Welcome to Lakeshore PAWS' newsletter for October 2019.

Dear Lakeshore PAWS community,

     We’re another month into the year and another step closer to the amazing milestone of 5,000 lives saved since 2011. So far in 2019, we have saved 705 dogs to contribute to our adoption grand total of 4,609 dogs since our beginning. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish over the next three months!

     I’m going to start this month’s newsletter by updating you on a statistic I don’t normally share. Out of the 705 dogs that have been adopted out this year, 14 have had to be euthanized. Out of the 14, five dogs were put down for medical reasons and nine dogs due to aggression issues. A no kill shelter is defined as having a save rate of more than 90%, and I’m proud to report that Lakeshore PAWS has consistently averaged around 98% every year since it was founded, this year being no exception. Even so, the 14 dogs that we lost this year weigh heavy on the hearts of everyone at Lakeshore PAWs, including myself, our staff, the volunteers, and the families that have interacted with them.

     I wanted to start Lakeshore PAWS because I couldn’t stand hearing statistics on the overwhelmingly high kill rates in shelters. I couldn’t handle all of the heartbreak and sad stories. When we founded Lakeshore PAWS, we wanted to give every dog a second chance and every story a happy ending. And although there is no shortage of happy endings at our shelter, there are still tough decisions that need to be made. Know these decisions are not made lightly. Whenever a hard case is brought to my attention, our dog training expert or a veterinarian conducts evaluations and we consult with members of our board.

     I felt the need to be transparent about this topic for a few reasons. The first is because I want you, our supporters, to be in the know about what some organizations might deem as a “behind the curtain” statistic. More importantly, I wanted to express how difficult these decisions are but how your support in making them makes all the difference. I have learned that hard choices and sadness will always be there, especially in the field of impactful work, but it’s the support system of amazing volunteers, staff, board members and donors that gets me through. Along with the dogs, you are the reason Lakeshore PAWS continues to succeed even when the odds seem to be stacked against us.

     As always, many thanks to you, the donors, volunteers, fosters and adopters that make up the Lakeshore PAWS family. You are the driving force behind our success, and I am beyond grateful for you dedication and support.


Jeanne Sommer
co-founder and executive director
Lakeshore PAWS

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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.

September Adoptions

Take a look back on all the wonderful dogs adopted out during September 2019.

See adoption photos here.

Volunteers of the Month

Our star volunteers of the month are the amazing mother/daughter duo, Mona and Audrey!

Audrey recently turned nine years old. She celebrated by foregoing the party and gifts, and instead asked for donations for the dogs at Lakeshore PAWS.

Audrey's mother Mona is an amazing example for her daughter and for all volunteers. Whether she's working with a potential adopter, staff member or fellow volunteer, Mona treats everyone with patience, kindness and respect.

Mona and Audrey do it all. They transport dogs to events, walk potential adopters through the shelter and show dogs, wash bowls and clean kennels.

Recently, Audrey has started filming videos with the dogs and posting them on Facebook to show potential adopters how many great dogs we have at Lakeshore PAWS! Click here to watch a video of Audrey with our dog of the month, Comet.

Mona and Audrey are positive and compassionate members of Lakeshore PAWS. We are lucky to have them on the team!

Dog of the Month

Looking for a small fur companion? I'm your girl!

Hi there, my name is Comet and I'm an 8 year old American Blue Heeler Mix. I only weigh about 15 pounds.

I'm a little shy so I prefer that kids in the home are 12+ but I do great with other friendly dogs.

I'm a loyal and loving girl who is looking for a family to open up their heart to me. Please come into the shelter and fill out an application so we can visit together. I know I'l steal your heart in no time!

Love, Comet 



Saturday, Oct. 19
Meet a Dog!
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Castle Subaru
5020 U.S. 6

Saturday, Oct. 19
Pooch Costume Parade
11:00 a.m. - noon
Central Park

Saturday, Oct. 19
26th Annual Winefest
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Old Town Banquet Center
711 Calumet Ave.

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 in advance for your generosity!

August & September Donors

Thanks to everyone who has generously contributed to help Lakeshore PAWS.

See the list here

Sign up to volunteer with us!

Lakeshore PAWS would not be what it is today without all of our wonderful volunteers, and 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.

Contact Us

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