|action > spread the word
This is grassroots. Your help is needed. It requires deliberate action to change how people think about and treat animals. Minnesotans have the opportunity to set an example.
What you can do
The five most important actions you can take to pass the MN Dog & Cat Breeder Bill and help protect animals in dog and cat breeding facilities:
1. Contact your State legislators.
Call or email your State legislators and educate them about inhumane dog and cat breeding and the need to license and regulate the breeding industry. Ask them to vote in favor of S.F. 36/H.F. 84. They need to know and trust you — and hear from you.
2. Ask your veterinarian to support the MN Dog & Cat Breeder Bill.
With your help, Animal Folks MN has gathered over 350 veterinarians and CVTs in support of S.F. 36/H.F. 84. We need more names. Veterinary professionals are on the frontlines and treat animal neglect and abuse. Please ask them to sign the online petition (check the vet box) in support of the MN Dog & Cat Breeder Bill or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be involved with the "Vet Support" campaign.
3. Sign petition.
Sign the online petition (supporting legislation to regulate dog and cat breeders) and join "include me." Get at least 10 friends, work colleagues or family members to sign the petition. Our strength is in numbers.
4. Write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.
Write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper about puppy mills and the need for regulation of the dog and cat breeding industry.
Please donate money to Animal Folks MN to help support our research, advocacy and legislative (lobbying) efforts.
Want to do even more?
6. Learn more.
7. Distribute information.
Go to Downloads and download, print and distribute materials in your community about inhumane dog and cat breeding and what people can do. Inform others about this issue. Attend town meetings, county events, and city events and educate others.
8. Tell your story.
If you have purchased or rescued a dog or cat from a pet store, website or directly from a Minnesota breeder and this animal was unhealthy (physically or psychologically), please send us your story. We need your voice. These stories give proof that inhumane breeding is a problem that impacts animals and consumers.
9. Adopt, don't shop.
Teach people why it's best to adopt from their local shelter or rescue group (reduces euthanasia). Educate others to: 1) Never buy a puppy or kitten from a pet store — unless it’s ‘adoption days’ through a humane society or rescue group. 2) Never buy a puppy or kitten directly from a website, through a classified ad or at a parking lot — insist on seeing the animal’s parents and living conditions first. Attend pet store protests.
10. File a complaint.
If you see animal neglect or abuse, report it immediately. If you have bought a sick dog or cat or have been misled by false advertising, file a complaint. For details, go to Report it. No investigation or action can be conducted without a formal complaint filed.
11. Run ads.
Run a classified ad in your local newspaper in the “pet” section warning people not to buy unless they first meet the breeder and see the mother and breeding conditions. Many inhumane dog and cat breeders sell through newspapers.
Your local humane society or rescue group needs help. Volunteer to foster a dog or cat, help at fund-raising events or care for animals within a shelter.
13. Get involved with your local government.
Pay close attention to what’s happening within your city and county governments. Many commercial (large) breeders are required to apply for and adhere to Conditional Use Permits through the county. Attend hearings and voice your opinion.
14. Get involved at the federal level.
Contact your federal legislators and ask what they will do to improve the Animal Welfare Act in regards to commercial breeding facilities and to encourage the USDA-APHIS to provide stronger enforcement of USDA standards. To contact your Congressman or Congresswoman, call 1-202-224-3121. This is the Congressional switchboard in Washington D.C.; they will connect you with your U.S. Respresentative or U.S. Senator. (This is federal, not state.)