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.
PAWS Resale Shoppe Moves to Kennedy Ave. – All proceeds from the store benefit the animals at Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster.
The move takes PAWS from its old location on Jewett Street in Downtown Highland. The smaller store lacked space for donated items and provided inadequate parking for customers and donors. The increase in space allows for more items on display and increased support to the humane society. The larger parking lot provides ample parking and the potential for on-site animal adoption events.
A small space located next to the resale shop will provide corporate office space for shelter administrators. The shelter’s staff has grown in recent years with the creation and expansion of services such as low-cost spay/neuter and behavior programs. This expansion has left staff and volunteers competing for less and less space. The new space will provide room for further development and growth.
Executive Director Rachel Delaney said, “We’re excited for the new opportunities in the community and to give back to the animals.” Several new community programs are in the works and will be announced in the coming months.
PAWS Resale Shoppe is located at 8149 Kennedy Ave. in Highland in the strip mall located next to Plaza Lanes. Call 219-838-PAWS (7297) for more information.
INDIANAPOLIS (Sep. 5, 2013) - The Hoosier Lottery's new Lucky Dog Scratch-off encourages Hoosiers to "scratch a lucky dog." In doing so, the Hoosier Lottery hopes to bring awareness to animal adoption opportunities and the importance of spay and neuter programs in communities across Indiana.
The new Lucky Dog scratch-off game features photos of ten adoptable dogs from Indiana animal shelters; three from the Humane Society of Indianapolis, three from the Humane Association of Clark County and four from the Allen County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.)
The Lucky Dog Scratch-off featuring the adoptable Indiana pups is available at approximately 4,000 Hoosier Lottery retailers around the state.
The Hoosier Lottery is partnering with more than 65 Indiana county Humane Societies and animal shelters to sponsor adoption events around the state beginning in September. The adoption events will culminate in late October with Indiana's biggest adoption event ever.
The Hoosier Lottery will be providing Lucky Dog tickets to partner shelters to give to those who adopt animals throughout the fall, while supplies last. In northwest Indiana, the Hoosier Lottery is partnering with the Humane Society Calumet Area, Jasper County Animal Shelter, Michiana Humane Society and SPCA, Newton County Animal Shelter and the Porter County Animal Shelter.
Each individual $2 ticket offers the chance to win cash prizes up to $10,000 and contains information directing players to log on to HoosierLottery.com/LuckyDog to learn more about animal adoption in northwest Indiana including how to donate winning and unscratched tickets to benefit local animal shelters.
As a partner, the Humane Society Calumet Area was given a limited amount of scratch-off tickets to hand out to adopters during this time of the game. The adopters will be given a chance to win $10,000 from the Lucky Dog Scratch-off game. The Humane Society Calumet Area is located at 421 45th Street in Munster.
Each ticket will also include mention of the Lucky Dog of the Week picture contest on Hoosier Lottery's Facebook page which is open to all Hoosiers 18 and older.
Additional information about all the Lucky Dog initiatives, including a list of all partner shelters and specific events, will be available at hoosierlottery.com/lucky dog .
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
"Thurs Sept 26th 4-8pm
Friday Sept 27th 4-8pm
Saturday Sept 28th 9am-2pm
Sunday Sept 29th Noon-4pm
At 5896 US RT 6 Portage
(Corner of RT 6 and Willowcreek Rd)
Portage Commons Shopping plaza.
Watch for banner on window to mark which empty store front we will be in.
Thurs Sept 26th through Sun Sept 29th The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry will be signing up families that qualify for low cost spay/neuter certificates through SNSI.Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc. (SNSI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SNSI provides financial assistance for spay/neuter surgeries statewide to low-income individuals.
Since their inception in 1977, they have helped nearly 70,000 families spay or neuter their pets.
SNSI networks with veterinarians and low-cost clinics to provide affordable spay/neuter surgery options. These veterinarians graciously discount their services to help us further our mission of eliminating the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs.
Through this program families that fit within the income guidelines will be able to receive a certificate Through December 31st, qualifying pet owners can get their pets spayed or neutered for only $10!
The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) targets Indiana residents with:
household income at or below 200% of Federal Poverty guidelines (see list of Qualifying Programs below)
Indiana residents that have been accepted in certain needs-based public assistance programs (see table of Qualifying Household Income brackets below)
• Energy Assistance Program
• Food Stamps
• Major VA Disability
• Medicaid (not Medicare)
• Public School Free Lunch Program
• Section 8 Housing
• Social Security Disability (SSD) - (not S-S-Retirement Income)
• Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Check website for income guidelines if you do not participate in any of the above programs.
Attend one of the scheduled dates, complete and sign the application.
• Bring Cash or obtain one money order payable to Kibble Kitchen for the
total amount due ($10 per pet x number of pets).
• Provide proof of participation, you MUST bring a current award letter stating what
qualifying program you are approved for, valid ID, &
proof of address.
• If you reside within Porter County the pantry will receive
your SNAP certificate (valid for three months)
and will schedule an appointment directly with the Estelle Marcus Clinic
One of our volunteers will then contact you to guide you through the process.
If you reside within Lake or LaPorte County within two weeks,
you will receive a SNAP certificate (valid for three months)
and list of participating veterinarians in the mail. You are accountable for
scheduling an appointment directly with any veterinarian on the
SNAP covers the cost of spay-neuter surgery. Your
pet may need additional services such as disease
testing and prevention or blood work as
recommended by individual veterinarians. These
services are not covered by the SNAP program.
Pets should receive annual wellness checks,
vaccinations and permanent identification for
long‑term health and safety. Your pet’s vaccinations
should be current and can be done at the time of
surgery or in advance through numerous low-cost
resources. Visit our website or contact us for more
NW Indiana Participating vets:
Animal Hospital of Chesterton (CATS ONLY)
117 N. 15th St
Chesterton, IN 46304
Hanover Vet Hospital (CATS ONLY)
12515 Wicker Ave
Cedar Lake, IN 46303
Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic
421 45th Ave
Munster, IN 46321
All Creature Features
4034 U.S. 35
LaPorte, IN 46350
Maple City Animal Hospital
353 Fail Road
LaPorte, IN 46350
OPEN TO ALL LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTY RESIDENTS. NO LIMIT CAN ACCOMODATE FERALS, COLONIES, ETC. DO NOT BRING ANIMAL TO EVENT
The Dunes Dog Training Club will be holding a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test on Sunday, September 22nd. The test will be from 1:00-3:00 at the club building located at 110 N. Main St. in Hebron, IN. The CGC is open to purebred and mixed breed dogs, 6 months of age & older, the cost is $15.00 per dog. Once the dog has passed the required exercises, the American Kennel Club will issue a certificate to the dog's owner proclaiming the dog to be a Canine Good Citizen.
The 2nd Annual Paws In The Park will benefit the Speedway Animal Shelter, sponsored by Indiana Memorial and Homeward Bound. Bring your four legged friends and come enjoy the activities. This event will take place on September 28, 2013 from 10 am until 4 pm at Leonard Park in Speedway, Indiana.
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