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 CO-CHAIRS “CHIMP’S KITCHEN” WITH JUDY VAN SAUN

Animal activist Laura Guttridge recently co-chaired the fifth Annual fundraising event, “Chimps Kitchen” with Judy Van Saun. This event was organized to benefit “Save the Chimps Sanctuary” and was held at the beautiful Vero Beach Hotel & Spa on Ocean Drive.

Chimps Kitchen - To Benefit "Save The Chimps"

Laura Co-chaired Chimps Kitchen To Benefit “Save The Chimps”

Chimps Kitchen, A Celebrity Chef Tasting Event included vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and chimp-inspired cocktails, like banana daiquiris, which were being presented by Cruzan Banana Rum, and desserts were a highlight also brought in by local celebrity chefs.

Activist Laura Guttridge Co-chaired 'Chimps Kitchen'

Animal Activist Laura Guttridge in ‘Chimps Kitchen’ To benefit “Save The Chimps”

The event also included a silent auction, and raised thousands of much needs dollars to help provide a permanent sanctuary to over 250 chimpanzees that were rescued from research laboratories, and the pet trade.

The Humanitarian Award winner, Laura Guttridge along with Judy Van Saun, spoke to the large audience of more than 250 prestigious guests, informed them about the sanctuary, and released an informational video for the gathering.

“Save the Chimps “is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary’s in the world, where retired chimps can now live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands. They receive 3 fresh meals a day, first rate medical care, and a variety of activities in an enriched environment.

This organization works on the grounds of a nonprofit making group, which works solely on the funding from the grants and donation it receives. The sanctuary is a 150-acre non-profit sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida, which was founded in1997 by the late Dr. Carole Noon.

Laura has always had the same ideology and passion for all animals. This holds truth as she has always encouraged the consumption of vegetarian diet. She believes that eating a diet that is low on the food chair, not only improves one’s own health, and saves animals lives, but it is also better for the overall health of the planet.


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LAURA GUTTRIDGE PROMOTES VEGAN DIET ON NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY

Laura Guttridge is a wife, caring mother, college graduate, author, animal activist and a beautiful former swimsuit model. Her love for animals has been persistent.

Animal Activist Laura - Raises Her Voice Against Animal Cruelty

Animal Rights Activist Laura Guttridge

Being a well known animal activist she was the co/founder of an animal’s right group in the early 90’s called Marion County Voices for animals located in Central Florida. MCVA protested against the use of animals for meat, fur, experimentation, and entertainment. They were also successful in petitioning the Marion County Animal Shelter to stop using the cruel, and outdated decompression chamber to kill unwanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection.

On National Hot Dog Day in Washington DC, Laura collaborated with PETA and served vegetarian hot dogs. Laura and other women modeled as Lettuce Ladies, wearing lettuce bikinis to encourage people, (mainly targeting politicians and interns) to adapt to a vegan lifestyle.

Laura tries to instill a sense of ‘Humanity’ towards animals, and encourages people to adapt to a plant based diet. Laura believes that the lower one eats on the food chain the healthier they will be. As a consequence fewer animals will be slaughtered for consumption, in turn placing less stress on the planet as a whole. She always has and continues to work for animal welfare with dedication and passion.

Laura Guttridge On PETA's Animal Times

Animal Activist Appears on PETA’s Animal Times for her devotion towards animals

In her recent endeavors, she also penned a book titled Gypsy the Christmas cat, quoting her real encounter with a cat named “Gypsy”. The book encourages children to show compassion, and respect towards animals.


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LAURA GUTTRIDGE MODELS FOR “FASHION MEETS ART”

Laura Guttridge modeled for Fashion Meets Art – a charitable fashion show at Costa d’Este on Ocean Dr. in Vero Beach, Florida. Laura looked extravagant in a beautiful red dress. The event was presented by Gallery 14, Blondie’s on Ocean, Cooper& Co. and Ocean Drive Jewelers where creative art work was showcased by Kim Xu, a Chinese artist and international photographer Gary Collins.

Model Laura Guttridge

Laura Guttridge Models For “Fashion Meets Art”

The charity fashion show was held to raise funds for various charities in Indian River County.

Laura Guttridge is a well known model and a passionate animal activist who has been a part of many demonstrations and protests against the use of animals for food, experimentation, the pet trade and fur. She completed her graduation in Philosophy from university of Central Florida. She was also the co-founded a small animal rights organization called Marion County Voices for Animals located in Central Florida. The group was formed to bring attention the suffering of animals, and it played an instrumental role in petitioning The Marion County Animal Shelter to stop killing unwanted stray animals with the cruel and out dated decompression chamber, and switch to more humane lethal injection.

Laura’s devotion and compassion for animals, was acknowledged in2007 when she was given The Humanitarian of the Year Award from The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. In 2002 Laura was a one of the top signature gatherers for a ballot initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida. Laura gathered over 5,000 signatures.

Laura Guttridge proved her dedication to animal rights after being arrested on two occasions for the cause, once in Florida’s Ocala National Forest while protesting the state Annual Youth Deer Hunt, and again while protesting against the use of fur in San Diego Ca.

Besides being a well known swimsuit model and animal rights activist, Laura has penned a book titled, ‘Gypsy the Christmas Cat’, which is based on her real life encounter with a cat named “Gypsy”. The book was written for children as Laura wants them to learn the essence of her unconditional love and care for animals.


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LAURA GUTTRIDGE CO-HOSTED THE TV/ INTERNET TALK SHOW “EMPOWERMENT” FOR OVER 10 YEARS.

Laura has showed empathy and compassion for animals since she was a child. Before earning her degree in Philosophy from The Central University of Florida she was swimsuit model and became a finalist in The Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageant in 1991. Later she was crowned Miss Budweiser 1998.  Throughout her modeling career she never gave up her passion for animals and started a small Animal Right Group at Ocala Florida called Marion Country Voices for Animals which was successful in petitioning the county’s animal shelter to stop using the outdated decompression chamber to kill unwanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection.

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Laura Guttridge with Mrs Josefina

At many Gala’s and other Events Laura modeled as a  PETA Lettuce Lady to help promote  a vegan lifestyle.

LAURA recently co/chaired a fundraising event held at The Cobalt Room at The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa to benefit “Save the Chimps”, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. They provide permanent sanctuary to chimpanzees rescued from biomedical research, and the pet trade.

She is the co/ host of a television/internet talkshow called ‘Empowerment ‘ where she strongly encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Laura is the author of a book titled ‘Gypsy The Christmas cat’ where she writes about the life journey of a cat she rescued years ago.

Laura recently was the featured model for the glitzy event called “Fashion Meets Art” held at Costa De Este’s on Ocean Drive. The event raised thousands of dollars for local charities.

Laura’s real passion in life  is for the welfare of animals. She was arrested twice for civil dis-obedience during demonstrations, protesting the mistreatment of animals.


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LAURA GUTTRIDGE ORGANIZES EARTH DAY CELEBRATION TO SAVE WOODLANDS FROM DESTRUCTION

Former swimsuit model and well known animal activist, Laura Guttridge organized an Earth Day celebration with husband, daughter &other members of the community. The event was joined by the residents of the Barrier Island and held at the corner of Beach land and Mockingbird Drive.The resident marked the event by chanting songs that expresses their support for saving the last remaining woodlands in Central Beach permanently. Earth Day celebrations are aimed at urging people to save the environment, and its inhabitants.

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Other Attributes Of Laura ::

Ms Guttridge was asked to participate in the “ 2012 Dancing With The Vero’s Stars” event at The Riverside Theater .

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The glitzy annual event helps raise funds to benefit The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition. This charity event marked the participation of ten couples who preformed tangos, salsas and jitterbugs, along with some new twists and surprises. Popular animal activist and author Laura Guttridge danced the rhumba with independent dance instructor Thomas Isola.

This event was co-chaired by Joe Robinson, a Healthy Start board member, and Brenda Lloyd, a 2010 star dancer


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LAURA GUTTRIDGE WALKS THE RUNWAY FOR “FASHION MEETS ART” – A CHARITABLE FASHION SHOW AT COSTA D’ESTE

Swimsuit model, Laura Guttridge modeled for Art Meets Fashion – a charitable fashion show at Costa d’Este on Ocean Dr. in Vero Beach Florida. The event was presented by Gallery 14, Blondie’s on Ocean, Cooper & Co. and Ocean Drive Jewelers, with artwork by Chinese artist Kim Xu and popular international photographer Gary Collins.

Model Laura Guttridge is Featured in 'Art Meets Fashion'

Model Laura Guttridge is Featured in ‘Fashion Meets Art’ at Vero Beach News Weekly

The charity fashion show, and art display was attended by many affluent guest, and raised more than $11,000 to assist The Homeless Family Center of Indian River County.

Model Laura Guttridge at 'Art Meets Fashion'

Model Laura Guttridge at ‘Fashion Meets Art’ at Costa d’Este

Laura Guttridge is a well known animal activist who has participated in many demonstrations and protests against the use of animals for food, experimentation, and fur. She was also the  co-founded a small animal rights organization called Marion County Voices for Animals located in Central Florida in the early 1990s. The group worked to bring attention to the suffering of animals, and was instrumental in petitioning The Marion County Animal Shelter to stop killing unwanted stray animals with the cruel and out dated decompression chamber, and switch to more humane lethal injection.

For her devotion and respect for animals, Laura Guttridge was awarded The 2007 Humanitarian of The Year from The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. In 2002 Laura was a top signature gatherer for a ballot initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida.

While protesting for the rights of animals, Laura Guttridge was arrested twice, once in the Ocala National Forest while protesting the Youth Deer Hunt, and again while protesting against the use of fur.

Besides being a well known swimsuit model and animal rights activist, Laura has authored a book titled, “‘Gypsy the Christmas Cat’, which shows her unconditional love and care for animals.


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ANIMAL ACTIVIST LAURA GUTTRIDGE CO-CHAIRS “SAVE THE CHIMPS”

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.

Save The Chimp Project

A Noble Project For The Rescued Chimpanzees

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.

Activist Laura Guttridge

Activist Laura Guttridge Received Humanitarian Award For her Devotion.

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.