|1 No ARC Meeting on 1/1/14 at 7:00 pm
There will be no ARC In Action meeting on Wednesday, 1/1/14. We will be back to regular Wednesday night meetings at 7:00 next week.
|2||3||4 January 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 612 822-6161. We hope to see you there!
|5 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 through Vegan University, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis on Sunday, January 5 at 10am. 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/
|6||7||8||9||10||11 Cuddle Coats Prep at 1:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for the ARC Cuddle Coats program and we would like to ship the furs off to wildlife rehabilitation centers as soon as possible. Join us for a prep party at Ethique Nouveau, Minnesotas only vegan store, at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis to prep the donated fur coats and accessories for shipment to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country. More details and RSVP at Minnesota Animal RIghts Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ VegKins Play Date at 3:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of indoor fun on Saturday, January 11th at Edinborough Park Adventure Peak, 7700 York Ave. S., Edina, MN. Edinborough has a large climbing structure, a toddler area, and a gymnasium with scooters, basketballs, and more -- perfect for burning off some winter energy. Please meet us at 3:00 at the tables near the admission counter -- or if you arrive later, come join us in play areas downstairs. We will also take a snack break at those tables at 4:00. A light/simple snack will be provided -- feel free to bring an additional vegan snack to share. Note that socks are required at Edinborough. Cost is $7 per child. Adults and children under 12 months are free. Please RSVP to Shelly at email@example.com
|12 Book Discussion at 4:00 pm
On Sunday, January 12 we will be meeting at Tao Organic Cafe in the Lowry Park Area of South Minneapolis; on the corner of 22nd and Hennepin Ave. from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. to discuss Bob Torres book Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights. He is also the co-author of Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in Non-Vegan World with his wife Jenna Torres. Find more details about the book and RSVP at MinneapolisVegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|13||14||15||16||17||18 Vegan Meal Planning Workshop at 1:00 pm
Have you ever been confused about what vegan recipes to make or wanted to learn new tricks for storing your produce? If so, join Melissa Maaske, mentor through Vegan University, for this in-depth vegan meal planning presentation from 1:00-2:30 pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis. Melissa will give you tips on grocery shopping, discuss smoothies versus juicing, and give you a seven-day meal guide. We will also discuss looking at vegan nutrition from a holistic perspective and come up with a comprehensive list of salads and sandwiches for on-the-go people. With help from Melissa, you can make empowered choices about what you eat. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|20||21 Dineout at Gorkha Palace at 6:00 pm
Please join us at Gorkha Palace, 23 4th St NE in Minneapolis for amazing vegan food and fun company. This restaurant is very vegan friendly. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|22||23||24||25||26 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. Dine Out at Little Tijuana at 1:00 pm
Hola fellow vegans. Please join us at the legendary Little Tijuana Restaurant on 17 East 26th St. in south Minneapolis for some great conversation and AMAZING vegan-friendly Mexican Tex-Mex cuisine. Check out their menu and happy hour specials on their web-site: http://littletjs.com/ Parking is available in the lot around the corner from the restaurant, just off Nicollet Ave. after you cross 26th Street (kind of behind The Black Forest Inn). More details and RSVP 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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