Porter County Pawlooza 

Porter County Pawlooza is a fundraiser for a team of rescue groups collectively known as Porter County Animal Rescue Team.  The team consists of Porter County Animal Shelter (represented by Kids Power), Castaway Critters, and Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rescue.  It's not just a fund raiser.  It's a game where you could win cash and other prizes!  Like us on Facebook!

How does the event work?

Businesses purchase animal statues from PCART.  They decorate those statues and display them in their place of business (or other businesses). The public comes to view them during the months of June, July, & August 2015.  They obtain a code from the legs of the animal statues they visit. They write the codes on their code sheet and turn in the sheet once they have obtained at least 80% of them.  (A code sheet is the paper listing the addresses of participating businesses for people to visit and write the code from the statues in the boxes.) When they mail their code sheets in, they are entered into a drawing for cash prizes and other prizes.  They are also able to vote for their favorite statue.  For a fee, the public may also vote online without having to obtain any codes.  On August 29, 2015, (from 11-3) there will be a big Pawlooza Festival to wind up the event. At the Pawlooza Festival, awards will be presented to businesses with the most votes and the drawings for prizes will take place.  

There are a lot of statues. How can I see them all?

The public has all of June, July, and most of August to view the statues.

There are a LOT of great statues. It's too hard to pick one favorite!

Photos of the statues will be posted online for viewing.  The public may view the pictures and vote online (for a small fee) for as many of the statues as they choose.

What should I expect when I see the statues?

You should expect a day of fun!  The statues will be decorated in many different ways!  Some will surprise and amaze you!  Wear comfortable walking shoes!  Many businesses are a reasonable distance from one another and walking to them is a great way to get exercise!  Some businesses may give out samples and/or coupons.  Hungry or thirsty during your visit?  Feel free to make food and beverage purchases during your visit!  Have an upcoming event to shop for?  Why not "kill two birds with one stone" and shop while obtaining codes.  This event is also a GREAT family activity!

When do my code sheets have to be turned in by?

Deadline for receiving them is August 28, 2015 at 5 PM.  Drawings will be August 29 at the Pawlooza Festival.

Though this is a family oriented event, all raffle entrants must be 18 or older.  Maximum: One entry per person.  Code sheets must be the original work of the entrant or will be disqualified.  Winner need not be present at drawings.

What is the Pawlooza Festival?

Our summer-long event concludes with a fun filled family-friendly festival.  It will be August 29, 2015 from 11-3.  It will take place at Sears Hardware 6169 US Hwy 6 Portage, IN.  There will be a bounce house, face painting, performances, food, games, booths, and, of course, the drawings for the CASH prizes and other prizes.  Awards will also be presented to the businesses with the best statues.

What can I win in the drawing?

Cash prizes include one $100, one $50, and four $25 winners!
There are also many wonderful gift cards and gift baskets in the drawing! 
Many prizes = more winners!!!

What else is there to do?

Since this is a summer-long event, there will be many Pawlooza-related events happening!  Keep checking this webpage for a listing!  You won't want to miss the fun!

Where do I get a code sheet from?

Some businesses may be giving them out. Don't be afraid to ask!  They are also on the Porter County Pawlooza Facebook event page.   You may also click here to print your own!

How can I learn more about Porter County Animal Rescue Team?

Kids Power 
Cast-A-Way Critters
Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center



Cast-A-Way Critters at George's Gyros
315 N Calumet

Chesterton Feed and Garden
400 Locust St.
Hours:  M-F 9-6 Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 
De Cache Rancho Horse Stables
182 W 1050 N 
Duneland Resale Shop
801 Broadway
Hours: 9am - 9pm

Holly Jackson Art Studio & Gallery
1035 2nd St. 
Hours 9am -9pm 
Holly has been an artist painting at the easel for decageds, but after her art school years she broadened her talents and repertoire to be an artist gainfully employeed in other areas of the art world including museium work, galleries, and decorative/restoration work.  She currently offers many differnt services to clients including commissioned art, minor art restoration, art curatorial services, art lessons, and color consultation. 
Indiana Dunes Tourism
1215 N St Rd 49
Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 7 days a week

Kids Power at Premier Performance
358 Indian Boundary Rd
Kindmark & Associates
219 Westchester Ave

LaPorte Savings Bank 
851 Indiana Boundary Rd
Hours 9- 4:30
Southshore Insurance
760 S Calumet Rd
Hours: 9-5 M-F
We are independent Insurance Agency. Our specialty is property and casualty for business and personal insurance (home, auto, life, business, and recreational vehicles).  We have been in business since 1998 in Chesterton, Indiana. We love Porter county and enjoy helping our customers with their insurance needs. 


Anton Insurance
2600 Roosevelt Rd
Hours: 8-5 M-F Closed 12-1

Arborview Animal Hospital
24 W US Hwy 6
Hours: 8-6 MWF 8-8 T TH 8-1 Sat
At Arbor View Animal Hospital we treat a wide cariety of animals including: dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets), pot belly pigs, amphibians, fish and more.  Our goal is to treat each patient and their family as if they were our own. 
Ben's Soft Pretzels
151 W Lincolnway
Hours: 11-7 M -TH  11-9 Sat
Ben's Soft Pretzels is an Amish inspired pretzel bakery serving legendary, preservative free, hot pretzels at a great value.  A fluffy, melt in your mouth taste, Ben's Pretzels are oftern enjoyed with a wide array of gourmet dippign sauces. Our jumbo pretzels, compared to others, feature imported salt from Germany. 
Brown Tire of Valparaiso
2404 Calumet Ave
Hours:  7:30am - 5:30pm  M-F  7:30 -2pm Sat
Buffalo Wild Wings
212 E Lincolnway
Hours: 11am -12pm Sun-Th 11am -1am Friday - Sat

Wings…Beer….Sports…and Fun Times is what Buffalo Wild Wings is made of!

Canine Connect Dog Sports
3102 Cascade Dr.
Canine Country Club
3554 Sturdy Rd.
Hours: 7am - 8pm T -Sun
Canine Country Club opened its gates in November 2002 as Porter County's first off leash dog park.  What had been a farm field was transformed into a fenced, five acre grassy area. A variety of dog training classes is available in our heated trainging building. Canine Country Club is a safe place to exercise and socialize for dogs and their people!
Chicago Title
450 W Lincolnway #100
Hours: 8:30 - 5pm M-F
Standing the test of time and enduring to benefit our customers. Throughout the years, Chicago Title has grown in stature with a solid reputation for integrity and standing the test of time.

Dairy Queen
2002 LaPorte Ave
Hours: 10am - 10pm
Dickey's BBQ Pit
2310 LaPorte Ave
Hours: 11am - 9pm 7days a week

150 Washington St.
Hours: 11am - 10pm Wed - Sun

Figure Eight Brewing is a family-friendly restaurant located in downtown Valparaiso on the courthouse square open Wens-Sun from 11a- 10p.  OurChef creates fresh dishes made from scratch including daily specials and handmade desserts.  We feature hand-crafted beers & brew our own non-alcoholic Root Beer.

First Presbyterian Resale Shop
7 Lincolnway
Hours: 10am -4pm Tues - Fri

Gast Animal Hospital
258 N 475 W
Hours: 8-7 M  8-5 T, TH, FRI   8-1 W, Sat
General Insurance Services
4208 Calumet Ave #100
Hours: 8-5 M-F

Healthi Paws
2912 Calumet Ave
Hours: 8-7 M-F  9-5 Sat  10-4 Sun
Jake's Feed and Garden
326 St. Rd 49
Hours: 8-6 M-F 8-4 Sat


2404 Roosevelt Rd
Hours: 9am-9pm 
Since 1973 Kovenz Memorial has been telling stories in stone by making quality granite memorials from our La Porte, IN shop.  A second location was opened in 1989 in Michigan City, IN.  The Valparaiso, IN location opened in 2010. We deliver and set the memorials free of charge within a 70 mile radius and can deliver any where for a fair price.  Please stop in any of our three locations and we can help tell your story in stone. 
McAfee Animal Hospital
651 Eastport Center Dr.
Hours: 8-7 MWF  8-5 T,TH  8-12 Sat
McAfee Animal Hospital has been a proud part of the Valparaiso community since 1943. We now serve our clients with five, dedicated veterinarians headed by Dr. Steve Violanti, along with third generation Dr. Brook McAfee.  We are proud of our entire staff who reflect our motto "where caring and community matter"!

Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
570 N 450 E
Hours: 8am -4pm
At MRWRC we give native wildlife a second chance!
Philip's Ace Hardware
3100 Calumet Ave
Hours: 8-7 M-F  9-6 Sat  10-4 Sun

Reeve's Royal Acres
663 E 150 S
Seramur Properties
10 Washington St.
Hours: 9am -9pm

259 Indiana Ave #6
Hours: 9am - 5pm M-F

Erin Valdivia has served the Valparaiso area as a Shelter Insurance ® agent for more than 15 years. She takes pride in providing professional coverage consulting for auto, home, life, business and other forms of insurance services. She is located at 259 Indiana Ave. Ste C Valparaiso, IN. Learn more about Erin at ShelterInsurance.com/ErinValdivia

Soft Touch Car Wash
1303 Vale Park Rd.
Hours: 7-8pm M-Sat  8-6 Sun


Southlane Veterinary Hospital
1259 Sturdy Rd.
Hours 8-7 M, T  8-5 W, TH, F  8-12 Sat
Southlane Veterinary Hospital is a full service companion animal facility offering holistic and traditional veterinary medical and surgical services.
Teachers Credit Union
302 Silhavy Rd.
US Federal Credit Union
334 W US Hwy 30
Hours: 8-6 M-F 8-1 Sat

Vale Park Animal Hospital
2606 Valley Dr.
Hours: 9am -9pm
Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
162 Lincolnway
Hours: 8 - 4:30 M-F
The Valpo Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization consisting of members in the business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors.  Through its volunteer committies and its partnerships with organizations in the Northwest Indiana region. The chamber works on economic development, member services, legislative, and quality of life issues.

 White Key Gallery
404 E Lincolnway
Hours 1-5 T-W 1-7 TH-F  10-2 Sat
White Key Gallery is located in a beautiful old Victorian home.  It represents artists working in various mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, wood, glass, clay, paper, and pottery.  


Braces for All Ages 
3204 Lancer St. #A
Hours: 10-5:30 Mon   9-4:30 Wed Closed 12-1

Culvers of Portage
6139 Hwy 6
Hours: 10:30 -10 Sun - TH  10:30 - 11 Fri - Sat
Portage Animal Clinic
3411 Airport Rd
Hours: 8-6 M-T  8-12Wed&Sat  8-7 TH  8-6 Fri

3285 Willowcreek Rd
Sears Hardware
6169 US Hwy 6
Hours: 8-9 M-S  9-6 Sun
6295 Ameriplex Dr.
Hours: 5:30-9 M-F  6-9 Sat & Sun
One thing that sets Starbucks apart from other food service chains is our commitment to community service. We are so excited to support local animal shelters by participating in theis event.  

US Federal Credit Union
3275 Airport Rd
Hours:  8-6 M-F  8-1 Sat
Poe and Sons by Pam and Sam
6036 Lute Rd


Animal Medical Center of Hebron
638 Front St.
Hours: 9am -9pm
Animal Medical Center of Hebron LLC was established in June of 2007 as a small animal clinic, treating dogs and cats.  Presently there are 3 veterinarians, Dr. Williamson Newsom DVM, Dr. Kristin Fausset DVM, and Dr. Erin Sako DVM. The Clinic is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment along with a crematory for end of life comfort. 


Braces for All Ages
186 Professional Ct.
Hours: 10-5:30 Tues  9-4:30 Thurs  Closed 12-1
Porter Lakes Elementary
208 S 725 W
Hours: 9am -9pm

Other Locations

Dawg Paradise
863 Main St. Westville
We are a luxury pet boarding facility in Westville. We have 32 luxury suites and an in ground swimming pool. We have staff on site 24 hours a day. We have webcams for our customers to view their 4 legged family members whenever they would like to. 
Hungry Hound
5151 E 81st Ave Merrillville
Southlake Animal Hospital
3570 E Lincoln Hwy  Merrillville