X-Rock 103.9 Biography: LAURA WALUSZKO
On the air: News during Bob & Tom and middays
High school: River Forest
Favorite bands and artists: The Firm, ELO,Foreigner, REO, Genesis, Def Leppard
Album I think you should hear: LPs from the K-Tel collection
Favorite guilty pleasure song: Anything Bee Geesfrom Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
Favorite retro TV shows: The Honeymooners, Star Trek
Favorite kids show: Game shows (remember when it was $10,000 Pyramid?)
Favorite retro movies: Airplane, Star Wars
First job: Fast food
Things I did as a kid: Watched game shows
Highland, Ind. (March 26, 2014) — Beginning June 1, Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will be a contestant in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. HSCA is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.
The 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. The challenge takes place throughout the months of June through August and the HSCA has set a goal of placing 675 animals in forever homes during that time.
“We are very excited to participate in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. It is a great way to bring the communities of Northwest Indiana together as a team of lifesavers to help connect hundreds of shelter animals with the right families,” said Rachel Delaney, Executive Director of HSCA. “Working together, we will save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families and we’ll have a shot at the $100,000 grant, which would fund spay and neuter efforts in our area.”
For the challenge, HSCA chose the theme of “Rescue Me.” Throughout the summer at the shelter, HSCA will offer Save Me Saturdays with reduced adoption fees for a special group—including police officers, firefighters, EMTS, doctors, nurses and more—during each event.
Five times during the summer, the shelter will host Empty the Shelter weekends on a Saturday and Sunday with no-cost adoption fees for qualifying applicants. A tentative list of adoption events and specials can be found on www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
This challenge offers the HSCA a shot at the $100,000 grant, which would help HSCA continue to fulfill its mission to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals. In addition to placing nearly 1,500 abandoned animals in forever homes last year, HSCA is very active within the community by providing the following services:
· Estelle Marcus Clinic: Since opening its doors to low-income members of the public in July 2012, the clinic has provided more than 3,100 spay and neuter surgeries to those with financial hardship.
· Pet Therapy Teams: HSCA pet therapy teams visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities four times a week.
· Humane Education: HSCA's humane education team helps teach local children about pet safety and compassion.
For more information about HSCA's participation in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and how you can volunteer, sponsor, or adopt, please visit www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
INDIANAPOLIS (17 March 2014)—As cold winter weather yields to sunny days, Hoosier pet owners should plan now for the inevitable stormy weather that arrives with spring. Preparing now can keep every member of the family (including those with fur or feathers) safe in the face of tornadoes, flooding or power outages.
According to Sandra Norman, DVM, Companion Animal Director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), planning is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
“Preparedness planning for pets is not hard to do,” explains Dr. Norman. “Just think ahead to what your pet would need for three to five days if life is disrupted by a disaster. There are really just three components to have in a disaster plan.”
• A “Go Kit”: Have assembled, in one place and ready to grab in an instant, everything a pet would need for a three- to five-day trip away from home. This includes a crate/carrier, water and food bowls, bottled water and food, leash, treats, toys, medications, copies of vaccination records and (for cats) litter and a disposable litter pan.
“A Go Kit should be customized to the individual needs of each animal, whether it’s a cat or bird or large dog. Everything should be in one place, ready to go to keep your pet comfortable,” she said.
•An evacuation plan: Pre-determine three to five places where your pet can stay if you must leave your home quickly. This could be a kennel, veterinary clinic with boarding services, the home of a friend or family member, or (for those who prefer to stay with their pets) pet-friendly hotels. Have all the contact information, including addresses and phone numbers stored in Go Kit or on a smart phone. Identify places 5 miles to 20 miles away from home, in case the disaster area is widespread.
“Confirming policies and selecting sites ahead of time can ease much stress in an emergency,” said Dr. Norman.
•A shelter-in-place plan: In some situations, staying at home (or “sheltering in place”) may be the best option for your pet. When you need to stay put with your animals, secure them indoors, like in a bathroom, barn or garage, preferably without windows. The smaller space will protect the pet from injury from debris or weather conditions. If possible, provide the added security of a crate or cage, to provide a calm environment when pets are more likely to act out under stress.
“Bathrooms are ideal, because they are small, have running water, and often pet-friendly flooring,” she explained.
A disaster plan for animals does not have to be complicated or difficult to prepare.
“The important thing is to have everything in one place and, in the case of evacuation plans, written down,” Dr. Norman notes. “The extra 10 or 15 minutes you will save by not having to gather everything on your way out the door, can mean the difference between life or death to you and your pet.”
For more information on disaster planning for animals, visit the BOAH website at www.boah.in.gov or Facebook at www.facebook.com/inboah . [Indiana State Board of Animal Health news release]
Michigan-based Coast Guard cutter crew rescues dog stranded on ice on Lake St. Clair.
Crew members assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assist a dog they found stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair March 4, 2014. The crew transported the dog to the ship and hoisted him aboard, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay
The dog was taken inside the ship, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Detroit. The crew of the cutter rescued another dog who was stranded on the ice back in March 2011: http://greatlakes.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/03/big-dog-in-big-trouble-coast-guardsmen-rescue-great-dane-from-frozen-lake-huron/
From Last Chance Rescue: Buster’s person died and he is longing for a forever home. He is a white Maltese, 9 years old, very small pup – about 18 pounds. He is housebroken, good with other dogs, and should be fine with cats and older kids. He likes to run, so he needs a fenced yard to keep him safe and happy. He is neutered and current on vaccinations. Please call Last Chance Rescue if you are interested in Buster, 219-677-2961.
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