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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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 Furthermore, MCVA successfully petitioned the Marion County Animal Shelter to stop using the outdated, and cruel decompression chamber to kill un-wanted animals, and switch to the more humane lethal injection.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 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 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.


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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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.


Other Attributes Of Laura ::

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


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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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.

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Laura Guttridge Promotes A Vegan Lifestyle

Laura Guttridge is a former swimsuit model-turned animal activist and author. She holds regular protests to help raise awareness about animal cruelty. She has organized numerous protests and campaigns, and has been arrested twice for her dedication to the protection of animals.

Laura Guttridge

Laura Guttridge is a former swimsuit model-turned animal activist

She actively promotes a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle through PETA’S vegetarian starter kit. This kit helps guide you through becoming a vegetarian/vegan. It is a complete pack of delicious recipes, and tips on making the transition easy.

Guttridge, a vegan herself, advocates that meat is destructive for the body. However, a vegan diet helps you to stay healthy and fit by reducing the health-risks and diseases that are associated with the consumption of meat and other animal products.  She encourages people to go on a vegetarian/ vegan diet, not only for the animals, but for the themselves.

 “Gypsy the Christmas Cat” by Laura Guttridge 

In 2009 she was asked to promote a vegan diet at the glitzy 20th Gala for The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida by handing out literature, and talking to it’s high profile guest list. The event was attended by many famous celebrities including Pamela Anderson, and was hosted by Bob Barker. Other significant achievements of Guttridge include a ballot initiative in 2002 where Guttridge was the top signature collector, which helped in the successful banning of the confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida. GypsyTheChristmasCat

Based on her a real life experience, she Laura Guttridge has written a book titled “Gypsy the Christmas Cat”.  Her husband, Bobby Guttridge inspired her to write this book. It teaches children to show kindness, love and respect to animals. It’s easily available at different online book stores, and your children will love this delightful Christmas tale. She is also a  co-host for an online program called Dr. Josefina’s Way.