Animal shelter overcrowded with cats

Shaun Baker, manager of Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), holds up some of the many kittens available for adoption at the Langley shelter. - MAGGIE TKALCIC PHOTO
Shaun Baker, manager of Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), holds up some of the many kittens available for adoption at the Langley shelter.
— image credit: MAGGIE TKALCIC PHOTO

Every year, more than 150,000 cats end up in shelters across Canada because there are not enough loving homes for them.

“There are no bylaws governing cats in Langley, so there is a very large population of animals that do not have an official voice,” said Sean Baker, manager of Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS).

“As a caring society, we have taken it upon ourselves to care for the area’s cats, but there is a lot of work left to be done,” he said.

LAPS, established in 2003, manages a humane shelter, responds to animal-related complaints, collects stray animals and operates an adoption centre for unclaimed and abandoned cats and dogs.

Since 2003, LAPS has provided temporary shelter to more than 400 cats per year.

Currently, LAPS is giving shelter to approximately 65 cats.

To encourage people to adopt, Whiskas is donating $5,000 to each of its 15 partner shelters across Canada, including LAPS.

The $5,000 will help provide starter kits to those adopting cats. These will help people understand their cats needs and how to care for them. The kits also include wet and dry food and adoption tips.

The shelter will also receive a digital camera and online exposure.

In addition to encouraging adoptions, LAPS also focuses on prevention.

All felines are spayed or neutered before being adopted.

LAPS promotes responsible pet ownership and asks those considering cat ownership to come to the shelter first as they have all kinds of cats from kittens to adults in all colours, shapes and sizes.

“The Whiskas Cat Adoption Program is providing support to the shelter at a great time in the shelter’s history as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and move in a new facility.

“As partners in this program, we will continue to help even greater numbers of cats,” said Baker.

In celebration of LAPS’ fifth anniversary, it is staging its first fall gala fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The gala will take place at Newlands Golf and Country Club.

The event will also celebrate the creation of the new Patti Dale animal shelter.

The gala will offer live entertainment, a buffet dinner and silent and live auctions.

Baker hopes that $20,000 to $25,000 will be raised throughout the evening. The money will go directly to purchase speciality care equipment for the animals in the new shelter; like beds, leashes and grooming tubs and tables.

The new centre will also help better care for the upsurge in cats coming to the shelter.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Frontier Building Supply, 9202 Glover Road, Fort Langley and the LAPS shelter, 26220 - 56 Ave., in Aldergrove.

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