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MNCAPA requires unnecessary and extended holding periods for animals


If MNCAPA were enacted, it would require extended holding periods for all surrendered animals, needlessly delaying adoption and multiplying the cost of sheltering many of the 30,000 animals Animal Humane Society takes in every year.

Corresponding bill language: 4.1-4.9

The language of the bill requires that any animal surrendered by its owner be held for three days before being placed for adoption in case the owner has a change of heart.

This does not ensure the protection of Minnesota’s companion animals because it does not take into consideration that only a handful of owners return to the shelter to reclaim their pet after surrender and that that small number will continue to decline with the introduction of Animal Humane Society’s surrender by appointment animal admissions. Owners now know the outcome for their pet before they release them into the shelter’s care.

Instead MNCAPA will delay the adoption of the vast majority of animals by three days. Having each owner-surrendered animal in the shelter for an additional three days will put more animals at risk of contracting an illness and exponentially increase animal care costs needlessly draining away funds that could be used toward the care of animals that truly need it.  

Please note that Animal Humane Society is now often able to place most animals within a matter of days, if not the same day they arrive at the shelter, because of the work it has done through its Bound for Home initiative. This has freed up resources for it to begin development of additional behavior modification programs.

This bill will set a standard in Minnesota where animal shelters are required to delay care and outcomes for animals based on the exception and infrequent occurrence rather than the norm and true reality of what happens for surrendered animals. This prevents shelters from getting to the task of creating second chances for the animals that come in to its care.  

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Imagine AHS under MNCAPA
Polly came to AHS because her owner moved into an assisted living facility where pets aren’t allowed. Healthy and well-socialized, staff want to place her in the adoption center right away, but because of MNCAPA she has to be held for three days. During that time, Polly contracts an upper respiratory infection and is put on a course of antibiotics. Although she is placed in the adoption center on her fourth day, it’s in an isolated wing away from the cat center that is often missed by potential adopters. Her condition worsens and she’s pulled from the adoption center for additional treatment. Because of MNCAPA, Polly isn’t being given the best chance of being placed into a new home.

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