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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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2 Fallon OBrien

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.

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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.