . Charlie, the perfect English Springer Spaniel puppy, just 3 months old and ready for a new home. The staff was so patient with me as my tears flowed, still missing my old dog. They didn't push the puppy onto me, they listened and wanted only the best for me. They gave me time to play with him outside, and said that if I needed more time to think about it, that they'd hold the puppy for a day or two. Yet, I didn't need time.....I knew that this little puppy would fill the hole in my heart. That puppy, Charlie, was with me for the last 13 years.....and he just crossed over the rainbow bridge 23 days ago. He was the BEST dog in the whole world. I'm a marathon runner, so he trained with me on hundreds of miles. As a business owner, he came to work with me every day. We were inseparable. Thank you, Tri-County Humane Society, for the best 13 years of my life!!

1 Molly E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went in during a special pricing. I was able to purchase a lovely black cat at only $20, which was perfect for my college budget. I've been happy with the cat ever since, and I really enjoy the staff at TCHS. Great place, fun to visit.

1 Leah20

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat almost two years ago from TCHS when I saw him at my local pet store. I literally went to the store for some treats for my dog and left with a kitty! My cat brings so much love and joy to my life, I can't imagine not having adopted him (although my dog may not agree). Had there not been adoptive pets at the pet store, I wouldn't have him in my life and I think we're both really happy with him coming to his forever home. I have also become a donor to the TCHS via their online and phone in options, and I have also shopped at their thrift store. I will continue to donate when I can so that other cats like mine have a chance to find the right home for them.

1 Jessica143

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have now adopted 2 cats from TCHS. One a 2 year old stray and one 4 month old - both fabulous cats. The staff was amazing. They definately are saints among us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted "Rascal" now named Max from the Tri County Humane Society almost 4 years ago! We were looking at a different puppy when we first arrived and he was already reserved. We then decided to just look around and see who else was available for adoption. Staff were exceptionally welcoming and helped us when needed. When we ran into "Rascal" he gave us those puppy eyes and we connected right away! We got to play outside to see how he would do and he did great with us, the only thing was, we already had a German Shepard/Husky, so we were told by staff to do a Meet and Greet. It went over very well! So we ADOPTED Rascal. Today they are BEST friends. They follow each other EVERYWHERE! My husband and I also learned what it was like caring for one dog but now two and we love it! I love everything about St. Cloud Tri County Humane Society. I definitely will be back someday to adopt that dog who is still waiting for a forever home.

1 Jenna14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our sweet senior Silas from TCHS. I live south of Minneapolis and drove all the way there and was amazed how friendly the staff was. There were plenty of people around to assist and answer questions. The cats cages were clean too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer a for a little over a year now. The shelter has always had a very welcoming atmosphere and you can tell everyone there genuinely cares about the animals. I have done everything from fostering animals to volunteering at the shelter and other events. The Tri County Humane Society does anything and everything to make the best possible outcome for any animal that comes through their doors. I enjoy being a part of them and hope to be for many yeats to come!

1 Kimberly61

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog 4 years ago and have donated ever since. The people are wonderful and they are doing such a wonderful things for our for legged friends! Very, very pleased with the service and love my pooch more than words can say!

2 Becky54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for 4 straight years, walking, bathing, playing with dogs, cats, kittens puppies, and even hamsters, and I did it for a reason. This shelter does there very best for every single animal that walks through those scary doors, spaying/Nutering, shots, baths. .. not knowing their future/fate. The cages are always cleaned, the dogs have access to the outdoors, which a lot of shelters I've seen don't have.
They have toys and treat given to them all day everyday and the access to go for walks and play outdoors. The staff is wonderfull and kind to all, and I could not be more proud to of been a volunteer at the Tri-County Humane Society.
I often wish I had the opportunity to go back because of my fun experience.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to and supporting Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) in St. Cloud, MN for 13 years. And I don't even live there!

I adopted a shaggy dog from them 13 years ago, and was very thankful for the shelter and care they gave him! He was our first humane society pet, and it was a truly wonderful and memorable experience. We have adopted other animals since because of that experience.

Why have I been supporting them for 13 years? They spend their donations wisely. I trust that every check I send in is used for the animals.

1 Renee' P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this shelter for several years, I worked inside helping wih cleaning cages and walking dogs, doing dishes, and laundry. I can't do this any more because of health reasons or I would be working there ll the time. But I found my true love is fostering the kittens and cats. This benifits me because I would have no trouble being the crazy cat lady, but my husband gives me "that look" so fostering is the best way for me to get my kitten fix and I know how much it benifits them. I have taken some kittens that were almost farrel and hanged them to loving, sweet kitties....it just takes time and patience. The shelter is so nice to work with and accomodating to me. The peopl who work there are friendly and helpful. My daughter has adopted 2 cats that are so wonderful, no health or temperment problems at all. I recommend this shelter to anyone looking for a great family member or anyone looking for volunteer hours.

Allysun A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been here many times, sometimes just to visit the animals, and every time was greeted by friendly staff. The facility is also clean and inviting. We have adopted 2 animals from the humane society and it was an easy, informative process and they turned out to be the most amazing pets anyone could ask for. They truly care about their animals and want what's best for them.

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am always impressed with the hard work and dedication that every member of the TCHS displays. Their work with the animals in their care is outstanding. They truly want the very best for every animal who passes through their doors. When I stop in, I often hear staff at the front desk giving specific, helpful information to callers. These staff also give behavioral information to new pet owners to help make the transitions of and, ultimately lives of, both the pet and new owner. From my own experience, I very much appreciated the support and care that I received 15 years ago upon adopting my first cat, Pookie. He's a wonderful companion who is still with me today.
Their contact with the public is top-notch, as well. I witness outstanding service and true appreciation for donors and volunteers. The staff are always gracious when I bring donations to the shelter, and when I walk through the kennel areas, the staff are helpful and answer all of my questions.
Their commitment and dedication is not limited to in-house care, either. Their fundraisers are wonderfully orchestrated and always a great success. I especially appreciate the annual Companion Walk that the TCHS sponsors every September. The atmosphere is so positive, and the vendors are a wonderful touch as I always learn something new from their expertise.
As a client as well as a donor, I feel strongly about supporting this organization. I give *only* to this charity because they truly make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this shelter! The staff was so great with all of my questions and finding the right pets for me! I adopted both of my kittens from there and still get calls from them checking up to see how they are doing. They always are there to help with any questions that I have.

Susan211

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted both cats and dogs from the Tri-County Humane Society. Every time I go into the building, the place is clean and everyone is friendly and happy to help. One time I had to give up some rats (the pet store sold my son a pregnant rat!) and they were very happy and willing to help. I was afraid that I would have to pay a fee for each of the 10 or so rats, but they did not make me do that. They made me pay just one fee. I have been very happy with all of the cats and the dog that I got there, and with the service that I got!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) operates an independent non-profit animal shelter in St. Cloud. The Society has been providing quality services to the people and animals of Central Minnesota since 1974. Some of their services include care for homeless animals, pet adoption, pet lost and found, and humane education. On an annual basis the shelter gives refuge to approximately 4,400 pets.

The number of animals that this shelter helps is just staggering to me. Over 4,000 animals every year is just unbelievable. I started out volunteering at the shelter, but it would just break my heart to know I couldn't take an animal home with me. I fall in love much too easy! So I started helping in other ways. Most recently I have been helping with special fundraising events. In the spring Tri-County raises money through a dinner and silent auction. In the fall they have a 5k walk - the Companion Walk. I have been a board member for both events. Mostly helping with planning and organizing. In addition, the last two years I have helped tie-dye t-shirts which are given to people who raise $200 or more in pledges for the walk.

This a huge fundraiser for the shelter. Last year the Companion Walk raised over $50,000 dollars!!!! - I feel very lucky to be able to help with this event. Just think of all the animals that money will help!


1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was looking for a kitten but knew that I may not have the available funds to bring a new kitten into the the vet for the proper shots and the cost of spaying/neutering. Having an organization available such as the Tri-County Humane Society, I was able to adopt a kitten who had already had all of his shots, as well as being neutered. We now have a new member in our family that we love terribly and it wouldn't have been possible without them.