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Petey was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia as a very young kitten. He has outlived several of his housemates who were also Felv, but now Petey is in need of a new home. His foster mom is ill and can no longer care for him and his home is about to be sold and Petey has nowhere to go. Petey is only 6 years old and very healthy and sweet. This playful young boy needs a home with no other pets or pets who are also Felv+. The Independent Cat Society is searching for an adoptive home or a permanent foster home for Petey and it is needed immediately. For more information about Feline Leukemia you can check out this link  For more information about Petey please contact the ICS at 219-785-4936 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please help us to find a home for Petey.





The second grade students from Yost Elementary School in Porter recently donated $650 to the Independent Cat Society which they earned by selling Crunchy Snowmen, pretzels covered with chocolate. These wonderful young people and their teachers, top row left to right, Barbara Hunt (student teacher), Amanda Scully, Heather Dunkle, Jade Navarre, along with ICS Board President, Staci Trekles holding ICS Shelter resident - Chan, ICS Volunteer, Roberta Jocius and Principal Anne Stillman are shown with this generous donation. The cat and kittens and all the volunteers of the Independent Cat Society want to sincerely thank and acknowledge this wonderful group of students and their educators for their hard work and kind generosity.









Written By Dee Dunheim, Animal Public Relations 

for the Independent Cat Society

When a loving Portage resident who had been fostering four magnificent cats for several years explained to the Independent Cat Society (ICS) in Westville that he was no longer able to care for them in the manner in which they’d grown accustomed, the ICS sprang into action.

Through its all-volunteer communications and networking, word spread that these cats needed to be permanently adopted. Photos of the cats and information was passed through newspaper articles, phone calls, posters, Instagram (@indcatsociety),  Facebook, and the ICS website ( ).

Now officially adopted into their forever homes, “Damien” and “Jimmy” live in a loving home in Chesterton, while “Cathloua” and “Callie" are comfortably settled in Valparaiso.

For those not ready for - or not quite sure about - sharing their lives with a cat or kitten, the ICS Foster Program is the perfect solution, both for humans and animal companions.  While fostering, you provide one or more cats with loving attention and companionship, making them even more adoptable.  And, you can be one of those special people who foster with us many times over if you wish!

After the application process, trained ICS volunteers do a reference check and a home visit making certain that the environment is safe, and that the person’s lifestyle, skill sets and schedule are compatible with fostering a cat or kitten.

Have some fun.  Foster or adopt.  Come by the ICS shelter on weekends: (Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm) located at 4061 County Line Road in Westville.  When you and family members visit the no-kill shelter, you can interact and play with kittens and cats of every color, size, age, and personality type imaginable.  For inquiries, or a special appointment, give us a call or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This particular humane effort was another far-reaching success story.  It began with a magnificent foster father in Portage.  It extended to the cats getting publicity from ICS volunteers in Westville, and ended perfectly in two “forever-home' adoptions in Valparaiso and Chesterton.  How and why?  Because that is what animal lovers do!


 Callie          Cathoula   Damien     Jimmy


Sweetheart 2015 Results

2015sweetheartgeorgieAnd the winner is... Georgie! That's right, thanks to his awesome Sweetheart team, Georgie took first place this year, followed by Patch and Cissy taking the silver and bronze.

We are so appreciative of all of our supporters, and our kitties are overjoyed that this year has been one of the most successful sweetheart contests in ICS history! That's right, we raised over $6000 to help the kitties through your generous donations, gifts, and "votes." We'd like to thank all of you for your support, and the sweetheart kitties thank you as well!


Aurelio's Pussycat Pizza Party

Please join us this Monday, March 16, from 6-9pm for our annual Pussycat Pizza Party at Aurelio's in LaPorte (2330 N Highway 35). All-you-can-eat pizza buffet and pop, for just $10 per person. Kids 5 and under eat free! All proceeds go to support our ICS kitties - you don't want to miss this great opportunity to get together with friends!

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