Langley shelter aims to find homes for every animal by Christmas

Drew Harkness with Mopsy, one of more than 110 adoptable dogs and cats that LAPS is hoping to send home for Christmas this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Drew Harkness with Mopsy, one of more than 110 adoptable dogs and cats that LAPS is hoping to send home for Christmas this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Hannah and Shoshanna are in need of a home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Hannah and Shoshanna are in need of a home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Jennifer Schroeder and Lulu, a five-year-old cat who needs a home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Jennifer Schroeder and Lulu, a five-year-old cat who needs a home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

It’s a big goal – find a home for every cat and dog in Langley’s Patti Dale Animal Shelter by Christmas.

But the staff and volunteers of the Langley Animal Protection Society believe their I’ll Be Home For Christmas project can succeed, finding homes for approximately 130 animals before Santa arrives.

“It’s a big feat,” noted LAPS staff member Jennifer Schroeder.

This will be the first attempt at a Home for Christmas project by the local animal shelter, although a few other shelters in the province have attempted it as well in the past.

LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson came up with the idea a few months ago, and work has been underway to prepare for the project ever since, said Drew Harkness, another LAPS staffer.

Preparation means making sure that all new kittens and puppies are spayed and neutered and have their shots, noted Schroeder.

Those hoping to take home a new four-legged family member can also help out by laying the groundwork on their end.

“We are hoping that people will pre-apply for adoption,” said Schroeder.

Applying in advance on the LAPS website means people can take home some pets right away from the shelter.

“We’re having an adoption event next Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” said Harkness.

People can visit the shelter at 26220 56th Ave. to meet the various adoptable cats and dogs, with volunteers on hand to help.

Although there are home visits for dogs, cats can be taken home right away for people who have pre-applied.

Since the campaign officially kicked off last week, 14 animals have already been adopted and found new homes.

There are a wide variety of dogs and cats available – and one Muscovy duck named Flappy – in need of new homes.

Hannah and Shoshanna are a pair of cats who started their lives at LAPS and are now back.

The two siblings were found when they were just three days old, in a den in insulation on a construction site. After surviving the cold weather, the two cats were adopted out, but their last owner could no longer care for them, and the two cats are back at LAPS and in need of another home.

Because they’ve been together all their lives, LAPS is looking for a home that can take both of them in.

For dog lovers, there’s Mopsy, a larger dog with curly fur – she might be a Bouvier or possibly a labradoodle.

She loves to play fetch and to play with other dogs her own size, says staffer Ash Schulz.

“She is my absolute favourite, and I would take her myself if I could,” Schulz said. “She is a darling angel, and she deserves a home for Christmas.”

Also adoptable is Lulu, a tiny five-year-old kitten and another owner surrender. She’s been at the shelter for nine months, and purrs ferociously whenever she meets people.

“She’s super affectionate,” said Schroeder.

Ultimately, if not every animal is adopted, LAPS will still have a place for them. But the shelter would like to find homes for all its animals this winter.

For more information, visit lapsbc.ca to view adoptable pets.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

animal welfareChristmasChristmas holidayLangleyPets

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
PHOTOS: Harrison students launch peaceful protest against playground division for MLK day

The kindergarten students negotiated with the school principal to enable recess on both playgrounds

Ottawa serial killer Camille Joseph Cleroux died of natural causes at Abbotsford’s Pacific Institution on Sunday.
Serial killer housed at Abbotsford’s Pacific Institution dies of natural causes

Camille Joseph Cleroux announced dead on Sunday, known as notorious Ottawa serial killer

Chilliwack Chiefs
Chilliwack adds prospect Lucas Sorace to future Chiefs D

The Port Moody product suited up for one BCHL game with Chilliwack during the 2019-20 season

Garry Blanchard of Hope won $77,000 correctly guessing the outcomes of all 13 games of NFL week 17. (Photo/BCLC)
Hope resident rakes in $77,000 in NFL Week 17 bet

Garry Blanchard won the record-breaking prize correctly guessing every outcome that week

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

(Thesendboys/Instagram)
Video of man doing backflip off Vancouver bridge draws police condemnation

Group says in Instagram story that they ‘don’t do it for the clout’

A Langley woman said she was shaken by the angry encounter. (Google Maps)
Woman shaken after belligerent encounter with unmasked man in Langley store

A man angry about vaccines berated a fellow shopper, a witness said

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

(Black Press Media files)
Woman steals bottles of wine after brandishing stun baton in New Westminster

Police say the female suspect was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Vancouver Island paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

Most Read