I’ve been mixing in the local area events with the pet-related holidays – how is that working for you guys?  Do you like it or should I keep them separate?  Let me know!

Wow, I can’t believe how many pet ‘holidays’ there are in February!

It’s “Beat the Heat Month”    It’s not what you’re thinking!  This is a reference to spaying/neutering your pet!   I can hear you saying, “ahhhh now I get it!”  Beat the Heat is put on by PetSmart Charities and is a joint effort with humane societies, clinics, and shelters to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for dog and cat owners. (That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me!) There are quite a few litter-deterring holidays this month … in addition to “Beat The Heat Month”, February is also:

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States) and National Prevent a Litter Month

Feb. 26, 2019 is World Spay Day – it’s an annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February. *You might want to check with your local veterinarian to see if they are running any specials in honor of these holidays – maybe you can get it done a bit less expensively.

February is also Dog Training Education Month – (*SPOILER ALERT!) stay tuned for a video from a dog trainer (local of course!) to be posted on our website soon …… maybe even in February!!

It’s also National Cat Health Month

And Pet Dental Health Month – If your baby needs their teeth cleaned, I know that Ridge Animal Clinic is really good about running some good specials around this time.  At least they did last year.

Responsible Pet Owners Month

Unchain a Dog Month .. not familiar with this one.

Ok, on to the local fun stuff!


Share The Love Pet Food Drive

Fri 10 AM · Best Buddies Pet Pantry Inc. · Chesterton, Indiana

Please support our annual February food drive! Pet items needed: any new dry and canned dog & cat food, dog biscuits/soft treats, cat treats, wet food for small dogs, pet food coupons. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at any donation bin in NW Indiana and IL. See our website www.bestbuddiespetpantry.org for complete list of sites Monetary donations also accepted. PayPal available on our website, check can be mailed to: Best Buddies Pet Pantry PO Box 695 Chesterton IN 46304

Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic in Schererville, IN

Fri 1 PM · Ted’s Pet & Feed · Schererville, Indiana

Appointments are now available Friday, February 1st, as Spay Illinois is hosting a low-cost pet vaccine clinic at Ted’s Pet Feed located at 2112 Indianapolis Boulevard in Schererville, Indiana. Join us between the hours of 1:00PM and 6:00PM by calling (630) 961-8000 to schedule your appointment today. We offer packages of core vaccinations for cats and dogs, like our 1-Year Dog Well Pack including vaccinations against Rabies, Bordetella, Canine Distemper, and a Heartworm test for $69. We also offer our 1-Year Cat Well Pack for $30 total. Pet microchips can be administered for only $25, which includes lifetime registration in the Found Animals Microchip registry. We have even greater discounts for pet owners receiving Food Stamps or SSDI benefits. Call (630) 961-8000 to learn more and to book your pet’s appointment, today


Pizza For Paws  (ok, my company hosts this one, so I’m very partial to this one, lol)

Sat 12 PM · Langel’s Pizza · Highland, Lake County, Indiana

Come out and have some fun! Come introduce yourself to our pet-vendors, vote on the winning pet photo, win prizes, eat pizza and help the animals at Humane Indiana!! To Enter the Photo contest contact Pat Thompson (The Pet Parlor) at 219-588-3628 (hurry! deadline for photos is 1/31/19)

    Winfield Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · Winfield Branch Library · Crown Point, Indiana

Adoption Event

Sat 12 PM · PetSmart · Schererville, Indiana

Come join Treasured Friends at the Schererville PetSmart for our adoption events. We have many loving animals waiting for their new home.


Name That Tune

Wed 9:30 AM · Gibson Woods Nature Preserve · Hammond, Indiana

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us each week as we familiarize ourselves with the bird songs we hear in Northwest Indiana throughout the year. Designed for adults. Register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please

The 2nd week in Feb is: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.


For The Love Of Pets!

Thu 5:30 PM · Service Doctor Remodeling Design Studio · Merrillville, Indiana

Family of businesses is hosting a fundraiser on behalf of The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. “For the love of pets” join us on February 7th at 5150 E Lincoln Highway Merrillville IN 5:30 pm- 8:30pm. 100% of proceeds goes to The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana.

Munster Library read to the dogs

Thu 6 PM · Munster Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Munster, Indiana


Mammal- Bowl

Sat 11 AM · Humane Indiana Wildlife · Valparaiso, Indiana

Are you team skunk or team opossum? Our nocturnal mammals are titans of the forest! Whether it’s the dexterity of the opossum feet, the incredible sense of smell of the skunk, or the ability of both of them to adapt to an urban environment, these amazing mammals are forces to be reckoned with. Join us as we learn about the unique adaptations of these two species and what roles they play in our environment. Which team are you on?

A FREE Intro to Training by A Sound Beginning

Sat 11 AM · Humane Indiana · Munster, Indiana

This is a free, open class to general public for the first 25 people who register. Whether you just adopted, or you’ve had your dog a long time, we can help! Join us to learn how dogs learn and how to best teach them and how to begin a positive training plan! This class is presented by A Sound Beginning. To register please go to www.asoundbeginningprogram.com

FEB 10

Friends & Fashion Show

Sun 10:30 AM · Villa Cesare · Schererville, Indiana

Benefit for Friends of Hospice NW Indiana. Sit down luncheon, fashion show featuring dogs as well as people, door prizes, raffle baskets, vendors!

Feb. 11-12, 2019: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised. Each breed has an associated rescue group. How many of you watch this one??

Northwest Indiana Pet Events

FEB 14

Pet Theft Awareness Day.

FEB 15

Backyard Bird Count

Fri 11 AM · Gibson Woods Nature Preserve · Hammond, Indiana

Need to get out of the house during these winter days but want to do something different? Join in a worldwide bird count right from our bird viewing room! The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, and was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. We will have tools for you to use on-site. Help us learn more about the birds of our neighborhoods

FEB 16

2nd Annual Pets N Vets Bowling Fundraiser

Sat 10 PM · The Super Bowl · Crown Point, Indiana

* COSMIC BOWLING * FOOD * FUN * SILENT AUCTIONS * Come Join Us! Have some fun supporting our Pets N Vets Program, which helps U.S. Military Vets with PTSD/TBI obedience train their own dogs for companion dogs, emotional support, therapy or service dogs at no cost to our Veterans! Bowlers & Non-Bowling Guests are Welcome! Bowlers should pre-purchase their tickets from a Dunes DTC member: $22/person. Ticket includes: bowling, shoe rental & food. Food will be sponsored by: Nicky’s Gyros of 1500 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307, ph. 219-663-8430. We are looking for donated items, baskets, gift cards, gift certificates, and/or cash/check donations for our silent auctions and lane sponsorships! For more info or to help us with sponsorships/donations, please phone Harvey Roller 219-776-5335 or Dunes DTC 219-996-4770.

Dyer-Schererville Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · Dyer-Schererville Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Schererville, Indiana

Winter Birding on the Western Lakefront

Sat 9 AM · Gibson Woods Nature Preserve · Hammond, Indiana

For our February field trip, we will meet at Gibson Woods Nature Center at 8:00am, and will carpool from there to various birding hotspots depending on weather conditions. Possible targets may include wintering waterfowl along the Grand Calumet River, at Wolf Lake, or at lakefront access points in Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to mbeatty233@gmail.com.

PAD Foundation Benefit Gala

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 5 PM – 11 PM

Please join us at an evening that is sure to leave your heart warm in this cold and snowy winter. Our evening will include dinner and an open bar accompanied by live entertainment featuring dancers from Indiana Youth Ballet. The evening will close with a silent auction and dancing for everyone. All proceeds will be divided up among the participating non profit animal rescue groups — Lakeshore PAWS included!!!

Valentines Day Pet Parlor

FEB 17

Meet Adoptable Animals and $5 Nail Trims

Sun 12 PM · Pet Supplies Plus-Crown Point, Indiana · Crown Point, Indiana

Come meet some of our adoptable animals. We will also be offering $5 nail trims while we are there!

FEB 18

HI Mini Camp

Mon 9 AM · Humane Indiana · Munster, Indiana

Kids, this President’s day, you might be skipping class but you don’t have to skip out on the fun! Join us for a behind the scenes look at the day to day workings of Humane Indiana. Campers will learn what it takes to find hundreds of animals new homes each year. From intake to initial exams, marketing, and finding the right adopters. There is much to be done to make our adoption shelter and the animals within it successful. Join us on our journey through the sheltering process, let’s see where it takes us!

Feb 20

Love Your Pet Day (that one’s not hard, huh?)

Feb 22

Walking the Dog Day

Feb 23

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

FEB 23

Birds & Brews: Poster Release Party

Sat 6 PM · Gelsosomos Pizza · Chesterton, Indiana

Join bird enthusiasts from around the state as we celebrate the unofficial kickoff to the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival season with our annual poster release for the 2019 event, and a chance to socialize with one another, as well as win prizes for showing off your birding knowledge! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 6pm in The Pub banquet room at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, located on Indian Boundary Road in Chesterton, IN. Gelsosomo’s offers a full range of food and drinks. After 7pm, we’ll unveil the limited edition 2019 festival fine art print, designed by artist Kristina Knowski and have the first copies available for sale while supplies last. Dune Birds & Brews is free to attend. Dining will be off the menu, and youth are welcome. Come on out and join us

FEB 23

St John Library read to the dogs

Sat 11 AM · St. John Branch of the Lake County Public Library · Saint John, Indiana

Feb. 24-Mar. 2

National Justice for Animals Week.

Feb 26

World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.

Well, there you have it for February!!  Hope you get the chance to go check out some of these neat things.  See you for March!