ST. CLOUD -- This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we visit our four legged friends at the Tri-County Humane Society and see what it takes to help them find good homes.

Work begins early for the staff at the Tri-County Humane Society. Each morning begins with a look over the days schedule and following up on any notes from the previous night.

Andrea Jaekel is the Animal Care Manager. She says the checks lists are very extensive.

"I check the intakes for the day, what's on the schedule, do we need to move any animals around to make space for new arrivals," says Jaekel.

From there Jaekel begins walk throughs to check on sick animals or ones that just had surgery.

"We just try to accommodate every animal the best we can and make sure everyone is safe and happy," says Jaekel.

As that's going on staff are busy cleaning floors, cages, and a never ending supply of dishes and laundry.

"We always clean the floors with a disinfectant and then with bleach to make sure there is no virus or bacteria, cages are sanitized and obviously lots of animals make lots of mess so we are constantly doing laundry," says Jaekel.

The cleaning process takes about four hours and is done right before people arrive to see the animals.

With so much to do Jaekel says volunteers help make things easier.

"We rely a great deal on the volunteers to help take our animals for walks," says Jaekel.

The Human Society does what they can to make sure every animal feel comfortable during their stay and hopefully get adopted.


Friendly faces wait for good homes at the Tri-County Humane Society. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)