I’m late (sorry) in getting these events out to you this time… Spring Break = Lots of Pet Sitting!!  (So we were happy to help but that put me behind … but here it is!  I can’t believe that April is here already, can you??  I also can’t believe the amount of National Pet Holidays in April either, lol!


  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month.
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month.
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)
  • National Pet Month.(UK)
  • April 1-7, 2019: International Pooper Scooper Week.
  • April 6, 2019: National Siamese Cat Day (Check out these beautiful babies: Bailey and Charlie … two of our favorites!  Aren’t the beautiful??

National Siamese Cat Day

  • April 6, 2019:Every Day is Tag Day.Always the first Saturday in April.
  • April 7-13, 2019: National Raw Feeding Week
  • April 7-13, 2019: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April.
  • April 7-13, 2019: National Dog Bite Prevention Week.2nd full week in April.
  • April 8, 2019: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
  • April 10, 2019: National Hug Your Dog Day. (That’s an easy one, huh?)
  • April 11, 2019: National Pet Day.
  • April 11, 2019: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day.
  • April 14-20, 2019: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States. Third week in April.
  • April 14 – 20, 2019: National Pet ID Week. Third week in April.
  • April 21, 2019: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.
  • April 23, 2019: National Lost Dog Awareness Day.
  • 24, 2019: International Guide Dog Day.
  • April 26, 2019:National Kids and Pets Day.
  • April 26, 2019: Hairball Awareness Day. Last Friday in April.
  • April 27, 2019: World Veterinary Day.This event from the World Veterinary Associationis always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.
  • April 28, 2019: National Pet Parents Day.
  • April 30, 2019: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
  • April 30, 2019: National Therapy Animal Day.
  • April 30, 2019: National Tabby Day.

Ok – now on to the local happenings!!

April 1, 2019

BARC’s (Begin Again Rescue Co.)  2019 Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Our 2019 Shoe Drive officially kicks off April 1st and runs thru May 30th. Donate your new or gently used shoes to us and help us earn funds! Can you collect 25 pair of shoes for us? Contact us at beginagainrescueco@gmail.com for info or to make arrangements for drop off or pickup. Hosted by Begin Again Rescue Co.

April 4, 2019

Munster Library read to the dogs

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

April 6, 2019

ABRA’s Masquerade Ball

Sat 6 PM · Patrician Banquet · Schererville, Indiana

WE ARE SO EXCITED! We absolutely cannot wait for our 2nd Annual Rescue Gala! This year’s theme is a Masquerade Ball! Our new venue is The Patrician Banquet Center in Schererville. Their food is delicious (trust us, we’ve tried it), the space is bigger and it’s going to be even better than last year’s gala!!! We are going to have an open bar, fabulous DJ, fun photobooth, incredible cake and more! Once again we will have silent and live auctions and all sorts of amazing goodies for you to go home with. The funds raised from this event help us to rescue urgent shelter animals, take on medical cases, TNR community cats and accomplish lifesaving missions! Please join us (in costume or casual, the choice is yours). Tickets can be purchased online abra.ticketleap.com

 April 6, 2109

Adoption Event

Sat 12 PM · PetSmart · Schererville, Indiana

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

Adoption Event

April 6, 2109

Meet the Animals

Sat 10 AM · Sunset Hill Farm County Park · Valparaiso, Indiana

One of our most popular programs! Come meet our farm animals and their caregivers on the first Saturday and second Friday of the month. Our animals include horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and bunnies. Learn about each species while taking the opportunity to feed, pet, and groom them. No registration is required for this free program. Meet by the animal barn. If we’ve had recent rain or melted snow, there might be mud, so wear some boots or play shoes! Also remember that our Family Hike program takes place right after Meet the Animals each month, so check out our other Facebook events

April 6, 2109

Winfield Library read to the dogs

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

Come read to the Power Paws for Kids therapy dogs.

April 6, 2019

7th Annual Spring Jam Vendor & Craft Show

Sat 10 AM · Lake County Fairgrounds · Crown Point, Indiana

7th Annual Spring Jam Vendor & Craft Show April 6, 2019 Lake County Fair Grounds 889 S Court ST Gate 2- Industrial Building Crown Point, IN 46307 https://www.facebook.com/events/2027182400682081/

Confirmed Vendors:

112TH Avenue Creations A and R Crafts – Crafter A Little Birdy Told Me To Shop (Chloe & Isabel) Animal Rescue Squad Inc. Arg Woodworking Batch Jerky LLC Belle Femme Boutique Betty Jean’s Decorating Brunos Breads dba Organic Bread of Heaven Cathy’s Creations – Crafter Cheeks Crafts Chic Crafting Boiler – Crafter Christine’s Jewelry Designs – Crafter Color Street – Penny Bizoukas Connie’s Art and Leather Craft Studio Crafter – Therse Korthauer Crafty Cousins Creations – Crafter Damsel in Defense – Laura Graham Do Tell – Leslie Harris Eco Created Colors LLC Essential Bodywear/Patty The Bra Lady – Patty Marschke FIT4MOM Northwest Indiana FourFourteen Designs – Crafter From The Waters Edge – Crafter Grace and Glitter Designs by Caitlin & Kim Gypsy Soul – Crafter Hazel Rae Boutique Hempworx – Michelle Lawson-Fairfield Iron Tim – Crafter Izzy’s Sweet Spot Kathy’s Crocheting & More – Crafter Kauffman Chiropractic LeafFilter North of Illinois, LLC Lilla Rose Hair Accessories – Kathleen Vandenoever Lip Sense – Baby Face Beauty by Lids – Lindsey Junsley Loving People – It Works – Patricia Cox-Perry Loving Your Style LulaRoe – Faline Blanchard Magnolia and Vine – Tanya King Make Up Eraser – Tammy Conover Mary Kay – Brenda Bulington Monat with Cheryl – Cheryl Claus New U Life – Donna Cummins Norwex – Lucy Laing Oh Yeah – Bobby Jett Olde Red Door Candles & Primitives LLC Outdoor Adventures Inc Paparazzi (JeVae’s Lewels) – Cherie J. Hicks Paw Paws Enterprise Inc Perfectly Posh With Mary Alice – Mary Palmer Pink Pineapple Designs, LLC Pink Zebra – Natalie Jessen Pups in a Tub – Jamie Kegebein Rada Cutlery – Mary Ann Hilleary Renewal by Andersen Scentsy – Carolyn Stepek Scrappy T’s Creations – Crafter State Farm _ Dominic Candeloro Sue & Morgan Crafts – Crafter T & M Horseshoe & Vinyl Crafts – Crafter Tastefully Simple – Mary Ann Hilleary The Cocoa Exchange (Doves Chocolate) – Scott Witzke Tri-Creek Woodwork and Wood Flowers – Crafter Truly Outrageous – Pamela Rocha Twisted Gypsy Two Brok Nurses – Crafter Unique Glass Creations by Kathy Uniquely Repurposed – Crafter Usborne Books – Christina Hoover Young Living – Karen Feltz

*The ones written in green are either pet-related or have pet-related ‘stuff’ for purchase!

April 7, 2019

Pet Photos with the Bunny

Sun 6:30 PM · Southlake Mall · Merrillville, Indiana

Bring your furry baby to Southlake Mall to get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Cats and Dogs only, please. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. No appointment necessary. We recommend to take your pet to the restroom before entering the mall to avoid any mishaps during this event. *Please note personal/cell photos will not be allowed.

April 7, 2019

HSH Kitten Shower

Sun 12 PM · The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. · Hobart, Indiana

Help us get ready for kitten season by showering us with donations of cat litter, KMR kitten formula, Miracle Nipple mini’s (nipples for bottle babies), cat toys, and kitten chow and canned kitten food to the shelter and meet some of our adoptable kitties! Get information about what to do if you find kittens, learn about fostering, play kitten-themed games, and win prizes! Refreshments will be served!! SEND DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO THE SHELTER FROM OUR AMAZON WISHLIST- https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/397M0LS4B88RA

hsh kitten shower

April 11, 2019

Highland Library Read to the Dogs

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

April 13, 2019

Easter Photos & Adoption Event

10 AM – 4 PM – Pet Supplies Plus is located at 1406 East Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350

April 12, 2019

Meet The Animals  –  Sunset Hill Farm (FREE)

One of their most popular programs.  Come meet their farm animals and their caregivers.  Their animals include horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and bunnies.  Learn about each species while taking time to feed, pet, and groom them.  No registration required.

April 13, 2019

Habitat Restore 14th Anniversary Adopt a Pet Event

Sat 10 AM · Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana ReStore · Hobart, Indiana

Come help us celebrate Habitat Restore’s 14th Anniversary and meet some of our adoptable pets!

April 13, 2019

Evaluation for Power Paws for Kids

Sat 12 PM · Power Paws for Kids · Saint John, Indiana

Pre-registered teams will be evaluated on this date apply at powerpawsforkids.org

April 13, 2019

Owl Be Back at HIW

Sat 11 AM · Humane Indiana Wildlife · Valparaiso, Indiana

We had such amazing public support for our Owl You Need is Love event that we want to give our community the opportunity to meet our owl ambassadors again! Join us April 13th at 11-12pm or 1-2pm to learn about what our Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Snowy Owls are doing throughout the year and how these species play into cultural folklore. Our ambassador owls will be present for the event to be viewed by the public. Seating is limited to 50 and our January event sold out! Register online at www.humaneindiana.org/education

April 13, 2019 and April 14, 2019

All Breed Dog Shows  Hosted by Steel City Kennel Club

Lake County Indiana Fairgrounds

Sat 8 AM

Our shows are Saturday, April 13th (eye clinic also on Sat. only) and Sunday, April 14th, 2019

April 17, 2019

Feline Community Network presents The Cat Rescuers documentary

Wed 7:30 PM

Join us for an exciting evening where fellow cat rescuers work together to save the cats on the streets. An estimated half a million feral and abandoned cats prowl the streets, backyards and alleys of New York City, desperate for food and shelter. Meet Sassee, Claire, Tara and Stu, four passionate volunteers in Brooklyn who have come to their rescue because the city can’t. ‘The Cat Rescuers’ shows the skill, resilience and humor they bring to this challenging work, and how their mission to reduce animal suffering, often at great sacrifice to themselves, has made a difference and changed their lives. We are excited to be hosting this showing and hope everyone grabs a ticket and joins us for an enlightening look at trap neuter release. There will be a short Q&A session at the end of the film, and we hope to add additional features to the evening!

cat rescuers documentary

April 17, 2019

Weekly Spring Migration Hike

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

Spring is a great time to see a variety of migrating bird species including thrushes, warblers, sparrows and vireos. Walk with a park naturalist to see who is visiting the Woods. Please call 219-844-3188 to register. For adults

April 20, 2019

Birds and Blooms at the Heron Rookery

Sat 8 AM · Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitors Center · Chesterton, Indiana

Late April is a special time in the floodplain woodlands at the Heron Rookery trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Although the namesake rookery was abandoned years ago, this woodland trail is the best place in the region to see the spectacular display of spring ephemeral wildflowers. While we observe flowers at our feet, we’ll look and listen for early arriving songbirds such as the Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parulas, and Yellow-throated Warblers (the last of which is only known from this location in the Dunes-Calumet region). We will meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 8:00am to carpool to the site, as parking can be somewhat limited. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to mbeatty233@gmail.com.

April 20, 2019

Scott Smith’s All Animal Expo-Hammond

Sat 10 AM · Hammond Civic Center · Hammond, Indiana

The All Animal Expo is exactly that! Whilst there is a main focus on reptiles & amphibians, there is an abundance of other small animals, feeders bugs, rodents, husbandry supplies, and much more!…

April 20, 2019

Dyer-Schererville Library read to the dogs

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

Come read to the Power Paws for Kids therapy dogs.

April 20, 2019


Sat 12 PM

Come out and get your photo with the Easter Bunny 🐰. We ask that well behaved and leashed dogs attend . There will be a $10 donation per photo . Egg Hunt starts promptly at 2pm . Don’t miss all the wonderful prizes and bake sale !!! Hosted by Gardians of The Green Mile

April 21, 2019

Egg My Yard Fundraiser

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 6 AM – 10 AM

BARC is hosting our second annual Egg My Yard, a fundraiser for the dogs. We will place plastic eggs filled with candy and trinkets in your yard for Easter morning. Just in time for your kids to think the Easter Bunny has stopped by especially for them!

This is a great way to surprise your kids on Easter as well as helping support homeless dogs at the same time. Does your pup want in on the fun? Add 12 doggie treat filled eggs for $10

Packages are:
35 eggs = $30
55 eggs = $45
75 eggs = $60
12 dog treat eggs = $10

Available in Porter County only. For additional details on how to purchase your Easter Egg experience, email beginagainrescueco@gmail.com

The Easter Bunny has to prepare the eggs so the deadline to order yours is 4/12/19..

April 23, 2019

Chipotle Give Back Night


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5 PM – 9 PM


Chipotle Mexican Grill (Valpo)

2505 Laporte Ave, Ste 121, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383


April 27, 2019

21st Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo

Sat 10 AM · Porter County Expo Center · Valparaiso, Indiana

Join us for the 21st Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Porter County Expo Center in the Expo East Building. It’s All About The Animals! The Porter County Animal Shelter’s Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo is the longest running, largest and most well attended animal care event in northwest Indiana. And, just like last year, we are keeping the focus on one thing…THE ANIMALS! You can expect to see animal related non-profits and rescues, veterinarians and animal hospitals, pet photographer, pet supply stores, microchipping clinic, food vendors, raffles and door prizes and, of course, ANIMALS! ADMISSION IS FREE AND LEASHED PETS ARE WELCOMED! Visit The Shelter During Be Kind To Animals Of course, we will have some of our adoptables at Be Kind To Animals, but you will also have the opportunity to visit the Shelter from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, with direct access from the Expo Center grounds. If you haven’t seen our new shelter facility yet, this is your opportunity! For information about booth rentals for ANIMAL RELATED Non-Profits and Businesses, visit http://www.portercountyanimalshelter.org/267/Be-Kind-To-Animals-Pet-Care-Expo

April 27, 2019

Dune Buggy Birding Tour: Kankakee Sands Birds and Bison

Sat 7 AM · Dunes Learning Center · Chesterton, Indiana

Dune Buggy Birding Tour: Kankakee Sands Birds and Bison April 27, 2019 7:00am – 2:00pm CST Meet at Dunes Learning Center located at 700 Howe Road Chesterton, IN 46304. Matt Beatty will be your tour guide for this Dune Buggy adventure to Kankakee Sands. Kankakee Sands is a Nature Conservancy property that has undergone a massive restoration effort and is now one of the best prairie habitats in the state. We will be observing birds and bison on this day trip. Lunch is included. Matt serves on the Indiana Audubon Society board of directors and is a Conservation Practitioner for The Nature Conservancy, primarily doing habitat restoration along the Grand Calumet River in Lake County.

April 27, 2019

St John Library read to the dogs

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

April 27, 2019

Dog Day Family Event

Sat 11 AM · Cabela’s · Hammond, Indiana

Free photo download 11am – 3pm Free pork chomp giveaway to the first 25 dogs to take their photo! Free gift bag giveaway starting at 11am to the first 100 customers! Gift bag includes. pet treat bag and dog dispenser with 1 roll of plastic bags. Free seminars! 11:30am – Basics and care of dogs. 2:00pm – Outdoors with your dogs. EXTRA! Join us and the Hammond Indiana Police Department and their K9-unit for a demo at 11am and 3pm!

dog day family event

These all sound like fun, huh?  Hope you have a great April and we’ll see you in May!

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