|1||2||3||4||5||6 Meetup: Apple Orchard Visit at 11:00 am
Fall is here, we might as well admit it -- and then enjoy it! Come out to the apple orchard with fellow vegans and enjoy the crisp sounds of leaves under your feet and apples between your teeth. We are going to AppleWood Orchard in Lakeville. FInd out all the details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Petld Demo St. Paul CANCELLED at 1:00 pm
The Saturday October 6 Petland demo in St. Paul is cancelled due to illness.
|8 Oct. ARC Book Group at 7:00 pm
Animal Equality: Language & Liberation by Joan Dunayer shows that deceptive, biased words sustain injustice toward nonhuman animals. Dunayer also examines the intersections of speciesist language with racist and sexist language. Join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion! RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|9||10||11||12||13 Birth and Baby Expo at 10:00 am
Visit ARC\'s booth at the Birth & Baby Expo at Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St. in Minneapolis, from 10am to 3pm to learn more about the ARC VegKins program, which supports parents raising their kids veg and provides a community for veg families. More details are at: http://www.twincitiesbirthandbaby.com/
|15||16||17||18 Education Minnesota Conference (All Day)
Visit the ARC booth at the Education Minnesota Conference held at St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd in downtown St. Paul. Event runs from 7:30am - 3:50pm. The conference is free eand open to the public.
|19 Social Justice Curriculum Fair at 9:00 am
ARC will have a table at the first annual Twin Cities Social Justice Curriculum Fair held from 9am-4pm at South High School, 3131 19th Ave S in Minneapolis. The Fair is a day for K-12 teachers, education workers, and allies to come together for discussions, resource sharing, and workshops.
|20 Twin Cities Vegan Iron Chef at 1:00 pm
Its Vegan Iron Chef time again, and we want you to be a part of the fun and help raise funds for the animals! Come sample a variety of dishes from our contestants kitchens and vote on your favorite dish! The event will take place at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis from 1-3pm. Help, I am Going Vegan at 3:00 pm
Are you vegan-curious? A new vegan? Someone who just simply loves kale? Well then come on out to a free workshop and get your vegan on! We will answer any and all questions you have about going – and staying – vegan. The workshops address everything from nutrition, to environmental concerns, to animal rights, to the impact going vegan can have on your interpersonal relationships. After the workshop, if you choose, you will have the chance to get set up with one of our helpful vegan mentors. Workshop is at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis.
|21 Petland Demo in Shakopee at 12:30 pm
Join ARC at a peaceful demonstration at the Petland store in Shakopee. 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. Shakopee Petland, 8091 Old Carriage Court, Shakopee, 12:30-2:30pm.
|22||23||24||25||26||27 VegKins Halloween Party at 12:00 pm
Calling all vegetarian and vegan kiddos! We are celebrating Halloween cruelty-free style. There will be games, a costume contest, and spooky craft. It is a potluck party, and the food is being coordinated on evite. If you are not on our email list, get on it by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event will be held at Fuller Park Recreation Center, 48th and Grand Avenue in Minneapolis. How Foods Fight Cancer at 1:00 pm
Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives. The National Cancer Institute research shows that as much as 50 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. In this class, you will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as overcome the disease after it has been diagnosed. Class will be held at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St in Minneapolis. Get all the details and RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Petland Demo in St. Paul 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, 1:00-3:00pm, * Note: Park in the Saint Paul Youth Services Lot to the north of the Strip Mall.
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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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