|2||3 Feminism and Veganism at 7:00 pm
Join us for a panel about the Intersections of Feminism and Veganism at the Giddens Learning Center 106W, Hamline University in St. Paul. Vegan snacks and refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Dallas Rising from the Animal Rights Coalition and Dr. Kim Socha, professor at Normandale Community College. There will be time for question and answer and talking afterwards. Sponsored by the Hamline University Womens Resource Center.
|4||5||6||7 December Volunteer Orientation at 12:00 pm
Come out and meet other people who care about animals as much as you do. Get an overview of the programs and campaigns we run and figure out what you feel most excited about so we can get you connected with the right folks in our group. The orientation will take place from noon-1:30 at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in south Minneapolis. If you have any questions, please email Dallas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 612 822-6161. We hope to see you there!
|8 ARC Holiday Open House at 1:00 pm
Join us for our annual Holiday Open House at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 1-4pm. Enjoy delicious vegan treats, meet other ARC members and friends, and browse for animal-friendly holiday gifts from the great selection of unique merchandise at Ethique Nouveau.
|9 Pay Per View at St. Olaf at 9:00 am
ARC will be doing Pay-Per-View Tabling at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN on Monday, December 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Pay Per View program is named for the fact that we pay people $1.00 to view a short video about typical practices on animal farms and in slaughterhouses, answer follow-up questions during a debrief conversation with a trained volunteer, and then send people home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. If you would like to volunteer for future Pay Per View events, please contact Jenna: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com. Dineout at Seward Cafe at 6:00 pm
Please join us for amazing vegan food at Seward Cafe, 2129 East Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. Enjoy great food and company. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|10||11||12||13||14 Holiday Vegan Cookie Exchange at 1:00 pm
Join us for holiday fun on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00. Come to the vegan holiday cookie exchange at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis, and experience baking magic as you get all the variety while doing only a fraction of the work. You bring 4 dozen vegan cookies and then share and swap with others who have done the same. Vegan Cookie Giveaway at 6:00 pm
Where: The Holidazzle Parade, Nicollet Mall from 12th to 4th Street. Please join ARC volunteers as we spread some love and cheer in the form of vegan cookies during the holidays. We are going to be outside at the Holidazzle parade and give attendees a free vegan cookie along with information about veganism. This will be a fun and easy event, and feel free to stay for the parade after. Hope you can make it; we would love to have your help. Please RSVP by emailing Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com. Once we have a team of volunteers going, Jenna will contact you to make sure we all meet in the same place. Free bus/train rides are available to the parade as well.
|16 Protest Cruel Animal Experimen at 11:00 am
Please join ARC volunteers and stand up for animals being tested on behind closed doors at the U of M. Among many other animals, primates are held captive for years on end and subjected to painful and frightening experiments. Dr. Marilyn Carroll has been at the helm of these activities since the mid-1980s. Over the years, the National Institutes of Health has awarded millions of dollars in taxpayer money to support these experiments. Meet at University of Minnesota, Moos Health Sciences Tower, 515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
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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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