|1 Petland Protest in St. Paul at 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-2:00pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from large-scale commercial breeding operations. Even if you can only come for part of the protest, please try to make it. The animals need you to help educate the public on their behalf. Invite your friends. Help us spread the word. Remember that we do not park or trespass in the Petland parking lots. Parking is available in the St. Paul Youth Services lot to the north of the strip mall.
|2 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, vegan mentor, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 South Lyndale Avenue 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 ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. Meet by the front door / cart area. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ February Volunteer Orientation at 1:00 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 1:00-2:30 pm at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, at 317 W. 48th St. in south Minneapolis. If you have any questions, please email Dallas at email@example.com or call us at 612 822-6161. We hope to see you there!
|3||4||5||6||7 Dineout at Bambu at 6:30 pm
Please join us at Bambu Asian Restaurant on 1715 Beam Avenue in Maplewood, MN for amazing vegan food and fun company. This restaurant is very vegan friendly. Look forward to seeing you there. More details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|8 Bake Sale for Cuddle Coats at 1:00 pm
Would you like to warm the hearts of injured wildlife for Valentines Day. Join us for the Bake For Their Sake vegan bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1-4 p.m. Indulge in all of your favorite vegan goodies for a great cause. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Animal Rights Coalition Cuddle Coats program that accepts donated furs and accessories and ships them to wildlife rehabilitation centers for injured wildlife to use during the rehabilitation process. To volunteer at the bake sale or volunteer to bake vegan goodies for this exciting event, please contact Alex Beane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenna Cameron at email@example.com. Volunteer bakers are asked to please bring a copy of the recipe. More details and RSVP at MinneapolisVegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|9 VegKins Parents Dineout at 4:00 pm
Join Vegkins for a parents-only dineout on Sunday 2/9 at Pizza Luce in Uptown, 3200 Lyndale Ave. S in Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Vegkins parents and eat fantastic vegan pizza! Please RSVP if you are able to make it so we can make a reservation by Wed. Feb. 5. Thank you and we look forward to meeting you then! RSVP on the VegKins Facebook page. Leafleting at JT Concert at 10:30 pm
Please join ARC activists as we show Justin Timberlake concert goers how to ditch the wool and choose a cruelty-free jacket for the winter. Leafleting events are super easy, and there will be a leader there for anyone new who wants to try it for the first time. We will be passing out leaflets as the concert gets out, and it should take about half an hour. More details and RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|10 Pay Per View at Normandale at 10:00 am
ARC will be doing Pay Per View tabling at Normandale Community College in Bloomington on Monday, February 10 from 9 am-3:30 pm. 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.
|11 ARC at Normandale College at 10:45 am
ARC will be speaking to students at Normandale Community College in Bloomington from 10:45-11:50am and 1:00-1:50pm. This Normandale Success Day event is about making a difference in the community and we will cover topics such as speciesism, volunteer opportunities with ARC, and how to make a difference for animals.
|12 Dineout at PF Changs at 7:00 pm
Come join us for some yummy vegan cuisine at PF Changs in Maple Grove. We will meet at 7:00 pm at 2071 Elm Creek Blvd. in Maple Grove. More details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|13||14||15 Help, I\'m Going Vegan at 1:00 pm
You know you want to go vegan, but you have all these questions. Now you can ask them all in one sitting and have knowledgeable and caring vegans give straight-forward answers. Seasoned vegans Troy and Jenna love answering each and every question you have. Nutrition, ethics, environment, how to gently explain to Grandma that her banana bread is not vegan ... and how to teach her to make it vegan! This workshop is fun, laid back and informative, and will be held from 1:00-3:00pm at vegan boutique Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|16 Petland Protest in St. Paul at 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-2:00pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Sunday, February 16. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from large-scale commercial breeding operations. Even if you can only come for part of the protest, please try to make it. The animals need you to help educate the public on their behalf. Invite your friends. Help us spread the word. Remember that we do not park or trespass in the Petland parking lot. Parking is available in the St. Paul Youth Services lot to the north of the strip mall.
|17 Watch Diet for a New America at 7:00 pm
In 1987, John Robbins published Diet for a New America, one of the first bestselling books to discuss the environmental repercussions of our food choices, the ethics of eating animals, and the dangers of factory farms. No time to read the book? Then please join the Animal Rights Coalition showing of the film Diet for a New America at Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Avenue S. in Minneapolis. There will be a short introduction before the film starts, as well as a discussion afterwards.
|18 ARC at Southwest High School at 3:00 pm
Dallas Rising, ARC Executive Director, will be speaking to students at Southwest High School about animal rights activism. Vegan Night at the Dakota at 7:00 pm
We have an exciting opportunity to participate in the Dakota Jazz Clubs Foodie Night, which features live music, amazing food, and $10 bottles of wine. The Dakota is located at 1010 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. We also get a $30 Three Course Vegan Meal. We have done this before and the food and atmosphere is AMAZING. We are going to take over the entire Mezzanine so we will be right in front of the music and will have out very own chef-inspired vegan three course meal. Valentines Day is right around the corner, what better a way to celebrate than with amazing vegan food and live music. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/159485722/
|19 ARC at Normandale College at 8:00 am
Dallas Rising, ARC Executive Director, will be speaking to students at Normandale Community College about animals and food ethics.
|20||21||22 ARC Booth at Pet Expo (All Day)
ARC will have a booth t the Twin Cities Pet Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall E. The expo is on Saturday, 2/22 from 9-6 and Sunday, 2/23 from 10-5. More details to be posted as we get closer to the date.
|23 ARC Booth at Pet Expo (All Day)
ARC will have a booth t the Twin Cities Pet Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall E. The expo is on Saturday, 2/22 from 9-6 and Sunday, 2/23 from 10-5. More details to be posted as we get closer to the date. Book Discussion: Redemption at 7:00 pm
Please join the Animal Rights Coalition for our monthly book group at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St. in St. Paul. This month we will be reading the book Redemption by Nathan Winograd. To participate, please read the book in advance and then join us for a group discussion. The ARC book group is a great way to connect with other volunteers while learning and having a meaningful conversation about important issues. If you would like to get your copy at Ethique Nouveau, Minnesotas only vegan store, call 612-822-6161 to reserve your copy, or just stop in at 317 W 48th St. More detailsand RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|24||25||26 Dineout at Ons Kitchen at 6:00 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 pm for a mid-week, Thai food dineout at the fantastic and Amazing Ons Kitchen, 1613 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Voted Best Thai Restaurant in the Universe by this meetup leader, this University Avenue staple has tons of tasty options. Just take a look at their menu (http://www.onskitchen.com/). RSVP and more details at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
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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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