A Rotta Love Plus is a proud member of the
Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare.
FAQs about MnPAW
How did MnPAW start?
Leaders from Pet Haven of Minnesota and Animal Humane Society met in
early 2009 to explore building a coalition of animal organizations to
work toward a shared goal of reducing euthanasia rates in Minnesota.
They believe that a core requirement for a successful coalition is
working together in a positive, collaborative, respectful manner while
focusing on common ground and shared goals. They had heard from other
animal welfare leaders and recognized the need and the opportunity to
engage a variety of participants to begin a conversation about the
mission, values, and goals of an inclusive animal welfare coalition in
Who are the members of MnPAW?
Animal Allies Humane Society, Animal Humane Society, A Rotta Love Plus,
Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet, Minneapolis Animal Control (*pending),
Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project, Pet Haven Inc of Minnesota, RAGOM -
Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota, Saint Paul Animal Control (*pending),
Tri-County Humane Society.
*These are governmental agencies that must follow their Cities'
process for committing to the coalition. These organizations are active
in MnPAW while going through that process.
How were members of MnPAW chosen?
Marilou Chanrasmi (President of Pet Haven) and Janelle Dixon
(CEO/President of Animal Humane Society) jointly looked at organizations
who had expressed a common interest in founding a coalition. The goal
was to engage members that represented varying aspects and philosophies
of animal welfare in Minnesota, including open admission, limited
admission, advocacy and municipal; sheltered humane societies of varying
sizes and foster based rescues of varying sizes; and geographic regions
throughout the State of Minnesota.
Are there upcoming activities or programs sponsored by MnPAW?
MnPAW is focused on developing the structure and foundation of
the coalition to adequately prepare to expand membership and implement
It is in the process of planning a collaborative adoption event this
summer. The date is TBD. As plans progress information will be posted on
the website at www.MnPAW.org
and will be promoted by member organizations.
What are the requirements for participation?
All members of the coalition must commit to abide by a code of
conduct. The expectations are as follows:
- We agree with the mission of the coalition.
- We believe collaboration is the key to success and that we can
fulfill our mission by working together.
- We are committed to making the coalition a positive force in the
animal-helping community by focusing on the common ground, shared goals,
and points of agreement among our members.
- We will not publicly criticize the efforts of the coalition, the
members of the coalition, or others in the animal-helping community.
- We are committed to building a consensus with the full participation
of all members and will strive to reach decisions all members can
- We support transparency in the coalition's governance, finances,
policies, and programs.
- We will share information regarding our own organization's
activities as they relate to the coalition's mission and goals (such as
intake, adoption, euthanasia, and spay/neuter numbers) so that the
coalition's achievements can be measured.
- We agree that the coalition needs to develop a formal governing
structure and explore 501(c) 3 status by January 1, 2010. We further
agree that until that structure is in place, or until a decision is made
to the contrary, the CEO of the Animal Humane Society and the President
of Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota shall be the only official
spokespersons for the coalition.
- We agree that consistency in participation is key to keeping the
coalition's efforts focused and moving forward and will send the same
representative(s) to each coalition meeting.
Can my organization join MnPAW?
MnPAW anticipates welcoming new members in the fall of 2009. It is in
the process of developing guidelines and an application process for
organizations who wish to be a partner in the coalition. It anticipates
two types of opportunities for members, Council Members and Rescue
Network Members. There will be a limited number of Council Members who
serve on a formal council that is responsible for decision making and
planning for MnPAW. There will be an unlimited number of Rescue Network
Member openings available.
Can an individual join MnPAW?
MnPAW is in the process of determining whether and how it could
welcome individuals who are not affiliated with an organization.
How can I be involved?
Lend your voice in support of this effort and apply to join MnPAW in
this important endeavor!
How can I stay in touch or remain informed about MnPAW's
Please visit www.MnPAW.org
to keep abreast of information and developments. A form is available on
the site for you to fill out indicating interest so that the coalition
can contact you when it is in a position to move forward with new
members and initiatives.