Well known swimsuit model and animal activist, Laura Guttridge co-chaired “Save the Chimps”, a charity fund raising event held at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa.
The event was organized to raise funds for “Save the Chimps”, the world’s largest sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.The sanctuary is located in Fort Pierce, and cares for 276 rescued chimps, that were once used for biomedical research, entertainment and the pet trade.
Laura Guttridge, one of ten star dancers in this season’s 4th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, benefiting the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, was the Event Chair for Chimps Kitchen. Laura Guttridge and Save the Chimps Executive, Philip Flynn spoke to an audience of more than 250 guests about the sanctuary and also introduced an informational video about it. For her love and dedication towards animals.
Laura Guttridge was awarded the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Humane Society of Vero Beach. Since 1998 Laura has been on the board of directorsfor The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
Her love and respect for animals was evident as a child,she is the author of a book titled “Gypsy the Christmas Cat”. The book is based on the real life story of a cat that Laura rescued many years ago.
The book inspires children to show compassionate to animals, and is easily available on a number of online stores.
Laura Guttridge graduated with a bachelors in philosophy from the University of Central Florida and her work as a student is published in the university library. To bring attention to the suffering of animals, she also established an animal rights group called Marion County Voices for Animals in Ocala. In the early 1090’s this group was instrumental in petitioning the Marion County Animal Shelter to stop using the outdated and barbaric gas chamber to kill unwanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection.