|1||2||3||4||5 Help! I\'m Going Vegan! at 1:00 pm
1:00pm to 2:30pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St, Minneapolis. You know you want to go vegan, but you have all these questions. Seasoned vegans Dallas and Al love answering each and every question you have. Yes you. You know who you are. Come on out and ask us your best questions. 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. These workshops are fun, laid back, and informative. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Vegan Community Circle at 3:00 pm
3:00pm to 4:30pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St, Minneapolis. Topic is Dealing with Sadness/Anger around Violence to Animals. Many of us are vegan because we are disturbed by the violence committed against non-human animals in the world on a massive and horrific scale. This grief and anger affects us in different ways, and now we have an opportunity to come together to talk about it. RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|6 January Book Group at 4:00 pm
Join us as we discuss The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams. This is a classic and should definitely be on the reading list of anyone interested in animal rights, womens rights, and the intersection of the two. Location is May Day Cafe, 3440 Bloomington Ave S. in Minneapolis. RSVP through Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|7||8||9||10 Vegan Runners Meetup at 6:00 pm
At Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 900 S 5th Street in Minneapolis. Dome running is a great way to stay warm and dry while meeting other awesome vegans. 2 1/2 laps around the concourse equals a mile. Running costs $1. Enter gate D. You can park for free in the upper Dome lot. We will meet at 6:00pm and run 3 miles. As usual, we will split up into groups to accommodate different paces. We can meet up for a bite to eat afterward if people are interested. Please RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|11||12 ARC Volunteer Training at 1:00 pm
Training for ARC volunteers from 1:00-3:00pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419. Advance registration is required. If interested in getting on the list for the next session to be scheduled, please email Dallas at firstname.lastname@example.org Vegan Knitting Circle at 3:00 pm
At Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis from 3:00-4:30pm. Heres your chance to get together with other vegan knitters and relax and chat after a busy holiday season. Rest assured you will not have to listen to anyone wax poetic about spinning their own yarn from wool or the miracles of alpaca and cashmere blends, and instead trade tips about soy silk yarn and yarn made from bamboo and corn. Ask others for ideas on the best way to veganize knitting patterns and hear about the most-vegan friendly yarn shops in the Twin Cities. Note: This is not a knitting lesson, though we may do that in the future. All levels are welcome, crocheters, tatters, and the like are welcome, too, we just ask that the craft you bring be animal-free. RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|14 Vegan Drinks at HUGE Improv at 7:30 pm
Come out to HUGE Improve Theater at 3037 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolisand meet other people enthusiastic about vegan living, schmooze a bit, then relax and laugh with the most experienced improvisers as they team up for the improv show at the end of the world...Show X! Doors are at 7p.m., show starts at 8. We are getting a special group rate of $4 on admission and they will have a selection of vegan wines, hard ciders, and beers. Just say you are with Vegan Meetup when you arrive for the special rate. Please RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|15||16||17||18||19 Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 1:00 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 Valley Natural Foods Coop, 3750 Cty Road 11, in Burnsville from 1:00-2:30pm. 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. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|21||22||23||24||25||26||27 Petland Demo in Shakopee at 1:30 pm
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in Shakopee. Millions of animals are being killed in shelters across the country and yet the Petland retail chain continues to encourage the selling of more animals for profit. The stores in the chain support puppy mills by purchasing their puppies and kittens from large-scale brokers and/or directly from puppy and kitten mill operations throughout the U.S. Responsible breeders do not mass produce puppies and kittens or sell to pet stores. Peaceful store protests have proven successful in other states in educating consumers about inhumane breeding. If you can bring your own sign, please do. Some signs will be available there. Shakopee Petland, 8091 Old Carriage Court, Shakopee, 1:30pm - 2:30pm.
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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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