About-Laura

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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Snip Snip Hurray $10 Spay Neuter Certificates

Animal Corner

"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)
Qualifying programs
• 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.

To apply:
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
list.

Program Information
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
information.

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

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Canine Good Citizen Test Sept 22

Animal Corner

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.

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Paws in the Park Sept 28

Animal Corner

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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Dog Days Downtown and Rescue Avenue

Animal Corner

La Porte, IN- Downtown La Porte will host the 1st Annual Dog Days Downtown for the 2nd Saturday in the month of September, September 14 from 3pm to 7pm. Pet owners and dog fans are welcome to come downtown from 3pm to 7pm with their dogs, stroll the downtown shops, dine al fresco and visit rescues and dog vendors on Rescue Avenue, taking place on Michigan Avenue that evening downtown.

Area rescues, veterinary hospitals, shelters and pet product providers are invited to contact Tiffany Bley, Downtown Director to set up a free booth for the first annual event on 2nd Saturday. “For our first annual event, we’d really like to see area rescues and shelters take advantage of the free opportunity to come downtown and have a great time with us and add to the downtown event.”

Downtown businesses that are participating in 2nd Saturday will also have treats available for dogs and activities. Antique Junction on Lincolnway is hosting Bark-a-Thon now leading up to the event, in which they have the only drop off collection box for donations of needed supplies to the La Porte County Animal Shelter.  People dropping off goods will double their chances to win a raffle that will take place on September’s 2nd Saturday, as well as free digital pet photographs in Antique Junction’s vintage photobooth will be available that evening. Engstrom Jewelers, located on Lincolnway Downtown, will be promoting their “Watch Dog” Program in which a portion of proceeds from watch batteries goes to Northwest Indiana Death Row Dogs.

For more information on 2nd Saturday! or other events occurring in Downtown La Porte or how to register to participate in Rescue Avenue, please contact Tiffany Bley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (219) 362-3178.

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Dog Days Downtown and Rescue Avenue Sept 14

Animal Corner

La Porte, IN- Downtown La Porte will host the 1st Annual Dog Days Downtown for the 2nd Saturday in the month of September, September 14 from 3pm to 7pm. Pet owners and dog fans are welcome to come downtown from 3pm to 7pm with their dogs, stroll the downtown shops, dine al fresco and visit rescues and dog vendors on Rescue Avenue, taking place on Michigan Avenue that evening downtown.

Area rescues, veterinary hospitals, shelters and pet product providers are invited to contact Tiffany Bley, Downtown Director to set up a free booth for the first annual event on 2nd Saturday. “For our first annual event, we’d really like to see area rescues and shelters take advantage of the free opportunity to come downtown and have a great time with us and add to the downtown event.”

Downtown businesses that are participating in 2nd Saturday will also have treats available for dogs and activities. Antique Junction on Lincolnway is hosting Bark-a-Thon now leading up to the event, in which they have the only drop off collection box for donations of needed supplies to the La Porte County Animal Shelter.  People dropping off goods will double their chances to win a raffle that will take place on September’s 2nd Saturday, as well as free digital pet photographs in Antique Junction’s vintage photobooth will be available that evening. Engstrom Jewelers, located on Lincolnway Downtown, will be promoting their “Watch Dog” Program in which a portion of proceeds from watch batteries goes to Northwest Indiana Death Row Dogs.

For more information on 2nd Saturday! or other events occurring in Downtown La Porte or how to register to participate in Rescue Avenue, please contact Tiffany Bley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (219) 362-3178.

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