Shelters LostandFound

'Purrfect Pair' Adoption Special for February

purrfect pair
From the Independent Cat Society (ICS): During February the ICS will be offering for adoption for $50 the 'Purrfect Pair". These are cats that are bonded and need to be adopted together. We have some wonderful choices and these cat/kittens would love to have a home of their very own. This adoption fee as usual includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations, flea treatments, nail trims and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets within 2 weeks of the adoption. We are also continuing our 'adopt a cat over 5 years old and we will waive the adoption fee." Help us to get one of our adult cats into a loving home. So please stop out during our adoption hours, Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm and check out our many wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption. Our shelter is located on Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. If you have any questions please contact us at 219-785-4936 or visit our website
The Independent Cat Society was founded in 1977 and a not for profit, no-kill cat shelter. Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by reducing pet overpopulation, educating the public, preventing cruelties to animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and working for more humane legislation.
**Also currently going on is the annual ICS Sweetheart Contest. We have 8 wonderful cats running for Sweetheart of the Year this year. I have attached a photo of each of our sweetheart candidates.Check out our Facebook page or website for more details. And vote for your favorite. You can vote by going to our website and clicking on Paypal, be sure to indicate your donation is a vote for your choice as sweetheart, or you can mail a check payable to the ICS to ICS, Sweetheart Contest, PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391, or stop out at the shelter and meet all the wonderful candidates and you can enter your vote there. All proceeds from this contest help us to continue to care for and support the cats and kittens of the ICS. For more information please call 219-785-4936
** We will also be hosting our Sweetheart Day on February 22nd from 10am-4pm at the American Legion, 798 Wabash, Chesterton, IN. The sweethearts will be making guest appearances and the sweetheart teams will have booths with items for sale to help to collect votes for their candidate. Box lunches will be available for $10 each and there will be music to enjoy with your lunch. We will also have raffles including a special raffle for Pyranna necklace. There will be home baked goods for your sweet tooth and many other items available for sale for your special 'sweetheart'. So come out and join us. All proceeds from this event benefit the Independent Cat Society. For more information please call 219-785-4936


Independent Cat Society Awarded Grant


Pictured: From left to right:  ICS Grant Chair, Roberta Jocius; ISC President, Staci Trackles; Emily Remster and Jackie Stutzman, Porter County Community Foundation Committee members.

From the Independent Cat Society: Recently, the Independent Cat Society (ICS) of Westville, Indiana, was selected to receive a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation (PCCF) in the amount of $5,000.  Most of the grants that the ICS receives have arrived by mail, but the Grant Committee representatives at the Porter County Community Foundation wanted to deliver this check in person.  And the ICS staff was glad they did! The ICS has an important partnership with both Porter and LaPorte Counties in helping to reduce pet over-population by providing low-cost spay neuter options and promoting responsible pet-ownership. Additionally, ICS has trained volunteers who provide Trap/Neuter/Release services in areas of high feral cat concentrations.  


Pictured:  Emily Remster, Porter Country Community Foundation, hands Independent Cat Society (ICS) shelter cat, Garfield, a check for $5,000 to assist with low-cost spay/neuters.  [Photos provided]
Of course, Garfield had to admit that he didn’t know how to read or sign checks, so Grant Chair, Roberta Jocius and Board President,  Staci Treckles helped him out.  Here they are, pictured with Ms. Remster and Ms. Jackie Stutzman, who is also on the PCCF Board.
The generosity of the PCCF grant will help the ICS spay and neuter more cats in the region, so that more cats can live fuller and happier lives, rather than worrying about being in a community that is overpopulated.  This grant will also help the ICS assist low-income families and pet owners in Porter County live better lives together with their pets. It’s a win for all sides!
Since 1976, the Independent Cat Society (ICS) has successfully operated a non-profit, cage-less, no-kill cat shelter.  Its mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by: preventing cruelty to animals and promoting responsible pet ownership; reducing pet over-population and educating the community on animal welfare issues; providing low-cost Spay/Neuter and Trap/Neuter/Release Programs; and sheltering cats and kittens while they await adoption.  For more information about the Independent Cat Society, or if you’d like to donate, please call 219-785-4936 or visit the ICS on the web at


NW Ind Pet Project and Kibble Kitchen Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers needed! Come to the Meet & Greet Saturday January 25th!  If you are interested in volunteering your time to an organization working with pets and people then The NW Indiana Pet Project & Kibble Kitchen maybe for you! We are hosting an informational volunteer meeting and would love to meet you. Please join us for an afternoon get together and see what we are all about, ask questions, and if interested fill out a volunteer application. All are welcome and for those that bring a guest you will be entered into a drawing for a door prize!  Volunteers must be 18 or older anyone under that must be accompanied by an adult.

Please RSVP prior to January 18th limited seating of 40 guests so don't miss out!

The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry will be opening services to parts of Lake County in 2014 and all hands on deck will be needed to be successful! Please join us as we continue our mission of keeping pets and families together!

We look forward to meeting each of you!

Sat Jan 25m, 2014, 2-4:30pm at the Portage Public Library 2665 Irving St For more information call 219-734-6936


Event to Support US Military Working Dogs

"PhilanthroPint"during the month of February at Figure 8 Brewing 150 S. Washington St Valparaiso, where a portion if every pint of "Where Lizards Dare" will go to The United States War Dogs Association Chapter 3. To support our Military Working Dogs.   On February 6 at 6pm John Meeks Executive Director of the United States War Dogs Association Chapter 3 will give a presentation talking about "Operation" Support our Paws, the History of our Military Working Dogs and what our dogs are doing today. We will be holding a Silent Auction with very nice items from the community. A limited number of souvenir glasses will also be available.


Ind Dept of Homeland Sec: Don't Forget About Pets During Winter Storms

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says during a winter storm, it may be easy to forget the needs of pets. However, companion animals, especially those who are kept outdoors, should frequently be checked on to ensure their safety. If pets are kept outdoors, provide them with a form of shelter. Heated shelters, such as garages, are preferable.
Give pets fresh water frequently, and have a heat source, if possible, to prevent freezing. Monitor indoor pets when letting them outside. Pets can get cold quickly, so limit their exposure outdoors. Cover their paws and other exposed skin if possible.
Shovel a path for pets to go outside, especially small pets that may have difficulty in deep snow. State officials say if you come upon a cold dog, warm him or her up slowly then get the dog to a veterinarian, if possible, immediately.
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Protecting Animals in Cold Weather

Here is information from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS):

Click here for a video from HSUS on keeping companion animals safe in the winter:


Ind Board of Animal Health Urges Caution for Animals in Cold

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently.


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