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The 2015 Sweetheart Contest gets underway this February!

The Sweethearts are here!

These lovelies are just waiting to be your number one candidate - check them out and keep looking here and on Facebook for the latest happenings during Sweetheart Season, starting February 1 and ending on March 7 with a special Sweetheart Celebration at the Moose Lodge in downtown Valparaiso. From 10am to 4pm, come out and visit us and the candidates, listen to their campaign "speeches" (purrs!), and join us for food and fun!

How do you vote? You vote through your generous financial support of the Independent Cat Society. You may send us a check, stop by the shelter and drop off your vote funds, or pay through PayPal using the link on our website. No amount is too small, and every amount helps to directly purchase food, litter, and medical supplies for our cats. Just be sure to indicate which candidate you are voting for - all of us truly appreciate it!

Want to join a Sweetheart team? Just ask! Send us an email or a Facebook message. We would love to have you as a team member or leader to help get out the vote for your favorite candidate!

The Candidates (special thanks to Stephanie S. and the Sweetheart crew for the wonderful pictures!)



Abby is our youngest candidate - she is playful and affectionate, seen here confident that she will be crowned the ICS Sweetheart. Can she count on your vote?



Cissy is a gorgeous calico lady who had a rough start, but has certainly become the Sweetheart of her room, Church. Won't you vote to make her the ICS Sweetheart this year?



Who doesn't love Donut(s)? This guy is a big bundle of love, who will sit in your lap all day. Help Donut win this year with your vote!



Georgie is as sweet as he is large. He is usually found supervising the activities in the main shelter and being adored by all. Will he get your vote?



Nema is a beautiful, friendly, female orange tabby. She's had a rough year, but has retained her sweet nature. Doesn't she deserve your vote this year?



Patch is an active, delightful little guy, who has watched all but one of his 7 siblings get adopted this year. Your vote will get him noticed!



Pink came to us on April 1st last year, but we're not fooling when we say she is a real Sweetheart! She'll be "tickled Pink" with your vote!



Snowball has the most dazzling blue eyes and is simply adorable and loving. She's deaf, so let your vote SHOW her that she's a Sweetheart!



Zeller may come last by name, but this attractive guy comes first in the hearts of those who meet him. Your vote can make him the #1 Sweetheart!

2014 Year-End Report

As always, thanks to our hardworking volunteers, employees, and supporters. Without you, our work would not be possible. This document summarizes some of the activities that ICS has been involved with over the course of 2014. Our accomplishment this year include:

Shelter Improvement

·      Improved signage for the shelter on US6 and on shelter grounds

·      The board has revisited and implemented a new strategic plan for the ICS organization for 2014-2017 which includes goals related to establishing new building facilities, increasing adoptions and fundraising, and exploring new ways to introduce new employees and volunteers into a more cohesively structured organization.

·      Continued work on determining new building potential for the shelter, including the addition of new members to the building ad hoc committee who have been doing in-depth research on how to maximize our efforts and get the most from our land and available funds.

·      Establishment of improved cleaning methods at the shelter with the use of Accel cleaning products, designed to improve the cleanliness of the shelter as well as disinfect from germs and viruses more completely than previous techniques that have been used

·      Existing building improvements include the use of surfaces that can be easily cleaned throughout the shelter to minimize germs, the installation of a new stainless steel washtub, the addition of a new washing machine, and the installation of new lockable cabinetry for medicators’ use.


·      Implementation of extended adoption hours and adoption pricing specials during certain times to year to coincide with Best Friends events and to increase adoptions in general. These events have resulted in a notable increase in adoptions as compared to 2013, especially in the summer months.

·      An increase in the total number of adoptions of nearly 10% as compared to 2013

·      The compilation of a complete policy and procedure manual for the shelter and its operations

·      Establishment of a permanent credit card machine at the shelter, which has taken in over $3000 of additional income for ICS since August.

·      Addition of improved online volunteer and adoption applications, which have increased the number of both adopters and volunteers coming to ICS by over 20% in the six months since implementation.


·      Grants from the Unity Foundation ($1800), Bissell Foundation ($5000), Banfield Community Trust ($6000), Crown Point Community Foundation ($1000), and Best Friends ($500) have been attained for helping people and pets in our community.

Outreach and Fundraising

·      Establishment of ICS as a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network Partner, which includes the ability to participate in Best Friends national adoption events such as Back in Black.

·      Increased connection with Purdue North Central to give students service learning opportunities and increase ICS volunteer base. In addition, ICS volunteers will begin generating additional revenue for ICS with the help of PNC by offering workshops and classes targeted toward pet owners and non-profit organization leaders through the Graduate and Extended Learning Office. The first of these programs, a Grant Writing Workshop, will be held between February and April 2015.

·      ICS has participated in a number of events around Porter and LaPorte county this year, increasing exposure in the community.

·      Establishment of the Instagram account “@indcatsociety” and maintenance thanks to Purdue North Central service learning students.

·      We have been featured in two Public Television interviews which were handled by Board President, Staci Trekles, with the possibility of more in the future.

·      We have had two professional writers contact us, Dee Dunheim and Nomi Berger, that want to help get our word out by writing appeals, fundraiser information, cat bios, etc all ‘free of charge’ to the ICS because they want to help us help the kitties. So far they have helped with Greg’s foster cats, the Black Cat Boogie, and a medical/dental fundraiser.

Volunteers and Committees

·      Implementation of formalized volunteer orientations for new volunteers.

·      Establishment of more clear and complete foster care program, including foster parent orientation and procedures, and a complete clean-up of foster care records thanks to Diane Buche, foster care coordinator.

As always, the work does not end there, however. There is still more yet to be done, and in 2015, we would like to work toward:

1.     Increasing adoptions by continuing to work on expanding adoption hours and improving adoption processes.

2.     Increasing public awareness of ICS efforts through continuing to work in the community and attend marketing and fundraising events.

3.     Work with Purdue North Central to establish more courses and workshops to be offered to the public through the Graduate and Extended Learning Office.

4.     Maintain and continue to improve the TNR program to ensure that cats in the community are spayed and neutered to reduce unwanted pet overpopulation.

5.     Explore additional grant opportunities in order to help ICS increase its ability to help people in the community, adopt more animals, build a better shelter facility, and hire a Shelter Director to oversee operations.

6.     Continue efforts to research the feasibility of new shelter facilities on our current grounds, and identify a solid plan to move forward. 

2015 Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected board members, who will begin their new terms in January:

President: Anastasia Trekles

Recording Secretary: Judy Dean

Treasurer: Natalie Cebulski

At-Large Members: Joan Hildebrand & Jason Petrovich

Thanks to all of the members who came out to vote and support our ICS board!



The Independent Cat Society is issuing an urgent plea on behalf of a pair of beautiful, bonded cats in immediate need of a forever home.

Sadly, their guardian, who lovingly fostered them for the... last few years, is ill and can no longer personally take care of them.

Originally part of two bonded pairs, Callie and Cathoula have just seen the other pair, Damien and Jimmy, adopted, and are more eager than ever to find a loving home of their own.

Both are between 6 and 7 years old, and Callie, the female, has been spayed, while Cathoula, the male, has been neutered.

As indoor cats only, they are affectionate and playful, well behaved and fully litter box trained. Cathoula is a little shyer and needs a little extra patience and love to get adjusted but both would make a wonderful addition to your home and family.

ICS will accept the pair back at their shelter, but because the both have known the love and privacy of a home for so long, they are hoping that one home in the community will adopt these two, and love and safeguard them always.

For more information or to make arrangements to meet this wonderful pair please contact Sue Ogg at – (219) 733-9512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founded in 1977, the Independent Cat Society (ICS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill feline shelter located in Westville and serves all of Northwest Indiana. Their mission is to rescue, shelter, and find adoptive homes for the community’s homeless cats, and to promote the responsible spaying and neutering of cats everywhere.

Run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, ICS is funded almost entirely through membership and adoption fees, private tax-deductible contributions and fundraising events.
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ICS is on the air!

Watch ICS as special guests on the IMI Tri-State Alliance weekly broadcast, shown on Comcast Channel 99 Sundays at 7pm and Thursdays at 4pm. ICS has been fortunate to be able to join the trustees and chairs of the IMI Tri-State Alliance twice now, and we look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with this wonderful local organization!

View the show from July 12, 2014:

View the show from May 24, 2014: