|1 Dine Out at Gorkha Palace at 6:00 pm
Join us for dinner at Gorkha Palace at 23 4th St NE in Minneapolis where we will feast on yummy Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan cuisine. There are many fabulous vegan options on the menu. There is parking next to the restaurant and along the street. Check it out at http://www.gorkhapalace.com/Entres.aspx We need to limit the group to 10 people due to the size of the restaurant so please be responsible with RSVPs. They are very excited to have our group at their restaurant and we would love to see a good turnout. RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|2 July ARC Book Group at 6:00 pm
The July book group selection is \"The Lives of Animals\" by J.M. Coetzee. The group will meet on Monday 7/2 at 6:00pm at Pizza Luce, 1183 Selby Ave in St. Paul. Get more details on the book and RSVP at Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/68024622/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=68024622&_af=event&_af_mid=11489976
|3||4||5||6 Vegan Drinks at moto-i! at 7:00 pm
Vegan Drinks summer of 2012 continues! This time, moto-i at 2940 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis will be offering up some prime seating (roof-top, anyone?) and an extended happy hour for us. Come out, sip on some beverages, nosh on some vegan goodies, and enjoy the gorgeous Minneapolis summer night. For those who have never been there, moto-i is the first sake brewery restaurant outside of Japan. moto-i makes draft sake or namazake. They also have a lot of vegan food like fried tofu lettuce wraps, vegetable udon and whoa, miso popcorn! Cool. They are extending happy hour for us! Half off sake, $3.50 tap beer, miso popcorn for $3, $2 steamed buns, $4 lettuce wraps, and more! We will be wearing stickers so they know how to identify us so make sure you get your sticker when you come in so you can get in on the great deals. RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|7||8 Brunch at Triple Rock at 10:00 am
Please join us for brunch at the Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis) for food, drinks,and noise. Vegan pancakes and french toast, and more, oh my. We cannot reserve a table, so please RSVP through Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ and we will reserve a place for your lovely self. While there is no online menu, rest assured the vegan options are extensive and various. Please show up a bit early (we will be there at 9:30 am) because this place can get pretty packed. Vegan Ice Cream Social at 3:00 pm
Join us at Franklin Freeze at 2328 East Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis for a vegan ice cream social. Franklin Freeze is home to over 24 vegan soft serve ice cream flavors and they have vegan ice cream cones! You would be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a warm July day than outside enjoying some cold, refreshing vegan ice cream. Just remember to bring cash (Franklin Freeze only accepts cash), your smile, and your appetite for vegan ice cream! TIP: Also, for those of you who prefer to avoid Styrofoam, bring a cup or a bowl with you as they often will serve the cones upside down in a Styrofoam cup if the soft serve is on the softer side that day. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|9||10 Vegan Runners Meetup at 7:00 pm
The weather has been great for running, so time to hit the trails! We are going to meet at Fort Snelling State Park in Mendota Heights. We will meet in the parking lot near the dog park (entrance at Hiawatha and E 54th St., see picture at the link below). There is plenty of parking in that area. Look for Melissa M., Melissa S., and Kris Anne in vegan wear. We will do a distance of 3 miles and no vegan will be left behind! We may have to break into two groups: faster and slower. After running, we could go out to eat or for drinks if people are interested! RSVP and see meeting place photo at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/71003052/
|11||12 City Chickens Reading at 6:00 pm
Come on out to Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis on Thursday, July 12 at 6:00pm to hear Christine Heppermann read from her new book City Chickens, which is all about Chicken Run Rescue, the only urban shelter in the country exclusively for chickens. Christine will be joined by Mary Britton Clouse and Bert Clouse from Chicken Run Rescue. Christine will be available to chat and sign copies of the book after the reading.
|13||14 Ethique Nouveau at Veg Fest at 10:00 am
Ethique Nouveau vegan boutique (run by the Animal Rights Coalition) has a table at Veg Fest on Saturday, July 14, 10am-5pm, at Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis. We will be sampling fabulous and scrumptious Liz Lovely cookies. Petland Demonstration at 1:00 pm
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in St. Paul. Millions of animals are being killed in shelters across the country and yet the Petland retail chain continues to encourage the selling of yet 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. St. Paul Petland, 2123 Old Hudson Road, St. Paul, 1pm-3pm, * Note: Park in the Saint Paul Youth Services Lot to the north of the Strip Mall.
|15 The Color Run at 8:00 am
A Vegan Runners meetup, this time at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Get all the details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/69064342/ ARC + EarthSave Picnic at 4:00 pm
Gathering in the sun, tossing a frisbee around, sharing delicious vegan food - what could be better? ARC is partnering with EarthSave Twin Cities for this not to be missed family-friendly event, so its going to be bigger than usual. Cool, huh? Bring a plant-based dish free of animal products to share as well as a plate and utensils. There is a playground for the kids and park grills are available. We will have some games (three-legged race, anyone), too, so wear comfortable clothes if you want to join in. This is a donations-based event, so please consider bringing some cash to contribute. The two organizations with be splitting donations evenly. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Please RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/69195022/
|16||17||18||19 Meetup: Blingo at Triple Rock at 8:00 pm
Blingo! Starts at 8 p.m. sharp at Triple Rock at 629 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis and goes until about 10. If you have never experienced Blingo! before, it is a definite must. Also, remember that the T-Rock offers many vegan bar food options, vegan drinks, and an overall enjoyable atmosphere. Come hang out! If you cannot find the group, call Jenna at 715-307-303. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|20||21 VegKins Tour of CRR at 10:00 am
VegKins will tour Chicken Run Rescue in north Minneapolis. We will meet the birds and learn about their lives. More details and RSVP on the VegKins Faebook page. Help! I am Going Vegan at 7:00 pm
You know you want to go vegan, but you have all these questions. It would be nice if you could just ask them all in one sitting and have caring and knowledgeable vegans give straightforward answers. Well, you are in luck! Seasoned vegans Dallas and Al love answering each and every question you have. Yes you. You know who you are. Come on out to Ethique Nouveau, the only vegan boutique in Minnesota, at 317 West 48th Street in Minneapolis, hit us with your best questions. and we will give you our best answers. 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. There might even be some sort of vegan treat in it for you. Al likes to bake. Register through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|22 Meetup: Brunch at Pizza Luce at 11:00 am
Join us for brunch part II at Pizza Luce. Head downtown for what we have heard is one of the best vegan brunches in town. The menu can be found here: http://pizzaluce.com//menu/brunch/. The restaurant is located at 119 North 4th Street in Minneapolis. Please RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/#upcoming
|23 Meetup: \"Ice Cream\" Social! at 7:00 pm
Izzys has some of the best non-dairy ice cream in the Twin Cities. They generally offer two soy-based flavors, but the flavors offered can change on a daily basis. You should be able to check the website to see what they are currently offering: http://flavorup.izzysicecream.com/flavor-grid Come enjoy some quality social time with vegans over delicious ice cream! Please RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/72939392/
|24||25||26 Vegan Runners Meetup at 7:00 pm
The weather has been great for running, so time to hit the trails! We are going to meet at Fort Snelling State Park. We will meet in the parking lot near the dog park (entrance at Hiawatha and E 54th St., see picture at the link below). There is plenty of parking in that area. Look for Melissa M., Melissa S., and Kris Anne in vegan wear. We will do a distance of 3 miles and no vegan will be left behind! We may have to break into two groups: faster and slower. After running, we could go out to eat or for drinks if people are interested! RSVP and see meeting place photo at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/events/71003272/
|27||28 Petland Demonstration at 10:00 am
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in St. Paul. Millions of animals are being killed in shelters across the country and yet the Petland retail chain continues to encourage the selling of yet 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. St. Paul Petland, 2123 Old Hudson Road, St. Paul, 10am-noon, * Note: Park in the Saint Paul Youth Services Lot to the north of the Strip Mall.
|30 Meetup: Dineout at the Dakota at 7:00 pm
Join us for live music and delicious food at the Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. The singer, Chastity Brown, looks awesome; check it out: http://dakotacooks.com/event/foodie-night-w-chastity-brown/ . The Dakota said they will be able to change some of their vegetarian options to accommodate vegans. No cover charge for the music. RSVP through 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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