|1||2||3 Outreach at Normandale College at 1:00 pm
Dallas Rising, ARC Executive Director will speak to classes at Normandale College in Bloomington about speciesism and veganism.
|4 US Bank/HLS Protest at 12:00 pm
Please join us to protest US Bank, the money behind Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) from noon to 2:00 at US Bank Headquarters, 800 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. Without US Bank, we would be celebrating the closure of HLS. We will help to raise awareness of the US Bank role in the killing of 500 animals daily at HLS. We will provide signs and leaflets, but we need you to show up and help us raise awareness about HLS cruelty.
|5 Vegan Handmade Pop-Up Shop at 1:00 pm
Mark your calendar for another vegan market pop-up shop from 1:00-4:00pm at Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St., Minneapolis. Talented vegan artists, crafters, and foodies will be selling their goods within a larger shop and we would love for you to come out and support them. We have jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, henna body art, vegan caramels and other snacks and treats, unique art prints, and more lined up just for you.
|6 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. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ Volunteer Orientation at 10:30 am
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 10:30-12:30 at our vegan store, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in south Minneapolis. If you have any questions, please email Dallas at email@example.com or call us at 612 822-6161. We hope to see you there!
|7||8 Leafleting at We Day at 2:00 pm
Join the ARC Outreach Team for leafleting at the We Day event at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. We Day is a huge event recognizing teens who have contributed hours of community service for social justice and charitable work. Teens cannot get into this event by purchasing a ticket, they can only earn their way in by volunteering. The event features music, performance, and inspirational speakers and these young people are sure to leave inspired and energized to make positive change in the world. So we need a solid team of people to hand deliver an important message about how they can make a difference for animals - especially when there will be so many smart, sensitive, and passionate youth in one place. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to leaflet and for more info. Carpool drivers are also needed.
|9 Outreach at MCTC at 4:00 pm
Dallas Rising, ARC Executive Director will participate in a panel about eco-feminism from 4-5:30pm in room L3000 at Metropolitan Community and Technical College (MCTC) in Minneapolis. This will be preceded by Pay Per View outreach at the college. Contact Jenna@animalrightscoalition.com if you would like to help with the PPV.
|10||11||12||13 Plant Based Nutrition at 12:00 pm
Are you a junk food vegan? Or new to veganism and want to learn how to eat healthy? Then this workshop is for you. We will cover the basics of a healthy plant-based diet. From the A.N.D. to Vitamin D, we will find out what nutrition really is and how to get it, expose vegan myths, and find out what all that stuff on the back of the package really means. Class will be held at vegan boutique Ethique Nouveau, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. RSVP on Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|14||15||16||17||18 Social Justice Education Fair at 7:30 am
ARC will have a table at the Social Justice Education Fair at South High School, 3131 S. 9th Avenue in Minneapolis, from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This event is for local educators to learn and share strategies for creating and using social justice approaches in the classroom and schools. ARC will offer resources and ideas about how to include animal rights issues into curriculum, as well as information about alternatives to animal use and captivity in the classroom. Leafleting at Women of Faith at 6:00 pm
Join the ARC Outreach Team for leafleting at the Women of Faith event at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul from 6-7pm. Email email@example.com to leaflet and for more info.
|19 Leafleting at Women of Faith at 8:00 am
Join the ARC Outreach Team for leafleting at the Women of Faith event at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul from 8-9am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to leaflet and for more info. Dineout at Bambu at 6:00 pm
Please join us for great food at Bambu, 1715 Beam Ave. in Maplewood, MN. Enjoy great food and company. RSVP at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|20 Book Discussion at 4:30 pm
Discover the book that laid the foundation for the Abolitionist Vegan Movement.: Animals Property and the Law by Professor Gary Francione. The book argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish rights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings. Group will meet at Pizza Luce, 3200 Lyndale Ave. S in Minneapolis from 4:30-6:30. RSVP at Vegan Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|21 Pay Per View in St. Cloud at 9:30 am
ARC will be doing Pay-Per-View Tabling at the Global Social Responsibility Conference at St. Cloud State University on Tuesday, October 21st from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 22nd from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 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 go home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. We need YOUR help to make this event a success! Please contact Jenna if you can help: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com. Vegan Grocery Shopping Tour at 7:15 pm
Are you newly vegan, know someone who is, or looking to expand your plant-based diet? Join Rose as she guides you on a tour of Mississippi Market, 1500 West 7th Street, St Paul. 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 Rose, you can make health-conscious choices about what you eat. We will meet in the classroom just to the right as you enter the store at 7:15. More details and RSVP through Minneapolis Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/
|22 Pay Per View in St. Cloud at 9:30 am
ARC will be doing Pay-Per-View Tabling at the Global Social Responsibility Conference at St. Cloud State University on Tuesday, October 21st from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 22nd from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 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 go home with information about how changing their eating habits can make a huge difference for animals, the earth, and themselves. We need your help to make this event a success! Please contact Jenna if you can help: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com.
|23||24 Vegan Food Sampling at U of M at 10:00 am
ARC Vegan University will be doing vegan food sampling at the U of M Food Day from 10am-2pm at Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota. The event is to showcase sustainable food systems for all people. Help ARC volunteers as we cook up and serve vegan samples of Gardein Beefless Burgers and Beyond Meat Chicken-less Strips to attendees. This is a fun and easy form of outreach and a great way to get people interested in eating more vegan food. We can use your help cooking up samples, passing out literature about veganism, and talking to people. Please contact Jenna if you can help: Jenna@Animalrightscoalition.com.
|25||26 Ethique Nouveau at VegFest at 10:00 am
Ethique Nouveau, the ARC vegan boutique, will have a table at VegFest at Coffman Union, University of Minnesota, from 10am-4pm.
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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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