Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Larry was at Chuck and Don's in Highland. He enjoyed greeting folks and visiting with them but it was not the right time for him to be adopted. Perhaps it wasn't the right time of the year, perhaps the right family didn't see him.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
All 25 cats were owner-owned cats and went through Pet Haven’s SNI application process. Owners met the subsidy economic criteria for household income and size. Many thanks to Westgate Pet Clinic who provided substantial discounts and only charged the SNI program $65/spay and $51/neuter for a total of $1443. Many thanks also to the veterinarians who volunteered their time!
In addition to staff at Westgate we had volunteers on hand to help with paperwork, check-in and check-out of clients and patients, cleaning carriers and making calls to clients to inform them that their cat was ready to be picked up. Having volunteers focus on these tasks enable Westgate staff to focus on veterinary services for the cats.
Spay/Neuter efforts are an essential and critical component to the pet overpopulation crisis we are currently faced with – we need to stop the flow at its source – by preventing unwanted litters. We need to support and provide assistance to those who want to spay/neuter their pets, but are unable to afford the cost of sterilization.
Pet Haven is committed to increasing efforts in 2010 to spay/neuter. If you would like to be a part of this effort please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
On Wednesday, March 10, the Crime Victims/Criminal Records Division Committee voted to approve a bill that would authorize courts to include pets and companion animals in orders for protection. Reps will be asked to vote on this today!
Please take a moment to call YOUR rep listed below and leave a message with his or her aide that you'd like them to support HF1396 Domestic abuse; courts authorized to include pets and companion animals in protective orders!
Read more about this on the MPR website where Lara Peterson (of A Rotta Love) shares first hand how she comes home to the lifeless body of her 5 month old cat in a trash bag. Lara testified before legislators this week to support the bill.
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection also has additional information on their website.
Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee Members:
Joe Mullery 651-296-4262 email@example.com 58-A (Minneapolis)
Gail Kulick Jackson 651-296-6746 firstname.lastname@example.org 16-A (Princeton, Milaca, etc.)
Steve Drazkowski 651-296-2273 email@example.com 28-B (Goodview, St. Charles, etc)
Tony Cornish 651-296-4240 firstname.lastname@example.org 24-B (Lake Crystal, Wells, etc.)
Debra Hilstrom 651-296-3709 email@example.com 46-B (Brooklyn Park/Center)
Kory Kath 651-296-5368 firstname.lastname@example.org 26-A (Waseca, Owatonna, etc.)
Sheldon Johnson 651-296-4201 email@example.com 67-B (St. Paul)
Tim Kelly 651-296-8635 firstname.lastname@example.org 28-A (Red Wing, Lake City, Cannon Falls, etc)
Paul Kohls 651-296-4282 email@example.com 34-A (Chaska, Waconia, Victoria, etc.)
Dave Olin 651-296-9635 firstname.lastname@example.org 1-A (NW cities in State)
Michael Paymar- bill author 651-296-4199 email@example.com 64-B (St. Paul)
Sandra Masin 651-296-3533 firstname.lastname@example.org 38-A (Eagan, Burnsville)
Ron Shimanski, R 651-296-1534 email@example.com 18-A (Hutchinson, Glencoe, etc.)
John Lesch, DFL 651-296-4224 firstname.lastname@example.org 66-A (St. Paul)
Bruce Anderson 651-296-5063 email@example.com 19-A (Monticello, Buffalo, Maple Lake)
Karla Bigham 651-296-4342 firstname.lastname@example.org 57-A (Cottage Grove, S. St. Paul, St. Paul Park, etc.)
Please contact your representative - you can find him/her by going to: http://www.gis.leg.mn/mapserver/districts/
If your rep is listed above please leave a message of support for this piece of legislation being heard in committee. If you know anyone who may live in the areas listed above please encourage them to make a quick 1 minute call in support of HF1396!
After being featured in the Star Tribune about the work she is doing she got a phone call from Cargill. Nutrena (owned by Cargill) makes the premium pet food Loyall. After reading the article on The Pet Project and how Kim is working to stock food shelves with pet food (as they are very much a part of the family) they donated a truck load of pet food (worth approximately $10,000!)!. They have agreed to donate another truckload of pet food if the following youtube video is viewed 10,000 times by April 30th. Please consider watching the video and pass the link around to all those you know.
Thanks Kim! Thanks Cargill/Nutrena! And Thanks to all for what you do on behalf of animals and their guardians who love them.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here's a pix of the 'before' Louie. In the top picture you will see how his coat has improved and he's feeling pretty happy!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Reposted from the Animal Humane Society Website:
Time is critical for Puppy & Kitten Mill Bill
Friday, March 5, 2010
The Dog and Cat Breeder Bill (S.F. 7/H.F. 253), also known as the Puppy and Kitten Mill Bill is before the Minnesota Legislature. The bill will put in place licensing and inspection of dog and cat breeder facilities in Minnesota, bringing an end to inhumane breeding practices.
Currently, the bill is still “on the table” in the respective agriculture and veterans committees in both the Minnesota Senate and the House of Representatives. We need your continued support to help members of the committees understand the importance of the bill and to “call it off the table” for discussion.
Time is critical. The first policy committee deadline is next Friday, March 12. If we are not granted a hearing by that time, the bill will not pass this year.
You can make a difference with one phone call. Please call all of the following members on the committees (listed below) before noon on Monday and let him or her know you support S.F. 7/H.F. 253. If you live in one of these districts, please make certain your legislator knows that fact. To find your district and State legislators, go to: Minnesota District Finder.
MN Senate Agriculture and Veterans Committee Members
State the bill number and the Senate author's name: S.F. 7 authored by Senator Don Betzold
Tony Lourey 651.296.0293
Lisa A. Fobbe 651.296.8075
David W. Hann 651.296.1749
Rod Skoe 651.296.4196
Dan Skogen 651.296.5655
House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee
State the bill number and the House author’s name: H.F. 253 authored by Representative Tom Tillberry
Mary Ellen Otremba 651.296.3201
Kent Eken 651.296.9918
Terry Morrow 651.296-8634
Dean Urdahl 651.296.4344
Now is the time to be a voice for animals.
Explain the importance of the bill and that it is a highly collaborative effort among many animal groups and volunteers, and the bill has a long list of supporting organizations and individuals—including you.
Talking points for your call
Educate them on what goes on in puppy and kitten mills
If you call this weekend, chances are you'll reach the legislator's voicemail. Please leave a message with your name and support of S.F. 7 (Betzold) or H.F. 253 (Tillberry).
Legislators are also hearing from breeders and others who oppose the bill. Your voice will make a difference. Don’t wait—call today!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I was honored to represent Pet Haven at the Gopher Women’s Basketball game on February 25th to receive a check for Pet Haven worth nearly $1400! Before I received the check, Deborah Diamond, Associate Director of Marketing for the Gophers, told me the final amount would probably be a lot more since they were still counting the money. I was called onto the floor during halftime, where I was presented the big check. Jim Marshall, the Gophers announcer, introduced me with the same excitement he does for the players, which was very exciting for me and probably as close as I’ll ever come to feeling like a rock star.
The plan was for the winning dog to be announced at the end of the game. Unfortunately (or fortunately for us!) there were so many coins, that folks were still counting the money at the end of the game! Deborah emailed me the next day that the total raised was an impressive $2,266.82! Nachito, the winning dog, received roughly $600 worth of votes!
Although the Gopher Women lost the basketball game on Thursday, Pet Haven was a clear winner! Thank you to Deborah, the Golden Gophers Women’s Basketball Team, and all the fans who voted. We’ll be able to help a lot of cats and dogs!