|1||2 Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 6:30 pm
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa Maaske, mentor through ARC Vegan University, as she guides you on a tour of Cub Foods, 3930 Silver Lake Rd NE in Minneapolis. You will learn simple tips for reading labels, discover products you overlooked in the past, and have your questions on veganism answered. With help from Melissa, you can make health-conscious choices about what you eat. While it is not required, we do appreciate donations of a couple of dollars to help defray the cost of Meetup fees. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|3||4||5||6 VegKins Spring Egg Hunt at 10:30 am
Come on out to celebrate spring with a vegan egg hunt. We will be meeting in Ford Park, 2115 Ford Road in Minnetonka, MN by the benches. Please bring a basket, bucket, or bag along to collect the eggs. If you plan to attend, you need to respond by March 27th with an RSVP (at https://www.facebook.com/events/345100545607436/), so we can plan amounts accordingly. Hope to see you there! There is a requested donation of $2 per child to help cover the cost of the event. No family is turned away for inability to pay. Volunteer Orientation at 12:30 pm
Training for ARC volunteers from 12:30-2:00pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419. Advance registration is required. If interested, please email Dallas at email@example.com Vegan Community Circle at 2:00 pm
Join us from 2:00-3:30 pm for a discussion of Veganism & Masculinity at Vegan Community Circle at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in south Minneapolis. Vegan men are often portrayed in American media as less manly. As vegans, we all know that the ultimate sign of true masculinity is taking responsibility for ones actions and living by a strong set of beliefs and morals. Still though, vegan men have to deal with a lot of crap, as the American idea of masculinity is slow to change. Come join other vegans and discuss how you feel about and are impacted by the current ideal of masculinity. Both guys and gals are welcome. Note: Vegan Community Circle is intended for people who are already vegan. VCC is designed to be a safe space for people who are already vegan to be able to speak freely about their experiences living in a non-vegan world.
|7 Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 10:00 am
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa Maaske, mentor through ARC Vegan University, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. You will learn simple tips for reading labels, discover products you overlooked in the past, and have your questions on veganism answered. With help from Melissa, you can make health-conscious choices about what you eat. While it is not required, we do appreciate donations of a couple of dollars to help defray the cost of Meetup fees. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Petland Demo in Shakopee at 1:30 pm
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in Shakopee at 8091 Old Carriage Court, 1:30pm-3:00pm, on Sunday, 4/7. The Petland chain continues to encourage the selling of animals for profit even as millions of animals are killed in shelters across the country. The stores in the largest pet store chain in the country support breeding mills by purchasing their puppies, kittens, small mammals, birds, and fish from large-scale brokers and/or directly from large-scale breeding operations throughout the U.S. Not only does this contribute to the killing of millions of homeless animals every year; it also perpetuates a culture where animals are bought and sold as products. We are part of a national effort to persuade Petland to stop selling live animals (all of the Petland stores in Canada have stopped selling live animals). We provide signs, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. See you there!
|8 Movie Night: Peaceable Kingdom at 6:00 pm
Join ARC for a free movie night at the Minnehaha Free Space at 3747 Minnehaha Avenue S in Minneapolis and watch the newly re-made Peaceable Kingdom. A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
|9||10||11||12||13 Seward Sustainability Fair at 12:00 pm
Visit the ARC table at the Seward Neighborhood Sustainability Fair at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St. in Minneapolis. The fair goes from noon-4:30pm.
|14 Seward Sustainability Fair at 12:00 pm
ARC has a table at the Seward Neighborhood Sustainability Fair, from noon to 4:30, where we\'ll be giving out information about veganism from an environmental standpoint. Fair location is Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E 22nd St. in Minneapolis. Petland Demo in St. Paul at 1:30 pm
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in St. Paul at 2123 Old Hudson Road, 1:30-3:00pm, on Sunday, April 14. ** Note: Park in the St.Paul Youth Services Lot to the north of the Strip Mall. The Petland chain continues to encourage the selling of animals for profit even as millions of animals are killed in shelters across the country. The stores in the largest pet store chain in the country support breeding mills by purchasing their puppies, kittens, small mammals, birds, and fish from large-scale brokers and/or directly from large-scale breeding operations throughout the U.S. Not only does this contribute to the killing of millions of homeless animals every year; it also perpetuates a culture where animals are bought and sold as products. We are part of a national effort to persuade Petland to stop selling live animals (all of the Petland stores in Canada have stopped selling live animals). We provide signs, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. See you there!
|15||16 Dineout at Ecopolitan at 6:30 pm
Join us for a lovely evening at Ecopolitan restaurant at 2409 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. Ecopolitan is 100% Vegan, Organic, and Raw. The food is delicious and it is a fun experience to try creatively crafted raw dishes! RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|17||18||19||20 World Wide Vegan Bake Sale at 10:00 am
Get tasty vegan baked goods and support animal rights advocacy in Minnesota at the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale - Twin Cities Style! at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 20. If possible, please bring your own container to take your treats home in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to bake to help animals.
|22 US Bank Protest at 4:00 pm
US Bank Protest – Stop Funding Animal Torture US Bank Headquarters in Minneapolis, 800 Nicollet Mall US Bank National Association, a subsidiary of US Bank, has been uncovered by SHAC as the largest ever lender ($120 million) to controversial animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Please help kick off the campaign against US Bank by contacting the bank and voicing your outrage over its support of animal torture; demand that they end their relationship with the cruelty of Huntingdon Life Sciences.
|23||24||25||26 Lab Animal Lib Week Protest at 11:00 am
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week Protest. Where: WuXi Apptec, Inc. 2540 Executive Drive, St. Paul. Why WuXi Apptec?: WuXi Apptec has the dubious distinction of being the number one most painful research lab in the country. This company is responsible for torturing almost 100,000 dogs, cats, primates, and other species of animal—primarily rabbits and guinea pigs at the St. Paul facility—often without pain relief (reported by S.A.E.N.). Event Details: Join us for a demonstration against WuXi Apptec. The demo will take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact: Kim Socha (email@example.com) for details.
|27||28 March of Dimes Outreach at 10:00 am
ARC will be giving out information at the March of Dimes walkathon at Como Park in St. Paul about the March of Dimes funding of cruel and useless experiments on animals. Book Group: Defiant Daughters at 6:30 pm
Join us to discuss Defiant Daughters at 6:30pm at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/. When The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams was published more than 20 years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists and animal rights activists alike. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly, the idea that there lies a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals so plainly asserted. But, as the 21 personal stories in this anthology show, the impact of this provocative text on womens lives continues to this day, and it is as diverse as it is revelatory.
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The Animal Rights Coalition operates Ethique Nouveau; a vegan boutique, where all purchases help fund our animal advocacy programs, at 317 W. 48th St. in Minneapolis. The ARC office is located at the same address.
I Can’t Keep My Companion Animal, What Can I Do?
Do you feel you can no longer keep your companion animal and need to find a new home for him or her? This page provides the information you need to help find a good home and ensure that your companion will be well cared for in the years to come.
Before You Make That Drastic and Final Decision
You may be dealing with a behavior problem, or someone in your household has allergies, or you are having trouble finding housing that will accept your companion. These situations can be frustrating, and you may feel that giving up your companion is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the resources that are available to help you deal with these problems.
If you are dealing with a behavior problem, talk to your veterinarian. Many problems are due to a treatable medical condition. For example, a housetrained animal may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection. Your vet will be able to rule out a physical cause of the problem and may also be able to refer you to an animal behaviorist in your community who has the expertise to help with your companion’s behavior problem. These web sites also have helpful tips on solving behavior problems:
You can also call the Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline at (763) 489-2202 from 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Does someone in your household have a health problem such as an allergy that makes it difficult to keep your companion? Has a physician actually recommended you give up your companion? Before taking such a drastic step: Read PETA’s Living With Allergies to Animals.
In a recent study, “moving” and “the landlord won’t allow” were among the top reasons for giving up companion animals. If you are moving and are having trouble finding animal-friendly housing, or are experiencing other animal-related housing difficulties, read the San Francisco SPCA Tenant’s Guide to Keeping Your Pet.
Finding a Safe and Loving Home for Your Companion
Finding a responsible home for your companion animal is the least you can do for an animal that has doubtlessly given you trust and unconditional love. When you look for a new home for an animal, please be sure the animal’s best interests remain your top priority.
A “good” home means a home where the animal will live for the rest of his or her life, where he or she will receive attention, veterinary care, and proper nutrition, and be treated as part of the family.
Please do not turn your companion loose “out in the country.” This is one of the cruelest fates any companion animal could meet. The suffering and fear they will endure is heartbreaking.
Breed Rescue Groups
For purebred dogs, there may be a breed rescue organization in your area that will accept the animal; check this list of Minnesota breed rescue organizations.
For other animals, try a carefully placed newspaper ad in your local paper. Always charge a fee of at least $50 for adopting the animal. This will eliminate people who resell cheaply acquired animals to research, or use “free to good home” animals for training dogs for dog fighting. The brutal, illegal dog-fighting business looks for free kittens, puppies, and older dogs that fighting dogs can kill for practice.
ARC recommends visiting any prospective new home to get a feel for the environment. Screen potential homes carefully. If someone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place the animal with them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, impose conditions, or say no. The San Franciso SPCA’s Surrendering Your Pet: The Last Resort has a great writeup on screening people who answer your ad and a list of questions to ask during a telephone interview: Ask for a form of ID. Record the number, name, and address for your records and require the new owner to sign an adoption contract. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point to give up the animal. Follow up in a few weeks to see how the animal is doing.
Another option is to contact local no-kill shelters (but be aware that these shelters are often full).
If the no-kill shelters are full, you can try local humane societies. However, be aware that animals surrendered to humane societies are often evaluated for adoptability, and there’s a good chance the animal will be killed – especially if the animal is older, or too nervous or fearful during the evaluation.
We do not recommend surrendering an animal to your local pound or animal control facility. Surrendering an animal to a pound or animal control facility is generally a death sentence for the animal and in Minnesota, municipal pounds must surrender animals to research institutions who ask for them. Most municipal pounds do not put any effort into adopting out animals and generally, animals are only held for 5 days before being killed.
Finally, only as a last resort, if your companion is terminally ill or has critical behavioral issues such as aggression, you may be considering having him or her euthanized by a veterinarian. Many people leave these animals at shelters, avoiding the reality of what will happen to their “best friend.” It may be easier on you, but your companion will suffer for it by being thrown into a strange place, only to die there because he or she is unadoptable. Placing such an animal in a new home is difficult. Your companion may be traumatized by the shock of a new home or even abandoned by the new owner once his or her problems are discovered. If you choose euthanasia, as a final kindness, you should remain in the room to comfort your old friend during his or her passing. No one should die alone or with strangers.
Serial Pet Dumping
If you do give up your companion animal, please think long and hard before you consider getting another one. Make sure that what caused you to consider giving up this animal will never, ever happen again. When you took in this animal, you took responsibility for a living creature. You may have to accept the fact that you just are not able to have a companion animal.
Please, do not become a serial pet dumper!!
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