|1||2||3 No Kill Walk at 9:00 am
The 4th annual No-Kill Walk for The Animals highlights the extraordinary efforts made by hundreds of no kill rescues and shelters to reduce the killing of healthy, adoptable animals, and to help raise money for participating no-kill rescues. ARC and Minnesotans Exposing Petland will be there to spread the word about the cruelties of the pet trade. We will have a booth and are looking for volunteers for the following shifts: 8:30am – 11:00am (includes set-up) and 11:00am – 1:30pm (includes cleanup) Event is at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. in St. Paul, booth #28 in the International Bazaar. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/ Dineout at Khans at 6:30 pm
Join us for a dineout at Khans Mongolian Barbeque, 2720 Snelling Ave. N in Roseville. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|4 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, vegan mentor, as she guides you on a tour of the Wedge Co-op, 2105 South Lyndale Avenue 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 Melissa, you can make ethically sound and health-conscious choices about what you eat. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Leafleting for Chickens at 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day. ARC will be leafleting outside local co-ops and giving out Tofurky coupons from 1:00-2:30 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
|5 Screening: Gary Yourofsky at 7:00 pm
Join us the Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Ave. S in Minneapolis to screen Gary Yourofsky\'s entire inspirational speech held at Georgia Tech in the summer of 2010. Listen to this amazing speaker who will blow away the myths, fill your mind with interesting facts, and help you make ethical choices for a healthy heart and soul. His charismatic and straightforward style is one of a kind, a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place. Join us and watch this 70 minute long inspirational lecture and stay for respectful, safe and engaging discussion afterwards. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|6||7 Cuddle Coats Meeting at 6:00 pm
Please join us for our next Cuddle Coats meeting at the Animal Rights Coalition office at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis on Wednesday May 7 at 6 p.m. The Star Tribune is doing a story about our program and they will be taking photos/videos of us prepping furs in the basement. We would love to have as many people join us as possible. Email email@example.com if you want to help.
|8||9||10 Help, I\'m Going Vegan at 11:00 am
You know you want to go vegan, but you have all these questions. Now you can ask them all in one sitting and have knowledgeable and caring vegans give straight-forward answers. Seasoned vegans Rachel and Matt love answering each and every question you have. 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! This workshop is fun, laid back, informative, and free - and will be held from 11:00-12:30pm at the main level classroom in the Fuller Park Building, 48th Street and Grand Ave. in Minneapolis. More details and RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Bike to Local Businesses Day at 1:00 pm
Bike to Local Businesses Day is part of Bike Week, a celebration of bicycling as an integral part of a healthy community. On this day, local businesses will host block parties in Tangletown, Northeast, Seward, and Downtown. ARC and Ethique Nouveau, our vegan store, will be tabling at this event to support the vitality of the neighborhood, introduce folks to tasty vegan food samples, and invite them into the coolest store in town. Come be part of this fantastic event at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 1:00-4:00 pm.
|12||13||14||15||16 Speaking to Girl Scout Troop at 2:00 pm
Dallas Rising from ARC will be speaking to a Girl Scout Troop in St. Paul, reading the book Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Grapefruit Juice to them, and discussing the golden rule, empathy, and how we can all be kinder to animals.
|17 Vegan Food Sampling at 11:00 am
ARC will be introducing community members to delicious vegan food samples at the Judson Street Fest hosted by Judson Memorial Baptist Church. This neighborhood street fest is open to community and church members alike. In addition to a diverse selection of live music, there will be food, local craft vendors, kid activities, and even a dunk tank. Fest is at 41st Street and Harriet Avenue South in Minneapolis from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. May Volunteer Orientation at 2:00 pm
If you were not able to make it to our last volunteer orientation, we will be hosting another one right around the corner. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history and mission of ARC, what we believe and why, what problems we see in the world regarding animals, how we try to solve those problems, and why we try to solve them in the way we do. You will also get a comprehensive overview of all 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. So come out, meet some other people who care about animals as much as you do, and see how you can get involved with ARC. Meeting is at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in the lower level meeting room, no elevator. If you have any questions, please email Dallas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 612 822-6161.
|19||20 Book Group: World Peace Diet at 6:00 pm
Meet at Caffetto Coffee House, 708 W 22nd Street in Minneapolis from 6:00-8:00 pm to discuss The World Peace Diet, which became a #1 Amazon best-seller, and offers a compelling and liberating new understanding of our food and our culture. It has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. More details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|21 Dineout at Pizza Luce at 6:30 pm
Join us at the Pizza Luce Richfield at 800 W. 66th St. at 6:3o pm for a fun vegan dinner. Pizza Luce is very vegan friendly with many selections on their menu that are labeled vegan (or can be made vegan). RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|22||23||24 Fifth Annual Waffle Party at 11:00 am
Join us at our Fifth 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 11:00 am until 12:30 pm 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. Cuddle Coats Prep Party at 12:30 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations and we would like to ship them to wildlife rehabilitation centers as soon as possible. We will be having a Cuddle Coats prep party at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis, on Saturday, May 24th from 12:30-1:30. During the prep party, we will be prepping donated fur coats and accessories for shipment to wildlife rehabilitation centers. We will be removing all buttons, zippers, liners, etc, so feel free to bring a lint roller and please wear clothes that you do not mind getting a little dirty. All are welcome. RSVP at Minnesota Animal Rights Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Animal-Rights-Meetup/
|26||27||28||29||30||31 Petland Protest in St. Paul at 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Saturday, May 31. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from 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 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/
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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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