Good News – H.F. 84 passed the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, March 5th. Your calls and emails have made a difference!
We still have work to do, and we need your help to get the bill through the next committee. The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation bill – S.F. 36 – is going to be heard in the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m.
Please CALL all of the members on the committee before Monday at 3:00 p.m. and ask them to vote in favor of S.F. 36. We need to protect Minnesota dogs and cats who are forced to live in substandard and deplorable conditions. You can also leave your message with the Senator’s legislative assistant because it is hard to reach legislators directly. If you are a constituent of one of the committee members listed below, be sure he/she knows that.
Here are a few brief talking points for your message:
There is currently no state law to license, inspect, or regulate commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. The problem is inhumane breeding practices, and many dogs and cats live in small, overcrowded, unhealthy conditions where they are malnourished, receive little to no veterinary care. While many breeders in Minnesota act responsibly, there are unfortunately breeders who breed dogs and cats in these deplorable conditions. S.F. 36 addresses the problem by giving the state of Minnesota the authority to license commercial dog and cat breeders, inspect and enforce existing state laws, and impose penalties on those who violate the law.
Please vote in favor of S. F. 36
Senate Jobs, Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Members
Senator Dan Sparks – Chair (District 27) – 651-296-9248 – email@example.com
Senator Matt Schmit – Vice Chair (District 21) – 651-296-4264 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Terry Bonoff (District 44) – 651-296-4314 – email@example.com
Senator Gary Dahms – Ranking Minority Member (District 16) – 651-296-8138 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Kent Eken (District 4) – 651-296-3205 – email@example.com
Senator Foung Hawj (District 67) – 651-296-5285 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Lyle Koenen (District 17) – 651-296-5094 – email@example.com
Senator Carla Nelson (District 26) – 651-296-4848 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Carrie Ruud (District 10) – 651-296-4913 – email@example.com
Senator Bill Weber (District 22) – 651-296-5650 -firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for caring and taking action!
Advocacy Update – Your Action Needed!
The Minnesota State legislature convened at the end of February and two bills have been introduced that are of great interest to Pet Haven. Please contact your state representative and senator on these two important bills that will affect dogs and cats in Minnesota.
To find your representative, visit http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/
Support The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill
Senate File (S.F.) 36, authored by Senator John Marty and House File (H.F.) 84, authored by Representative John Lesch.
Issue: Minnesota has no state laws to license, inspect, or regulate commercial dog and cat breeding facilities. We are among the top producers of puppies in the nation and also home to facilities that mass-produce kittens. As a consequence, many of these facilities house dogs and cats in deplorable and inhumane conditions. Dogs and cats are suffering because of the lack of oversight in these facilities and they need our help. The Dog and Cat Breeder Bill (S.F. 36 and H.F. 84) helps ensure animals in these facilities are properly cared for by requiring licensing, inspections and enforcing of existing animal care standards. It imposes penalties for those that violate the law.
How You Can Help: Please contact your state legislators and urge them to support the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 36 and H.F. 84). More information is available at www.animalfolksmn.org. We are closer than we’ve ever been to getting this bill passed. Please be a voice for these dogs and cats who need our help!
Oppose MNCAPA (Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act)
S.F. 1204, authored by Senator Julie Rosen and H.F. 391, authored by Representative John Benson
Issue: MNCAPA regulates how public and private animal shelters and rescues take in, care for, and euthanize animals. It also regulates how shelters and rescues maintain and share records with the public. Yet the bill has had little input from the rescues and shelters that the bill seeks to regulate. While the goals of the bill are noble, we have joined with other animal welfare organizations to oppose MNCAPA. The bill requires shelters to maintain a registry of organizations or individuals willing to accept animals. This registry can include just about anyone, including hoarders, groups/individuals ill-equipped to take care of animals, and even people who simply want to sell the animals for a profit. While many feel that going to any place is better than euthanasia, the reality is that animals could end up in far worse situations. Further, the bill puts an undue burden on shelters and rescues, especially those, like Pet Haven, that are run entirely by volunteers. Maintaining and notifying everyone on a large registry, along with additional administrative responsibilities takes away volunteers’ time to work toward our mission of helping cats and dogs in need.
A recently added amendment extends the holding periods on owner-surrendered animals that would result in delaying the animal’s adoption into a new home.
How You Can Help: Please contact your state legislators and urge them to oppose MNCAPA (S.F. 1204 and H.F. 391). More information is available at votersforanimals.org.
Saturday, March 1
Time: 11-1 p.m.
Dog adoptions – TWO locations
Large and medium dogs: PetCo Richfield 66th and Lyndale Ave. S
Gotti and Lady are fostered together and love having another energetic dog to play with!
Camper is a maybe
Buffy, only if her home visit hasn’t scooped her up
Roseanne – heartworm treatment is finished, her first event!
Peaches – * puppy breath warning
Small dogs: Chuck and Don’s Edina 6821 York Ave. S.
Cat Adoption 11-1 p.m.
PetCo Richfield 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Lil’ Red (Redington)
Sunday, March 2
Time 1-3 p.m.
PetCo Richfield 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Jordan and Dakota – bonded brothers who would love to be adopted together!
Micah – that’s a lap nap!
We’ve got it all covered: Large, small, short haired, longer haired, black, gray, blonde, brown, spotted plus as many different personalities!
Dog Adoption Sat. Feb. 15, 11-1 p.m. All size dogs! PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Puppies: Josie, Lady Celia
Cat Adoption Sun. Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m. PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Belle – this pretty girl was just at Chuck and Don’s in Highland Park as our ambassador – She loves to be a lap girl!
Harold – talk to me, pet me, I’ll be a good friend and amuse you with my playful ways.
Mimi – if any cat is curious, Mimi is at the top of the list
Rocki – loves a lap, being talked to and someone to play with her favorite wand toy with her
Sometimes life doesn’t work out as you thought it would.
There are many reasons we receive returns of cats and dogs who have already found what we hoped would be a ‘forever’ home. Divorce, job loss, illness, foreclosure, change in lifestyle and a lack of commitment all impact whether the companion will stay with the family. Because we are foster home based it is not always smooth sailing when we are called upon to welcome back a failed adoption. We typically receive very little notice. Thanks to our big hearted fosers, we find a way to make it work or shuffle another cat or two until there’s room somewhere that will work.
Henrietta, called Etta when she was returned, first found a home with a young couple who had another cat. She was less than a year old. During the following 8-9 months something happened within the family. Etta was returned to a humane society because the owner ‘was moving’. That organization called Pet Haven about her (after scanning her for a microchip and learning she was a Pet Haven cat) and a volunteer picked Etta up at the shelter to once again become a Pet Haven foster. She needed to have some dental work completed with removal of teeth even though she is a young cat. Her vaccinations were updated.
Recuperation in her foster home and then attendance at adoption events became a part of her life. She was noticed by a family with two young children. A foster home visit was arranged and Etta joined the family. Tommy and Annie enjoy playing with her and making her toys. She and Annie have developed a special bond and can often be found in Annie’s bedroom together.
Beckham came back to Pet Haven this summer.
He was first adopted at about a year of age and after 6 years came back to Pet Haven to be re-homed. Changes in lifestyle and Beckham’s dislike of longer distance car trips and boarding contributed to his return. He was adopted within a few months and is enjoying life in his new family and they love having this handsome fellow around.
We always hope that the home we find for a cat or dog is the last home they will need, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Pet Haven is committed to providing loving foster homes while we look for that next forever home!
This year, Pet Haven cat and dog divisions have found room for nearly a dozen returned cats and dogs. That is an unusually high number compared to most years, and we are proud to say we successfully found foster home space and will continue to search for adoptive homes for those who are still in our care.
Because of the support of people like you, we can continue to provide medically and emotionally for these homeless animals. If you are able to make a donation to support us in rescue, you can click here. Thank you!
When Pet Haven takes in a new cat or dog, we never know what kind of package we are getting. Veterinary care, spay and neuter, re-training and adjustment to life in a home are all a part of the package. Such a cute kid – surely it will be adopted quickly once all of the medical is taken care of.
But – no! Sometimes that adoptive home doesn’t appear on cue.
Harold (white) and Hattie (a torti), brother and sister, have been in foster care since they were about 10 weeks old and turned 2 years old in Nov. 2013. They came in after living outside their whole lives. Both had upper respiratory infections and, it turned out, had allergies which caused them to be itchy and groom a lot. Placed on a grain free diet that included a novel protein (duck and green pea) they continued to itch more than usual and a medication was added to tamp down the itchies. Both have been off medication for 4 months and are doing well. They continue to look for that ‘just right’ home who can accommodate a diet which can be purchased at a pet food store and monitor their behavior in case they need medication again which is very inexpensive. Not every adopter is willing to sign on for our special needs kids.
They get along well together but do not have to be adopted together.
Harold can be a ‘bully’ and he picks on some cats and with others, he’s fine. He is a talkative boy, loves to romp and play, carries toys in his mouth and lap time is a favorite too. Like to play with an interactive toy with your cat? Harold loves the fishing pole or wand ones.
Hattie tolerates her brothers rowdiness well but is much more laid back. She is playful and likes to be around people. If she were an only cat she would seek out attention more often but it isn’t in her nature to be pushy, so she won’t compete for her foster mom’s lap. She loves interactive toys AND tummy rubs too!
Armor has been with us since June 2012. This handsome fellow has gone to training sessions with his fosters and has developed very good listening skills. He loves to learn new tricks. He will benefit from obedience classes with his new owner also so you can learn more about each other and how to communicate with each other. You’ll see that he becomes the best canine companion he can be! Armor loves to play with his toys, with you and with other dogs. It is suggested that he would be best as an only dog only because he is so enthusiastic about play with another dog and he doesn’t understand when the other dog is ready to quit. Armor loves people also and continues to work hard on not jumping up when meeting a new friend! He says he just needs a little reminder every now and then. Like to snuggle with your dog? He loves that too and chewing on his toy bones.
Sometimes the way you look (black in color, certain breeds) to other people determines how quickly you might be adopted. Because Armor is thought to be a pit bull and terrier mix, it has not been easy to find just the right home but there is someone out there waiting for a fellow just like him!
While our long term fosters are in Pet Haven care they need to be fed, continue vet care for vaccination updates and possibly take on training classes. We know they’re worth it and we are thankful there are people like you who help us continue this kind of care through your generous giving!
2 locations – PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S and Chuck & Don’s Edina, on York Ave.
Cats and kittens of all ages!
Some you will see -
Harold and Hattie
Frankie a kitten herself
Kittens – not all of the kittens will be ready to go to a new home on Sunday as they are recovering from their neuter surgeries and need to gain a little more weight. They can be seen, a contract can be filled out and a check or cash left which will be deposited only after the cat or kitten goes home with you.
Cody is a longer haired tuxedo with the longest whiskers and eye brows in town! If there were a contest to see who has the longest, we’re sure he would win. His eyes are not blue, as they appear in this photo.
Lollipop also has longer hair and very different markings – he, too, is a handsome fellow.
Kit Kat is a brown tabby with short hair and has a black nose pad. His brother, M&M, is a brown tabby with short hair and has a pink nose pad.
Looking for a puppy? Check out the ones with the best puppy breath that Pet Haven Dog Division has ! Frosty, Jimi, Brie and Boo!
We are in two locations:
PetCo Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S
Chuck and Don’s in Edina at 6821 York Ave. S
Remember the song, “I’ll be home for Christmas”? We have many cats and kittens hoping to be home for Christmas! for some it would definitely be a dream come true.
Duke, aka Billy Bob
Sparrow and Birdie – sisters who compliment each other but who do not have to be adopted together
Kittens: Leroy, Olive, Enzo, Pepsi and Yoshi
Jordan and Dakota – brothers who are bonded and who wish to be adopted together
You can check out pictures and bios at our website.
2 locations! Who will attend?
PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Puppies! Priya, Buffy, Bailee, Harley, Hayley
Chuck and Don’s Calhoun
Perhaps some of the puppies listed above!
Along with many others!
If you are looking for a great, new dog, you might want to consider one of these newer pups!
Blu is really ‘blue’. Her color is very unique.
Blu is about 9-10 months old, and a beautiful blue/gray pittie girl. Blu loves everyone and everything including kids and other dogs. She is fostered with 3 male dogs of varying ages and two adult people. Blu does think it’s fun to chase cats, so it’s probably best if felines avoid Blu as a new sister. Blu loves toys, and especially something she can chew on. Rope toys, sturdy Kongs, and a raw bone or antler are her favorites! Stuffed toys or tennis balls are destroyed quickly – Blu needs some sturdy dog toys! Blu knows how to sit and lay down. She will take any chance she can to play with you!
Blu wants nothing more than to please you, and for someone to give her affection. She likes to lean in on you when she is getting pets and lovin’s. Blu would love another dog in the home, but doesn’t require one. A good walk a day or some dog park play and she is good to go.
Blu is crate trained and potty trained on a schedule. She is fine on a tie out or loose in a fenced in backyard. She truly loves living life, and you can tell in her personality and attitude that each day is the best day of her life. Blu was one of our fashion show stars at the Pet Haven Fall Benefit and soaked up all the attention she could that night. We hope that someone realizes that she is such a star that they want to bring her home!
Niko is another winner!
Niko is an energetic 1/2 year old husky mix from the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He is small at only about 45 lbs.
This cute fellow was picked up by his new foster mom, introduced to a gentle leader (if you’ve seen that happen, you know that many dogs are sure they can get out of it at first and their antics are quite a lot of fun to watch). Within an hour he had accepted it and he had his chance to WOW the guests at a banquet. Everyone is always excited to meet the dogs who attend too.
Niko showed his stuff and was happy to sit, lay down, stay, fetch and wait – with a treat or two thrown in, of course.
Looking for a boy who loves car rides? That would be Niko and he will wait on command when you arrive home before getting out of the car. He’s done well with the dogs he meets too. Niko needs lots of toys and would love another dog to rough house with to wear off all that energy. Then he is more than ready to practice his obedience lessons and come for a snuggle.
Niko is house trained, sleeps on a bed right beside his foster mom’s bed and is willing to go back to bed if you want to do that too. His new owners will need to know about the energy level found in a husky and be willing to help him expend that as well as keep him interested and alert so he isn’t bored. Experience with the breed and having another dog who would like an active playmate will make training and working with him a lot more fun.
Both of these dogs are looking for an owner who will want to help them keep physically busy and mentally alert – neither is a ‘couch potato’.