If you’d like to get involved with animal care, rescue, and welfare, becoming an advocate is the first step! The following are great places to learn more about (unfortunately) common advocacy topics in animal welfare and rescue.
Pit Bull Terriers & Breed Discrimination
Whether you call them land hippos, bullies, wigglebutts, or tuskless walruses, pittie pups are one of our favorite types of rescue dogs. However, they’re not as widely loved as they should be, and are often discriminated against based on preconceived notions regarding their aggression and ancestry. Learn more about breed discrimination and how it relates to these wonderful terriers at the links below.
- Best Friends Animal Society’s Resource Center Regarding Pit Bull Terriers
- What is Breed-Specific Legislation? – ASPCA
- All dogs are equal – The Humane Society of the United States
- My Pit Bull is Family – 501c3 non-profit based in Minneapolis, MN, focused on keeping pitties with their families by ending housing and insurance discrimination
Puppy & Kitten Mills
How much is that puppy in the window? Too much, according to us. We’re waging war on puppy and kitten mills – inhumane high-volume breeding facilities that churn out young animals strictly for profit, ignoring the needs of mothers and their litters in favor of the big bucks. Animals that come from these facilities are often sick and under-socialized, as they do not receive the proper care they need to grow up healthy and loved. Learn more about puppy and kitten mills at the links below.
- Best Friends Animal Society’s Puppy Mills Resource Center
- Animal Folks MN’s Puppy and Kitten Mills Info Page
- ASPCA: Puppy Mill Resources
- Humane Society of the US: Puppy Mill Resources
- Companion Animal Protection Society – Standing together against pet shops and puppy mills
- Bailing Out Benji – Working to expose pet stores that source their puppies from puppy mills
- Minnesotans Against Puppy Mills – A grassroots group of animal welfare advocates working together to raise awareness and put an end to puppy mills in MN
Community Cats & the Case for Trap-Neuter-Return
While the safest place for kitties to live is indoors, there are many cats who aren’t cut out for life on the inside due to being under-socialized and unfamiliar with humans. For these cats, who are often referred to as “feral”, a life outdoors is best – but they still require basic care, like sterilization and vaccination, to ensure they do not contribute to the intensive overpopulation problems that plague felines throughout the world. Learn more about trap-neuter-return efforts at the links below.
Animal Cruelty & Legislation
Animal cruelty runs rampant throughout our world, and we’re determined to stop it. Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse – meaning it’s pertinent to stop it before any other animals get hurt or it escalates. Cruelty can take many forms, including intentional, malicious acts of harm as well as neglect of basic care. Learn more about the fight against animal cruelty and neglect at the links below.
Learning More About Animal Cruelty
- The Humane Society of the United States’ Big Fight: Fighting Animal Cruelty And Neglect
- The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Facts & Stats
- Animal Legal Defense Fund
- ASPCA’s Improving Laws for Animals Resource Center
- ASPCA’s Advocacy Center – Listing actionable items for you to use if you’d like to contact your local, state, and federal legislators to help enact meaningful protections for animals in need
Local Resources for Animal Cruelty Justice
- Animal Rights Coalition – The oldest and most successful animal rights organization in Minnesota
- Animal Folks MN’s List of Cruelty Cases
- Minnesota Federated Humane Societies – Investigating allegations and reports of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect in the state of Minnesota
- Become a State Humane Agent through Minnesota Federated Humane Societies
- Animal Humane Society’s Humane Investigations Team