“The Minnesota Companion Animal Protection Act” (MNCAPA) will not ensure the protection of Minnesota companion animals nor will it provide for life-saving best practices in Minnesota animal shelters, including Animal Humane Society, the largest animal welfare organizaiton in the Upper Midwest.
While well-intended, MNCAPA is based on impractical and unproven ideas about how shelters must be run. Its unreasonable requirements would actually hurt animals by creating a bottleneck in the flow of pets in and out of a shelter and taking staff time away from the direct care of animals.
THE RESULT? Overcrowded conditions. Increased stress on the animals. More illness in the shelter. Fewer adoptions.
Most concerning, if MCNAPA were enacted, AHS would be forced to abandon the improved practices it put into place this year, which have resulted in a 41% reduction in euthanasia. It would not be able to save as many animals.