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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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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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 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 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.