Animal rights volunteers needed at StreetsAlive!

Fargo-Moorhead Animal Rights at StreetsAlive!

August 30th
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Davy Memorial Park
700 1st Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560


This Sunday the 30th, StreetsAlive! will return to Downtown Fargo and Moorhead, with vendors, live music, activities, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

Among the vendors will be members of Fargo-Moorhead Animal Rights (FMAR), who will give out samples of vegan food and drink to promote the upcoming VegFest in October, as well as brochures to educate the public about the vegan diet and lifestyle.

Table setup will begin at 11:30 AM near the parking lot at Usher’s. The table will shut down around 5:00 PM.

If interested in volunteering, either head to FMAR’s Facebook page or register an account with Meetup and contact organizer Kathleen Keene.

– Särah Nour


Find the Diamond in the Ruff at these local rummage sales

Z4J-yNYMThursday, August 27
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, August 28
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 29
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

1421 16th Avenue East
West Fargo, ND 58078

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, local animal rescue Diamond in the Ruff will host rummage sales, with all proceeds going toward continuing their work in sheltering, fostering, and rehoming abandoned animals.

This volunteer-run organization was founded by Amy Dusek, who was inspired by her pit bull, Izzy, not only to rescue animals but to educate the public about breed discrimination and responsible pet ownership. Since Izzy was adopted in July 2012, Dusek has worked to debunk the fears and misconceptions surrounding the pit bull breed, and even brings Izzy with her to public engagements.

Diamond in the Ruff depends on donations and an extensive animal welfare network, working closely with Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital, South Bark, and other local businesses.

For more information, head to

– Särah Nour

Dine to Donate for shelter animals at Granite City

On Saturday, the 29th, this flier will be your ticket to Dine to Donate. Go out to eat at Granite City Food & Brewery, present this flier, and they’ll donate 20% of your tab to help Fargo’s Homeward Animal Shelter.

Click the photo to enlarge and print out as many copies as needed for a night out.

– Särah Nour

Beaver Backers welcome to attend Fargo Parks District meeting

11817214_10153436061561826_4110119289271495872_nFargo Parks District Meeting
Wednesday, August 26th
11:00 AM
701 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

Back in April, the Fargo Parks District approved a beaver cull along the Red River area. The plan was for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to trap and drown the beavers in order to preserve trees.

However, a local petition—which now has over 58,000 signatures—and a multitude of phone calls to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams made it clear that locals were strongly opposed to this drastic measure.

Animal rights activist Tim Ness suggested relocating the beavers or putting up wire fences to preserve the trees, while petition creator Megan Bartholomay was quoted by the Forum as saying, “We’re a civilized community living in 2015. Is this the only way? What else have we tried?”

Now on Wednesday the 26th, the Fargo Parks District will host the first meeting of the Beaver Backers—that is, anyone who wishes to join the efforts to save the Red River beavers. This issue has made the facilities commission agenda, and will be addressed during the meeting starting at 11:00 AM.

Members of Fargo-Moorhead Animal Rights plan to present a non-lethal alternative for forest preservation, which, if approved, will be voted on by the park board on September 8th. Senior wildlife experts from the Humane Society of the United States will also be in attendance.

Supporters are more than welcome to attend, and to spread awareness of this event.

As Moorhead activist Adam Hasbargen told the Forum, “There’s always other options. I would hope that our leaders would find the other options and utilize them.”

-Särah Nour

Helping animals is a walk in the park


This Tuesday, July 28, Fargo’s Homeward Animal Shelter will hold its 25th Annual Paws Walk at Lindenwood Park’s Main Shelter, with registration starting at 6 p.m. and the dog walk beginning at 7 p.m.

This family-friendly event will have free food provided by MSUM Catering, a photo booth and music by RetroDisc. For the kids, there’s face-painting and games, including ring-tossing, Giant Jenga and an inflatable bouncy-house courtesy of Games to Go. For the dogs, veterinary students from Globe University will be available to give free nail trimmings.

A minimum $25 donation is required to participate. As a nonprofit establishment, the shelter relies on donations to provide food, veterinary care and other necessities for their animals.

“This is one of our largest fundraisers,” says Heather Klefstad, special events/PR coordinator with Homeward Animal Shelter. “We raised over $42,000 last year, so our goal this year is to raise $45,000. We have plenty of sponsors that are helping out with the event, so if anybody donates $75 or more, our sponsors will be matching those donations, up to $20,000.”

This year, the Event Grand Marshal — that is, the dog that leads the walk — will be a German shepherd named Windsor, chosen by popular vote in an online alumni photo contest. Windsor was adopted from the shelter in July of last year, having been rescued from a neglectful situation. He now lives happily in West Fargo with Jim and Brenda Hagel and three cats.

Despite the fact that it’s primarily an event for dogs, participants do bring other animals to the Paws Walk, and the Grand Marshal could easily have been a cat.

“We’ve had people bring their cats on leashes and in pet strollers, so people are welcome to bring other animals, as long as they know they’re going to be fine around dogs,” Klefstad says. “The runner-up for the Event Grand Marshal was Cecil the cat, so he’ll be second in line at the walk.”

As for Fargo’s unpredictable weather, Klefstad insists the show will go on.

“It’s a rain-or-shine event,” she declares. “So we’ll congregate together in the shelter, and if people are still willing to do the walk in the rain, that’s great. Otherwise we’ll just have some activities going on in the shelter, whatever we can move in there, so we’ll make the best of it if we have to.”

For more information, head to Homeward Animal Shelter’s website.

This article previously appeared in the High Plains Reader.

– Särah Nour