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Porter County Animal Shelter 'busting at seams' tells new adoption promotion

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The Porter County Animal Shelter and Kids Power Porter County have teamed up to present the first “Pet-A-Palooza” adoption promotion to find homes for fifty adoptable animals at the Shelter.

Twenty-five homeless dogs and twenty five homeless cats will be featured in “Pet-A-Palooza,” which will run July 5-31. Each qualified adopter of the featured animals will receive a free $20 gift card from Pet Supplies Plus which was donated by Kids Power Porter County.

“During May and June, the Shelter has taken in 128 dogs and 102 cats,” stated Shelter Director Jon Thomas, adding that May and June adoptions are down due to summer breaks and vacations.

“We are bursting at the seams with adoptable animals, and we are again asking the public for their help in providing forever homes for these great cats and dogs,” Thomas added.

Kids Power Porter County, a community service group for kids that exclusively services the Porter County Animal Shelter, has raised $1,000 to purchase the fifty $20 gift cards to be used as an incentive for potential adopters.

“We are thrilled that Kids Power has so generously offered to assist the Shelter in finding loving homes for our adoptable animals,” said Thomas, explaining that the Kids Power kids, along with their parents, have raised well over $12,000 in one year to benefit the Shelter. “Kids Power’s support of Pet-A-Palooza is another example of the deep commitment that these amazing kids have for the animals.”

Each of the featured animals will have a special Pet-A-Palooza tag on their cages. Qualified adopters will receive a $20 Pet Supplies Plus gift card, once the adoption is finalized.

The adoption fee for cats is $50. The adoption fee for dogs is $100. Each adopting family is provided with a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable, that is honored by most local veterinarians. All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and are subject to approval by Shelter staff.

The Shelter will set up a special Pet-A-Palooza photo album on its Facebook page,, which will include photos and descriptions of the featured animals.

The Shelter is located at 2056 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso. Shelter hours are 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Shelter is closed to the public on Mondays.

For more information about Kids Power and how to join, visit, or


Posted 7/5/2013