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Independent Cat Society

Finding the Power of Joy in Working with Animals

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Is your heart larger than your hands? 

Do you feel compassion burnout and fatigue?

Whether you work with animals or even people in need, this workshop with reknowned speaker Dr. Linda Harper will help give you the tools you need to work through the roller-coaster ride of emotions that we go through each day. Learn strategies that will help you through the heartbreak and frustration that can often come with helping those who need us most. 

Your registration fee will include a copy of Dr. Harper's book, The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals, a worthwhile read for anyone who works with animals, children, the elderly, or any other group that often requires special care, attention, and advocacy.

Topics include:

  • Balancing/Making Space/Taking Care of Yourself
  • Letting Go of the Journey of Animals/Others/What If's 
  • Setting Limits
  • Staying Connected
  • Grief 
Light refreshments will be served. Get your seat now for only $20 through July 19! 
Late registration after July 20 and tickets available at the door are $25. 


The Independent Cat Society is raffling a Pair of Roundtrip Tickets on Southwest Airlines, a $800 value and the proceeds of this raffle go directly into our Medical/Dental Fund to help us to provide routine, as well as emergency, care for our kitties.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the ICS Shelter or by mail. To order by mail please mail your check, made payable to the ICS, to ICS - Airline Ticket Raffle, PO Box 735, Westville, IN  46391. Please be sure to include a note with the number of tickets your wish to purchase, as well as your name, phone number, email and mailing address. We will email you a confirmation of your ticket purchase and we will send you the actual ticket stubs for your reference.

Please help us to help the kitties!





On April Fool's Day this year the Independent Cat Society received a very nice surprise. Nothing like the ones we have received in the past where people drop off or dump several cats at the shelter. This year on Wednesday, April 1st, one of our volunteers looked up to see a large semi backing into the ICS parking lot. When they asked the truck driver what he had for us, he smiled and said 'four pallets of can cat food'. What wonderful news! The ICS was aware it was to be receiving a large shipment of canned food as a prize they won in a recent contest they entered held by Purine Pet Foods wherein they were asked to share videos from their YouTube Channel with our Facebook followers. This contest was to help Purina Pet Foods kick off their new and improved YouTube Channel at Friskies which has many great videos about cats, funny things, and all sorts of cute stuff. From the entrants of the contest they chose five lucky shelters who had participated to win some pet food and the Independent Cat Society was one of the very lucky ones chosen to receive 20,000 cans of Friskies cat food. Purina is  also going to divide another 20,000 cans amongst other participating shelters. However, because the ICS had been told they would receive the shipment on Thursday, April 2nd, so they had lined up a group of volunteers with vehicles and even a small forklift to help unload the cans of food on Thursday and get it properly stored. When the food was delivered a day early some of the volunteers at the ICS shelter had to scramble to try and gather enough people to get this food off the pallets and safely stored away. It was hectic but these dedicated volunteers proved up to the task. As you can see from the attached photos there was a lot of food to be moved and stored and these wonderful volunteers accomplished the task.


This truly was a wonderful April Fool's Day for the cats of the Independent Cat Society. Thanks to Purina Pet Foods our kitties will eat well for some time. Thank you Purina!







The second grade students from Yost Elementary School in Porter recently donated $650 to the Independent Cat Society which they earned by selling Crunchy Snowmen, pretzels covered with chocolate. These wonderful young people and their teachers, top row left to right, Barbara Hunt (student teacher), Amanda Scully, Heather Dunkle, Jade Navarre, along with ICS Board President, Staci Trekles holding ICS Shelter resident - Chan, ICS Volunteer, Roberta Jocius and Principal Anne Stillman are shown with this generous donation. The cat and kittens and all the volunteers of the Independent Cat Society want to sincerely thank and acknowledge this wonderful group of students and their educators for their hard work and kind generosity.







Written By Dee Dunheim, Animal Public Relations 

for the Independent Cat Society

When a loving Portage resident who had been fostering four magnificent cats for several years explained to the Independent Cat Society (ICS) in Westville that he was no longer able to care for them in the manner in which they’d grown accustomed, the ICS sprang into action.

Through its all-volunteer communications and networking, word spread that these cats needed to be permanently adopted. Photos of the cats and information was passed through newspaper articles, phone calls, posters, Instagram (@indcatsociety),  Facebook, and the ICS website ( ).

Now officially adopted into their forever homes, “Damien” and “Jimmy” live in a loving home in Chesterton, while “Cathloua” and “Callie" are comfortably settled in Valparaiso.

For those not ready for - or not quite sure about - sharing their lives with a cat or kitten, the ICS Foster Program is the perfect solution, both for humans and animal companions.  While fostering, you provide one or more cats with loving attention and companionship, making them even more adoptable.  And, you can be one of those special people who foster with us many times over if you wish!

After the application process, trained ICS volunteers do a reference check and a home visit making certain that the environment is safe, and that the person’s lifestyle, skill sets and schedule are compatible with fostering a cat or kitten.

Have some fun.  Foster or adopt.  Come by the ICS shelter on weekends: (Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm) located at 4061 County Line Road in Westville.  When you and family members visit the no-kill shelter, you can interact and play with kittens and cats of every color, size, age, and personality type imaginable.  For inquiries, or a special appointment, give us a call or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This particular humane effort was another far-reaching success story.  It began with a magnificent foster father in Portage.  It extended to the cats getting publicity from ICS volunteers in Westville, and ended perfectly in two “forever-home' adoptions in Valparaiso and Chesterton.  How and why?  Because that is what animal lovers do!


 Callie          Cathoula   Damien     Jimmy