A state-of-the-art isolation centre for cats will be open in Langley, just in time for the 2018 kitten season.
“The ISOasis (as it’s nicknamed – a play on the words isolation and oasis) is almost complete,” chirped a jubilant Jayne Nelson, executive director of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS).
“We are in the final finishing stages and couldn’t be more excited,” she said, walking through the new $550,000 custom-built facility located just a few feet from the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.
This 1,400-square-foot building will provide dedicated intake and isolation space aimed at enhancing the quality of life for cats coming in the shelter, reducing the time from intake to adoption, and most importantly limiting the spread of feline-related diseases, Nelson explained.
It will augment a cat cottage on site, plus LAPS’ main building, which currently houses some cats along with the shelter’s dogs.
She had expect to be complete by the end of March, but said it will likely be closer to their grand opening event on April 12.
“We have been working on this project since October 2014, it has been a long but wonderful journey that is finally coming to end with an amazing facility. This is a facility that will have an incredible impact on thousands of cats and kittens that will need our help in the coming years. This facility was truly built with love,” Nelson said, beaming as she walked around the construction site.
Sge is tickled the facility will be open in time for kitten season, when they’re typically deluged with cats, and spread of disease among the felines is so prevalent.
Nelson credited many people with making this project possible and said “we are so grateful to each person who contributed to making this dream a reality.”
In addition to the opening celebrations for the ISOasis, LAPS is once again planning its Kitten Roundup for Saturday, April 14.
“We’re once again opening our doors to anyone who has kittens or pregnant/nursing moms that they are unable to care for or to anyone who may have or know of free-living/feral kittens or pregnant/nursing moms in need of a safe refuge,” she said.
The shelter is also gearing up for its third annual Furry Tail Foot Race happening at Derby Reach Regional Park on Sunday, April 29.
Last year, the event raised about $10,000.
This annual race is a fundraiser for LAPS, and this year’s money is being earmarked to cover operations costs for the new ISOasis.
LAPS was started in 2003, and provides a number of services – including adoptions of both cats and dogs.
Last year alone, they cared for 400 cats and 650 dogs, not including their spay/neuter/TNR (trap-neuter-release) program, which allowed them to help another 240 cats in the community, Nelson said.
This organization is made up of dedicated staff and more than a hundred volunteers working to ensure stray, lost, and unwanted animals get their best chance at a happy future.
Those looking for a companion might check out the animals available for adoption at www.lapsbc.ca.
LAPS is also contracted by the City and Township of Langley to enforce animal control bylaws.
Those interested in finding out more about LAPS and its efforts to find forever homes for Langley’s cat and dog population can also drop by the shelter at 26220 56th Ave. in Aldergrove or call 604-857-5055.