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ICS June Adoption Special, Spring Open House and More

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During June the Independent Cat Society will be adopting any black and white (or black with a little white) cat or kitten for only $45. A companion cat or kitten of any color is only $25. Regular adoption hours are Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  We will have a really SPECIAL adoption promotion during the week of June 14th through June 22nd. Along with 'special' extra adoption hours for that week. More on this special promotion coming soon!! For more information please call 219-785-4936 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Also in June the Independent Cat Society will hold its annual Spring Open House at the ICS Shelter, located on Route 6 and County Line Road in Westville, IN on Saturday, June 21st from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, June 22nd from 1pm to 6pm. We will have homegrown plants, homebaked goods, catnip toys, tshirts and much more for sale. Donations would also be appreciated to help us care for our many kittens in foster care. Items such as kitten milk, kitten food, heated discs, fleece blankets, nursing bottles, etc are needed. So stop out and visit us and help us to continue our care for the many homeless cats and kittens in our area. For more information please contact the ICS at 219-785-4936 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

During June the Independent Cat Society will be hosting several events and a few adoption promotions.
June is Black and White month at the ICS. During June we will adopt a black and white (or mostly black with white) cat or kitten for $45. A companion cat of any color is only $25. This adoption fee includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations, flea treatment, nail trim and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets within 2 weeks of the adoption. Come out and meet these wonderful felines and make one or two part of your family. The Independent Cat Society is located on Route 6 and County Line Road in Westville, IN. For more details call 219-785-4936
As a special adoption promotion, and in partnership with the Best Friends Network, June 14th through June 22nd we are having a extra special adoption promotion, 9 Lives for $9. We will adopt any cat 9 months or older for only $9 each. This promotion will also include the spay or neuter, flea treatment, current vaccinations and free initial vet visit within 2 weeks. We will have some extra adoption hours during this adoption promotion only. Our weekend adoption hours will stay the same, Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 4pm, but we will also be open for adoptions Monday, June 16th through Friday, June 20th, 12pm - 3pm and 4pm - 7pm. So come out and see us and adopt one or two or more of our wonderful cats and kittens available. They so want to be part of your family. For more details call 219-785-4936
On Saturday, June 21st from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, June 22nd from 1pm to 4pm, the Independent Cat Society will be hosting our annual Spring Open House at the ICS Shelter located on Route 6 and County Line Road in Westville, IN. We will have yummy home baked goods and garden plants for sale along with our usual cat toys, catnip, and much more. There will be raffles for great prizes.  Come enjoy the day and meet the wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption. Donations of kitten supplies is most welcome. Items such as kitten milk, kitten food, blankets, warming discs, bottle feeders, etc. For more information 219-785-4936.
Also on Saturday, June 21st the ICS will be hosting our Black and White reception from 4:30pm to 8:30pm, in honor of Prince and Snowball, two 'special' ICS cats, in our beautiful ICS Rainbow Bridge Garden, located at the ICS Shelter grounds on Route 6 and County Line Road in Westville. There will be cake and appetizers served and we will also have door prizes and a Silent Auction. Please bring your own seating and beverages. Come out and enjoy the food, music, and meet some of our wonderful volunteers.  For more information 219-785-4936.
Last but certainly not least, Fr. Andrew Corona will be hosting a memorial service in Independent Cat Society's Rainbow Bridge Garden at the ICS shelter located at Route 6 and County Line Road in Westville, IN on Saturday, June 21st at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome, whether you have recently lost a pet or just want to remember friends from the past. Please come and join us for a time of hope and love in a beautiful garden setting. Then stay for a while and enjoy the evening, tour the garden and share some refreshments.  For more information 219-785-4936.

Vendors, Shelters, Rescues Sought for Homeless Animals Day Event

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3rd Annual Paws for Homeless Animals Day, August 23, 2014

This year this awareness event will be held at the beautiful Hobart Festival Park. We are excited to be hosting such an important day at a park that accomodates both families and pets!

Come enjoy the day walking the paths around the park, take a stroll over the covered bridge and walk along Lake George enjoying the sun. There will be vendors of all types occupying this park, tents offering various types of pet services, and a great selection of food vendors. Additional information will be added as it becomes available and as businesses are secured we will add updates to this event!

Last year we had 55 vendors this year proves to be stacking up already to be even bigger! Don't miss this opportunity to network and come together as one to help homeless animals in your community! We will be looking for rescues, shelters, independent consultants, non- profits, local businesses and food vendors. Space will be limited please email us for booth information. Independents will be working on a non-compete contract and spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

For additional information please email Michelle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (219)734-6936 and leave a voicemail one of our volunteers will get back to you.  [News release]

Fried's Cat Shelter Summer Open House June 21-22

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Fried's Cat Shelter is home to an average of 350 cats. We are located in Michigan City, Indiana. We like to pride ourselves with the fact that we take the best possible care of these kitties that we can. We do not receive any government funding but totally survive on the donations that YOU send to us. We are a NON-PROFIT organizations so all of your donations are tax deductible. We are going to have our Summer Open House this year on June 21st and 22nd from Noon to 4:00. We would love to have you stop by for a visit if you are in the area. We are planning on having refreshments for your pleasure and there will also be a bake sale. We have a small gift shop where you may find just what you are looking for. So please mark your calendar and we will look forward to seeing you then. [Photo/Fried's Cat Shelter]


Local Union Carpenters Help LaPorte Co Small Animal Shelter

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Local union carpenters of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) recently lent a hand at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. In early April, three IKORCC carpenters volunteered their skills to complete the Small Animal Shelter’s building addition and cat room renovation. In four days, the carpenters gutted and remodeled the cat room by installing new fiberglass-reinforced panels on the walls, new ceilings, lights, new cabinetry and trim and a new window. “It’s an honor for us to be able to help a great local organization. Serving the community is at the heart of IKORCC, and it truly shows in the volunteer service of each of the carpenters who helped out with this project,” said Scott Cooley, IKORCC Senior Representative. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee and is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

“I cannot thank them enough,” said Jane Bernard, LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter Director. “They came to our rescue when funds ran short, and we would not have been able to complete the project if it wasn’t for their commitment to provide the labor and expertise to get the job done. The finished room is such an improved environment for our cats spending time at the shelter and also very welcoming for the public to view our cats. We truly appreciate the hard work that went into upgrading our cat room.” The LaPorte County Animal Shelter provides animal control services for all unincorporated areas of LaPorte County and also operates the county animal shelter. It is located at 2855 West State Road 2 in La Porte, Ind.

Last Chance Rescue: Charlie

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Charlie is a 3 year old Great Dane mix who great with children and people. He is neutered, current on vaccines, potty trained, and weighs 75 pounds. If you're interested in Charlie, please call Last Chance Rescue at 219-677-2961.



Humane Soc Calumet Area to Compete in $100K Challenge

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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

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


Severe Weather Planning for Pets: Easy as 1-2-3

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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 or Facebook at . [Indiana State Board of Animal Health news release]


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