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For the friends of the Independent Cat Society, a no-kill cat shelter

Summer 2016 #150

Start ‘em Young –

Teach Them Early!

By Judy Dean, ICS Volunteer Coordinator and Board Recording Secretary Over the past 6 months, Judy Dean and Diana Foster of the ICS Volunteer Committee have met with various groups ranging in age from 5 to 11 years, to discuss the purpose of the Independent Cat Society as well as spend some time with the cats or kittens. Although the program content was the same for everyone, it was further designed to meet the specific needs of each group.

share information about handling kittens. The ICS visit resulted from a request by Cathy Moeller, Service Project Coordinator. Each group donated supplies as well as money to care for the ICS cats and kittens. In addition, they were all so excited to talk about their kitty cats – their eye color, the color of their coat, where they slept, how and where they got their kitty cats and the number of cats at home. The record? One hundred and twenty-one farm cats, all neutered and spayed! WOW! Questions from the children included those that many young people wish to know about animal care: How do you tell if a cat is sick?

Our Daisy Troop friends!

Eight members of Daisy Troop 40394, including girls in grades Kindergarten and 1st grade, along with their Troop Leader, Becky McGowan and parents, toured the Shelter, learned about what we provide for our residents, and were able to spend time in each of the cat rooms. This activity supported their Three Cheers for Animals journey book. Prior to their Shelter visit, several of the Daisies attended and helped out at the Sweetheart Event held in Valparaiso this past February. In early April, Judy was off to attend her very first 4H Meeting – ever. The meeting, held at the Washington Elementary/Junior high School in Valparaiso, was initiated by an ICS teen volunteer, Henry Hubbell and his mother Maria. Mewsletters and other ICS promotional materials were shared with over 40 participants. In May, Judy & Diana made their appearance at the Duneland Boys and Girls Club in Chesterton. Can you imagine 50 young people between ages of 5 to 10 years maintaining their interest throughout the program? This group chose ICS as their fundraising recipient for their $325 Candy sale. Everyone had the opportunity to pet the two kittens – brothers Tommy and Bobbie – while Diana continued to

Kids enjoying the show at the Boys and Girls Club.

Where do you take them when they get sick? Do they sleep all the time? Why do cats always land on their feet? Do they have to eat every day? Why do they use a litter box? If your resident young person in your life wants to know the answer, the Humane Society and ASPCA websites are wonderful resources! At the end of each presentation everyone, including parents and staff, received a silver tone cat charm or laminated ICS Bookmark as a gift from ICS. Interested in a Tour of the shelter or a Kitty visit to your group? Contact Judy Dean or Diana Foster at our shelter --- (219) 785-4936 or – to discuss your request. We love meeting new people, and spreading the word about humane education to children!

Upcoming Events, Black Cat Strut Registration, and much more inside!

Published for the friends of the Independent Cat Society, Inc. PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391 (219) 785-4936 Web: Email: Facebook: INCatSociety 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.

Calendar of Events

August August 6: LaPorte County Crafters Against Drugs Craft Show Union Mills American Legion Post 295, 9am - 3pm

August 13: Woofstock Sunset Hill County Park, Valparaiso, 9am - 5pm

August 20-21: ACFA and Dunes Cat Club Cat Show Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville, 9am - 5pm

September September 10: Popcorn Fest

Our mission is to rescue, shelter, adopt, and promote the spaying and neutering of cats in our Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland community. Adoption hours: Friday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Others by appointment. Please call (219) 785-4936. 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. Please check our website or shelter for monthly adoption specials! Board of Directors: President: Anastasia Trekles Vice-President: Jocelyn Vereb Recording Secretary: Judy Dean Corresponding Secretary: Kay Vazquez Treasurer: Natalie Cebulski Board Members: Diana Foster Jason Petrovich Jennifer Stall Joan Hildebrand

Downtown Valparaiso, 9am - 4pm

October October 1-2: Fall ICS Yard Sale Donations accepted: Sept. 30, 9am - 3pm Sale and Open House Extravaganza: Oct. 1-2, 9am - 3pm ICS Shelter, Westville

October 23: Black Cat Strut “Run for Buddy” 5 Mile Trail Run or 5k Walk Red Mill County Park, LaPorte - sign up at!

October 28: Black Cat Boogie Fundraising Dinner Old Town Banquet Center, Valparaiso Tickets $35 each, available by mail, in shelter, or at

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). After purchasing a voucher (cash/check/credit card), call one your chosen clinic to schedule an appointment. ICS Spay/Neuter vouchers are only accepted at the following veterinary hospitals: • McAfee Animal Hospital (Valparaiso): 219-462-5901 – $115 • Westchester Animal Clinic (Chesterton): 219-926-1194– $65 • All Creature Features (LaPorte): 219-393-3558 – $85 • Gast Animal Hospital (Valparaiso): 219-759-7387 – $110 • Maple City Animal Hospital (LaPorte): 219-324-0055 – $116 Dr. Anderson’s Feline Reduction Center has a low-cost clinic on Saturdays in Beverly Shores. The scheduling number is 219-861-9006.


Other local options: • Neuter Scooter: • Pet Neutering and Adoption: www. (DeMotte) • ABC Clinic: (Granger) • The Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic: www. or (219) 924-7140 (Munster) • NAWS: or (708) 478-5102 (Mokena) • PAWS Chicago: The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic or mobile unit, or (773) 521-7729 (Chicago) • Anti-Cruelty Society: or (312) 644-8338 (Chicago) For help with spaying neutering of free-roaming cats, please email us at:

Stories Behind the Bricks There are special stories behind every engraved brick in our beautiful Rainbow Bridge Garden. Please enjoy this series on the stories behind the bricks, as told by our supporters. Would you like to commemorate a beloved family member in a special way by reserving them a brick in the Garden, or share a story of your own? Contact us at, and to order your own brick, stop in or visit All proceeds support our Building Fund. Sincerely, Staci Trekles, ICS Board President

Bubba Griz, by Cheryl Voss Bubba was a stray that wandered into my colony back around 2009. It took me two years to catch him and have him TNR’d (trap, neuter, return). Once caught, we realized how friendly he actually was, and I decided to try to find him a forever home through ICS. Once at ICS they ran all the usual tests and found that he was FIV+. I would visit him every weekend and when an adoption on him fell through, I decided to take him home with me. He has been in my home as a permanent foster for 5 years now. Just recently he went into heart failure. He has been improving with medication and is almost back to his normal self. I had been wanting to get a brick for him for some time now, and his health issues prompted me to act quickly. I wanted to get him his brick while he was still here with me. I wanted it to be a tribute to his life. He is the love of my life. Below is a poem I wrote a few weeks ago: Bubba Griz - A Very Special Cat Old Soul of my Heart All I feel is Closeness and Love As we lie here let me look into those green eyes and remember another time... Take me back to the days of your youth Wild and Free You were the King Even then Strong, Patient, and Wise So loving, that I brought you into my home Trading your freedom for warmth, food, and comfort. And our bond grew stronger. Years of friendship Soulmates Everything to each other... Stronger bond. Years go by We get older Heart disease Heart failure and the end... looming in the darkness Somewhere just out of sight...

You watch me from your perch. I watch you also. Trying hard to memorize you. Knowing it will be important later When you are no longer with me. You jump down and come over to sit at your favorite spot on my chest. We lie together. You touch my face tenderly with your paw and look into my eyes and my heart breaks. How will I go on without you? I don’t know. All I know is that right now my heart beats with yours. Through your eyes your soul touches mine and we are together Forever In this moment.



from your Spokescat,Monica

Our spokescat, Monica, often has wondered why people sponsor a cat, and what might get others to sponsor one too. After some dutiful investigations, she came up with some very good reasons! 1. It makes people feel good: Don’t you want that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from helping make a difference for one special homeless cat? 2. It lets people who can’t have more pets a chance to still support one: Maybe you live in a small apartment, or have family members who are allergic to cats. Maybe you just can’t afford to take in one more at this time. Sponsoring a cat helps you make a new “kitty connection” without bringing one home! You can even come by the shelter anytime during our open hours to visit your sponsored cat.

Monica, your New Spokescat

3. It makes a great gift: Sponsoring a cat provides you or that special someone with neat perks, such as a thank-you letter and picture from their cat, and holiday and birthday greetings. So if you’re looking to honor a friend through a charitable donation that lasts all year long, consider Sponsor-A-Cat! 4. It helps the shelter: Sponsor-A-Cat is one of our most important programs. ICS relies on donations such as those from our program for its main source of income, and even just $10 or $15 monthly adds up quickly to provide much-needed food, medical care, and litter for our cats. Monica says thank you for all you do to support ICS and Sponsor- A-Cat program. She hopes to see you soon!







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 October, mark your calendars for the ICS Black Cat Strut 5k NonCompetitive Walk and 5-Mile Trail “Run for Buddy!” This exciting 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 or at http://www. 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!

Our 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 23rd, 2016 Time: 9:00 am CST Location: Red Mill County Park, LaPorte, IN Part of the 2016 Crazy Legs Race Series PART OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT INDEPENDENT CAT SOCIETY 5 Mile Run Entry Fee: $20.00 per person entry if received by October 14th, 2016 $25.00 per person entry if received after October 14th, 2016 5k Walk Entry Fee: $10.00 per person entry if received by October 14th, 2016 $15.00 per person entry if received after October 14th, 2016 Race day sign-up are NOT guaranteed t-shirt Awards: Overall Male and Overall Female awards and top three in each age group $3 off entry fee if you are a member of the Crazy Legs Race Series

To Enter: Make checks payable to: Paul Stofko Sent to: Buddy 5 Mile Trail Run / 5K Walk 1218 Dogwood Drive Chesterton, IN 46304 Questions? Contact ICS or race coordinator Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko at 219-873-6296 or e-mail at More information at 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 LaPorte,, LaPorte 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


Memorials & Tributes

April-July, 2016

In memory of Sean J. Cairns, from Claudette Bairns-Boyd In memory of Jon Frogue, from JoAnn Frogue In memory of Evelia Vargas, from Albert Vargas In memory of Deanna Hilty, from Daniel Arturi and friends at Grainger In memory of David L. Steuer, from Debra Bieker, David & Darice Brown, Jennifer & Craig Grabow, Debbie Macki, and John Steuer In memory of Kipper, 20 years old, a calico cat adopted from ICS, from Jean Marthaler In memory of Walter Witt, from Mary Witt In memory of Misty Bob, from Doris Baker In memory of Cheryl Locke, from Arlene Maxwell In memory of Ronald Hall, from Barbara Callahan In memory of Missey the dog, from Victoria Voller In memory of Mr. Kelly, our 20 year old Persian, from Lori Jacobs In memory of Pooch and Friends, from Sandra & Larry Holt In memory of Beau Niemeyer, my doll, from Virginia Niemeyer In memory of Little One, Mosey, and Gizzy, from Gloria Chapman A gift for Rudi and Gisela Rath, from Jamies & Hilde Lanie In memory of our cat Max, from Robert & Patricia Beezhold In memory of Felix and Noel, my handsome boys - gone but always loved and never forgotten, from Ana Garcia

In memory of Rascal, an ICS favorite and our official “feral” cat. He was as sweet as could be, and had a wonderful life with us. May he rest in peace.

In memory of Zoey, May 2016, from Roxanne Myers In memory of my cat Mendy, from Sally Benson In memory of Babou, from Eileen Coates In memory of Delores Biel, from Jean Miller

Travel Tips for Cats

by Victoria Voller, Board President, Humane Society of Northwest Indiana Dear Ollie,

Dear Velcro,

of absolute cuteness decides to go on a journey. Their goal is to rescue two dog friends nabbed by New York City’s finest – not the police, but the animal control folks. Chloe may not enjoy this travel adventure, or so she claims, but she reluctantly comes along.

I am a perfect cat in many ways, so I live a pampered life but I hate to travel and that’s upsetting to my pet parents. One time, when I was put in the car, I “velcroed” myself to the back of a cloth seat and just shook. Is it hopeless for me? Velcro, the cat Michigan City

So, Velcro, here are a few tips to experience a good automobile trip with a cat. First, be sure that the cat passenger is welcome at your destination because most cats, like Chloe, don’t like travel in any way, on any day. No one wants to have to turn around. Secondly, see your veterinarian if you believe your cat (or maybe you!) will benefit from taking a sedative or anti-nausea medicine before the trip begins. Covering the carrier or kennel with a blanket can be helpful, too. Speaking of which, it is paramount to properly restrain a cat passenger. This is both for the safety of the cat and human in a crash, and to minimize potentially perilous driver distractions. Driving with an unrestrained cat in the car is a serious safety concern. As Jim Gorzelany of CTW Features wrote, “Even if you’re riding with the smallest of unrestrained cats, it’s neither fun for the feline nor pleasant for the passengers should the panicked cat with claws out, fly forward in the car.”

It’s true, dogs like to travel in cars way more than cats do, and it’s just in our nature. I mean, when was the last time you saw a cat in a car whizz by you with its head out an open window enjoying the wind blowing through its fur? I submit to the readers, that scenario has never happened. In fact, in the newly released film, “The Secret Lives of Pets,” the household pets, led by Max the dog, dance, flirt and play loud music when their owners are away and visit each other’s apartments daily . . . all except for Chloe the cat, of course, who stays put in her apartment and travels nowhere at all. But when a group of dogs and an assortment of other pets are left home alone, this herd

So Velcro, have your pet parents restrain you in the car and try a sedative or anti-nausea relief. You may still never learn to love traveling, but everyone will be happier and safer when you do have to go for a ride. 6

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Corporate Sponsorships 1st Source Bank

Duneland Boys and Girls Club

Pieces of Jayde

24Hour Pet Watch

Eley-Graham Financial Advisory Services

Porter County Council on Aging

AJ Canopy Rental and Sales

Exxon Mobil Foundation

Porter County Community Foundation

Allegius Credit Union

First United Methodist Church

Porter County Master Gardeners

Alltech Computers

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

All Creature Features of LaPorte

GoodCents Solutions

Purdue University Northwest - North Central Campus

Anderson Winery

Gast Animal Hospital

Purina Pet Nutrition

Arcelor Mittal Matching Gifts Program

HealthPartners Medical Group

Pyle & Piontek, LLC

Arbor View Animal Hospital

Hill’s Science Diet Pet Foods

Pyrrha Jewelry

Ashby’s Cards and Gifts

Home Depot Foundation

Razzle Dazzle Creation

ASPCA Food Donations

Hotspot Cafe of LaPorte

Ryan Newman Foundation

Aurelio’s Pizza (LaPorte, IN)

Indiana 105

The Spirit Within Medical Hypnotherapy

Banfield Charitable Trust

iPet Companion

Shelter Wishlist

Best Friends Animal Society

Jake’s Feed and Garden

SilverCrow Creations

Bissell Foundation

John W. Anderson Foundation

Sims Metal Management

Brandt’s Old Fashion Emporium and Pet Supply

Joy of Socks

Starbucks Coffee (Portage)

JV Crane & Engineering, Inc.

Southwest Airlines

BP Foundation

Maple City Animal Hospital

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Bren-Mark Window Cleaning

Michiana Mechanial Inc.

Unity Foundation of LaPorte County

Boyconn Printing

Nisource Corporate Services

The United Way of LaPorte County

Christie Lant, DDS

Michigan City Animal Hospital

Vale Park Animal Hospital

Chesterton Feed and Garden

McAfee Animal Hospital

Walt Disney Corporation

Chesterton High School

Mortar Net USA

Westchester Animal Clinic

Chipotle (Merrillville)

Olga Petryszyn Team

Westville High School

Culvers (Valparaiso)

Panda Express (Portage)

Westville Farm Supply, Inc.


Pet Supplies Plus

Yat’s Restaurant

Devries Tire Company If we have inadvertently omitted anyone, please write, email, or call us so we can include them in the next newsletter.


Independent Cat Society PO Box 735 Westville, IN 46391

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Valparaiso, IN Permit No. 134

Upcoming Events • LaPorte County Crafters Against Drugs

August 6, Union Mills American Legion Post 295

• Woofstock


August 13, Sunset Hill County Park, Valparaiso

• ACFA and Dunes Cat Club Cat Show INCatSociety

August 20-21, Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville

• Popcorn Festival

September 10, Downtown Valparaiso

• Fall Open House and Yard Sale

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, ICS Shelter

• Kids Power Fun Fest 2016

October 1, 2-6pm, Duneland YMCA, Chesterton

• LaPorte Dog Days

October 1, 3-7pm, State Street, LaPorte

• Black Cat Strut 5k Walk & 5 Mile Run

October 23, Red Mill County Park, LaPorte

• Black Cat Boogie Annual Fundraising Dinner

October 28, Old Town Banquet Center, 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.


$1000 Corporation

______ I am donating $______ to the building fund.


$500 Platinum

______ I will help groom cats at the shelter.


$100 Gold Star


$50 Family


$25 Individual


$1­­0 Student

______ I am donating $______ to the TNR/Assisted Spay & Neuter Fund. ______ 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.


$10 Senior

­­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

Summer 2016 Mewsletter  

Enjoy the latest news for the summer of 2016 from the Independent Cat Society of Westville, Indiana!

Summer 2016 Mewsletter  

Enjoy the latest news for the summer of 2016 from the Independent Cat Society of Westville, Indiana!