Volumes of literary characters came out to support LAPS at its annual gala Saturday. This year’s theme was Alice Through the Looking Glass.

LAPS fantasy gala makes ISOasis a reality

More than $65,000 was raised at Alice Through the Looking Glass-themed event to benefit Langley Animal Protection Society

Furry tail endings have come true for the future kittens and existing feral cats of Langley, thanks to the generous support of hundreds who attended Saturday’s LAPS gala.

With 400 animal lovers turning out for the Alice Through the Looking Glass-themed evening at Cascades Casino and conference centre, more than $65,000 was raised for the Langley Animal Protection Society.

“We feel very grateful and so supported. It truly was a super fun evening,” said LAPS acting executive director, Jayne Nelson.

“We had great live music, the magician was fantastic, Nat and Drew (from 103.5 radio) were awesome, the DJ had everyone dancing.”

The entire evening was live streamed with more than 5,000 views across the world. Support for LAPS’ work with animals is supported in 45 different countries. One woman is currently here from Paris to volunteer at the shelter and another comes every year from Idaho to help set up the gala.

The biggest announcement of the evening was that after two years of planning, fundraising and larger donations, including the financial commitment from the Township, LAPS will break ground on the much-needed ISOasis building for kittens and cats. It will be a separate building on the Patti Dale Animal Shelter grounds.

“We will have it up and running just before kitten season starts again next spring,” said Nelson, who noted that in the last two weeks they have taken in 35 kittens, bringing the year’s total so far to more than 300.

Cat overpopulation in Langley is a serious problem and that’s why the ISOasis is necessary.

With the recent influx of kittens comes ringworm and a host of other health issues that are best dealt with in a stand alone building that has isolation rooms, medical rooms, etc. Forty or more cats will be able to be housed in the new ISOasis, she said.

To make the new building a reality the cost is around $500,000. Longtime LAPS supporters Pat and Mark Dumont donated $50,000 to get the project up and running.

“They support us year after year. They also adopt our senior dogs, who are often in need of palliative care. They have big hearts,” Nelson said.

The Shewan Foundation also donated $20,000 and have supported LAPS for a long time.

In total, 470 individuals donated a total of $37,000 for the ISOasis.

The Township is matching those totals up to 40 per cent.

“The Township is a very progressive organization that values animal welfare. It’s really amazing,” said Nelson.

PHOTO BELOW: This is what the new ISOasis will look like once complete next spring.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Flames consume small building at Langley Events Centre

Thursday afternoon demo shows the importance of having sprinklers installed

Langley program helps youth find their employment niche

The first session of Skills to Success youth employment program wrapped up and a second has started.

Charges laid in 2016 Mission crash that killed Langley teenager

Lidia Ramos died when the car she was riding in slipped off a logging road in heavy rain

Two Langley fire trucks collide on black ice

The fire trucks were being used to block vehicles from icy hill when they started sliding

March 3 ‘hoot-ennany’ at Campbell Valley Park free for all ages

Family friendly event features skull and feather displays, activities, crafts and games

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

B.C. ski cross racer wins Olympic gold

Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

More snow expected on the Coquihalla, Highway 3

Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres will come down between Friday and Saturday mornings

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

Aldergrove Kodiaks take 7-5 win over Flames: ACTION PHOTOS

Kodiaks stave off elimination in game four of PJHL playoffs series

Lane closures on Alex Fraser, Port Mann bridges considered to avoid ‘ice bombs’

Province spent $5 million clearing both bridges last years

Most Read