LAPS does more than just pick up stray dogs. Learn about all the great programs that make LAPS unique in the animal welfare world.

Animal Enrichment
Living in a shelter can be stressful for dogs and cats. Constant exposure to strange sights, sounds and smells keep them in a constant state of arousal that can contribute to health and behavioural problems.

Fortunately, the Patti Dale Animal Shelter is specially designed to house dogs and cats with minimal stress. A combination of environmental and social enrichment helps keep the animals physically and mentally healthy until they can find a loving home.

All LAPS dogs benefit from a minimum of six daily exercise sessions in our play yards plus exercise and social interaction with volunteers and one-on-one time with trainers. Toys and treats, such as bones or stuffed Kongs, help keep the dogs occupied while they are in their kennels.

Our cats benefit mainly from environmental enrichment. They live in unique cat “condos” designed with separate eating, sleeping and litter box areas, plus plenty of places for the cats to hide and perch. Cats that enjoy company live in our communal cat rooms. All of our cat rooms are equipped with fully enclosed outdoor exercises areas.

LAPS’ housing and enrichment protocols are cutting-edge in the shelter world. The most common illnesses in animal shelters involve the upper respiratory system, particularly in cats. Compared to the industry average, LAPS has an extraordinarily low rate of these illnesses. Providing low stress housing and environmental and social enrichment helps keep the animals healthy and ensures that they don’t succumb to health issues common to most shelters.

Fraser Valley Institution Partnership

The LAPS FVI Dog Boarding and Training Centre is a unique partnership between the Canadian Correctional Service (CSC) and LAPS. The Fraser Valley Institution is a federal prison for women in Abbotsford. This program provides much needed services to members of the public, shelter dogs and program participants.

We know your pets are members of your family and leaving them at a kennel can be stressful. People who use our services can rest assured that their pets are receiving the best possible care. As a small kennel, we are able to provide more exercise time and more one-on-one interaction with people for your pet.

Shelter Dogs
Many dogs who come to LAPS have behavioural problems that make them challenging to adopt. At the LAPS FVI Boarding and Training Centre each dog is assigned to an individual female trainer who provides one-on-one interaction through play, exercise and training. Through positive reinforcement training and low-stress housing we improve their chances of finding permanent, loving homes in the community.

Program Participants
The K-9 program is an employment training program centered around a growing business. Program participants learn how to handle, train and groom dogs and acquire both industry-specific and general employment skills. Women who are eligible can volunteer or do work experience placements at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.  Participants can work toward a variety of certificates, including:

  • Kennel Attendant Level 1 & 2
  • Groomer’s Aid
  • Canine First Aid
  • Professional Dog Trainer Certificate

The program provides an opportunity for the participants to develop friendships in a healthy and respectful environment. The dogs also provide a way to give and receive affection. LAPS believes this program can be a catalyst for change in the people who participate. It can give participants the skill, confidence and knowledge to pursue a career that they love.