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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SAVE THE EARTH SAVE GREENERY! LAURA ORGANIZES EARTH DAY RALLY

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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LAURA PRACTICES A PATH OF MUTUAL LOVE FOR ALL LIFE!

 

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 AND HER “GYPSY –THE CHRISTMAS CAT”

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.

 


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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 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 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.