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You and your pets

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Published on November 26, 2014 with No Comments

Scruffy, one of Animal Creations Gentle Touch Grooming regulars

Animal Creations Gentle Touch Grooming has been caring for pets from the Portage and Valparaiso areas and beyond for over 20 years.

Jeri Keendoka opened the shop in 1990 and her daughter Dianne Gaines returned to grooming with her a few years later.  In 2009, the business changed hands from Jeri to Dianne. Of course, Jeri, with her 40 years’ experience in grooming and canine behavior, continues to be an important part of the shop.

The Gentle Touch Grooming staff also includes Maria Overlay with eight years of experience and Randall Floyd, who is a recent graduate of Animal Arts Academy of Pet Grooming.  As their clientele continues to grow, Dianne is hoping to find an additional groomer with the same philosophy of gentle and compassionate pet care.

“Our clients are family pets and the heart of our business is in understanding their needs.  For many of our clients the only time they leave their homes is for veterinary care or grooming.  It is normal for them to be nervous; our goal is to return a clean and well-groomed pet with less stress so they feel confident and happy when they go home.”

Breed patterns and styles can be modified to meet the needs of the pet and pet owner. Basic grooming always includes bath, nail trim and ears cleaned.  Gland expression and ear plucking is done as needed.  Finishing touch options include cologne, bandana, bows or a touch of temporary color.  Nail grinding, nail polish and PetzLife Dental Care are available for an additional charge.

For more information on Gentle Touch Grooming, call 219-759-3116 or visit .


Holiday adoption events

Second Chance 4 Pets Network, a local no-kill pet rescue, and Xtreme Motorsports will co-host their annual “A Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Event and Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Xtreme Motorsports, 6647 Kennedy Ave. in Hammond

There will be home baked goods, Second Chance 4 Pets apparel, pet calendars, jewelry as well as gifts and baked goods for your pet.  Santa will be on hand for pictures with your pets for a nominal fee.  Dogs and cats will also be available for adoption and/or fostering.

Also, Second Chance 4 Pets Network is offering a holiday adoption promotion. Through December, adopt a tabby cat for $50 or a pair of tabbies for $75. The fee includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations and microchip.  All cats are being cared for in loving foster homes.

For more information, contact Second Chance 4 Pets at 219-771-6768 or visit


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Exhausted from Black Friday shopping?  The Independent Cat Society (ICS) will be having special adoption hours on Friday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 7 p.m.

The ICS is kicking off its Christmas Adoption Promotion in partnership with Best Friends Sanctuary.  Adopt any cat over 1 year old for $25 and a kitten under 1 year old for $50. This special price includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations, flea treatment, nail trim, microchip and a free initial vet visit with one of our ICS’ vets within two weeks of the adoption.

So come out and meet your new best friend, fill out an application and help make this a happy holiday for one or more of the ICS’ many cats and kittens.

The ICS shelter is located at U.S. 6 and County Line Road in Westville.  For more information, call the ICS at 219-785-4936, email or visit .


Giving tree

Pet Supplies Plus of Portage, best known for its natural/organic pet foods, wants to help give back to the furry-friends of local residents.

From Dec. 1 to 20, the local pet supply retailer will have a giving tree in store for customers to pick a paper ornament that has a treat/toy to purchase for donation to the Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry, a food kitchen but for pet owners.

Beyond helping local dogs and cats for the holidays, Pet Supplies Plus of Portage has strived to improve the look of the community.

The retailer was recently granted the Community Improvement Award by the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce. Pet Supplies Plus took over a vacant building destroyed by fire and turned it from a local eyesore to a focal point of Portage by repaving, painting and upgrading the landscaping.

Pet Supplies Plus of Portage is located at 6030 Central Ave.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 219-763-0697.


Giant Paw Prints helps larger dog breeds

Gibby, a Great Pyrenees, who is the face of GPPR

Giant Paw Prints, Inc. (GPPR) is a foster-based rescue group with a primary focus on the larger, giant dog breeds.

GPPR believes that while these larger furry friends are oftentimes overlooked because of their size, more times than not they are the most gentle-natured pets you will ever have.

Giant Paw Prints, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Valparaiso, began in order to help giant breeds get out of shelters.  Because it costs more for their vetting, feeding and grooming, larger breeds were being adopted and rescued at a slower rate than smaller breeds.

Cathy Nolan started GPPR because of Gibby, a Great Pyrenees, who is the face of GPPR.  Gibby was originally rescued by another rescue and, through their less-thorough adoption process, Gibby was destined to spend the rest of his life tied to a tree.

Gibby has severe separation anxiety and needed special care. Nolan rescued Gibby from that situation and Gibby became the inspiration for GPPR.

With the input of Dr. Rachael Jones of Southlane Animal Hospital and Toni Bianci of P.E.T.S., Gibby’s separation anxiety is greatly improved and he is now a registered therapy dog.  In fact, Gibby now regularly accompanies GPPR volunteers to various events and even goes to schools to help teach kids about caring for pets and the benefits of adopting, rather than buying, a new best friend.

GPPR believes that all dogs deserve the best.  To ensure that, the group does thorough reference checks, vet checks and home checks.  The resident dog (if there is one) will meet the GPPR rescue dog on neutral territory to ensure the safety of the dogs, the potential adopters and volunteers.

GPPR takes great pride in what they do and, for all of those involved, this is their passion.

Giant Paw Prints is proud of its awesome volunteers and fosters who all work to achieve the best homes for each dog. The group’s goal is to become a completely foster-based rescue.  But, to do that, they need more people to open their homes and hearts to take in and love the gentle giants that GPPR is able to rescue.

Rescuing these gentle giants not only takes loving fosters and volunteers. It is also very expensive since GPPR does not reject a dog in need simply because it was mistreated, neglected and/or requires medical attention.

GPPR provides all necessary medical care, food, treats and toys before the rescued dogs are adopted.  For that reason, the group is hoping to increase awareness among businesses and corporations so that they will consider generously donating to GPPR.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Giant Paw Prints is hosting its Annual Santa Paws event at Dawg Paradise, 863 Main St. in Westville, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be holiday entertaining and gift ideas, pictures with Santa for $10 and more.

Also, GPPR will host its first Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sementos Napoli Café, 1200 West St. in Valparaiso. Cost is $20 to enter and $5 to taste/judge.

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Pet Haven Pet Shop: Serving you and your pets since 1976

Pet Haven Pet Shop located in Valparaiso, IN

Since 1976, Sylvia Moore and her staff of Pet Haven Pet Shop have been serving their customers and the community.  Pet Haven is located at 19 W. along U.S. 6 in Valparaiso, just two miles west of State Road 49.  The business is a full-line pet shop with grooming and boarding, and carrying pet products for all your needs.

When you visit the upper level of the pet shop, you will find birds, small animals, and reptiles. Some of the pets raised at the shop are hand-fed cockatiels, parakeets, and bearded dragons. Pet Haven has supplies for all these pets, as well as for dogs and cats.

Whether you are looking for food for your lizard, or a snake for a pet, you can find it at Pet Haven. The staff is here to answer your questions and help you find the best pet and products for you and your family.

The lower level of Pet Haven is home to the fish department which includes saltwater and tropical fish. A vast array of fish and supplies, including corals, live rock, and all supplies for your reef and pond needs.

Pet Haven carries a wide variety of dry and frozen fish foods. The staff can assist you in your fish tank purchase, and they will continue to help you as you care for your tank and fish.  If you would like to have someone set-up your tank or provide maintenance, just talk to Ken Moore about the various services offered.

Visit Pet Haven’s website at www.pethavenpetshop.com. You will find information on the products and services offered, as well as coupons and monthly specials. Sign up for the Pet Haven e-mail list to receive exclusive offers and coupons.

Pet Haven’s hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sunday.

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The Pet Resort: The ultimate pet boarding facility

The Pet Resort located in Valparaiso, IN

The Pet Resort, located at 307 E. 316 North on the east side of Valparaiso, was originally established in 1998 to provide quality boarding for dogs and cats as well as a wide range of other animals.

Over the course of the next seven years, The Pet Resort grew and eventually the clinic was relocated to East Port Center, while the Schaefers relocated The Pet Resort to its current location near Washington Township School.

It is requested that interested parties call before visiting but walk-in visits are welcomed. When reservations are made, proof of all state-required shots is necessary. The Pet Resort re-opened in the spring of 2006 as a full-service pet boarding facility and the Schaefers drew on their experience in pet care and designed an efficient building.

The facility provides boarding for dogs of all sizes in accommodations that offer indoor and outdoor combined runs using doggie doors. The dog accommodations range in size from 4 feet by 6 feet to 8 feet by 8 feet rooms for the indoor boarding. The outdoor attached runs are 4 feet by 8 feet with concrete floors.

Plastic raised bedding platforms are provided along with blanketing materials that are changed daily. A climate controlled environment is provided along with music.

Cat accommodations are in a separate room away from the dog boarding, with one or two cats boarded comfortably in cat condos that are 2 feet by 3 feet and 4 feet tall. Boarding is also provided for birds of all sizes, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles and an array of other various pets.

For more information on The Pet Resort, call 219-548-9888 or visit .


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At this very moment, the Porter County Animal Shelter (PCAS) is 20 percent over the capacity that the shelter was built to hold over 30 years ago.

Operating as a “no-kill” shelter since 2008, the challenge of caring for the animals of the community Is a recurring one. The phrase “no kill” equation is made up of two important components, adoption and spaying/neutering.

The most significant part of the equation is proactively spaying/neutering instead of reactively placing unwanted pets in new homes. Although the shelter has struggled since the dramatic shift to “no-kill” in 2008, their preemptive spay/neuter program has been successful.

PCAS’ goal is to never release an animal until they can be spayed/neutered but that is a reality that cannot be fulfilled quite yet.

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The Porter County Animal Shelter is located at 2056 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso.  For more information on fostering, visit or call the shelter at 219-465-3550 and ask to speak to a member of the management team.

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