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Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].

Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.

Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.


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Independent Cat Society 4th of July Adoption Special

Animal Corner

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Come celebrate your Independence Day with the Independent Cat Society in Westville, Indiana. On July 4th only the ICS will be open special adoption hours of 11am to 4pm to help promote the adoption of our cats and kittens for only $20 each. We have many wonderful cats and kittens looking for good homes. Wont you stop out and meet them and apply to adopt one or two for your very own. Our shelter is located at Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville. For more information please call 219-785-4936. Hope to see you there!!!
 
During July we are honoring our "Stars and Stripes" by holding a "Tabathon" adoption special. Any tabby cat or kitten is only $40 and two are only $50 for both. (This price is good for every day but July 4th) We have some really beautiful tabby cats. Short hair, long hair, young, adult or seniors. So stop by our shelter on any Saturday, 10am to 4pm, or Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, in July and meet these wonderful cats and kittens and make one or two your very own. The ICS shelter is located on Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, IN. For more information please call 219-785-4936.
 

9 Lives for $9 Adoption Promotion

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and the Independent Cat Society is helping to promote this by partnering with Best Friends Animal Network and holding a 9 Lives for $9 Adoption promotion. From Saturday, June 14th through Sunday, June 22nd, the Independent Cat Society will be offering adoptions of cats or kittens, 9 months or older, for only $9 each. During the heart of kitten season, cats over 9 months are left in the background while the tiny balls of fuzz steal the spotlight. This promotion is to remind the public that there are cats of all ages seeking their forever homes all year long! Over 9,000 pets are unnecessarily killed in America's shelters daily simply because they don't have homes. Help us to change that by coming out to the ICS and meeting our many wonderful cats and kittens who are seeking a forever home and making one or two a part of your family. During this promotion only, we will be adding additional adoption hours. Along with our regular hours of Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 4pm, we will be open June 16th through the 20th, 12pm - 3pm and 4pm - 7pm.  Our shelter is located at Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. Hope to see you there!!
 

Independent Cat Society in Downtown Valpo June 21

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The Independent Cat Society will have a booth set up outs Designer Desserts in downtown Valparaiso this Saturday, June 21st 10am to 3pm. We will have handouts and some of our beautiful cats will hopefully be making an appearance, weather depending. So come by and say hello and check out our many programs and ask about the Spring Open House and Reception being held at the ICS Shelter in Westville that day.  For more information please contact the ICS 219-785-4936.
 

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]
 

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