|7||8||9||10||11||12 All Day Petland Protest at 10:00 am
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one and spend an hour or two at the All Day Petland Protest from 10:00am-6:00 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Saturday, June 21. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from commercial breeders. 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. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|14 Book Group: Vegetarian Myth at 6:30 pm
The Vegetarian Myth Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 14, 6:30pm-8:00 pm, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mark E. Johnson Conference Room N-202. Some books are just so misguided and poorly researched that they must be read by those the author attacks. The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith is one of them. A supposed 20 year vegan, Keith makes the argument that a omnivorous diet, not veganism, is better for the animals and the environment. But although her arguments are fallacious, people are buying into the myths Keith peddles, which is why every vegan activist should know this book and be prepared to discuss its shortcomings. Of course, we do not want anyone buying the book so for a free copy of the book, contact Kim Socha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|15||16 MEP Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm
It is a very exciting time for the Minnesotans Exposing Petland campaign. Join us Wednesday, July 16 from 6–7PM at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis, so we can talk about ways to expand and promote this important effort. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|17||18||19 Cuddle Coats Prep Party at 1:00 pm
Help injured and orphaned wildlife at the Cuddle Coats Prep Party from 1:00-3:00pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and would like to ship them to our wildlife rehabilitation partners as soon as possible. Help prep furs and accessories for shipment at the prep party. Sign up at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ Dineout at Peoples Organic at 4:00 pm
Come enjoy some tasty vegan eats for a late lunch/early dinner at this local eatery that clearly calls out its vegan items. Peoples Organic Coffee and Wine Cafe is located in the Galleria in Edina. Dineout is on Saturday, July 19 at 4:00PM. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|20 Volunteer Orientation at 2:00 pm
Meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, get an overview of ARC programs, and figure out what you are most excited about so we can connect you with the right folks at ARC. Orientation will be held at Ethique Nouveau, the ARC vegan boutique, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 2:00-4:00pm. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|21||22||23 Dineout at Bambu at 6:30 pm
Please join us at Bambu Asian Restaurant, 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/
|24||25||26 Dog Days of Summer at 11:00 am
Stop by the ARC booth at Dog Days of Summer, the annual fundraiser for Alimagnet Dog Park on Saturday, July 27 at the Alimagnet Dog Park, 1200 Alimagnet Parkway in Burnsville, Minnesota from 11am-3pm, rain or shine. The event is free, provides goodie bags for the first 300 people, has dozens of vendors/exhibitors, silent auction, raffle, various dog-related entertainment, and more, with all proceeds going to dog park improvements. VegKins Potluck and Play Date at 11:30 am
VegKins parents - bring your kids and join us at Fuller Park (located at the intersection of W 48th Street and Grand Ave S in Minneapolis) and bring a favorite vegan dish or two. Please bring your own plates, napkins, and cups also. Fuller Park has a wading pool as well as playground equipment and is less than a block away from Ethique Nouveau, the only all vegan store in Minnesota. RSVP to the Vegkins gmail address: VegKins@gmail.com and please indicate what you will be bringing, or if not sure, choose a category (main dish,dessert, fruit, drink, etc.).
|27 Dineout at The Vegetarian at 5:30 pm
Please join us at The Vegetarian, 109 S. Washington St. in the little town of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. We think it is pretty great that a small town like this has an almost all vegan family-run restaurant featuring Indian cuisine. www.vegetarian-scf.com. 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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