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Fri Jul 17 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
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Sat Jul 18 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
ICS Annual Book Sale

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Don Plomann, of Best Buddies Pet Pantry, was the winner of the 2 roundtrip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines which were raffled off recently to help raise funds for the Independent Cat Society's Medical/Dental fund. Don and Cheryl Plomann are two really wonderful people who want to help pets stay with their families and do what they can to help this to happen.

ICS volunteer, Jocelyn Vereb, presented Don with the tickets recently, where he told us that he didn't buy his r...affle tickets for the prize but simply to 'help the cats'. Don also told us that they really enjoy working with the volunteers of the ICS because they all work so well together. He said that when they were at the ICS for an event in April, and also when they have been at other events with the ICS, they felt they learned a lot about shelters and rescuing pets from our volunteers.

We thank you Don for your kind words and hope that you and Cheryl enjoy your tickets.

2015 Annual Book Sale

Get ready to refresh your book and media collection! Please join us on Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 at the National Guard Armory, 1502 Linwood Avenue in Valparaiso (near Rt. 30 and Sturdy Road). 

Bring your used books to donate on July 16 anytime from 9-4, and get a free book from the sale! We'll have food, raffles, prizes, and signings and readings from several local authors. And of course, don't forget the kitties!


June is 'Adopt A Shelter Cat' Month - Come Check Out Our Adoption Event!


Come join us at Pet Supplie Plus, on LaPorte Avenue in Valparaiso on Saturday, June 13th from 11am to 3pm and meet some of our wonderful cats available for adoption. Fill out an application and you can take the cat of your choice home within a week. During June you can adopt a cat 5 years and older for $25, a cat 1 to 5 years old for $50 or a kitten for $75. This fee includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations, flea treatment, nail trim and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets within 2 weeks of the adoption. We have many wonderful cats and kittens just waiting to meet you.





Can you help Honey Bee, a four year old female dilute tortie, find a home to call her own? Honey Bee is a sweet loveable cat who tested positive for Feline Leukemia but shows no signs of being ill. 


Honey Bee was found outside a local automobile dealership during the coldest part of last winter huddled against an apartment building trying to take refuge from the very cold and snowy weather.  Her plight was told to an Independent Cat Society volunteer who thought Honey Bee was a feral cat and suggested that a cardboard box and some straw to make a makeshift shelter for the kitty be set up.  Truly feral cats are survivors and with shelter can do quite well in bad weather. In fact, shelter is more important to them than food is. It was later determined that Honey Bee was not feral and therefore she might not know how to fend for herself in this terrible weather. A non-feral cat does not have the survivor instinct and therefore does not know how to protect itself from the cold weather and could very easily freeze or starve to death.


The thought was that Honey Bee may have been displaced from a home somewhere, but no one claimed this sweet kitty. Because it was determined that Honey Bee was not feral it became urgent that they get her off the streets and to someplace warm and safe.


The Independent Cat Society’s TNR squad was called in to try and catch Honey Bee and get her to someplace warm and safe. But because she was spooked due to the wind and cold and she did not recognize the person trying to catch her, she ran away. The TNR volunteer told the woman, who had been feeding Honey Bee, to try to get her into her house and into a carrier because Honey Bee had begun to trust her and they would come back and get her.


The very next day the woman called the ICS TNR Squad and advised that she had been able to lure Honey Bee into her house and had her in a carrier, but she could not keep her there long because she had a young puppy they had just recently gotten and it was very playful and rambunctious and would frighten the already terrified kitty.


So the ICS TNR volunteer returned to get Honey Bee and took her to another ICS volunteer’s heated pole barn. Once inside this warm building Honey Bee began almost immediately to make kitty biscuits for over an hour. You could tell Honey Bee knew she was safe and was happy to be in a warm place because she kept rolling around on a blanket and rubbing on it and purring up a storm. She truly must have thought she was in heaven.


Just why someone dumped Honey Bee was never determined but it was felt that it was not because she was Felv because no one would have her tested only to take her back home and throw her outside in the cold. But it does seem likely that she was someone’s pet because she is just so affectionate, friendly and plays like a kitten.


Honey Bee would make someone a wonderful pet. She loves to be held in your arms and cuddled like a baby. She would do best as the only cat in your home but could also be in a home with other Feline Leukemia cats. Won’t you please consider opening your heart and home to this wonderful kitty. Don’t want to make the commitment to adopt her, would you consider being her permanent foster home? If you can help this wonderful girl or want more information about Honey Bee and/or Feline Leukemia, please contact the Independent Cat Society TNR Squad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Independent Cat Society, at 219-785-4936 and leave a message with your contact information. Won’t you rescue this sweetie from a life of living in a pet run and give her the home and love she truly deserves?




Finding the Power of Joy in Working with Animals

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Is your heart larger than your hands? 

Do you feel compassion burnout and fatigue?

Whether you work with animals or even people in need, this workshop with reknowned speaker Dr. Linda Harper will help give you the tools you need to work through the roller-coaster ride of emotions that we go through each day. Learn strategies that will help you through the heartbreak and frustration that can often come with helping those who need us most. 

Your registration fee will include a copy of Dr. Harper's book, The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals, a worthwhile read for anyone who works with animals, children, the elderly, or any other group that often requires special care, attention, and advocacy.

Topics include:

  • Balancing/Making Space/Taking Care of Yourself
  • Letting Go of the Journey of Animals/Others/What If's 
  • Setting Limits
  • Staying Connected
  • Grief 
Light refreshments will be served. Get your seat now for only $20 through July 19! 
Late registration after July 20 and tickets available at the door are $25.