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Member Spotlight:
Tri-County Humane Society


Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) is a 501c3 nonprofit animal shelter that has been primarily serving the pets and people of Central Minnesota for more than four decades. TCHS’s placement rate has hovered in the 94 percent range for the past few years, with more than 3,700 animals finding homes or being reunited with their owners in 2020. 
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, TCHS’ adoptions thrived in 2020 during a time when not all shelters remained open and people were seeking the companionship animals could offer. TCHS early on switched its business model to appointment only for viewings and adoptions to carefully monitor customer traffic and had its staff and volunteers wear face masks long before the state of Minnesota made that mandatory. TCHS also scaled back on certain portions of its volunteer program to keep traffic down, but still heavily relied on the more than 100 people each month who help take care of its animals and the shelter – socially distanced, of course.  As if COVID by itself didn’t present enough of a challenge, TCHS also finished building and moving into its new, expanded shelter in September of 2020. The physical space may be changed, but their core values – “Adopt. Donate. Volunteer.” – are the same that they’ve been for decades. They are proud that they do not have time limits on their animals, they're proud to ensure every animal receives the medical attention it needs, and they're proud of the services they provide for the community and for promoting an ethos of kindness throughout the region. 

Get an inside look at the new TCHS!

Member Spotlight:
Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) exists to end the suffering and death of companion animals in Minnesota due to pet overpopulation by providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services and core vaccinations to owned pets in low-income communities, nonprofit rescue and shelter animals, and feral cat populations. Since April 2010, MN SNAP has provided more than 153,000 surgeries to cats, dogs and rabbits in need across Minnesota.

MN SNAP typically visits five Native American reservations and communities throughout Minnesota, including Little Earth of United Tribes in South Minneapolis. MN SNAP's care partners include VeTouch, a University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical School student group, in order to provide collaborative wellness and spay/neuter clinics at Little Earth of United Tribes. Unfortunately, since the pandemic hit, MN SNAP has not been able to travel, which meant that for much of 2020, MN SNAP was no longer reaching Native Minnesotan families. Thanks to a new endeavor with Secondhand Hounds and Marilou Chanrasmi, a modified "Caring for the Animals" clinic was created. Secondhand Hounds brought their incredible expertise in safe transport, and Marilou offered her second-to-none community organizing skills. The first clinic for tribal members was Dec. 6, 2020, and 2021 clinics are scheduled for Jan. 23, March 27 and April 17. Secondhand Hounds is generously covering clients' subsidized fees, and MN SNAP fundraises to pay for the rest. Animal welfare organizations and advocates can accomplish amazing things when we work together!
Dr. Lisa Roberts (right) with University of Minnesota veterinary students on MN SNAP's mobile surgery vehicle in spring 2018.
A MN SNAP client with her cat Mikan at MN SNAP's stationary clinic in North Minneapolis in summer 2020.
My Pitbull is Family is kicking off 2021 with the launch of their new interactive Rental Research Dashboard. Never before have they shared ALL of their rental research data and now you have it all at your fingertips. Now you can see how your state measures up when it comes to inclusive pet policies.
In 2021 - they'll be working on states with minimal to zero listings currently and their Rental Research Team has committed to completing 1,000 data points each month.

MPIF is also celebrating their one year anniversary of the North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center program!  Check it out here!

Partnership in Poop!

Pet Haven, Cats Pride Litter, and Downtown Dogs teamed up to help Pet Haven Felines have a clean place to do their business!  With the dramatic increase in felines coming into Pet Haven (almost triple the amount of the previous year) their litter supply was at a dangerously low level when Cat's Pride Litter came to the rescue and donated 24,000 pounds of litter! The only problem was Pet Haven had nowhere to store it. That's when the Dogs stepped in: Downtown Dogs that is. Ralph Bernstein and his staff at Downtown Dogs and Dogs Day Out made space in their facility for Pet Haven to store the donated litter! What a great partnership!

Rescues interested in receiving free litter should check this out!

Check out live action of this amazing delivery!
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Did you know we have a MnPAW members page? It's a GREAT place to post if you have a question, issue, concern, event to share, or just some good news about what you're up to as an organization! It's a closed group, so you do have to join-- hoping to see you there!
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MnPAW Annual Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 6-8 pm
All members are welcome to attend!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 818 8133 1639
Dial-In: 1 312 626 6799

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