Animal activist Laura Guttridge received The Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007 by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. This award recognized Laura for her dedication to the protection of animals. Laura Guttridge was a top signature gather in 2002, collecting over 5,000 signatures that helped lead to the successful banning of the cruel confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida. In the early 1990’s Laura started an animal rights organization called “Marion County Voices For Animals” located in Central Florida. MCVA successfully urged the local animal pound to stop using the out dated decompression chamber to kill un-wanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Central Florida. Her work as a student is published in the University’s library.
Her love and affection towards animals led to her to author a children’s book titled “Gypsy The Christmas Cat.” The book is based on the true life story of a stray cat, which she rescued many years ago. This book is published by The Strategic Book Group and was written to encourage children to have compassion for animals.