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Registration Still Open for Critter Camp

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (July 30, 2014) — Registration is still open for Critter Camp, a summer day camp for kids hosted by Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA).

Held August 4 through 8, Critter Camp provides a fun, safe, hands-on environment for kids ages 8-12 to learn about various aspects of animal care and build a sense of respect and responsibility for animals. Camp takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at HSCA, 421 45th St, Munster.

Campers do a daily craft, enjoy a snack, make a camp t-shirt, and have interactive presentations about animals. Presentations include: a veterinarian, dog trainer, wildlife sanctuary, a pet therapy team, and more.

The registration fee is $100. Camp size is limited and spaces are filling up fast.

To register or for more information, please contact Jessica Petalas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 219.922.3811 ext. 308. For more information about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org. 

About Humane Society Calumet Area
Founded by concerned citizen Miss Evelyn Sweitzer in 1941, Humane Society Calumet Area aims to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals by providing vital community services. In 2013, more than 1,500 homeless animals found homes through HSCA and many lost animals were reunited with their families. Additional HSCA services include spay and neuter surgeries for families with financial hardship at Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, pet therapy teams that visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a humane education team that teaches local children about pet safety and compassion, and rehabilitation for wildlife at Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
 

'Yappy Hour' Event Benefits Michiana Humane Society

Animal Corner

Shady Creek Winery of Michigan City hosted the first Yappy Hour event on Tuesday June 17th at the Winery in support of the Michiana Humane Society. The fundraising event was organized to raise funds to support the ongoing operations of the Humane Society.

“We believe in giving back to the community where possible and this is another example of doing that,” said Tim Anderson, Owner of Shady Creek Winery. He continued, “We are a family Winery and rescued dogs are a big part of all of our families, so we do what we can to support the Michiana Humane Society. In fact, we introduced our award winning Rescued Dog Red wine 3 years ago with the idea that a portion of the proceeds we will give back in support of the Humane Society. This year we will write them a check for $1,132 to support this worthy organization.”

The event was an opportunity to bring your four legged companions to the Winery and let them enjoy the evening running around the grounds of the winery while their owners enjoy award winning wines and meeting other wine and dog loving friends.
 

Home Crafters Sought for 'Doggie Days of Summer Fest' Aug 23

Animal Corner

Home crafters needed for "Doggie Days of Summer Fest" on Saturday, August 23rd from 1 to 6pm in Merrillville on site at Broadway Glass & Customs.
The event will raise funds for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana.  Event has a car show, food, beer garden, live bands, animal adopt-a-thon, bounce tents for kids, and more. Limited space for Craft Booths. Looking for local crafters who want to make some money while helping animals and our shelter. More info: https://www.facebook.com/HumaneSocietyofNWIN
 

Humane Soc Adoption Event for EMTs, Paramedics, Lifeguards Aug 2

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (July 23, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will host an adoption event Saturday, August 2 with adoption fees waived for EMTs, paramedics and lifeguards as part of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The adoption event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the shelter located at 421 45th St, Munster, Ind.

In addition, HSCA has partnered with American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone who signs up to donate blood will receive a discount on an adoption or a coupon to PAWS Resale Shoppe.

All adoptions require an approved application and all standard adoption procedures apply. The animal does not have to go home at time of application but an application must be submitted the day of the event. Puppies and some kittens are excluded and additional fees—including a $25 rabies vaccination fee—may apply.

Upcoming adoption events take place August 9 through 10 with adoption fees waived for the public, pending a qualifying application, and August 16 with adoptions waived for teachers and coaches.

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. As a contestant in the challenge, HSCA is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

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.

The shelter also will host two Empty the Shelter weekends—August 9 through 10 and August 30 through 31—with adoption fees waived for qualifying applications.

A list of adoption events and additional information on HSCA’s participation in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge can be found on www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.

About Humane Society Calumet Area
Founded by concerned citizen Miss Evelyn Sweitzer in 1941, Humane Society Calumet Area aims to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals by providing vital community services. In 2013, more than 1,500 homeless animals found homes through HSCA and many lost animals were reunited with their families. Additional HSCA services include spay and neuter surgeries for families with financial hardship at the Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, pet therapy teams who visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities and a humane education team that teaches local children about pet safety and compassion.
 

One-Day Garage Sale July 26 Benefits Humane Soc Northwest Indiana

Animal Corner

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana has announced a garage sale is being held just one day at 2200 West 57th Ave, Merrillville, July 26th. 8:00...5:00.

Included in the garage sale will be an antique oak icebox, vintage china cabinet and an oak
cabinet. There will also be many bird cages from the size that holds parakeets
& cockatiels to a wrought iron macaw cage and a very large flight cage.
Many bird items from bowls, perches to toys, and large play stands.

There will also be dog & cat carriers, dog toys, dog beds, collars & leashes and more.

Among some of the items will be new printers, cameras, brass & copper flower pot holders, and jewelry.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana.
 

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