MNCAPA requires animals to be doubled up in cages

If enacted, MNCAPA would require that animals be doubled up in cages, increasing stress in the shelter system and the chance for animals to contract disease.

Corresponding bill language: 7.16-7.32

The language of the bill only considers the current condition of an animal and the available space within the shelter and the animal welfare community as a definitive factor of how animals should be housed in a shelter.

This does not ensure the protection of Minnesota’s companion animals as it will only serve to temporarily reduce euthanasia. It does not take into consideration that, in the long term, overcrowding animal shelters drastically increases animal stress and illness, which in turn decreases adoptions, ties up resources caring for medical and behavior conditions that could have been prevented and ultimately increases euthanasia.

Please note that Animal Humane Society does not indiscriminately euthanize animals or impose time limits in its adoption centers. Recently, it reduced its rate of euthanasia by 41% setting it on the path to achieve a 90% placement rate in the coming years. This achievement rests on being able to provide care in a more relaxed and healthy environment and to move animals quickly through the shelter.

This bill will set a standard in Minnesota that private sheltering agencies be held to a standard that is proven to increase euthanasia in high-volume shelters. Unfortunately, the bill will put back into place the bottlenecks in Animal Humane Society’s shelter system that contributed to euthanasia in the past, and will force the organization to abandon the sound shelter medicine practices that have helped it save the lives of thousands of more animals in 2011.  


Imagine AHS under MNCAPA
Clarence is an adult neutered tomcat. Normally docile and well-socialized, Clarence is forced by MNCAPA rules to share a small kennel with another cat. The increased stress of overcrowding causes Clarence to lash out at the other cat and a fight erupts. Both animals receive injuries that require the care of our veterinarians, adding to the clinic's already heavy caseload and postpoining placement into a permanent home for both cats.


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