Laura Guttridge

The blog is an epitaph of my career milestones including my participations, achievements on several events like Save The Animal, Vegan Diet, my Book 'Gypsy The Christmas Cat' etc.

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Laura Guttridge is the co-host for a TV/internet chat show called “Dr. Josephina’s way” The main motto of this show is to encourage people to live a healthy, and well thought out life. Apart from this show, Laura was also featured in various national television shows like, ‘Inside Edition’, ‘current affair’, ‘Renegade’, and ‘Silk Stalking’.

Laura Guttridge is a passionate woman with strong ethics, and beliefs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The University of Central Florida. Her work as a philosophy student is published in the University’s library. She is a former swimsuit model, and became a finalist in The Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageant in 1991. She was crowned “Miss Budweiser” 1998, and in 2005 Laura was featured in “More Magazine’s” swimsuit edition, where she was chosen from over 20,000 entrants. Laura has also appeared on dozens of swimsuit calendars, and posters throughout the years.

Laura Guttridge is also a passionate animal lover. In the early 1990’s, she started a small animal rights group called “Marion County Voice for the Animals” located in Central Florida. The group was successful in urging the local animal shelter to stop using the out dated decompression chamber to kill un-wanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection. Here is the list of major protest, campaigns, programs and rallies in which she participated with full zeal and enthusiasm for animal rights:

  • Laura Guttridge is currently a member of the boards of director for The Animals Rights Foundation of Florida. ARFF is an animal rights organization that promotes the rights, and ethical treatment of animals.

Activist Laura Guttridge

  • Laura modeled as a PETA Lettuce Lady, at the 20th Gala for “The Animals Rights Foundation of Florida(Lettuce Ladies promote a veg lifestyle)” . This event was hosted by Bob Barker and attended by prominent personalities such as Pamela Anderson.
  • Laura proved her dedication after getting arrested twice. Once while protesting against Florida’s Annual Youth Deer Hunt in the Ocala National Forest, and secondly, while participating in an anti -fur protest organized by San Diego Advocates.
  • In 2002 Laura was a top signature gatherer, collecting over 5,000 signatures that helped lead to the banning of the cruel confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida.
  • She was acknowledged with The Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007 from the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
  • Laura organized a successful Earth Day Rally to save a costal hammock from destruction in Vero Beach Florida.

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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.

Ani9mal Activist Laura Guttridge

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.

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When was the last time one saw open green fields, and lush woodlands apart from the countryside? Greenery seems like a lost sight. What’s more shocking is that we have all been a part of an era with beautiful lush green woody islands, beautifully plush trees, etc. Days gone by, had the best scenic abode with people facing the least heath issues as the flora and fauna was diverse.

These days we are cutting down old growth forest, coastal woodlands, and destroying greenery all for so called progress.

Well known animal activist, and nature lover, Laura Guttridge recently organized an Earth Day Rally along with other members of her community. The enthusiastic Barrier Island residents gathered one afternoon to oppose the destruction of one of the last remaining coastal hammocks in the state of Florida.

Laura Guttridge on Earth Day Rally

Laura Guttridge on Earth Day Rally

Laura mentioned that she and her daughter enjoyed watching the wildlife in the central beach community that consisted of bobcats, tortoises, and other various beautiful species. However, there was an underlying thought that perturbed Laura. She knew ofa plan that was underway to destroy this beautiful greenery, and home to so many wildlife species. This proposed plan would turn this beautiful green space into nothing more than a parking lot.

Keeping that thought alive, Laura organized this Rally to save the woodlands of central beach. She said that instead of a protest, she would like to organize an Earth Day Rally celebrating the reprieve of the woodlands from immediate destruction.

Laura burned midnight oil with her friends and family to make this event a success. She tapped in to the social media to help spread the word, and to gather support to help save the precious woodlands.

Laura’s thought process was to inculcate a sense and feeling of belonging in the heart and minds of the young students, and teachers of the Beach Side elementary school. She wanted the students to appreciate the beauty of an untainted,and natural environmental setting.

Laura along with her team of organizers showed great concerns to unite the Indian River school district with the Indian River land trust with a motive to save and create an advanced conservation element to protect the hammock permanently.

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“Gypsy the Christmas Cat” – A Holy Noble That Describes The Animal Love – By Laura Guttridge

Laura Guttridge is a well-known animal activist who dedicates countless hours to help raise the much needed funds for animal charities and other noble causes.Her love for animals started from her childhood days. Laura believes that animals should have the right to live their lives free from the suffering and pain caused by humans.


Gypsy The Christmas Cat - By Laura Guttridge

Gypsy The Christmas Cat by Laura Guttridge

Moreover, she is also an author of a book titled “Gypsy the Christmas Cat” which is based on her own life experience with a cat she rescued many years ago.The book was published by The Strategic Book Group.This book was written for children, which teaches them about compassion, and respect towards animals. Its main aim is to create awareness among children to be patient and kind towards animals. The words used in this book clearly show her caring attitude towards animals. This book is still available on-line.


Laura Guttridge earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The University of Central Florida. Her work as a student is published in the university’s library. She was given the “2007 Humanitarian of The Year Award”presented to her by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County for her hard work and dedication towards the cause of animals.


Laura Guttridge was also the founder of the small animal rights group called “Marion County Voices for Animals”based in Ocala, Florida. Presently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Animal Rights Foundation in Florida. ARFF has been working for the protection of animals since 1989. She herself as a vegetarian also promotes a veg lifestyle through PETA ’s vegetarian starter kits.

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Animals value their lives every bit as much as humans do. However, humans can be so cruel, and selfish with regards to animal life. We slaughter billions of animals each year for meat, when we can be healthier eating a plant based diet. We annually torture millions more in needless laboratory experiments. Wild animals are killed for their fur, as it is ripped off their still warm bodies. Then countless others are forced to perform demeaning tricks in road side zoos, and circuses for our amusement.

Laura, a well known animal activist backed her morals and negated such killings. She laid her foundation for the ethical treatment of animals, and began an animal right’s group in the early 90’s called “Marion County Voices for animals” located in Central Florida. The group’s protest have been against animal experiments, the pet trade, the fur trade, hunting, and the meat industry. Furthermore, MCVA successfully petitioned the Marion County Animal Shelter to stop using the outdated, and cruel decompression chamber to kill un-wanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection. Presently, Laura is a board member for ‘The Animal Right’s Foundation of Florida.” ARFF is the largest animal welfare group in the state of Florida.

On National Hot Dog Day in Washington DC, Laura collaborated with PETA and served veggie hot dogs. Laura modelled as a Lettuce Lady, wearing a lettuce bikini to encourage people, mainly targeting the politicians and interns, to adapt a vegan lifestyle. Famous celebrities like Pamela Anderson were also a part of this event.


Animal Activist Laura Guttridge

Laura Guttridge & Her Endless Love For Animals


Laura questions what stops us from respecting other living beings? She believes it’s simply our selfish approach towards life, and that it needs to stop. In her opinion, the reckless slaughter of animal life not only hurts the animals, but it also hurts our own humanity. Perhaps Mahatma Gandhi said it best……. ‘The greatness of a nation, and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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Laura always loved ballet. As a little girl, living in Chicago; she danced ballet traveling in the EL train to take classes from the suburbs without fail.

Later on moving to Ocala Florida, she continued her passion for ballet. Laura was always inclined towards ballet as a genre of dance and each year right from teens to early 20s, auditioned for the local production of ‘The Nutcracker” ballet. She always hoped to be casted for the most glamorous role as the Arabian Princess. However, to her dismay, she was never chosen for that role, and was instead always casted as a flower, snowflake, mouse, or candy cane.

Laura Guttridge Preparing For Nutcracker Afternoon

Laura Guttridge – Before Ballet Performance In Nutcracker Afternoon

Laura never gave up on her passion and lived her dreams through her daughter Celeste, by putting her in Vero Classical Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker. Laura’s husband, Lawyer Bobby is a fantastic dancer himself, based on which he was offered the role as lead Arabian male for the 2013 Nutcracker. Bobby knew that Laura has had instilling memories, and has always fantasized about dancing the princess role and was a little hesitant in accepting. However, Laura is a strong-willed confident woman therefore; she encouraged her husband to take up the role. Meanwhile, rather than feeling resentful, she planned to brush up on her ballet skills, and started attending Vero Classical Ballet’s adult class.

The Arabian Princess In The Floor

Laura Guttridge In Nutcracker Afternoon

Laura believes that hard work, and determination can pay off, and in this case it certainly did. After several classes, the dance instructor Amy Trammel offered Laura the role of the Arabian princess for the 2013 Nutcracker. “I was screaming in my car, I called my mother and later Bobby”- Laura Guttridge. Laura knew she had a bundle of responsibility on her shoulders therefore; she worked hard preparing for her dream roll as the Arabian Princess with her Husband, and another male dancer. Laura managed to accomplish all this at age 50. Laura feels that nothing is impossible and if we continue with our confidence, there is no way we cannot achieve it.

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Laura has never denied her love for animals and has always come forward with utmost compassion and respect for them. She recently penned her caring nature for animals in a book titled “Gypsy the Christmas Cat”.

"Gypsy The Christmas Cat" By Laura Guttridge

“Gypsy The Christmas Cat” – A holiday Tale Written By Activist Laura Guttridge

In “Gypsy the Christmas Cat” a simple act of kindness marks the beginning of Gypsy’s journey gently teaching children about compassion, patience, and trust along the way. Children adore the story of the homeless cat Gypsy, and the young girl who teaches her how to love, and trust.

“Gypsy the Christmas Cat provides a delightful message to children that all animals deserve a loving home, and protection. Children have an instinctive desire to help animals, and this story highlights the message of compassion.” -Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society Of The United States.

Laura Guttridge graduated from The University Of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Her work as a student is published in the university library.

Activist Laura Received The 2007 Humanitarian Of The Year Award

Laura Guttridge was given “The 2007 Humanitarian Of The Year” Award By Humane Society

Laura Guttridge was honored with the 2007 Humanitarian of the year award by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, for her dedication to the protection of animals.