|1||2 November 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 at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, located 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!
|3 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. 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/
|4||5||6||7||8 Pay Per View at Carlton at 9:30 am
ARC will be doing Pay-Per-View Tabling at Carlton College in Northfield, MN on Friday, November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Pay Per View program is named for the fact that we pay people $1.00 to view a short video about typical practices on animal farms and in slaughterhouses, answer follow-up questions during a debrief conversation with a trained volunteer, and then send people home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. If you would like to volunteer for future Pay Per View events, please contact Jenna: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com.
|9 Vegan Community Circle at 1:00 pm
Vegan Community Circle discussion on How to Handle the Holidays at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The holidays can be one of the toughest times for vegans in terms of balancing relationships with family and friends and our own beliefs. This discussion will center around how to handle the holidays, address issues like attending non-vegan holidays and entertaining family members, and more. This is an opportunity to share your experiences, and give advice to one another. Note: Vegan Community Circle is intended for people who are already vegan. VCC is designed to be a safe space for people who are already vegan to be able to speak freely about their experiences living in a non-vegan world.
|11||12||13 Forego Foie Gras Meeting at 6:00 pm
Get up to speed on what has happened in the Forego Foie Gras campaign, how you can get involved this winter, and run through the basics of the issue as we finish up our Frequently Asked Questions. This is a great meeting for newcomers who want to get more involved in creating a foie gras free Minnesota, and for those who want to get back in action on the campaign. Meeting is at the ARC vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in south Minneapolis.
|14||15||16 ExtraVEGANza at Whole Foods at 12:00 pm
Join us at Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun, 3060 Excelsior Blvd. in Minneapolis from noon-3pm. Are you vegan, thinking about going vegan, hosting a vegan for the holidays, or just want to learn a little more about plant based food? Chat about all things vegan with a representative from ARC, sample prepared foods and bakery vegan holiday options, take a vegan holiday store tour ar 12:30, 1:30, or 2:30, and sign up to win a vegan prize basket. Free - no registration required. Circus Leafleting at 4:00 pm
Join the ARC Outreach Team for leafleting about the circus at the Childrens Theater, 2400 3rd Ave S in Minneapolis from 4-5pm. We are leafleting to increase awareness about the upcoming Zuhrah Shrine Circus and their use and abuse of animals for entertainment. Email email@example.com to leaflet and for more info.
|18||19||20||21||22||23 Green Gifts Fair at 10:00 am
The ARC vegan boutique, Ethique Nouveau, will have a table at the Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St. in Minneapolis. The fair runs from 10am-5pm and is sponsored by Do It Green Minnesota. Over 75 local vendors will be displaying options for sustainable holiday gifts.
|24 Turkey-free Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm
The food will be bountiful and delicious and, of course, cruelty-free when you join ARC, EarthSave, and the Alliance for Sustainability for the 20th Annual Healthy Harvest Turkey-free Thanksgiving Potluck and Silent Auction from 5-7:30pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S in Minneapolis. You do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Please bring a vegan main dish, side dish, or dessert to share with others (vegan = no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey, or refined sugar). Also bring a serving utensil, a copy of the recipe to set by your dish, your place setting (plate, cup, utensils), and of course your appetite. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|25||26||27||28||29 Fur Free Friday Twin Cities at 10:00 am
Join us in protesting Ribnick Fur & Leather, 224 North First Street in Minneapolis, from 10-11:30 am on the biggest shopping day of the year. This event is always exciting and the more people we have, the more energetic it will be. We want you there. We will have signs and literature available, but feel free to make a personalized sign. Dress warmly and join us in letting the public know that fur is not a fashion accessory. Meet at the intersection of N First Street and N Third Avenue. Contact Alexandra Beane with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org Shrine Circus Protest at 12:45 pm
We will be heading to the circus protest at 12:45pm at Target Center, 600 1st Ave N in Minneapolis following our Fur-Free Friday protest outside of Ribnicks Furs from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. If you can make both protests, please do. We will stop for lunch at Pizza Luce in between. The Shrine Circus has not yet switched to human performers and continues to exploit animals like elephants and tigers.
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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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