Patricia Elizabeth (Patti) Dale (1958-2005)

Patti Dale was a larger-than-life kind of woman. When she found a cause she believed in she didn’t hesitate. She may have been small in size but she was big in stature and had the heart, intelligence and determination to take on any obstacle.

As a long time resident of Langley, Patti was a driving force behind the development of LAPS. She loved animals, especially Rottweilers, and devoted herself to their welfare. Her dream was to see a new animal shelter built on the existing site in Aldergrove. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Patti did everything possible to ensure that the new shelter would be the best for the animals, volunteers and staff. From scooping poop to making presentations to mayor and council to visiting animal shelters throughout the Pacific Northwest, she did it all.

Patti truly believed in what she was doing and because of that, when she spoke people listened. She had it all – beauty, brains and a terrific sense of fun. On top of all she did for animals, Patti managed to be a wonderful mother to two girls.

Sadly, Patti passed away in 2005 before the new shelter was completed. On October 11, 2008, LAPS’ beautiful new shelter was named in her honour. LAPS continues working in the Langley community in memory of the woman whose passion and commitment started it all.