MNCAPA permits any unregulated animal organization to seize pets from a shelter

If enacted, MNCAPA would not allow Animal Humane Society to partner only with its trusted rescue partners, but instead would permit any unregulated animal organization to seize pets from its shelters — without having to prove their ability to provide quality care.

The language in the bill loosely defines what is a “rescue group” and requires organizations like Animal Humane Society to allow any animal welfare organization designated as a 501(c)3 by the Internal Revenue Code to remove animals from its care. It can only deny those that have been convicted or are currently charged with animal cruelty.

Corresponding bill language: 2.20-2.22, 5.8-5.17, 5.24-5.31

This does not ensure the protection of Minnesota’s companion animals because:

  • 501(c)3 is a marker of an organization’s tax status, it does not qualify an organization as one that treats animals humanely;
  • it provides a loophole for rescues that are designated as non-profits to subsequently turn animals over to groups and individuals that are not covered by the legislation;
  • it does not provide for an oversight agency that will oversee the standards of care noted in the legislation (4.10-5.7) other than allowing another public or private shelter or rescue group to take legal action and control of another organization (10.11-10.15).

Please note that reputable rescue groups are often unable to take in animals from shelters because they are already operating at or beyond their capacity. Each year, Animal Humane Society takes in hundreds of animals from Minnesota shelters and rescues because they do not always have the resources to care for them. This bill misleads the public into thinking there will always be an organization available to take in these animals.

This bill will set a standard in Minnesota where animals can be taken from animal shelters by animal welfare groups that do not have the means or capacity to care for them. Unfortunately, Animal Humane Society humane agents have had cause to remove animals from Minnesota animal welfare groups operating as a 501(c)3 because they were in violation of the Minnesota animal welfare chapter.


Imagine AHS under MNCAPA
Dixie is a 14-year-old spaniel mix at AHS with terminal cancer that won't be placed for adoption. A man from a nonprofit group we've never worked with wants to take Dixie. Because MNCAPA gives any group the right to claim our animals,  we have no choice but to let Dixie go. Two months later, our humane agents find Dixie sick and starving in a barn, along with 150 other animals. Because of MNCAPA, we were forced to give Dixie to hoarders masquerading as a rescue organization.


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