VALPARAISO | The Porter County Animal Shelter will host its 16th annual Be Kind to Animals celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Porter County Expo Center. Be Kind to Animals is celebrated by animal shelters throughout the country to raise awareness about animals in the homes and communities and to celebrate the bond between humans and animals. This celebration is for all creatures. There will be adoptable cats and dogs, livestock advocates and wildlife demonstrations allowing guests to get up close and personal with animals for adoption, educational shows and displays as well as pet products for sale. Nina G. Photography will be offering pet photography with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Porter county Animal Shelter. Arbor View Animal Hospital will offer discounted pet microchipping. Pets are welcome as long as they are well-mannered and on leash.
"Kindness toward our animals is the foundation for a compassionate community," said Kate Vanderlin, Community Outreach coordinator at Porter County Animal Shelter and the celebration organizer. "As a humane educator, I want to stress to the community the importance of bringing their children to this event. I believe children become what we teach them. If they visit a venue filled with homeless animals and see people dedicating their lives to the welfare of helping them, they will not only understand how important it is to treat animals humanely, but it may also help them become a voice for the animals."
Dr. McAfee of McAfee Animal Hospital will do a wildlife demonstration. Touch a Truck by the Porter County Sheriff's Department will offer an interactive experience with an Animal Control Officer and his vehicle. There will be educational resources for children, opportunities for interaction with animals as well as meeting their local animal welfare professionals.
For information, visit www.portercoanimalshelter.com.