Laura Guttridge, a former swimsuit model who studied philosophy at The University of Central Florida is now a popular animal activist. She has raised her voice against animal activism and currently, she is a part of various animal activism programs and promotes prevention of cruelty and suffering to animals. For organizing campaigns for the protection and proper treatment of animals, Guttridge has been awarded The 2007 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
Guttridge’s journey as an activist started from childhood days
- Her journey as an animal activist started from her childhood days. Even as a kid she used to love and protect the animals. She believes in compassion, care and respect for animals and dedicated to change the way animals are treated by humans.
- She also advocates a vegan diet as it not only contributes to the animals, but also to the health and safety of the planet. Guttridge is a member of boards of directors for The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida since 1998.
- She participates in various campaigns against the mistreatment of animals and promotes the adoption of animals from shelters and not from pet stores or breeders.
For carrying out protests she has been arrested twice: First time when she was protesting against the annual youth deer hunt in the Ocala National Forest and second time for her involvement in an anti-fur protest, which was organized by San Diego Animal Advocates.
Guttridge’s love for animals is also reflected in her writings. She has authored a book called “Gypsy the Christmas Cat” that talks about the need to treat animals with respect and love. Her book is inspired from a real life cat named Gypsy that Guttridge rescued many years ago. Laura Guttridge has also co-hosted an online program called Dr. Josefina’s Way (above picture).