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Paws in the Park

     Humane Indiana’s 29th annual “Paws in the Park“ event is set for Saturday, June 12th, 2021  at Community Park in Munster.
   This Fair Features:  
• One Mile Walk
• Vendor Fair
• Food and Music
• Games and Prizes
• Pet Activities
• Health & Fitness Attractions
• Entertainment
• Pet Adoptions.

        The one-mile walk and vendor fun fair raises money to care for the animals of Humane Indiana. “It’s our biggest event of the year,” says Development Officer, Lisa Carpenter. “We are grateful for the enthusiastic support that we get from the community.” 

       Last year’s event raised more than $20,000 to help provide food, medicine, shelter, and loving care to the wide variety of at-risk animals that rely on Humane Indiana. Donations make it all possible, according to Executive Director, Harry Vande Velde.
     “This organization was founded by concerned citizens more than 45 years ago. The generosity and commitment of individuals make our work possible.”

       Paws in the Park offers lots of ways for the public to participate in the day-long celebration: 

  • Families, businesses, and teams of all sorts are encouraged to sign up to walk. 
  • Animal-themed businesses are invited to join the event as a vendor. From baked goods to doggie duds, pet-parents love to browse our shopping village.  
  • Nonprofit animal rescue organizations can participate at no cost! Just download, complete, and return a vendor application.
  • Sponsorships are still available! Benefits of sponsorship include recognition on event signs, t-shirts, and more.
  • Save the date and join the fun as a spectator, cheerleader, or shopper. Admission is free! 

        Walker check-in starts at 9:00 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. Attendees (people AND pets) are invited to mix and mingle or grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks.
     Dog- and family-friendly activities include
memorial stone painting, wildlife education and demonstrations, plus a bounce house for kids.

        Paws in the Park is free and open to the public, but walkers must register in advance. Find details and a registration link at


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Endangered Species Found In Cedar Lake Indiana

     On July 2nd, 2020 Humane Indiana Wildlife received a call about two young chicks found in a window well in Cedar Lake, IN. Upon further communication with the two teens who found the chicks, it was determined the chicks were actually Virginia Rails, an endangered species in the state of Indiana. “When the finders sent us a photograph of the chicks they had discovered, we were very surprised to see that they were Virginia Rails Continue Reading . .

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Owners at Creme De La Crop Farm in Valparaiso found themselves without the time to take their goats walking, which is a much needed activity for the health and well-being of the goats. So, they came up with a method to have family volunteers walk the goats – which has turned out to be a huge success!  Continue Reading . .  
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Hobby farms are great ways to produce your own food, make a little extra cash, and spend more time outdoors with some of nature’s greatest creatures. One of the best parts of owning a hobby farm is that you don’t have to rely on it as your sole source of income. This means you’re free… Continue Reading →

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Local Worker to have a “Squirrely” Christmas

by Gayle Kosalko   This may seem to be a squirrely little story….and it is, but it’s a sweet one too. Back in September a work crew set out to cut down a tree in the Historical Society’s yard.  And while they were working, they noticed a baby squirrel watching them.  There had been… Continue Reading →

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Hall out the Holly, but Don’t Eat it

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Whiting Parks Saves Snowy Owl

by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko Hopefully, “Owl” be Back!        Officer Milford Hale with the WPD found a beautiful Snow Owl in Lakefront Park.  It appeared that its wing had been broken.      Ann Canning of the Park Department said that after many hours of calls, they found a wildlife rescue that was willing to take… Continue Reading →

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Outdoor Activities in Nwi
Bowling  – Valparaiso
Forest park Golf and Creekside Golf – Valpo
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Baseball – Gary
Hiking in Northwest Indiana
Hike the Moraine Nature Preserve – Valpo
Hiking At Sunset Hill County Park – Valpo
Wolf Lake Pavilion – Hammond
Fishing Essentials
Hidden Lake Park – Merrillville
Portage Lakefront Riverwalk Park
Lansing Country Club – Golf
Hammond Bird Sanctuary – Hammond
Gabis Arboretum – Valparaiso
Mount Baldy – Indiana Dunes
Edge Adventure Park (Zip Lines) Hobart
Whoa Zone Water Park – Whiting
Northwest Indiana Fall Colors – LaPorte
Ice Fishing – NWIndiana
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