Welcome to Lakeshore PAWS' newsletter for August 2019.
Dear friends-

Just before sitting down to write this letter, I received a call from a local shelter begging Lakeshore PAWS to take three dogs that were facing euthanasia as a result of overcrowding.

Within 20 minutes of the call, our staff and two volunteers were on their way to transport the dogs to our rescue where they will be given food, shelter, exercise, attention and most importantly, a second chance.  

In the past two weeks, we have received an average of three to five calls a day from owners surrendering their dogs and shelters that are busting at the seams. This influx of dogs happens every year around the 4th of July and it never gets easier to stomach. Maybe you can help us change that.

I’m writing to you because Lakeshore PAWS needs your help now more than ever. Think of it as being recruited for the Lakeshore PAWS emergency response team. We need you to join us on our mission.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers and fosters who can commit to helping us walk dogs, staff our events, clean and do laundry, organize supplies, and show dogs to potential adopters. (Link to volunteer application.)

If you are already a volunteer but haven’t been by lately, I encourage you from the bottom of my heart to get back involved. For those of you who aren’t volunteers, will you consider spending a few hours a week at our shelter to have a direct impact on the lives of our dogs? Will you consider joining our team?

Finally, I want to thank the wonderful and dedicated volunteers who come in every week. You are not just making a difference, you are the difference. It is a privilege to work alongside you and work towards a cause we all care about so deeply. Thank you for all that you do.

Jeanne Sommer
co-founder and executive director
Lakeshore PAWS

Lots of ways to help!

  1. Food delivered to your door! Order from Schwan's and they will donate 20 percent of your order back to Lakeshore PAWS.  Use the link below to go directly to our Schwan’s
  2. PIZZA!!  Order on-line from Papa John’s at and enter promo-code “lakeshorepaws” before you place your order.  You will receive 40 percent off your order and Papa John’s will donate 10 percent back to Lakeshore PAWS.  It’s a win for everyone.
  3. Remember to shop with Amazon Smile!  All the same benefits of regular Amazon, but with Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase will be donated back to a participating charity of your choice.  Please go to today and sign up to support Lakeshore PAWS.
  4. Soft Touch Car Washes are still available. Stop by the adoption center and purchase a $10 wash and Soft Touch will donate $5 to Lakeshore PAWS. Great stocking stuffer!
  5. Lakeshore PAWS would not be what it is today without all of our wonderful volunteers. That being said, we are always looking for more!!! Not only do the dogs need attention, but we can always use help with events, fundraisers, and fostering. If you are interested, please fill out the application online and/or feel free to email me or the office today!
A gift that keeps on giving!

Making a one-time donation to Lakeshore PAWS is a great way to help us save the lives of more dogs. But setting up a recurring monthly donation helps out even more because we can grow our rescue efforts based on the anticipated funding. The following link will allow you to set up a recurring donation through PayPal with the funds drawn out of the account of your choice. Thanks from us and the dogs for considering making a recurring donation. Donate here.

June adoptions.

Take a look back on all the wonderful dogs adopted out during June 2019. See adoption photos here.


Volunteers of the month

What would we do without the wonderful Beebe family? This group has helped out in nearly every way possible, including cleaning, events, hanging out with dogs and even opening their home to foster dogs, including those in greatest need and suffering. They are a beautiful example for us all. Thanks so much from us and the dogs.

Dog of the month!


Playful girl seeking active home!

My name is Cricket and I'm a 1.5 year old Terrier Mix! I'm a sweet and friendly guy who does well with other friendly dogs. I'm a smaller guy weighing in at only 32 pounds, but what I lack in size I make up for in energy. In my new home I'm looking for a family that is active. I love attention and exercise. I'm still working on my manners so I'd like a family that will work on training me to become the best boy I can be!. The staff thinks my energy level is a little too much for younger kids, so let's try to keep my human siblings 10+ please.  Let's play! I'll see you soon! 

Love, Cricket ❤️

Have questions about me? Contact Lakeshore PAWS at 219.476.PAWS (7297) or

If you want to meet me, come in and fill out an application at the adoption enter at 4611 Evans Ave. in Valparaiso.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Jean Kholer Insurance
10 a.m. to 2 .p.m

Saturday, Aug. 10

Adoption Event
Noon to 4 p.m.
Pet Supplies Plus
6030 Central Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Bingo Night
Loyal Order of Moose
143 S. Hobart Road

Saturday, Aug. 24

Meet a dog
10 a.m. to noon
700 Dickinson Road

Friday, Aug. 30

Meet a dog
Time: TBA
Teachers Credit Union
302 Silhavy Road

Friday, Aug. 30

Meet a dog
4-6 p.m.
Valparaiso University
(In front of the chapel.)

Saturday, Aug. 31

Meet a dog:
noon to 4 p.m.
Dine to donate:
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Brickies Gyros
524 E. West 3rd St.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Dine to donate
Noodles and Company
71 Silhavy Road

Saturday, Sept. 21

Adoption Event
Noon to 4 p.m.
Pet Supplies Plus
1676 E. Summit St.
Crown Point

Sunday, Sept. 29

Dine to donate
Five Guys

Want to host an event?


Please contact the office to host an adoption event or other type of fundraiser/awareness program.


Wish list


See here how you can help. Thank you ahead of time for your generosity.


June 2019 donors

Thanks to everyone, who has generously contributed to help Lakeshore PAWS. See the list.

Learn about the adopt-a-kennel program

Here is a unique way of supporting Lakeshore PAWS. Read more.

Your Purchases Can Benefit Lakeshore PAWS!

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Contact Us

Lakeshore PAWS
4611 Evans Ave.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219.476.PAWS (7297)
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