|1||2 Vegan Runners Meetup at 6:00 pm
Time for outside vegan running once again as it is finally warm enough to feel like spring. We will meet at the East River Road Trail on Summit Avenue in St. Paul at 6:00pm. There is a small parking lot there for parking. If need be we will break up for faster paced folks and a bit slower. No vegan will be left behind, so even if you are a new runner, please feel free to join us! RSVP through Vegan Meetup and find a link to a map there also: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|3||4 No-Kill Walk for Animals at 9:00 am
Stop by the ARC booth at this annual walk which raises awareness and donations for no-kill animal rescues and shelters. We will be passing out information about our Petland campaign. The walk is being held from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at the International Bazaar
|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 Ben Bockover, vegan and a co-op employee, as he guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S 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 Ben, you can make health-conscious choices about what you eat. While it is not required, we do appreciate donations of a couple of dollars to help defray the cost of Meetup fees. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|6||7||8||9||10||11||12 Reading and Book Signing at 5:00 pm
Come join us at Ethique Nouveau (317 West 48th Street in Minneapolis) for a reading and book signing on May 12th at 5:00pm as we hear from the authors and editors of Confronting Animal Exploitation, a new anthology that gives voice to grassroots activists living in and around the Twin Cities. Highlights of the newly released book include an oral history of the Animal Rights coalition, and essays by staff and board members of the organization. Along with selected readings, expect provocative conversation about the history of the animal rights movement in Minnesota, and its future. RSVP through Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|13||14||15||16||17 Dineout at Bambu at 7:00 pm
Join us at Bambu Asian Restaurant in Maplewood (1715 Beam Avenue, Maplewood, MN) at 7:00pm on Friday, May 17. Bambu makes incredible vegan food. There will be lots of options, great portions, and good prices. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|18 Vegan Nutrition 101 at 1:00 pm
Join us as we launch a new component of Vegan University, called Vegan Nutrition 101. This workshop will provide both new and experienced vegans with an in-depth look at sources of necessary nutrients in an animal-free diet. The workshop will also answer the age old question: where do you get your protein? Attendees will also learn about other nutrients such as B12, Omega 3, and iron. Location: Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis, MN. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|19 May Book Group at 5:00 pm
Just us for a discussion of the book Confronting Animal Exploitation:Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00pm at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis. The book is comprised of essays by many Twin Cities folks. More info and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|20||21 Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 6:30 pm
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Melissa Maaske, mentor through Vegan University, as she guides you on a tour of Whole Foods Market, 7401 France Avenue S in Edina. 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. While it is not required, we do appreciate donations of a couple of dollars to help defray the cost of Meetup fees. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|22||23 Dineout at Amazing Thailand at 6:30 pm
Join us at Amazing Thailand (3024 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis) at 6:30pm on Friday, May 23 for vegan Thai food. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|24||25 VegKins Waffle Meetup at 10:00 am
VegKins will meet at the Fuller Park Building at 48th and Grand to dine as a group at the ARC Vegan Waffle Party. Hope to see you there. Annual Vegan Waffle Party at 10:00 am
Join us at our Fourth Annual Vegan Waffle Party - yes, that time of year when the waffles are piping hot and the toppings seemingly endless. This delicious waffle brunch goes from 10am until 11:30am at the Fuller Park building located at 4800 Grand Ave. S (the corner of 48th St. W and Grand Ave. S). All you need to do is bring one tasty topping to share. Soy vanilla ice cream anyone. Peanut butter and banana. What about some bee-free honey with cinnamon. Whatever you bring should be 100 percent vegan, and all ingredients listed on the packaging or on a note card. Bring your own reusable plate and utensils. The event is free and Fuller Park has a playground and a field perfect for tossing a frisbee. And you are only a stones throw from Ethique Nouveau, the only 100% vegan store in Minnesota, at 317 W 48th St. So after a delicious waffle brunch, stop by Ethique Nouveau where we will be sampling the newest vegan ice cream option, LUV NICE CREAM starting at 11:00am. AND…pints of LUV Nice Cream will be for available for purchase with a percentage of sales donated to the Animal Rights Coalition. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|27||28||29||30||31 Lumineers Leafleting (All Day)
Join the ARC Outreach Team for leafleting at the Lumineers concert at the Target Center. Email email@example.com for more info.
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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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