For the friends of the Independent Cat Society, a no-kill cat shelter
Summer 2015 #146
The ICS Book Sale : A don’t-miss event!
That’s right, our Annual Book Sale is coming up fast, and this year, you definitely don’t want to miss out! With our new venue at the National Guard Armory in Valparaiso (1502 Linwood Ave.), we will have plenty of space to spread out and make finding those perfect books that much more enjoyable. So, get ready to bring all of those textbooks, novels, biographies, reference books, music CDs, video games, and anything else you’d like to donate – we’ll even help you bring them inside! Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, July 16 at the National Guard Armory from 11am - 4pm. You may also make arrangements with us to drop them off at our shelter prior to the event, if needed. Just contact us at shelter@ catsociety.org or 219-785-4936. During the sale on July 17 and 18 (9am - 4pm both days), we’ll have plenty of things going on besides books, of course. You can enjoy a host of baked goods, live musical entertainment from our own Kimmy Ebert, and our wonderful gourmet “lunch boxes” made by our star volunteer chefs while you shop. Many of our shelter cats will be showing off their stuff as well on both days. You might just want to “sit a spell” and read with one of them! Nothing beats the joy of a Before you go, don’t forget to grab some of your cat’s favorite homemade catnip toys, and maybe something sparkly for yourself. This year’s raffles will include a host of great baskets and prizes, including a beautiful necklace good book and a good cat! donated by longtime ICS sponsor, Pyrrha Jewelry. This special charm, handmade in sterling silver, is intended to inspire creativity and higher thought – learn more about it at http://pyrrha.com/products/creativity.
Finally, this year’s book sale will also feature some great opportunities to learn from local authors. That’s right, the ICS community has lots of hardworking and bright people, in many ways, and several will be on hand to promote their works and perform book signings. In addition, we will have a limited number of signed books from Dr. Linda Harper, author of The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals, an excellent book for anyone who works with animals (or people) in need. Dr. Harper will be offering a special workshop at Purdue University North Central on Tuesday, August 4, in room LSF-02 from 1pm - 4pm, and you will be able to pick up your copy of the book and register for this terrific opportunity during our Book Sale. If you register before the Book Sale ends on July 18, you’ll save $5 and pay only $20 for this special 3-hour educational event! Want to register early? Visit our website at http://www.catsociety.org and sign up online.
Thanks to Purdue North Central
Recently two Independent Cat Society volunteers, Dr. Staci Trekles, ICS Board President, and Roberta Jocius, ICS Grants Chair, offered a ten-week Grant Writing Workshop for community members through the Graduate and Extended Learning (GEL) Office at Purdue University North Central (PNC). This class went through the many different aspects of the grant writing process, incuding everything from finding available grants to writing proposals and budgets, to using technology to tell a story.
Generously, PNC offered to give half of the profits from the class tuition fees to the Independent Cat Society for the work of these dedicated volunteers, which equaled $850. The Independent Cat Society is grateful to have had a chance to work with Cassandra Boehlke and Rebecca Vogelpohl in the PNC Graduate and Extended Learning Office, and looks forward to more chances to partner with PNC in the future. For example, look for PNC’s own Chancellor Dworkin and his wonderful children’s book, The ICS kitties Roly and Cookie get educated Dog and the Dolphin, at this year’s Book Sale! at PNC with (from left) Staci Trekles, Rebecca Vogelpohl, and PNC student Karen Bjonback
Keep an eye on http://www.pnc.edu/gel for repeat offerings and other great community courses, and join us on campus again on August 4 to learn from the author of The Power of Joy of Giving to Animals. ICS would like to thank its terrific Westville neighbor for extending its campus resources, time, and talents to our shelter community!
Adoptable cats, great articles, dates to remember, and more inside!
Published for the friends of the Independent Cat Society, Inc. PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391 (219) 785-4936 Web: www.catsociety.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/ indcatsociety The Independent Cat Society, Inc., founded in 1977, is a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter on US Rt 6 at the Porter/LaPorte County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. Our mission is to rescue, shelter, adopt, and promote the spaying and neutering of cats in our Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland community.
Calendar of Events
July Annual Book Sale July 17-18, 9am - 4pm Donations accepted: July 16, 11am - 4pm NEW location! National Guard Armory, 1502 Linwood Ave, Valparaiso, IN (Rt. 30, west of Sturdy Road, near Graceland Cemetery) Start saving those used books, electronics, music, and games!
August Workshop with Dr. Linda Harper August 4, 1pm - 4pm Purdue North Central Campus, 1400 S. US 421, Room LSF-02, Westville, IN $20 before July 19; $25 after July 19 - includes a copy of Dr. Harper’s Book! Register in person or at http://www.catsociety.org
Coffee with the Cats August 8, 11am - 3pm
Adoption hours: Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Others by appointment. Please call (219) 785-4936.
Rocky Mountain Cafe, 209 Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN
About our Adoption Fees Include: Spay/neuter, vet exam, feline leukemia and FIV test; ageappropriate vaccinations; parasite treatment; tattoo ID/microchip; 30 Day No-Cost Pet Insurance; Hills Science Diet coupon; and free postadoption participating vet visit.
September 12, 8am - 4pm
Please check our website or shelter for monthly adoption specials! Board of Directors: President: Anastasia Trekles Vice-President: Judy Lindmark Recording Secretary: Judy Dean Corresponding Secretary: Carol Albrecht Treasurer: Natalie Cebulski Board Members: Diana Foster Jason Petrovich Jennifer Stall Joan Hildebrand
September Popcorn Fest Downtown Valparaiso, IN
Pet Days September 20, 10am - 2pm New Carlisle Public Library, New Carlisle, IN
October Aunt Kitty’s Fall Trash and Treasure Sale October 3-4, 10:00am - 3:00pm Donations accepted: Oct. 2, 9:00am - 5:00pm ICS Shelter, Westville, IN Join us for our annual spring yard sale! Food and fun will be available each day. Bring your gently used housewares, toys, holiday items, small appliances, shoes, collectibles – please do not donate large furniture items or clothes.
Black Cat Boogie Annual Fundraising Dinner October 17, 5:30pm - 9:00pm Old Town Banquet Hall, 711 Calumet, Valparaiso, IN Join us for our annual celebration – great food, silent auction, raffles, and more! Tickets: $35; available at ICS Shelter or http://catsociety.org
Black Cat Cat Strut “Run for Buddy” October 31, 11:00am Sunset Hill County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso, IN Sign up to run the 5-mile Crazy Legs race or the non-competitive 5K walk/run Register at http://www.catsociety.org
President’s Message There are few events that I look forward to more each year than the ICS Book Sale. It’s a chance to not only help the cats and spend time with my many dear ICS friends, but also to dust off some of those old books on my shelf and share them with someone new. Many of the books I currently have came from the ICS Book Sale in years past, and I often wonder about the journey they have traveled to get to me. What stories could they really tell?
That got me to thinking – if our cats could talk, what might they be able to tell about us? What could we learn about our own behavior, how we handle stress and anxiety, and our attitudes toward life by looking at ourselves through the eyes of an animal?
If you want to learn more about yourself, your pets, and how you can help all animals live better lives in your community, consider joining ICS on August 4 at Purdue University North Central (1401 S. US 421, Westville), where we will be learning from Dr. Linda Harper, clinical psychologist, animal welfare advocate, and author of several insightful books, including The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals. ICS came to know Dr. Harper through one of our volunteers, who brought us several copies of her latest book to share. We enjoyed it so much that we started talking to Dr. Harper more, and got the opportunity to bring her to Indiana to share her experiences and ideas with us first-hand! The three-hour workshop on August 4 will be held from 1pm to 4pm in the Library-StudentFaculty building, Room 02 (just downstairs when you enter the building). For directions to Purdue North Central and a campus map, please visit http://www.pnc.edu/maps/campusmap/. Registration is $20 (or $25 after July 19) and includes a copy of Dr. Harper’s book, as well as plenty of snacks! Additional proceeds go directly to ICS. We hope that you will take some time out of your week to attend this inspirational workshop – bring your friends as well! You will learn many ways to work through the stress of helping animals and others in your community, which in turn will give you an even greater capacity to do good. To register, please visit http://www.catsociety.org or see us at the Book Sale! Sincerely, Staci Trekles, ICS Board President
And the winner is... Don and Cheryl Plomann of Chesterton, Indiana are the winners of our Southwest Airlines raffle! Congratulations, Don and Cheryl – we hope you are on your way to someplace beautiful! Special thanks goes to Southwest Airlines, the “airline with a heart,” who so graciously donated the tickets, as well as to all who participated in the raffle and Summer Open House Event in June!
Rainbow Bridge Garden Brick Orders Due August 15 If you are looking to memorialize someone special in our Rainbow Bridge Garden this season, please order your bricks by August 15, 2015. More information can be found at our website at http:// www.catsociety.org, including a downloadable order form. All proceeds from brick sales go directly to our New Building Fund. 3
Please note: We do not use litter pan liners, newspapers, or pine cleaners like Pine Sol. Thank you! Office Supplies Stamps Various Colored 2-pocket folders with Business Card Slots Letter-Size Manila File Folders Cleaning Supplies Bleach Laundry Soap (prefer HE type) Dryer Sheets Liquid Hand Soap Dish Soap Paper Plates Paper Towels 30-gallon Trash Bags Tall Kitchen Garbage Bags Medical Supplies Microwaveable Heating Discs Science Diet A/D, I/D, K/D Wellness Grain-Free Food Building and Grounds 20 x 25 x 5 Aire Bear Furnace filters Water Softener Pellets 16 x 20 x 1 Fiberglass Furnace Filters Replacement Filters for Hunter Air Purifier Model #30547 Carpenters, plumbers, painters Other Dry Cat Food, kitten and adult, Prefer Hills Science Diet but use other brands for donations to those in need Ground flavors of Fancy Feast and grain-free foods Kuranda Plastic Cleanable Cat Trees Scoopable and Clay Litters Gift Cards to Lowe’s, Menard’s, Home Depot, etc. Safeguard SG-36D Humane Traps Turbo-Tracks Replacement Scratchers Extra Large Litter Scoops Small Blankets, Rugs, Towels Special Services Artists and craftspersons for events Transportation and hauling vehicles
The cats thank you! Ask us for a receipt for tax-deductible donations.
from your Spokescat, Corky
Hi, I’m Corky, your Sponsor-a-Cat spokesman. My goal since I took this job has been to find each shelter cat a sponsor. Today, I have good news! We’re coming close. I can count on four paws the number of cats still waiting for their special person or family. After the last Mewsletter, seven of the 10 kitties pictured were adopted or sponsored. This month we feature 10 more cats waiting for a sponsor. Take a look at these beauties –maybe one can be your special cat? Sponsors’ annual gifts are ICS’s most dependable source of monthly income. As prices of food and medical care continue to rise, the need for more sponsors increases as well. Please think about how your monthly gift can help us reach our goals by the end of 2015. A sponsor cat can be a wonderful gift for an older person who would enjoy having a kitty of their own without the costs of food, litter and vet care and the inconvenience of lugging bags of food and litter and changing boxes daily. Many of our sponsors have received their kitty’s picture as a birthday or Christmas gift. Scout troops and office staffs sponsor cats and help share our expenses.
Corky, your Spokescat
If you want to help with the cats’ care, but aren’t able to commit to a full year’s sponsorship, you can still help by being a Sponsor-a-Cat Supporter. Just add “SAC Supporter” to the memo line of your check. You can sign up through the Web, too! Check out our website for info. Take a look at the coupon at the bottom of this page and see if you would like to sponsor one of these kitties. We hope you will come amd visit if you can during weekend hours of 10-4 on Saturdays, and 1-4 on Sundays.
I want to Sponsor-A-Cat from the Independent Cat Society
I have enclosed a check for:
__________ $180 for one year of Sponsor-A-Cat
__________ $15 for the first month of Sponsor-A-Cat. I pledge to send $15 each month to Sponsor-A-Cat
__________ I pledge to send the amount that fits my budget and feels “right” to Sponsor-A-Cat each month Please mark “SAC” on your envelope and check memo. The sponsor will receive a photo and biography of his or her Sponsor-A-Cat. Name of sponsor_____________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________ City______________________________________ State_______ ZIP__________ Telephone _______________________________________ Month of sponsor’s birthday______________________________ email address_______________________________________ Clip and mail to: Independent Cat Society, Inc., PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391 4
Register Soon for the Black Cat Strut This Halloween, mark your calendars for the ICS Black Cat Strut 5k NonCompetitive Walk and 5-Mile Trail “Run for Buddy!” This exciting new entry into our annual Black Cat Strut events is part of the Crazy Legs Race Series, a popular series for athletes all over our region. Come run with us!
Want to join us this year? Note that at any time, you may register online at http://www.crazylegsraceseries.com or at http://www. catsociety.org if you’d like to pay online. Otherwise, to register, you may clip out the form below and mail it out following the information below. ICS would like to thank volunteer and ICS adopter Paul Stofko for helping make this year’s Black Cat Strut possible. We look forward to seeing all of the “Crazy Legs” gang as well as all of our ICS friends in October!
This year’s Black Cat Strut is a tribute to “Buddy,” a former ICS cat who has now gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but was greatly loved by his family.
Clip and Mail Registration Form Buddy 5 Mile Trail Run Saturday, October 31st, 2015 Time: 11:00 am CST, Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385 Part of the 2015 Crazy Legs Race Series PART OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT INDEPENDENT CAT SOCIETY www.catsociety.org Entry Fee: $20.00 per person entry if received by October 20th, 2015 $25.00 per person entry if received after October 20th, 2015 Race day sign-up are NOT guaranteed t-shirt Awards: Overall Male and Overall Female awards and top three in each age group
To Enter: Make checks payable to: Paul Stofko Sent to: Buddy 5 Mile Trail Run 1218 Dogwood Drive Chesterton, IN 46304 Name__________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________ City_________________________ State____ Zip__________Phone______________________ E-mail __________________________________________ Crazy Race Series Member? Y (save $3!) N Age on race day _______ Circle one M F Shirt Size S M L XL I understand that trail/road running may be hazardous. I will not hold the city of Valparaiso,, Porter County Park and Recreation Department, Porter Park Foundation and/or its staff, Pre’s Posse Running Club or any other group or sponsors associated with the Buddy 5 mile trail run responsible for injuries sustained by me while traveling to or from, or participating in this event. I certify that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained for this race. I am not aware of any physiological condition, such as heart, lung, etc., that precludes me from entering the Frozen Feet 5k. I understand there are NO REFUNDS. Photo release: I hereby authorize the use of any and all photos from the Crazy Legs Race Series races for web sites, social media, advertising or marketing purposes by any of above mentioned individuals. ______________________________________________________ _______________ Signature of Entrant (Parent or Guardian if under 18) Date
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Options ICS Vouchers are available at the ICS shelter on Saturdays from 10 AM-4PM and Sundays from 1-4 PM. (Others hours may be available by appointment only).
Other local options: • Neuter Scooter: www.neuterscooter.com • Pet Neutering and Adoption: www.petneutering.com (DeMotte) • ABC Clinic: www.petrefugeabcclinic.com (Granger) • The Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic: www.hscalumet.org or (219) 9247140 (Munster) • NAWS: www.nawsus.org or (708) 478-5102 (Mokena) • PAWS Chicago: The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic or mobile unit, www. pawschicago.org or (773) 521-7729 (Chicago) • Anti-Cruelty Society: www.anticruelty.org or (312) 644-8338 (Chicago) For help with spaying neutering of free-roaming cats, please email us at: email@example.com
After purchasing a voucher (cash/check/credit card), call one of the veterinary clinics listed below to schedule an appointment. ICS Spay/Neuter vouchers are only accepted at the following veterinary clinics: • McAfee Animal Hospital: 219-462-5901 651 Eastport Centre Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383 Basic - $115; Comprehensive - $140 • Westchester Animal Clinic 219-926-1194 55E US Highway 20 Porter, IN 46304-1397 Basic - $65 Dr. Anderson’s Feline Reduction Center has a low-cost clinic on Saturdays in Beverly Shores. The scheduling number is 219-861-9006 – please call and leave a message.
The Catnip Party: A Story of Why YOU Matter to ICS by Jason Petrovich Once upon a time…
So three days came and went with each cat eagerly anticipating the party with their friends. They rented a karaoke machine, got plenty of milk for the bar and waited until all their friends arrived before breaking into the catnip barrel and really having a party! When that time finally arrived, all the cats gathered around the barrel and Oreo, the party’s organizer, announced it was time to open the barrel. The cats all looked on in anticipation as Oreo removed the barrel’s lid. His wide smile quickly evaporated, and disappointment swelled through the cats, when they realized the barrel was completely empty.
There were twelve cats who all lived together in a small village near the edge of a beautiful forest. They played a lot, ate when they needed to and, like cats do, took many, many long naps. One night they were all sitting on logs around Paris says, “ICS supporters are the best!” a campfire, eating mouse-smores, when a black and white cat named Oreo had what he thought was the best idea ever. Everyone leaned in closer around the fire, eyes wide with eager anticipation as to what this idea could possibly be.
There was no catnip, they determined, because each cat believed that their contribution wouldn’t be missed, that the others would fill the barrel. The moral of this light-hearted but meaningful story is that we all matter when it comes to the ICS. No matter how much you can afford to give, volunteer or just be our advocate in your community, you can’t assume that your support of our cats isn’t needed or that it won’t be missed. Whether it’s joining one of our great volunteer programs, making your best-possible charitable gift, including us in your estate plan or just talking us up in your circle of friends, we all have contributions to make and they are all meaningful to the ICS.
Oreo stood up on his log and started telling his friends about his big idea, with animated gestures, jumping up and down and getting more and more worked up until he was finally chasing his own tail! His idea was that they should throw a big party in three nights and invite the other cats from the village up the river. Everyone else thought that was a great idea, but they realized they didn’t have enough catnip for a big party. It was agreed that for the next three days each cat would go into the forest, gather some catnip and place it in an old barrel near the center of their village for the big party.
Thanks for helping us to fill our barrel. Every time our cats need medical care, extra food, or extra loving care, you have risen to the challenge. It’s because of friends like you that our cats will always have plenty of catnip!
Ask Ollie! It’s time once again for a little advice from Ollie, our wonderful canine “guest columnist!”
by Viktoria Voller
Now, let’s get back to your question. Well, you’re on the right track, so to speak. If you want to get in shape or stay in shape, I don’t recommend acquiring a bird, they make terrible exercise partners. Cats are sort of nice if you’re gone a lot. But never try to bicycle with a cat scampering by your side. It just doesn’t work and it makes the cat very mad.
Dear Ollie, I have read that finned, feathered or furry, pets are good for people’s health. They can lower blood pressure during times of stress and pet owners are more physically fit and tend to be less lonely or fearful than those without pets. So, we are thinking about adopting a pet from one of our local shelters or buying one from a pet store. Actually, a dog would be nice because our family enjoys exercise. Can you tell me how to make the right decision about acquiring a pet?
A fish is an excellent choice for you if you enjoy gazing at it through a glass container when you’re on your treadmill and never want it to climb in your lap or greet you at the door because it won’t. Though cats, fish, and birds can provide you with much the same kind of social support that people do, and they’re always there when you need them, if you want an exercise partner, there is nothing like a dog. First, decide if you want a puppy or an older dog. Then, consider your living space and a dog’s size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness, and compatibility with children, if you have them in the household. Consider your budget and whether you need a dog that doesn’t shed because someone close to you has allergies. When visiting a shelter, don’t judge an animal by its behavior in a cage. Shelters are unfamiliar places for cats and dogs and scary for some, consequently, they may act differently there. Ask the shelter counselors about a animal’s history and let them help you choose the prefect pet for your family – which may actually be a cat!
Ken in San Pierre Dear Ken, I don’t care if you buy a fish or a bird (not exotic) from a pet store, but I do care if you buy a dog or cat from one. Pet shops are markets for puppy and/or kitten mills and there is no reason to breed dogs and cats while millions are killed in shelters every year. If you want a purebred puppy, contact a reputable breeder or call a shelter. Shelters often have purebred animals too.
Good luck, Ken, and consider adopting a dog for exercise and a magnificent cat that can make you accountable for whatever goals you set. Nobody but nobody disappoints a cat.
If you want a cat, there are many up for adoption through local shelters, including right here at the Independent Cat Society. Many of these outlets have domestic shorthair cats as well as the more exotic Siamese, Persian and other breeds. 6
Memorials & Tributes...
April - June 2015
In loving memory of Frek Sobieck, from Sandra Sobieck, & Erin and Jason Meadows
In memory of Precious, one little bad a** kitty, ruler of the house, from Dennis and Brenda Palla
In memory of Linda Trier, from Peggy Waluk
In memory of Molly, from Evelyn Hutton
In memory of Samson and Delilah, from Harold Trusty
In memory of Snowball, from Robert and Theresa Law
In memory of Peggy Gibson, from Deann Kavalan
In memory of Sandi Daniels, from William and Caryon Arden
In memory of JoBeth Cruz, from Robert Keck
In memory of Dusty, 1997-2015 from Carol Carlson
In memory of Tom, from Nathalie Pennington
In memory of Barbara Louise Sennett, from David & Constance Crama
In memory of Mary Jane Fekrat, from Marcine Todd
In memory of Elaine Dash, from Tracy Lynn Dash
In memory of Bailey and Suki, from Judith Blanchette
In memory of Beth Hanner, from Maxine Hanner and Kimberly Foor
In loving memory of Laura Gill, former ICS volunteer, from Phillip Gill, Linda Schultz, John & Sherry Biddle, Elliott & Carol, Jeffry & Colleen Giltz, Layne & Cynthia Heilman, Karen Krueckenberg, Jay & Ana Nichols, Ralph & Dona Ochs, Karen, Kadie, & Garnett Spoor, the Wauhob Lake Park Association, and Laura’s many friends at ICS
In memory of Nickie, from Timothy & Sharon Fizer In honor of Sandy Robelia, from Roy & Darla Williams In honor of Arnold Lesmeister, from Richard Young In honor of Kipper, born 6/95, still thriving, adopted from ICS, from Jean Marthaler
In memory of Norma Jean Groth, from Jonathan & Kathy Groth In memory of Lynn Michaels, from Florence Schoof In memory of Tinker, from Timothy & Judith Zaparucha In memory of Dan York, from Gerlad & Darlene Brooks In memory of Rosie and Coco, from Marilynn Glinski In memory of Emily, Ashley, Sundance, Zoey, Casey, and Lad, from Barbara Caruso In memory of Charlie Brown, from James & Wanda Saylor In memory of Fluffy, Napoleon, Lanz, and Pepper, from Aldona Priede In memory of Kasper our big 22 lb. white ball of fur which we shall miss, from Dennis and Brenda Palla
If we have inadvertently omitted anyone, please write, email, or call us so we can include them in the next newsletter.
Corporate Sponsorships 1st Source Bank
Duneland Boys and Girls Club
Porter County Council on Aging
24Hour Pet Watch
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Porter County Community Foundation
AJ Canopy Rental and Sales
First United Methodist Church
Porter County Master Gardeners
Allegius Credit Union
Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service
Purina Pet Nutrition
All Creature Features of LaPorte
Gast Animal Hospital
Razzle Dazzle Creation
Arcelor Mittal Matching Gifts Program
HealthPartners Medical Group
Ryan Newman Foundation
Arbor View Animal Hospital
Hill’s Science Diet Pet Foods
The Spirit Within Medical Hypnotherapy
ASPCA Food Donations
Home Depot Foundation
Aurelio’s Pizza (LaPorte, IN)
Hotspot Cafe of LaPorte
Banfield Charitable Trust
Sims Metal Management
Best Friends Animal Society
Jake’s Feed and Garden
John W. Anderson Foundation
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Brandt’s Old Fashion Emporium and Pet Supply
Maple City Animal Hospital
Unity Foundation of LaPorte County
Michiana Mechanial Inc.
The United Way of LaPorte County
Nisource Corporate Services
Vale Park Animal Hospital
Bren-Mark Window Cleaning
Michigan City Animal Hospital
Walt Disney Corporation
Christie Lant, DDS
McAfee Animal Hospital
Westchester Animal Clinic
Chesterton Feed and Garden
Mortar Net USA
Westville High School
Olga Petryszyn Team
Westville Farm Supply, Inc.
Devries Tire Company
Pet Supplies Plus
Independent Cat Society PO Box 735 Westville, IN 46391
Non-Profit Organization US Postage
Valparaiso, IN Permit No. 134
Upcoming Events • Annual Book Sale
Donations July 16, Sale July 17-18, National Guard Armory, (Rt. 30 next to Graceland Cemetery), Valparaiso, IN
• Taltree Arboretum Adoption Event
July 25, Taltree Arboretum, Valparaiso, IN
• The Power of Joy in Working with Animals
August 4, Purdue North Central LSF-02, Westville, IN
• Coffee with the Cats
August 8, Rocky Mountain Cafe, LaPorte, IN
• Popcorn Fest
September 12, Downtown Valparaiso, IN
• Pet Days
September 20, New Carlisle Public Library
• Fall Yard Sale
Donations October 2, Sale Oct. 3-4, ICS Shelter
• Black Cat Boogie
October 17, Old Town Banquet Hall, Valparaiso, IN
• Black Cat 5K Walk/Run and 5 Mile Trail Run for Buddy
October 31, Sunset Hill Park, Valparaiso
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Can you help the Independent Cat Society cats? Become a Member! Annual Dues:
Donate or Volunteer! ______ I am donating $______ for the care of the cats and kittens.
______ I am donating $______ to the building fund.
______ I will help groom cats at the shelter.
$100 Gold Star
______ I am donating $______ to the TNR/Assisted Spay & Neuter Fund. ______ I will help give cats their medications. ______ I will help at fundraising events. ______ I will be a foster parent. ______ I will donate my cat-themed artwork or crafts for fundraising events. ______ I will bake for fundraising events. ______ I will make adoption follow-up telephone calls. ______ I will help cats get good homes by becoming an adoption counselor. ______ I will help take care of the grounds and maintain the shelter.
______ I will distribute flyers for fundraisers.
Name______________________________________ Address_____________________ City______________ State_______ ZIP__________ ____This is a new address. ____ Do not send a “thank you” note. Phone____________________ email___________________________ Clip and send to: Independent Cat Society, Inc., PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391