Animal lovers united at the 15th Annual Humane Indiana "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" Gala on Feb. 24 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, opening their pocketbooks to support shelter and care for animals in Northwest Indiana. Stories of rescue and adoption were shared and live animals mingled with the audience, including several dogs, a skunk and an owl.

(All photos shot by Carrie Steinweg, The Times)