Letter to Minnesota representatives in opposition to MNCAPA


February 25, 2014

The Honorable John Benson
The Honorable Jeanne Poppe
Minnesota House of Representatives
State Office Building
St. Paul MN 55155

Dear Representatives Benson and Poppe,

We are writing to express our opposition to H.F. 391, the Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act.

MNCAPA is a bill that sounds good but could have dire consequences for animals.

The bill is constructed from a template provided by a national organization. It is a boilerplate bill that has had virtually no input from Minnesota’s animal welfare community. Without discussion, input and recommendations from key stakeholders, MNCAPA cannot truly reflect the needs of Minnesotans, their pets, and the animal welfare organizations that serve them.

As it stands, this bill would have many unintended consequences that would not be in the best interests of the animals or provide proper animal care:

  • Extended holding periods delaying an animal’s adoption into a new home.
  • Increased bottlenecks in the shelter system resulting in animal stress and illness.
  • Mandatory overcrowding of animals, including doubling up animals in cages.
  • Reduced animal care time to allow staff to meet reporting requirements.
  • Undermining of the credible, quality rescue organizations – allowing anyone, experienced or not, to say they are a rescue and take animals with little oversight.
  • Major changes in operational and reporting requirements without funding.

We support ongoing improvements in the professional, compassionate and transparent operation and management of animal shelters and animal control agencies. Without thoughtful input from key stakeholders, this bill does not support such improvements.


Janelle Dixon
President & CEO
Animal Humane Society

Rachel Anderson
A Rotta Love Plus

Marilou Chanrasmi
Leech Lake Legacy

Christine Coughlin
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection

City of Minneapolis
Animal Care and Control

Vicki Davis
Executive Director
Tri-County Humane Society

Bruce Kranig
Executive Director
Carver Scott Humane Society

Susan Kroon
Blue Earth Nicollet Humane Society

Mary McGowan
Chair, Board of Directors
Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

Sally Morton
Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota

Ann Olson
Executive Director
Animal Folks MN

Anna Ostendorf
Executive Director
Humane Society of Goodhue County

Rose Surma
Morrison County Animal Humane Society