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Tri-County Humane Society is an independently run non-profit animal shelter in St. Cloud, Minnesota dedicated to providing animals of the area with the shelter, care, love, and affection they need. They believe in the bond between animals and humans, and they show it by providing excellent adoption programs and educational services.
Founded in 1974, this organization has committed almost 50 years to the care of homeless animals in need, reuniting lost pets with their owners, humane behavior education, educating individuals on being responsible pet owners, and adoption services. They're there to provide answers on pet care, behavior, or other related questions.
Tri-County Humane Society comes from humble beginnings. The shelter started with just 10 old kennels, 12 cages for puppies, and 12 for kitties. They were located in a high-flood area, so the likelihood that water would seriously damage the building was high. However, they beat the odds, and today they’ve added many additional buildings, including a clinic and a surgery room!
The steps to complete an adoption process at Tri-County Humane Society are as follows:
The pre-adoption application is located here.
Adoption fees at Tri-County Humane Society vary from pet to pet and range from $5-$500 depending on the animal's species, age, and adoptability. Adults 55+ years old, veterans, and military personnel don't have to pay adoption fees if they show proper identification.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, a basic examination, a free behavior evaluation, and a 24PetWatch microchipping.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.