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.
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.
“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.
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 www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
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 www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Beginner Obedience class will start on May 7th. Classes are held at the club building, located at 110 N. Main St. in Hebron, IN. This class is for dogs 6 months of age & older; cost for the class is $90.00 for the 8 week session. Owners must bring proof of their dog's current vaccinations on the first night; dogs should be wearing a metal training collar attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experienced instructors will teach owners how to train their dogs in basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only, in the form of treats & praise. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Puppy Obedience Class will begin on May 14th. This class is for puppies 2-6 months of age; cost for the class is $80.00 for the 7 week session. Classes are held at the club building, located at 110 N. Main St. in Hebron, IN. Puppies should be wearing a flat, buckle-type collar attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their puppies in very basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only, in the form of treats. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
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